Linux Mint 18.1 Serena Cinnamon & MATE editions released

Mr Clem of Linux Mint has announced release of Linux Mint 18.1 Serena MATE and Cinnamon editions. Linux Mint 18.1 is an updated snapshot for Linux Mint 18 which is a long term supported release based on Ubuntu 16.04.x LTS.

Linux Mint 18.1 is coming with several updated packages and refinements to offer delighted user experience to users. This includes MATE Desktop 1.16, which brings several bug fixes and translation updates, and Cinnamon 3.2.


Following are some of the notable highlights of Linux Mint 18.1 Cinnamon edition:
  • New screen saver : The screensaver in Cinnamon 3.2 was redesigned and rewritten from scratch in Python. Not only does it look better, but it's also much faster, more responsive and more customizable than the old one.
  • Background changes are now complimented by cross-fade animations.
  • Lists, such as the list of applications in the main menu, now use fade effects to render their edges.
  • Improved hardware support
  • Vertical panel support.
  • You can peek at the desktop by hovering the show-desktop applet
  • The sound applet can now control multiple players and switch between them.
  • The application menu now features full keyboard navigation (and performance improvements)
  • Bumblebee users can right-click any program in the application menu and launch it with optirun by selecting 'Run with NVIDIA GPU'
  • When seeking help, you can upload your system information on the Internet, from the "System Settings" -> "Info" screen.
  • In the Nemo preferences, you can enable an option which goes to the parent folder when you double-click an empty area
Some features in Linux Mint 18.1 MATE edition includes:
  • MATE 1.16, which brings many bug fixes and updated translations.
  • In the MintMenu application menu, the Google CSE search engine was replaced with DuckDuckGo.
  • Improved XApps.
  • UI improvements such as enhanced support for dark themes.
 For more information, see new features in Cinnamon edition and MATE edition.

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