Clem Lefebvre, head of the Linux Mint project, has announced the availability of Linux Mint 18 Cinnamon and MATE. Those of you running the Linux Mint 18 beta can upgrade by installing any outstanding level 1 updates in the update manager. Additionally, Samba was removed from Linux Mint 18 as it hurt the boot speed; to remove that, open a terminal and type “apt purge samba”.
For users running version 17.3, an upgrade path to Linux Mint 18 will be published on the Linux Mint website next month. It's likely going to be a riskier upgrade that jumping between point releases because there will be changes to the base system, which could cause major instability. That said, the team at Linux Mint may work something out to make sure updates are safer to run.
The system requirements for the Cinnamon and MATE releases are:
- 512MB RAM (1GB recommended).
- 9GB of disk space (20GB recommended).
- 1024x768 resolution (on lower resolutions, press ALT to drag windows with the mouse if they don't fit on the screen).
The Cinnamon release comes in at 1.6 GB while the MATE release is an even larger 1.7 GB. In the Cinnamon edition, the desktop has been upgraded to version 3.0; meanwhile, MATE was bumped to version 1.14. One of the key changes in this release is the inclusion of X-Apps, they were introduced to fit better into Linux Mint's more traditional desktop.
Currently MATE and Cinnamon are the only Linux Mint 18 versions released so far; next month we should see other editions, such as KDE and XFCE.
Source: Linux Mint