Saturday, May 30, 2009

Linux Mint 7 released. Based on Ubuntu 9.04

Based on Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty Jackalope, Linux 2.6.28, Gnome 2.26 and Xorg 7.4, the Linux Mint team released the latest version 7, code named “Gloria”, last Tuesday.

The 7th release of Linux Mint comes with numerous bug fixes and a lot of improvements. In particular the menu system, the application manager and the upload manager now provide new features such as “Suggestions”, “Featured applications”, “SCP and SFTP support”. The underlying base of the operating system was also strengthened with a new adjustment mechanism which makes Linux Mint more robust and less vulnerable to Ubuntu package upgrades, and the introduction of virtual and meta packages which simplify upgrade paths and the installation of multiple desktop environments.


Among many improvements, perhaps the most useful one is the ‘Featured application’. The "Featured applications" highlights some of the most popular applications that are available for Mint but not currently installed on the system for reasons such as being a proprietary software or a patented technology. This makes it easier to find and install software.


Another amusing change is that RTFM is not included as a command, which is nothing but a simple link to the "man" command. So when someone barks RTFM to you again on IRC, you don’t have to feel bad because that's exactly what you have to do. A nice touch. 

Linux Mint 7 comes in two editions – Main and Universal. The difference between the two is that the Universal edition includes a live DVD and in-built support for multiple languages.


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