Linux Mint 14 released: Nadia builds on the Quantal Quetzal

Linux Mint 14 released: Nadia builds on the Quantal Quetzal

Summary: Linux Mint 14 is now available to download free of charge, providing a potential alternative to enthusiasts who like the Ubuntu distribution, but dislike the Unity interface.

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The latest release of Linux Mint, named 'Nadia', has arrived, bringing updated GUIs, revamped management tools and several under-the-bonnet improvements to the open-source operating system.

Linux Mint 14 was posted for download on Tuesday. The OS distribution is based on Quantal Quetzal — the 12.10 edition of the competing Ubuntu distribution of Linux — and uses the Linux 3.5 kernel.

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"After six months of incremental development, Linux Mint 14 features an impressive list of improvements, increased stability and a refined desktop experience. We're very proud of MATE, Cinnamon, MDM and all the components used in this release," the developer team for the OS wrote in a blog post on Tuesday.

Unlike its Ubuntu counterpart, Linux Mint offers an alternative to the Unity interface — two, in fact. In place of Unity, users can choose either the custom-made Cinnamon interface or the MATE 1.4 fork of Gnome 2.

"MATE 1.4 not only strengthens the quality and stability of the desktop, but it goes beyond GNOME 2 by fixing bugs which were in GNOME 2 for years, and by providing new features which were previously missing," the Mint project said.

In addition, Mint 14 brings a revamped Mint Display Manager (MDM) interface that adds support for Gnome Display Manager 2 (GDM2) themes, which allows people to fully customise their themes and login screen. There are also a number of bug and security fixes, the project said.

The developer team decided to abandon the use of 'aptdaemon', seen as responsible for crashes and freezes, with its own apt client for managing the installation and removal of software. Installing software is now easier as the software manager runs as root, meaning there is no need to re-enter the system password each time you install a piece of software, the Mint team said.

Linux Mint 14 also delivers additional commands — such as 'dns-fix' for setting DNS resolution to OpenDNS — and artwork changes such as better icon themes and new background images.

Topics: Open Source, Linux, Operating Systems

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  • Linux Mint 14 released: Nadia builds on the Quantal Quetzal

    Kudos Clem and your Team….
    daikon
  • Linux Mint 14 released: Nadia builds on the Quantal Quetzal

    Both Cinn & Mate are solid releases.
    Over and Out
    • Which one is better

      Which release is better for integrated graphics options?
      slickjim
      • slickjim...I suggest you try both and determin that for yourself.....

        Download both to dvd's and do live installs of both......draw your own conclusions from their
        Over and Out
        • actually I liked the Mate.

          n/t
          Ram U
  • Nice...

    "Installing software is now easier as the software manager runs as root, meaning there is no need to re-enter the system password each time you install a piece of software, the Mint team said."

    I can't wait to give it a spin.

    Thank you for that and more :)
    coastin
  • Pretty good.

    Linux Mint rocks. I moved away from Ubuntu recently and installed Linux Mint. it is pretty clean and crisp. The original Linux experience is still maintained in the Linux Mint which I haven't seen in any other Linux distro out there except Slackware.
    Ram U
  • the best

    Cinnamon on Mint 13 was a little buggy on my machine so I've been using Mate which is great mate. Last night I installed 14 with cinnamon & I personally think this is the best & most usable desktop ever created, at least the best I've ever used & Ive used a lot
    gordongr
  • keen to try MATE 1.4

    with the Nadia release. Probably in VMWare to begin with then an actual, full-disk install at some later date.
    thx-1138_
  • Mint 14

    Sadly my pc finds ubuntu 12.10 slow but Linux mint 14 is totally useless slow and buggy however a reinstall of Ubuntu 12.4 LTS is great. So it's not just my machine.
    GBE-71384