Linux Mint 16 codenamed Petra released now. The latest edition is based on Ubuntu 13.10. There are two editions one is based on MATE Desktop and the other is Cinnamon (Fork of Gnome Shell) Based Edition. MATE will offer classic stable desktop with Gnome 2 Look and Cinnamon offer a modern desktop with Gnome 3 features.
Linux Mint 16 comes with MDM, Mate Display Manager (Fork of old GDM 2). It has got drastic speed improvements, Number lock support, the ability to remember the last logged in user. MDM in Linux Mint 16 comes with a new default theme.
- Startup Speed Improvements
- the boot sequence never search for a btrfs partiion in the system.
- MDM is no longer attempt to communicate over the netwrok.
- Update manager will start lately. This make the session load a lot faster.
- Software manager now users less memmory. It got a new refreshed interface. It can now display multiple screenshots of a software.
- Better EFI Support
- STEAM is now added to the repositories.
- New Fresh look and more responsive desktop.
Default Applications comes with Linux Mint 16
- Firefox 24 (version 25 is available as an update),
- Thunderbird 24.0 (24.1.1 update available),
- LibreOffice 4.1.2,
- GIMP 2.8.6,
- gThumb 3.0.2,
- Transmission 2.82,
- Pidgin 2.10.7,
- VLC 2.0.8,
- Totem 3.8.2,
- Banshee 2.6.1,
- Tomboy 1.15.2,
- Brasero 3.8.0,
- Synaptic 0.75,
- XChat 2.8.8,
- Mint Backup 2.1.1,
- Mint Software Sources 1.2.1,
- Mint Software Manager 7.5.1,
- MDM 1.4
Both MATE and Cinnamon Editions comes with all these applications by default. It also includes Linux kernel: 3.11, Xorg server 1.14.3 and Mesa 9.2.1.
The Cinnamon shell is now 2.0. It is grown up to a complete Desktop Environment like Gnome and KDE. It no longer depends on Gnome backend services. It is not a frondend upon Gnome like Unity or Gnome shell.
Cinnamon 2.0 is still built on GNOME technologies and uses GTK, but “it no longer requires GNOME itself to be installed”.
- more improved edge-tiling;
- new edge-snapping feature : maximized windows do not cover snapped windows. To snap a window, drag a window with mouse towards an edge while pressing the Control key;
- configurable individual sound effects: configure sounds for events such as Cinnamon startup, switching workspace, closing, minimizing or maximizing windows and so on. Can create a complete sound theme for cinnamon;
- replaced GNOME “User Accounts” with new Cinnamon “Users and Groups”. Users can access and modify their own info via the Account Details module;
- added an User Applet which can be used to shutdown, restart or suspend the system, turn off the notifications, access the account details or System Settings. Furthermore, the applet supports MDM and LightDM user switching and LightDM guest user session;
- cinnamon-bluetooth module is used instead of blueman;
|The new “HUD” tiling feature (see the hint at the top) / window snapping OSD|
|Sound Effects configuration in Cinnamon 2.0|
|New User Applet|
|Users & Groups|
|Cinnamon Mint-X theme (installed but not in use by default)|
Linux Mint 16 Cinnamon ships with 3 Cinnamon DE themes: Default Linux Mint theme, Main Cinnamon theme and a new theme that matches the default GTK3 theme called Mint-X
NEMO, Default Linux Mint File Manager (Fork of old Nautilus 3.4) received a whole new set of features.
- Two new extensions – nemo-preview (Previewing Files), nemo-media-columns (Media info on list view)
- List View columns reorder by mouse drag
- List View – right-click a column heading to add or remove visible columns quickly.
- New Preference – Always start in Split screen mode.
- New Preference – ignore folder-specific metadata
- New Move/Copy Menu – Added Browse link to browse destination folder.
- Improved Open with dialog – Can add custom mime types now.
- Improved File operation progress dialog – Can minimize to system tray.
Changes in MATE 1.6
In MATE 1.6 many deprecated packages and libraries have been replaced with new technologies available in GLib.
Caja , The default file manager (Fork of Nautilus 2.32) got some nice improvements including support for new thumbnailers specifications and a new thumbnails frame, a new connect server dialog backported from Nautilus 3, the sidebar has been improved and there were many bug fixes.
More Changes include
- added support for systemd-logind in mate-session-manager, mate-screensaver and mate-power-manager (now you can reboot/shutdown without ConsoleKit);
- MPRIS V2 support to send media keys to media players;
- Caja now supports opening remote terminal;
- other changes and bug fixes.
GSettings has replaced MateConf, DBus has replaced MateCorba/MateComponent, GIO/GVFS has replaced MateVFS and libnotify has replaced libmatenotify.
- Based on Ubuntu 13.10
- Linux kernel 3.11
- Cinnamon 2.0
- MATE 1.6
- MDM 1.4
- HTML Login Screen
- USB Stick support
- Performance improvements
- Software Manager
- System Improvements
- Artwork Improvements
- Main Components
x86 processor (Linux Mint 64-bit requires a 64-bit processor. Linux Mint 32-bit works on both 32-bit and 64-bit processors).
512 MB RAM (1 GB recommended for a comfortable usage).
5 GB of disk space
Graphics card capable of 800×600 resolution
CD/DVD drive or USB port
PAE required for 32-bit ISOs
Download (SHA256, MD5SUM)
Mate 64bit – Linuxmint-16-mate-dvd-64bit.iso (torrent) (Mirror, Mirror-2, Mirror-3, Mirror-4)
Mate 32bit – Linuxmint-16-mate-dvd-32bit.iso (torrent) (Mirror, Mirror-2, Mirror-3, Mirror-4)
Cinnamon 64bit – Linuxmint-16-cinnamon-dvd-64bit.iso (torrent) (Mirror, Mirror-2, Mirror-3, Mirror-4)
Cinnamon 32bit – Linuxmint-16-cinnamon-dvd-32bit.iso (torrent) (Mirror, Mirror-2, Mirror-3, Mirror-4)