Linux Mint is an Ubuntu-based distribution whose goal is to provide a more complete out-of-the-box experience by including browser plugins, media codecs, support for DVD playback, Java and other components. It also adds a custom desktop and menus, several unique configuration tools, and a web-based package installation interface. Linux Mint is compatible with Ubuntu software repositories.
Linux Mint 17 is a long term support release which will be supported until 2019. It comes with updated software and brings refinements and many new features to make your desktop even more comfortable to use.
New features at a glance:
- Update Manager
- Drivers Manager
- Login Screen
- Language Settings
- Software Sources
- Welcome Screen
- MATE 1.8
- System Improvements
- Artwork Improvements
- Main Components
- LTS Strategy
For a complete overview and to see screenshots of the new features, visit: “What’s new in Linux Mint 17 MATE“.
There is some important info in the Release Notes:
- Issues with Skype
- DVD Playback with VLC
- EFI Support
- Solving freezes with some NVIDIA GeForce GPUs
- Booting with non-PAE CPUs
- Other issues
Make sure to read them to be aware of known issues and known solutions related to this release.
- x86 processor (Linux Mint 64-bit requires a 64-bit processor. Linux Mint 32-bit works on both 32-bit and 64-bit processors).
- 512 MB RAM (1GB recommended for a comfortable usage).
- 5 GB of disk space (20GB recommended).
- Graphics card capable of 800×600 resolution (1024×768 recommended).
- DVD drive or USB port
- To upgrade from a previous version of Linux Mint follow these instructions.
- To upgrade from the RC release, simply launch the Update Manager and install any Level 1 update available.