Is Linux Mint 17 “Qiana” The Ubuntu Killer?

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The 17th release of Linux Mint, codenamed ‘Qiana’ is now available. It’s most suitable for people who don’t want to use Windows but at the same time they don’t have much liking for Ubuntu.

Let’s see what’s new in this latest version.

What is Linux Mint?

Linux Mint is another highly popular version of Linux based on Ubuntu, which basically was developed for fixing the usability issues of Ubuntu. It is one of the best and most favorite distributions for alternative desktop environments. Linux Mint offers its own desktop environment- Cinnamon as well as Mate the Gnome 2 contribution.

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What’s New in “Qiana”

The latest version is based on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, the Trusty Tahr, and is even an LTS release itself. The Linux Mint developers have announced that it will be supported for 5 years as well as the next three releases after Qiana will be based on Ubuntu 14.04. Although Mint 21 will have a new base i.e. Ubuntu 16.0.4.

As Linux Mint is based on Ubuntu, so it’s compatible with the large selection of Ubuntu.

The latest release has come with the major improvements and fixes specifically for Linux Mint additions.

See Also: How To Get Ubuntu Touch?

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The driver manager now comes with Update Manager, a history of updates and information dialog for kernel versions which helps to find whether the update is safe or not.

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It can also be installed via offline installer or USB stick. You will find improved login screen for multi-monitors, HiDPI support, language setting features have been improved as well and overall the whole software sources features is improvised and designed for better usage.

Other Linux Mint Tools

There are some tools which did not get any enhancement or any noteworthy improvements. Back up tool allows you to back up and restore your personal files with which you can easily restore or reinstall applications on newly installed Linux Mint system.

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Desklets are must gadgets/applets to have on your desktop as they allow customization with ease and neatness. With domain blocker users will be able to block certain domains on internet which surely is as effective way to implement parental control and to avoid distractions that are usually time wasting.

Linux Mint Debian Edition (LDME) users have to wait for the Update Pack 9 to enjoy all the improvements.

How To Download

You can grab the latest version of Linux Mint from their download page and burn it on DVD or USB to boot off the installation from the newly created media.

The Mint Release For Anyone

Even if you are not the biggest fan of Ubuntu, I definitely recommend you to try this latest released Linux Mint. It’s supported for next 5 years, functional and even beginners can use it without any problem.

Do let us know in the comments as what you like or dislike about Linux Mint.