Released Linux Mint 18 (Sarah) with Brand new Theme Mint-Y & X-Apps

Linux Mint Community, proudly announced the general release of Linux Mint 18 and the code name is Sarah on June 31, 2016. Linux Mint 18 ported with Cinnamon 3.0.6 and MATE 1.14 (Mate 1.16 will be featured with Linux Mint 18.1). Included new Application which will work with all kind of desktops (Cinnamon, Gnome, etc) & Linux Distributions. Also read about Linux Mint 18 installation steps with screen shots & Top 25 things to do on Linux Mint 18 (Sarah).

Linux Mint 18 is a long term support release which will be supported until 2021. It comes with updated software and brings refinements and many new features to make your desktop even more comfortable to use. It’s based on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS.

Linux Mint 18 Important Links

General Changes

  • Linux Mint 18 is the first version adapting systemd
  • Included new Application called X-Apps which will work with all kind of Linux Desktops (Cinnamon, Gnome, etc) & Linux Distributions. X-Apps are developed with modern toolkits and technologies (GTK3 for HiDPI support, gsettings etc..) and use traditional user interfaces (titlebars, menubars)
    • Xplayer : Xplayer is based on Totem and acts as the default media player for music and videos.
    • Xed : Xed is based on Pluma and acts as the default text editor
    • Xviewer : Xviewer is based on Eye of GNOME and acts as the default image viewer.
    • Xreader : Xreader is based on Atril and acts as the default document and PDF reader.
    • Pix : Pix is based on gThumb, which is an application to organize your photos.
  • By default backport component is enabled on Linux Mint 18 repositories, with (main, upstream and import)
  • Update manager received many improvements, both visual and under the hood. Two new settings were added in update manager such as kernel updates & update policy
  • Now you can see installed kernel, availability of packages for newer kernels with detailed information about the kernel. These are in level 5 updates.
  • update policy welcome screen allow users to understand the stability and security awareness before proceeding the updates.
  • Linux Mint 18 introduces Mint-Y a brand new flat theme based on the very popular Arc theme & beautiful set of Moka icons, after 6 years since Mint-X.
  • Mint-Y looks modern, clean and professional. There are three variations (Mint-Y Light, Mint-Y Dark, Mint-Y Darker)
  • Lots of improvements on Apt command, also now supports the syntax of the Debian “apt” and benefits.
  • “apt install” and “apt remove” now show progress output.
  • “apt full-upgrade” does the same as “apt dist-upgrade”, “apt edit-sources” the same as “apt sources” and “apt showhold” the same as “apt held”.
  • The add-apt-repository command now supports the “–remove” argument, making it possible to remove PPAs from the command line.
  • Linux Mint 18 ships with Thermald, a daemon which monitors thermal sensors and prevent CPUs from overheating.
  • exFAT file systems are now supported out of the box.
  • Btrfs support is back and installed by default again.
  • To prevent passwords from being typed when no users are pre-selected. The login screen suggests to select a user or Hit F1 to type new User.
  • HiDPI support is largely improved in Linux Mint 18. Firefox, all the XApps (Xed, Xviewer, Xreader, Xplayer, Pix) and most of the Mint apps (mintdesktop, mintsystem, mintwelcome, mintlocale, mintdrivers, mintnanny, mintstick, mint-common, mintupdate, mintbackup and mintupload) migrated to GTK3.
  • Popular applications such as Steam, Spotify, Dropbox or even Minecraft were added to the Software Manager and are now easier to install.
  • Linux kernel 4.4
  • MDM 2.0
  • based on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

What’s New in Linux Mint 18 MATE Edition

  • Linux Mint 18 features the latest MATE 1.14
  • Improved GTK3 support.
  • Touchpad configuration now supports edge and two-finger scrolling independently.
  • Python extensions in Caja can now be managed separately.
  • All three window focus modes are selectable.
  • The panel now has the ability to change icon sizes for menubar and menu items.
  • The volume and brightness OSD can now be enabled/disabled.
  • Updated translations

What’s New in Linux Mint 18 Cinnamon Edition

  • Linux Mint 18 features the latest Cinnamon 3.0.6
  • Window management improvements on tiling, mapping and unmapping windows, compositor’s window groups and tracking of full screen windows
  • Improved out of the box touchpad support (edge-scrolling and two-finger-scrolling can now be configured independently and are both enabled by default)
  • New accessibility and sound settings (both rewritten as native cinnamon-settings modules)
  • Battery powered devices can be renamed
  • Different favorite applications can now be set for plain-text, documents and source code files
  • Panel launchers now include application actions
  • Animation effects are now enabled by default on dialogs and menus
  • Favorites and system options can now be disabled in the menu applet
  • The photo-frame desklet now also scans subdirectories
  • Improved support for GTK 3.20, Spotify 0.27, Viber

Magesh Maruthamuthu

Love to play with all Linux distribution

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