Linux Mint

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Linux Mint
Linux Mint logo and wordmark.svg
Mint 15 RC.jpg Linux Mint 15 Cinnamon.png
Linux Mint 15 (Olivia) Release Candidate running MATE 1.6 (top) and Cinnamon 1.8 (bottom)
Company / developer Clement Lefebvre, Jamie Boo Birse, Kendall Weaver, and community[1]
OS family Unix-like, based on Ubuntu, optionally based on Debian (LMDE)
Working state Active
Source model Free and open-source software and proprietary software
Initial release 27 August 2006; 7 years ago (2006-08-27)
Latest stable release Linux Mint 16 ("Petra") / May 29, 2013; 10 months ago (2013-05-29)
Available language(s) Multilingual[2]
Update method APT (+ mintUpdate, Synaptic)
Package manager dpkg
Supported platforms i486, x86-64
Kernel type Monolithic (Linux)
Default user interface 1.0-8: KDE
9: GNOME 2
12: GNOME 3 with MGSE
13-14: Cinnamon/MATE/Xfce/LXDE/KDE
License Mainly GPL and various other free software licenses
Official website www.linuxmint.com

Linux Mint is a Linux distribution for desktop computers based on and compatible with Debian.

While at the core Linux Mint is mostly based on Ubuntu, the design of the desktop and User interface are very different. These differences include a very unique desktop theme, a custom Linux Mint menu and the MintTools, a collection of system tools designed to make managing the computer easier for users.

Releases[change | edit source]

Originally, Linux Mint did not follow a predictable release cycle. The project first defined the goals for the next release,[source?] and when all the goals are achieved a beta is released and a date is announced for the stable release. Recently however, it has been decided that Linux Mint will be with the 6 month Ubuntu release cycle

Colour Meaning
Red Old release; not supported
Yellow Old release; still supported
Green Current release
Purple Test release
Blue Future release

Fluxbox[change | edit source]

Version Codename Edition Code Base APT Base Release Date
4.0 Daryna BETA 028 Fluxbox CE Daryna 4.0 Gutsy 3 Jan2008

GNOME[change | edit source]

Version Codename Edition Code Base APT Base Release Date
2.0 Barbara Main Ubuntu Edgy Edgy 13 Nov2006
2.1 Bea Main Ubuntu Edgy Edgy 20 Dec2006
2.2 Bianca Main Ubuntu Edgy Edgy 20 Feb2007
2.2 Bianca Light Ubuntu Edgy Edgy 29 Mar2007
3.0 Cassandra Main Bianca 2.2 Feisty 30 May2007
3.0 Cassandra Light Bianca 2.2 Feisty 15 Jun2007
3.1 Celena Main Bianca 2.2 Feisty 24 Sep2007
3.1 Celena Light Bianca 2.2 Feisty 01 Oct2007
4.0 Daryna Main Celena 3.1 Gutsy 15 Oct2007
4.0 Daryna Light Celena 3.1 Gutsy 15 Oct2007
Test Debian ALPHA 023 Debian Debian Testing 3 Jan2008
5 Elyssa Main Daryna 4.0 Hardy 8 June2008
5 Elyssa Light Daryna 4.0 Hardy 8 June2008

KDE[change | edit source]

Version Codename Edition Code Base APT Base Release Date
1.0 Ada Main Kubuntu Dapper Dapper 27 Aug2006
2.2 Bianca KDE CE Kubuntu Edgy Edgy 20 Apr2007
3.0 Cassandra KDE CE Bianca 2.2 Feisty 14 Aug2007
3.0 Cassandra MiniKDE CE Bianca 2.2 Feisty 14 Aug2007
4.0 Daryna KDE CE Cassandra 3.0 Gutsy 03 Mar2008
5 Elyssa KDE CE Daryna 4.0 Hardy TBD

XFCE[change | edit source]

Linux Mint 12, Xfce retrofitted
Version Codename Edition Code Base APT Base Release Date
3.0 Cassandra Xfce CE Cassandra 3.0 Feisty 07 Aug2007
4.0 Daryna BETA 008 Xfce CE Cassandra 3.0 Gutsy 2 Nov2007
5 Elyssa XFCE CE Daryna 4.0 Hardy TBD
  • As of "Elyssa," the minor version number has been dropped (i.e. "Linux Mint 5.0" is now "Linux Mint 5"). This is due to a decision to follow Ubuntu's 6 month release cycle; there should no longer be more than one release per Ubuntu base.[1]
  • The Debian base release is released as an alpha because "it is not intended to be used as your main operating system but to give you a technological preview of how Linux Mint would behave if it was based on Debian."[2] Also note that the ISO acts as a "non-installable" live CD.
  • Linux Mint 5 will see the addition of a Professional Edition with a desktop targeted at the core professional desktop.

Comparison with Ubuntu[change | edit source]

Linux Mint is based on Ubuntu and both distributions have a lot in common. Both distributions use the same software repositories. For instance, release 2.2 (“Bianca”) uses the package pools of Ubuntu “Edgy Eft” (6.10). Most packages are the same on both distributions and the two systems behave almost identically.

Most differences are on the desktop. Ubuntu and Linux Mint both focus on usability, but Linux Mint offers a different user experience, and it includes a number of applications that are not available in Ubuntu (see aforementioned Mint Tools).

Many popular multimedia codecs are installed by default in Linux Mint. Ubuntu, and many other gratis GNU/Linux distributions, do not distribute these codecs with the initial install media due to patent encumberment issues.

Ubuntu has a vastly larger support community than Linux Mint. However, the majority of Ubuntu help and advice is also applicable to Linux Mint. Ubuntu supports more languages from the LiveCD, and comes with better localization.[source?] Lastly, whilst Linux Mint only supports x86 architectures, Ubuntu also supports x86-64.

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