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November 27, 2012

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Linux Mint 14 Cinnamon Review

Hot off the press, we are welcomed with a new version of Linux Mint codenamed Nadia. This released is based on Ubuntu 12.10 and comes with Cinnamon 1.6 desktop environment and features significant upgrades in the GUI alone since version 13.

As always Linux Mint is available in both 32 bit and 64 bit and comes in the form of a Live Media CD which can be installed if you enjoy Linux MintThis new fresh Linux Mint has quite a number of improvements under the hood and for those who used the previous version there’s no drastic changes where one would have to relearn things. With Cinnamon 1.6 comes a new file manager called Nemo which features shortcuts on the left hand side and displays the contents on the right. It is quite sleek and it is easy for a user to add a shortcut to one of their folders if need be.

Notifications play a role in notifying a user if there is a program opened in the background or if there is an update, etc. and in this version of Linux Mint, we are greeted with a new notification system which is quite intuitive and sleek and is conveniently located in the menu bar. linuxmint-14-2012-11-21-17-44-19

Cinnamon can be easily customized through Cinnamon Settings panel. Here you can easily change the background, theme, time and so much more. The backgrounds and themes that are included are very well done and professional.

The Software Manager is the place to go where you can remove or install a program from Linux Mint. You can search by name or easily look through categories for software you might want to give a shot. If Software Manager isn’t up to your fluff, you can still use synatpic to install, update and remove programs.

Linux Mint comes with a slew of software installed from a variety of categories. Firefox and Thunderbird are our main Internet browser and email program respectively, LibreOffice 3.6.2 is the default office suite, we also have GIMP 2.8 for your image creator and much. much more.

Conclusion

First thing I have to point out is that Clement Lefebvre and the Linux Mint team have done a great job in this edition and I don’t know how they keep upping the ante on each release. One major change that I have noticed is the tremendous speed increase since the previous version. It is mind boggling how much of a speed improvement there has been and it is truly welcome.

The artwork and overall look of Linux Mint has improved and getting more professional and modern each release.

If there’s something that I would like to see done is an upgrade option being offered when a new version has been released like its “cousin” Ubuntu offers. It makes it easier for everyone even though the upgrades may be numerous when going from one version to the next.

More Information

Homepage: http://linuxmint.com/
Screenshots: Linux Mint 14

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  1. Randy
    Nov 28 2012

    Excellent new release! Love it. So easy to use.

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  2. Nov 28 2012

    Great distribution, great review, … upgrade option, yeah I’d like that too, or a network install.

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