Linux Mint 19 “Tara” Cinnamon, MATE and Xfce Released

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A few days ago, we wrote about the launch of Mintbox Mini 2 / Mini 2 Pro (MBM2), an Intel Apollo Lake Linux mini PC that will ship with Linux Mint 19, and that will start getting into hands of users around mid July.

The Mint team has now officially announced the release of Linux Mint 19 – codenamed “Tara” – with the default Cinnamon desktop environment, as well as variants with MATE or Xfce.

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Linux Mint 19 Cinnamon Edition – Click for Full Size

Linux Mint 19 is a long term support release which will be supported until 2023, and comes with several new features and improvements including:

  • Timeshift – Utility that allows you to go back in time and restore your computer to the last functional system snapshot, and manages updates.
  • Update Manager – Now relies on Timeshift for updates, supports automatic updates through a option in the preferences,  adds “lowlatency” kernels support
  • New Welcome Screen – More user-friendly Setup wizard
  • Software Manager – Improve keyboard navigation, faster search, cache for apt and flatpak, etc…
  • Desktop Environments
    • Cinnamon 3.8 – Faster app launching, performance enhancements for Nemo file manager, adjustable maximum sound level, etc..
    • MATE 1.20 – Supports HiDPI displays with dynamic detection and scaling,Terminal now supports background images, Engrampa archive viewer received improved support for encrypted 7z archives, etc..
    • Xfce 4.12
  • Improved HiDPI support
  • And more…
Linux-Mint-19-Xfce-Screenshot
Xfce Edition – Click for Full Size

All Linux Mint 19 distributions come with Linux 4.15.x and an Ubuntu 18.04 package base. Minimal system requirements are the same for all three editions:

  • 1GB RAM (2GB recommended for a comfortable usage).
  • 15GB of disk space (20GB recommended).
  • 1024×768 resolution (on lower resolutions, press ALT to drag windows with the mouse if they don’t fit in the screen).

While the 64-bit ISO is recommended, 32-bit ISO is also available. The 64-bit ISO can boot with BIOS or UEFI, but the 32-bit ISO can only boot with BIOS. AFAICS, Linux Mint is only available on x86 / AMD64 archiecture, and there’s no release for Arm or other architectures. If you want to give Linux Mint 19 a try, head over the download page.

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Cool. I use both Cinnamon (desktop) and XFCE (VNC), anb love both. Although i’m a Fedora user, i always recommend Linux Mint to less technical user and users migrating from Windows.

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All Mint releases are LTS these days. The .x releases are LTS by virtue of being.based on the last Mint release, rather than the latest (non-LTS) Ubuntu.