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Linux Mint 17 'Qiana' Released 132

Posted by Soulskill
from the onward-and-upward dept.
New submitter Tailhook writes: "Linux Mint 17 'Qiana', a long term support edition of Linux Mint, has been released. Mint 17 is available in both MATE and Cinnamon editions. Mint 17 is derived from Ubuntu 14.04 (Trusty Tahr) and will receive security updates until April, 2019. The Cinnamon edition provides Cinnamon 2.2, with a much improved update manager, driver manager, HiDPI display support and many usability refinements. This release of Mint establishes a baseline on which the next several releases will be based: 'Until 2016 the development team won't start working on a new base and will be fully focused on this one; future versions of Linux Mint will use the same package base as Linux Mint 17, making it trivial for people to upgrade.'"
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Linux Mint 17 'Qiana' Released

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  • Slow (Score:1, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward

    Bit slow to report this, aren't we, /.?

    Upgraded to Qiana a couple of days ago.

  • I see Mate and Cinnamon editions.

    Will there be a KDE spin that is LTS?

    • by Threni (635302)

      I hope not. The last (LTS) version of KDE Mint gave two errors after every install (one of which contained a typo). You had to disable some akoni-something nonsense or create an empty folder. Seriously. And the initial mandatory mint-update seemed to crash about half the time too.

      Mint 17 Mate (released a couple of weeks ago; not sure why it's on the front page today; perhaps there are no Linus videos) "just works".

    • by Nimey (114278)

      Yes, and there will be an Xfce one as well. It usually takes a month or two after MATE/Cinnamon releases for Mint to release ISOs with those DEs.

      • by hoggoth (414195)

        Will someone explain to me why I would choose "Cinnamon" or "MATE" or "Xfce" or "LXDE" etc etc etc?
        One would be for an old underpowered laptop, the other for a reasonably modern desktop.

        It's really off-putting to hear how great Mint is, then go to the site and the first thing you need to do is decide which environment you will choose with no explanations of what that choice will mean to you. Are there programs that will only work under one environment and not the others? Are we just talking about difference

        • Re:KDE? (Score:5, Informative)

          by Nimey (114278) on Wednesday June 04, 2014 @01:44PM (#47166411) Homepage Journal

          This is why I love virtual machines and broadband. Grab all the spins of Mint or whatever operating system that you're interested in and install them into virtual machines, then try them out until you're bored and delete the VM.

          LXDE is for the really old computers, like the P4-based Celeron laptop my daughter uses.
          Xfce is for older computers or those with low specs, or if you want something faster than the next few:
          MATE is for those who remember GNOME 2 and the glory days of Ubuntu fondly. It's a continuation of the old GNOME 2 project.
          Cinnamon is the new thing that the Mint devs want to (eventually) replace MATE with. The interfaces are fairly similar but it's got more modern underpinnings.
          KDE is for the folks who want to customize ALL THE THINGS.

          Generally they can run each other's programs, you'll just need the supporting packages to be installed, which your package manager should handle automatically when you install the program you want.

        • I like XFCE because it's pretty close to the classic Windows desktop but you can still twaddle around with the bars a little without it getting in your face (KDE). That it's pseudolightweight is just an added bonus.

    • I did a fresh install of M17 the day before yesterday. I had a couple of hard lockups running Cinnamon. LXDE was fine, and installing KDE is as simple as firing up synaptic and grabbing 'kde-standard'. I'm typing this from KDE right now. It's not as polished as SuSE's but it's stable (so far)

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