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Linux Mint 19 Named 'Tara' (betanews.com) 124

BrianFagioli writes: Today, we get some information about the upcoming version 19 of Mint. The biggest news is that it will be called 'Tara.' If you aren't aware, Mint's distros are always named after a woman.

Clement Lefebvre, Linux Mint leader, shares the following information: "The development cycle only just started so it's a bit early to give details about Linux Mint 19, but here's what we can say already: Linux Mint 19 is estimated to be released around May/June 2018. Linux Mint 19.x releases will be based on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS and supported until 2023. Linux Mint 19.x will use GTK 3.22. GTK 3.22 is a major stable release for GTK3. From there on, the theming engine and the APIs are stable. This is a great milestone for GTK3. It also means Linux Mint 19.x (which will become our main development platform) will use the same version of GTK as LMDE 3, and distributions which use components we develop, such as Fedora, Arch..etc. This should ease development and increase the quality of these components outside of Linux Mint."

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Linux Mint 19 Named 'Tara'

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  • Uh (Score:5, Insightful)

    by cascadingstylesheet ( 140919 ) on Wednesday January 03, 2018 @10:48AM (#55855231)

    The name of the release is the biggest news?

    Because it's named after a woman?

    Just like it ... always has been?

    Oh Slashdot, what has happened to you?

    • I've never understood the penchant in the Linux world for naming releases, and having the name be the main headline about the release. It just seems so cult-ish to me.
    • by Anonymous Coward

      The name of the release is the biggest news?

      Because it's named after a woman?

      Just wait until they realize that boats are traditionally given womens' names, too.

      https://catamaranguru.com/education/trivia-a-fun-facts/why-are-boats-named-after-women [catamaranguru.com]

    • by zifn4b ( 1040588 )

      The name of the release is the biggest news?

      Because it's named after a woman?

      Just like it ... always has been?

      Oh Slashdot, what has happened to you?

      msmash happened...

    • The summary has one comment:

      > If you aren't aware, Mint's distros are always named after a woman.

      The rest of the summary has nothing to do with the name. It's only commentators that are making a fuss over nothing, either using this as an excuse to lambaste so-called social justice warriors, or to be behave like so-called social justice warriors.

      • The summary has one comment:

        > If you aren't aware, Mint's distros are always named after a woman.

        The rest of the summary has nothing to do with the name. It's only commentators that are making a fuss over nothing, either using this as an excuse to lambaste so-called social justice warriors, or to be behave like so-called social justice warriors.

        Uh, the sentence literally right before that one, in the summary, is "The biggest news is that it will be called 'Tara.'"

  • I am currently stuck on a pre-Ryzen 6 core AMD circa 2011. While I do i have 16 gigs of ram, that's still a rickety old CPU. I don't have much of a problem with Ubuntu latest, but I seem to have memory of Mint being among the more resource intensive.

    How do you think my rig would fair on Mint?
  • when they start using names like "Chris", "Pat", "Jamie". or "Kelly"!

  • It's the plantation in Gone With The Wind. Don't be surprised when it burns down.

    • Also the name of deities in two major world religions. Also, historical place in Ireland.

      Which is Mint using? Do you know?

      • I have no idea which one (if any) the developer had in mind. I do know that the plantation was the first association I made, and within about three seconds, so did Tara's Theme from the movie. Judging from other comments here, quite a few other commentators made the same association, regardless of what was intended.
        • Quoting from the devblog at Linux Mint (https://blog.linuxmint.com/?p=3494)

          Tara is a popular name here in Ireland, and the name of someone we really like

        • I know rather than take the 30 seconds of trivial effort to find out exactly what Linux Mint team meant you want go off on some Twitter SJW level whine fest invoking racism and slavery and injustice....in complete ignorance

          • You might try reading my comment again and making an effort to understand it. I made no judgment, no complaints. I only mentioned what my first thought was when I saw the name.
  • by demon driver ( 1046738 ) on Wednesday January 03, 2018 @12:41PM (#55856053) Journal

    Any opinions why one should prefer Mint over Ubuntu or Cinnamon over Mate?

    Not that I'd want to start a flamewar or some such, just to add something to talk about here, regarding which I'm not yet convinced I've made up my mind myself.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      Mint is derived from Ubuntu LTS which in turn is derived from Debian Testing, while all other Ubuntu spins are derived from Debian Testing.

      Why not just use Debian Testing with your preferred DE or WM? Far and away cleaner, less bloated, better performance. Debian is no harder to use than the children it spawned. I've been using pure Debian for years. Even their Testing branch is very stable for desktop use. Use Debian Stable for anything mission critical.

      • Dell XPS13, Debian doesn't see any wireless networks. Replaced the wireless card with an Intel wireless card that was specifically recommended by Amazon reviewers as having good Linux compatibility and Debian still doesn't see any wireless networks.

        Mint and Manjaro both see my wireless networks with both the original and the Intel wireless cards.

        Unfortunately neither Mint nor Manjaro successfully restore from suspend mode after closing and reopening the lid.

        I like Debian on my VMs and servers, but it's not

    • by jetkust ( 596906 )
      I just installed 18.3 Sylvia xfce and really like it. And it seems I'm getting more than 2x the battery power of my last install of cinnamon (I think 18.1). Not sure if it was the desktop change or the upgrade though. I was also having sleep wake issues with XUbuntu and Cinnamon which xfce 18.3 seemed to improve on. But I'm thinking they all likely improved once Ubuntu is updated. I'm probably sticking with xfce for now. Seems more polished than I remember it.
    • I've tried all four, and personally find that Mint is slightly more geared towards traditional desktop users that want a stable system. Aside from the interface there's mostly just tweaks to the default applications that Ubuntu otherwise offers, typically with additional configuration options.

      Some of the major application improvements I find in Mint is a file manager that's more customizable, informative and friendly towards keyboard navigation. There's also an update manager that will give more details abo

    • by steveha ( 103154 )

      Any opinions why one should prefer Mint over Ubuntu or Cinnamon over Mate?

      Development on both MATE and Cinnamon is mainly done by developers on the Linux Mint project. The basic purpose of Linux Mint is "Ubuntu with a better desktop".

      The Mint project was not particularly famous until Ubuntu switched from the GNOME desktop to Unity. At that point, Mint became the top distribution on DistroWatch. (I just checked and it still is [distrowatch.com].)

      The modern GNOME desktop has its fans, but it's completely different than anyt

    • by Ramze ( 640788 )

      Eh, ymmv. Mint is more focused on providing a very stable, very polished experience. It does not necessarily update when Ubuntu updates. You could think of Mint as being a kind of Ubuntu LTS release. In fact, the next Mint will be based on an Ubuntu LTS release. So, if you have newer hardware, you may want Ubuntu instead for a newer kernel and better driver support (along with newer versions of your fav. software). I personally prefer Ubuntu because it is more cutting edge with Nvidia drivers, Way

    • Thanks to all comments, much appreciated.

  • I can't even get a Slashdot mention of a Mageia Linux release (downvoted as SPAM), but this info pops up like a Jerry Springer promo?

  • This submission links to the betanews "article" written by the submitter, which is simply a repeat of the information that is on the Linux Mint blog. [linuxmint.com] Looks like clickbait to me.

  • Today, we get some information about the upcoming version 19 of Mint. The biggest news is that it will be called 'Tara.'

    If that's the biggest news, then there can't be much of note to Mint 19.

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