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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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  • Re:This is so 1990s (Score:4, Interesting)

    by dna_(c)(tm)(r) (618003) on Wednesday June 04, 2014 @01:31AM (#47162271)

    I'm not sure, but was the KDE 4.0 disaster in 2008 not started for the same ONE reason?

    It made me switch to Gnome...

  • Re:This is so 1990s (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 04, 2014 @01:52AM (#47162301)

    the ass-kicking power of Linux

    Which all sounds very exciting until you realize that doesn't really mean anything significant. Let's face it, once you've launched your programs you really don't care about the underlying OS so if it has a funny launcher it's no big deal - normal people dont care about the OS, it is there to run their applications and once you're in Counterstrike or WoW or Photoshop or AutoCAD or Maya or Premiere or MS Office or LibreOffice or iWork or Firefox the OS it is running on is pretty much irrelevant.

  • Re:This is so 1990s (Score:5, Interesting)

    by AthanasiusKircher (1333179) on Wednesday June 04, 2014 @09:41AM (#47163793)

    I think it is the upcoming popular Linux for the desktop.

    Upcoming?

    Linux Mint has received the most hits of any distro over at DistroWatch [distrowatch.org] for the past 2.5 years or so, after it surpassed Ubuntu.

    There's no way to get hard numbers on this sort of stuff, but Mint has already been one of the most popular Linux desktop distros for years, and some have claimed (based on DistroWatch and other sites with hit counts) that it has been #1 (or close to it) for a few years already.

    I'm sure others will chime in here with some other data, but my anecdotal evidence is that I know four friends who switched to Linux in the past couple years. While I'm sure I talked about Linux with them, I wasn't involved in their decision, and I don't think any of them had a lot of guidance from other friends about which distro to go with... they just wanted to try Linux. And all four have ended up using Mint. Some checked out Ubuntu but didn't like it, or read articles saying Mint was better, so they decided to try Mint instead.

    Again, I'm not claiming this is hard proof of anything. But there's been a lot of buzz around Mint, and it clearly has had enough positive press to pull in some of my friends who were looking to try Linux.

    In fact, I would recommend it to anyone who wants to upgrade an old WinXP computer to something more 2014.

    Agreed. Even 5 years ago, I would NOT have recommended desktop Linux as a serious replacement, unless the person had some family member or friend who could be "tech support" when something weird went wrong and the fix required editing a bunch of text files on the command line. I certainly wouldn't recommend any inexperienced users try to install it by themselves, unless they were technologically savvy and had some command line experience. (Someone might get lucky, though, and get a system working immediately with no tweaking.)

    But today? It may not be the perennial "Year of the Linux desktop," but we do finally have things that "just work" in many more user cases than ever before. I hopped from distro to distro for years, trying to find something I didn't have to tinker with all the time or worry whether multimedia would randomly not work or whether an upgrade would break half of the things I spent hours fixing for last upgrade. Linux Mint was the first to approach a relatively stable "just works" philosophy for the casual desktop user.

    I even installed it on an older useless underpowered laptop for a clueless family member over the holidays (Windows had slowed the point that it wasn't useful, and they were tired of Windows). I didn't make any special tweaks other than putting a few shortcuts on the desktop. I knew I only see these people over the holidays, so I wouldn't be around for random tech support. But I wasn't concerned because they had basically just stopped using this computer, so the worst case scenario was that it remained useless. Recently, I heard it was still working great... and if Mint can survive as a useful system for 6 months on the machine of a clueless relative who never used Linux before, well, I'd say that's an achievement.

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