Mint 12 "Lisa" Linux distro available for download

Mint 12 "Lisa" Linux distro available for download

Summary: There's a lot of new stuff in Mint 12 to explore.

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Tired of Ubuntu? Why not take the new Mint 12 distro for a spin?

I'll be taking Mint 12 for a spin over the next few days and will give you my first impressions on this new release. For now, I'll just cover the new stuff.

And there's a lot of new stuff in Mint 12 to explore!

Gnome 3 and MGSE

Brand new desktop featuring the MGSE (Mint Gnome Shell Extensions) is a desktop layer on top of Gnome 3. Don't want MGSE? The you can disable it.

MATE

A fork of Gnome 2 that's compatible with Gnome 3. If you want, you can run both!

Note: MATE is available on the DVD edition of Linux Mint 12. CD edition users will need to install it via the mint-meta-mate package. Also note that MATE is not completely stable yet, and is missing a few parts.

Improved artwork and graphics

Two new themes.

New search engine default

Duck Duck Go is in as the new default.

Duck Duck Go does not collect or share personal information, there is no search history, personal profile or any other information about you gathered, stored, sold, used or leaked.

Release notes

Check out the release notes here. There's also a separate tips and tricks page here.

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Topics: Software, Linux, Open Source, Operating Systems

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  • Hats off to Clem and the Mint Developer Team!

    Making a fork of gnome2.32 is a worthy cause (Mate).
    Dietrich T. Schmitz *Your
  • RE: Mint 12

    Same old rants from the same old...

    Mint 12 looks good, hope they get the MATE sorted out. Still worth a spin though.
    Agnostic_OS
  • Great stuff, but it's Java is insecure

    The version of Oracle (Sun) Java JRE that Mint ships by default, is insecure: 6u26. Whereas only 6u29 is secure.<br><br>This has been reported already:<br> <a href="https://bugs.launchpad.net/linuxmint/+bug/890278" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">https://bugs.launchpad.net/linuxmint/+bug/890278</a> <br><br>In the meantime, you can use this how-to for upgrading your Java:<br> <a href="http://sites.google.com/site/easylinuxtipsproject/java" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://sites.google.com/site/easylinuxtipsproject/java</a> <br><br>I hope they fix this quickly... Not a nice start for a new release.<br><br>----Edit: I've just had a reaction from the main developer, Clement Lefebvre: <a href="https://bugs.launchpad.net/linuxmint/+bug/890278/comments/14" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">https://bugs.launchpad.net/linuxmint/+bug/890278/comments/14</a> <br><br>This gives me confidence that this issue will be tackled soon. :-)
    pjotr123
  • Not a bad option if Unity doesn't do it for you

    Mint IS Ubuntu - so you get all the features and repos of Ubuntu, just without Unity. I think they have done a great job with MGSE and with a bit more time it will probably be the better Gnome Shell implementation out there.
    ironhelixx
    • RE: Mint 12

      @ironhelixx
      Mint is Ubuntu based. And Clem actually works a lot to differentiate Mint from it's Ubuntu parent. It has better drivers for all of my hardware, the use of Gnome is more efficient and if I try to list all the reasons why I have used Mint instead of Ubuntu for the last 4 years, there would not be enough space here.
      Buitremx