Preview Linux Mint 18.1 (Serena) new features

Linux Mint is one of the best Linux Desktop distribution among others. It’s going to get first update later this December for Linux Mint 18 (sarah) released back in June 30, 2016. As you may aware of few things about Linux Mint ? even i’m listing here.

Linux Mint 18.1 is a long term support release and get updates (software & security) until 2021. It’s based on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS.

Whoever coming from windows, the ideal Linux distribution choice is Linux Mint because the look and design similar to windows, so even new user can easily adapt with Linux Mint in short time. Linux Mint team worked hard and polished the distro like anything, that’s why it’s become #1 distro on distrowatch rating.

In every Linux Mint release, they brings refinements and many new features to make your desktop experience more comfortable to use. See the below new features in Linux Mint 18.1 (Serena).

Hot Features in Linux Mint 18.1 Serena

  • Cinnamon 3.2
  • Mate 1.16
  • New screensaver
  • Better look and feel
  • Vertical panels
  • Improved hardware support
  • Monitor blanking

See the below screenshot for Linux Mint 18.1 (Serena) Cinnamon 3.2 desktop.

Cinnamon 3.2 : New screensaver

Cinnamon 3.2 was released back in 21 November, 2016 with lot’s of improvements and new features, if you didn’t get chance to read earlier and want to know more about it now, you can read by navigating Cinnamon 3.2 release page.

The screensaver in Cinnamon 3.2 was redesigned by rewritten entire/complete code in python from scratch. It looks better, Much faster, responsive & More customizable compare to previous one.

The new screensaver background slideshows play continuously, you can see laptop battery power status, notification count (not their content for privacy reasons), also you have the media controls on screensaver, so no need to login to change the songs on media player.

Cinnamon 3.2 : Better look and feel

Due to stability reasons, cinnamon team had disabled some visual changes, after a long time they have included into Cinnamon 3.2 like, cross-fade animations on background changes & main menu applications use fade effects to render their edges.

Cinnamon play a sound when a notification pops up, activate this by navigating System Settings -> Sound -> Sound Effects.

The most notable change in Cinnamon 3.2, is the removal of box pointers, where menus used to point to their parent object. This will help applets to sit properly on the edges of the screen. Also it cleaned significant amount of code and resolved long-standing bugs.

Magesh Maruthamuthu

Love to play with all Linux distribution

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