Linux Mint 18 Beta released

The Linux Mint team has unveiled Linux Mint 18 beta, latest development release of Ubuntu based GNU/Linux distribution that offers traditional user experience. This release includes both Cinnamon and MATE editions of Linux Mint.

Linux Mint 18 comes with all updated packages and system refinements and also being based on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS will provide support till 2021. Linux Mint 18 is using MATE Desktop 1.14 and Cinnamon 3.0.

Both editions of Linux Mint features a new set of application called 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) and to give our desktop environments the same set of core applications, so that each change, each new feature being developed, each little improvement made in one of them will benefit not just one environment, but all of them.
The core ideas for X-Apps are:
  • To use modern toolkits and technologies (GTK3 for HiDPI support, gsettings etc..)
  • To use traditional user interfaces (titlebars, menubars)
  • To work everywhere (to be generic, desktop-agnostic and distro-agnostic)
  • To provide the functionality users already enjoy (or enjoyed in the past for distributions which already lost some functionality)
  • To be backward-compatible (in order to work on as many distributions as possible)
For more information on Linux Mint 18 beta releases, check following resources.

Linux Mint 18 Cinnamon Beta

Linux Mint 18 MATE Beta

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