Clement Lefebvre has announced a new release of Linux Mint. The new version, Linux Mint 18, is a long term support release which will receive support through to the year 2021. This release is based on Ubuntu 16.04 and is available in Cinnamon and MATE editions. There are several new features in this version, including an enhanced update manager which supports installing different versions of the Linux kernel. The update manager will also be easier to configure to offer a balance between security and stability. Linux Mint 18 further introduces X-Apps. "A new project called X-Apps was started and its goal is to produce generic applications for traditional GTK+ desktop environments. The idea behind this project is to replace applications which no longer integrate properly outside of a particular environment (this is the case for a growing number of GNOME applications)." Additional information can be found in the project's release announcement (Cinnamon, MATE) and release notes (Cinnamon,MATE). Download (pkglist): linuxmint-18-cinnamon-64bit.iso (1,619MB, SHA256,torrent, signature), linuxmint-18-mate-64bit.iso (1,698MB, SHA256, torrent,signature).
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