Released LinuxMint 17.3 (Rosa) with Cinnamon 2.8

LinuxMint project proudly announced the new release of LinuxMint 17.3 with Cinnamon 2.8 and the code was named as Rosa on December 4, 2015 which is Third update for LinuxMint 17 series. Linux Mint 17.3 is a long term support release which will be supported until 2019. It comes with updated software and brings refinements and many new features to make your desktop even more comfortable to use.

Software repositories are very important in Linux environment which will help us to install, upgrade & remove softwares or upgrade entire system to latest version, it should be fast and reliable. In this release they made lot of changes on software repositories to make it more flexible.

Added additional mirror servers all over the world for better performance. The software source tool detects your location and find the nearest & fast mirrors from your own country, then from neighbouring countries and finally from your sub-region and region of the world. Even if a mirror is working correctly, the tool is now able to detect if its content is not up to date and PPA (Personal Package Archives) are now tested for compatibility.

The Update Manager now also performs more checks compare with previous version. Now, local cache refreshed 10 minutes after you log in, and every 2 hours then after. Both settings are configurable.

  • It warns you if the mirror you’re using is not up to date
  • It prevents you from damaging the system if that mirror (or your local cache) is corrupted
  • it shows a little hint even when everything is fine if faster mirrors are available

The Driver Manager is more robust than before. It refreshes the cache before looking for drivers and reports update and installation errors if appropriate. Drivers are now sorted by status and the Driver Manager now indicates if drivers are Open Source or not. Lots of improvements in applets.

In previous releases, Linux Mint repositories had an APT priority of 700 (as opposed to 500 for Ubuntu, Debian and 3rd party repositories).

What’s new in LinuxMint 17.3

  • kernel 3.19
  • xorg 1.17
  • mesa 10.5.9
  • UEFI is fully supported.
  • MATE 1.12
  • Cinnamon 2.8.6
  • Multi-monitor support has been improved
  • MDM 2.0
  • LibreOffice 5
  • The welcome screen was redesigned slightly.
  • KDE 4.14
  • MATE Desktop changes
  • The screen reader “Orca” is now installed by default.
  • Input Methods are now handled by mintlocale, which replaces im-config in the menu.
  • Inxi was upgraded and now supports multiple graphics cards.
  • When using an encrypted home directory, memory swap is no longer encrypted by default and hibernation works out of the box.
  • OpenVPN support is now installed by default.
  • Cinnamon 2.8 changes
  • Linux Mint 17.3 “Rosa” MATE released
  • Linux Mint 17.3 “Rosa” Cinnamon released
  • Linux Mint 17.3 Rosa MATE Edition details
  • Linux Mint 17.3 Rosa Cinnamon Edition details
  • For fresh installation, use the link to download the LinuxMint 17.2 (Rosa) images based on your country

Note :1) Take backup of your important data before upgrading, just in case if anything goes wrong we can re install and restore the data.
2) The upgrade will take time based on your Internet connection and application which you install.

1) Checking the current version of my Desktop

See my current desktop version in the below snapshot. Screen shot for LinuxMint 17.2 (Rafaela)
linuxmint-upgrade-from-17-2-rafaela-to-17-3-rosa-1

Method-1:

Here you can upgrade via terminal.

2) Run Upgrade from LinuxMint 17.2 (Rafaela) to 17.3 (Rosa)

Backup your repository file, then modify the repository file based on Rosa (from Rafaela with Rosa) and run the upgrade from Linux Mint 17.2 (Rafaela) to 17.3 (Rosa).

# Backup the repository file #
$ sudo cp /etc/apt/sources.list.d/official-package-repositories.list  /etc/apt/sources.list.d/official-package-repositories.list.bak

# Modify the repository file #
$ sudo sed -i 's/rafaela/rosa/g' /etc/apt/sources.list.d/official-package-repositories.list

# Update system repository index #
$ sudo apt-get update

# Run the upgrade #
$ sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

This upgrade will take 30-45 mins based on your Internet connection and software which you have installed on your system.

Method-2:

Here you can upgrade via GUI mode.
Menu >> Search “Update Manager” >> Open Update manager. Here you can see the “MintUpdate” package.

Edit >> Choose >> Upgrade to Linux Mint 17.3 Rosa and follow the instruction.

2a) Check the version of my Desktop

Reboot your system and see the upgraded version. Use the below command to check the current version of your desktop. Screen shot for LinuxMint 17.3 (Rosa)
linuxmint-upgrade-from-17-2-rafaela-to-17-3-rosa-2
Enjoy with LinuxMint 17.3 (Rosa) !!

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