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Linux Mint 18 - review, what's new?

Linux Mint 18 - review, what's new?

Linux Mint 18, this is the second release with long term support, which is based on a batch basis Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. Since Linux Mint 17, the distribution moved to the new scheme of formation of releases, with only releases of Ubuntu with long term support (LTS).



Sorry for the spelling and phonetic errors in the text.
Owner and main writer of MintGuide.org is not a native English speaker.


 

In this case, the intermediate editions of Linux Mint will be developing new versions of desktops Cinnamon and MATE, as well as bakertowne some new versions of software while maintaining compatibility with the base repositories to the LTS release of Ubuntu. All editions of Linux Mint 18/18.1/18.2 and 18.3 will be supported until 2021, regardless of what version of the distribution you are using at the moment.

 

Updated: You can upgrade to Linux Mint 18, following the official instructions

New features in Linux Mint 18:

1. Codecs multimedia
First of all I would like to mention that Linux Mint 18, this is the first release in which the media codecs, flash-plugin for the Internet browser and codecs for common audio and video files) are not installed by default. This is due to legal or copyright in some countries, such as USA. The user himself must do the installation in the second step, the software, noting this item:

Linux Mint 18 - review, what's new?Linux Mint 18 - review, what's new?

But even if you for some reason did not do it during installation, make the installation of codecs is possible immediately after the first login after installation with one click in the welcome screen or search in the system menu:

Linux Mint 18 - review, what's new?Linux Mint 18 - review, what's new?

2. Update Manager
The update Manager has also undergone changes. Now after the first login, the user is also asked to update the system, but before you begin the upgrade welcome window Manager with a choice of updates of three options:

Linux Mint 18 - review, what's new?Linux Mint 18 - review, what's new?

Here in the Update Manager - View - Update kernel opens a notification window, where the user is acquainted with the possible risks of installing new kernels:

Linux Mint 18 - review, what's new?Linux Mint 18 - review, what's new?

And the option of installing a new kernel after you click Continue:

Linux Mint 18 - review, what's new?Linux Mint 18 - review, what's new?

3. New themes apps and icons - Mint-Y
By default in Linux Mint 18, as always, present the theme and the icons, Mint-X, but as promised earlier, the developers of Linux Mint release in 18 experimentally added a new theme application icons and Mint-Y, which the user can activate and use at your discretion in System Settings - Themes:

Linux Mint 18 - review, what's new?Linux Mint 18 - review, what's new?

Themes and icons Mint-Y consist of two themes to choose from: light Mint-Y and dark - Mint-Y Dark.

This is done with the purpose to allow users to test new themes within the six months prior to the release of Linux Mint 18.1 and give your opinions about them. If most reviews are positive, then the theme is Mint-Y and new icons in Linux Mint 18.1 will be enabled by default.

4. Sound settings
Cinnamon now in the new dialog sound settings, completely rewritten in Python.

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5. X-Apps

X-Apps is a unified (cross-desktop) applications. The goal or idea of this project is to same application used in all traditional desktop environments, GTK.

Note. Cross-desktop applications - xapps is applications with the same interface and capabilities that will be used in all environments to Linux Mint 18.

Currently developed five cross-desktop - xapps:

xplayer is a Multimedia player based on totem:

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xed - Text editor based on Pluma:

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xviewer - Software for viewing images, based on the gnome "eye" - Eog:

Linux Mint 18 - review, what's new?

xreader - the Program for reading of documents based on Atril:

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pix is based on gThumb, which is an application to organize photos:

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6. HiDPI Support

HiDPI stands for High Dots Per Inch. This term is used to refer to screens with high pixel density or just high resolution. Due to such pixel density the text and graphics are displayed with a higher degree of detail than conventional displays. As well as porting many applications GTK3/python3/Gsettings and improve their support for HiDPI, which includes most of the Mint tools and Xapps.
Firefox will now also support HiDPI.


7. Touchpad

In Cinnamon and MATE better scrolling support. Touchpad now supports scrolling with two fingers, as in MacOS. Additionally, the added option to reverse scrolling in settings - Mouse and touchpad:

Linux Mint 18 - review, what's new?Linux Mint 18 - review, what's new?

8. New context menu icons launch

Now the icons of the running programs on the panel has got a new context menu on right click on icon, available options, run the program:

Linux Mint 18 - review, what's new?

Linux Mint 18 - review, what's new?

9. Improvements in the system

In Linux Mint 18, the terminal command "apt" continues to support all previous features which have been earlier, but also supports a new syntax of Debian "apt" with some changes and improvements.

Here is a brief overview of some of the changes:

- When you run the commands "apt install" and "apt remove" and "sudo apt autoremove" in the terminal the progress bar is displayed to completion:

Linux Mint 18 - review, what's new?Linux Mint 18 - review, what's new?

- New commands were introduced to support the syntax of Debian. So the new apt full-upgrade is equivalent to running apt dist-upgrade.

Now the terminal command add-apt-repository --remove argument to remove the junk repository that previously could only be done in graphic mode, i.e. using software Sources.

The new Thermald daemon monitors the sensors and prevents from overheating CPU.

- The file system is exFAT now supported out of the box.

- Newly supported by default file system is Btrfs.

- glad the correct implementation of Suspend mode, which in Linux Mint 17x impossible to get any settings:

Linux Mint 18 - review, what's new?

- New commands were introduced to support the syntax of Debian. So the new apt full-upgrade is equivalent to running apt dist-upgrade.

Now the terminal command add-apt-repository --remove argument to remove the junk repository that previously could only be done in graphic mode, i.e. using software Sources.

The new Thermald daemon monitors the sensors and prevents from overheating CPU).

- The file system is exFAT now supported out of the box.

- Newly supported by default file system is Btrfs.

- 10. Other improvements

Popular applications such as Steam, Spotify, Dropbox and even Minecraft was added to the Software Manager and now have become easier to install.

All versions of the distribution now supports the installation of OEM.

Gufw, a graphical tool to configure firewall now installed by default.

The main components of the system

Cinnamon 3.0
MATE 1.14
MDM 2.0
Linux kernel 4.4
The basic package Ubuntu 16.04

Also describes the transition at MATE 1.16 (in preparation for Linux Mint 18.1).

The schedule of the release of the final version of Linux Mint 18.

The release of Linux Mint 18 is expected in late June, early July. Any fixed date will not be published in advance and the ISO images of the distribution will be "complete". 

Good Luck!!!

Sources: https://www.linuxmint.com/
http://compizomania.blogspot.com/2016/06/linux-mint-18.html

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3 comments

  1. DarkDuck
    My thoughts on Linux Mint 18: http://linuxblog.darkduck.com/2016/07/linux-mint-18-cinnamon-pity-pity-pity.htm
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  2. Nomen luni
    A good, solid incremental release for the Mint team and a solid base to build on for the 18 series.

    For those that were concerned about the difficulty of installing multimedia codecs on systems without internet connections, don't be! Installation is a cinch and instructions are provided in the release documentation.
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