Linux Mint 14 released: Nadia builds on the Quantal Quetzal

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.

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.


"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.