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#1 Haggis

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 13:42

Clement Lefebvre, father of the Linux Mint project, proudly announced a few minutes ago, November 11, that the Release Candidate of the upcoming Linux Mint 14 operating system is now available for download and testing.

Being based on Canonical’s Ubuntu 12.10 (Quantal Quetzal) operating system, Linux Mint 14 RC (Release Candidate) is powered by Linux kernel 3.5 and includes lots of new features and updated packages.

The distro comes with a highly improved Cinnamon desktop environment, it brings full support for GTK 3.6 and GTK3 applications, as well as an updated icon theme, which are based on the amazing Faenza icon pack.

Among other improvement in Linux Mint 14 RC, we can mention that USB-ImageWriter was replaced with MintStick, the Gedit text editor was updated to version 3, and MintSystem includes two new commands, dns-fix and xchat-systray.

"For the first time since Linux Mint 11, the development team was able to capitalize on upstream technology which works and fits its goals."

"After 6 months of incremental development, Linux Mint 14 features an impressive list of improvements, increased stability and a refined desktop experience. We’re very proud of MATE, Cinnamon, MDM and all the components used in this release, and we’re very excited to show you how they all fit together in Linux Mint 14," Clement Lefebvre said in the official release announcement.

Highlights of Linux Mint 14 RC:

• Based on Ubuntu 12.10 (Quantal Quetzal);
• Linux kernel 3.5;
• MATE 1.4 desktop environment (only on the MATE DVD edition);
• Cinnamon 1.6 desktop environment (only on the Cinnamon DVD edition);
• MDM (Mint Display Manager) as the default login manager;
• Updated the Software Manager tool;
• Lots of system improvements;
• Many artwork improvements;
• Lots of bugfixes and updated packages.

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The final release of Linux Mint 14 will support both 32-bit and 64-bit architectures and it will be available for download as separate MATE and Cinnamon editions. It will feature Firefox 16, Thunderbird 16, Linux kernel 3.5, and much more goodies.

Download Linux Mint 14 RC right now from Softpedia. Remember that this is a development release and it is intended for testing purposes only.


#2 Knive Party

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 23:31

can't wait for Mint 14 cinnamon! Man have they done a brilliant job or what ? ! (Y)

#3 Growled

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 23:53

Many who have installed it say it's the best version of Mint yet.

#4 Nothing Here

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 23:57

I tried the Cinnamon release of this earlier from the livecd. I must say that it's better then the last few releases. I didn't even have to use nomodeset to load the desktop. There was a slight issue with the sound being scratchy when first starting music or a movie. But it clears up really quick.

#5 Knive Party

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 00:10

Many who have installed it say it's the best version of Mint yet.


I think this is so true. Cinnamon alone has 800 bug fixes, just for 1.6 branch and many more to come. This is looking like a heaven sent distro right now!

#6 Digital.K

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Posted 14 November 2012 - 22:16

Does this version also inherit the Ubuntu 12.10 issue of no driver support for certain ati models that have been moved to 'legacy' status?

#7 Growled

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 01:10

I just wish they would come up with another theme.

#8 Andre S.

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 02:57

This is my Linux distribution of choice since Ubuntu switched to Unity. Not that I use Linux much.

#9 ViperAFK

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 03:37

I just wish they would come up with another theme.


Yeah the default theme and icons really aren't very good. There are plenty of good gtk themes out there though, and a few nice cinnamon themes (minty colors being the best IMO). The default fonts are really bad too. Why are they using sans when there are so many great interface fonts available? (Droid sans, Liberation sans, ubuntu font etc..)

I just installed mint 14 on my old laptop that's going to be in the living room for my family to use, just wanted something stable and easy for people to use (and unity runs too slowly on it). I must say this is by far the best mint release I've used. Mint 13 with cinnamon ran fairly sluggishly on the laptop in question and was kinda buggy, but this release is very quick and very stable. Cinnamon 1.6 is quite usable (I still prefer by far unity when I'm on a computer that can run it smoothly though).

It looks quite good after a bit of tweaking:

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#10 Max Norris

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 05:17

Does this version also inherit the Ubuntu 12.10 issue of no driver support for certain ati models that have been moved to 'legacy' status?

Most likely as it's still got Ubuntu 12.10's guts under the hood. Although that's not Ubuntu at fault, the Catalyst drivers that work with these cards won't support newer builds of the X server. I've seen a couple articles describing ways of downgrading X. Tried it once out of curiosity, rather underwhelmed by the results, never mind not being a fan of band-aid fixes or forced downgrades. Got two machines with these (HD3850's), one I just use the open source driver and pretend the 3D doesn't exist (runs nicely otherwise), and the other got switched back to Win7 as it still runs very well with that. Probably the last ATI boards I buy for anything that might run an alternative OS.

#11 atlef

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 09:44

For those with problems installing 32bit applications on a 64bit install, look at this or wait for final release.

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#12 HawkMan

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 11:14

Many who have installed it say it's the best version of Mint yet.


One would certainly hope the latest version is the best ;)

#13 vetsanctified

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 17:15

Looks nice, specially after ViperAFK tweaks. However I'm still waiting for Elementary Luna.

#14 medhunter

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 19:55

Yeah the default theme and icons really aren't very good. There are plenty of good gtk themes out there though, and a few nice cinnamon themes (minty colors being the best IMO). The default fonts are really bad too. Why are they using sans when there are so many great interface fonts available? (Droid sans, Liberation sans, ubuntu font etc..)

I just installed mint 14 on my old laptop that's going to be in the living room for my family to use, just wanted something stable and easy for people to use (and unity runs too slowly on it). I must say this is by far the best mint release I've used. Mint 13 with cinnamon ran fairly sluggishly on the laptop in question and was kinda buggy, but this release is very quick and very stable. Cinnamon 1.6 is quite usable (I still prefer by far unity when I'm on a computer that can run it smoothly though).

It looks quite good after a bit of tweaking:

2012-11-14-224057_1366x768_scrot.png


Why not use the Mate Edition on the old laptop?it is very light, or even LXDE, or LDM, or Lubuntu

#15 ViperAFK

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 22:00

Why not use the Mate Edition on the old laptop?it is very light, or even LXDE, or LDM, or Lubuntu


I dislike gnome 2 and mate these days, many unfixed bugs (particularly with the gnome-panel. for example gnome 2 panel applets can sometimes be really wonky when it comes to alignment, and there's a bug where if you use gnome 2 + compiz tooltips on panel applets tend to appear on the other side of the screen. Lots of little stuff like that that's always annoyed me about gnome 2, good riddance IMO). Also, I consider composting a necessity, and cinnamon runs just as well as gnome 2 + compiz. The laptop isn't even that old, its only unity that runs terribly on it, even kde runs fine on it.

The cinnamon edition is actually quite light itself, it runs a lot better than I remember mint 13 running, and doesn't use much resources. The laptop has a 5400rpm hdd, and mint 14 boots in about 17-18 seconds to mdm, and only a few seconds to login. On fresh login uses around 315mb of ram.