Linux Mint 19 Xfce, MATE & Cinnamon beta releases are available now

The Linux Mint team has released Linux Mint 19 Tara, latest development release of upcoming Linux Mint 19 stable release. This beta release includes Xfce, MATE & Cinnamon releases.

A preview of Linux Mint 19 Cinnamon beta edition
The main highlights in Linux Mint 19 includes Timeshift a tool to backup and restore your system, improved update manager which suggests to install all available updates instead of holding may break updates and relies on timeshfit to restore the stable system in case of any issues. This release also includes a brand new Welcome Screen, redesigned Software Center with Flatpak support, Cinnamon 3.8 and more.
In Linux Mint 19, the star of the show is Timeshift. Although it was introduced in Linux Mint 18.3 and backported to all Linux Mint releases, it is now at the center of Linux Mint's update strategy and communication.

Thanks to Timeshift you can go back in time and restore your computer to the last functional system snapshot. If anything breaks, you can go back to the previous snapshot and it's as if the problem never happened.

This greatly simplifies the maintenance of your computer, since you no longer need to worry about potential regressions. In the eventuality of a critical regression, you can restore a snapshot (thus canceling the effects of the regression) and you still have the ability to apply updates selectively (as you did in previous releases).

Security and stability are of paramount importance. By applying all updates you keep your computer secure and with automated snapshots in place its stability is guaranteed.

The Update Manager no longer promotes vigilance and selective updates. It relies on Timeshift to guarantee the stability of your system and suggests to apply all available updates.

Updates are sorted by type, with security and kernel updates at the top.

A new type was introduced for updates originating from 3rd party repositories and/or PPAs. Hovering your mouse cursor over these updates shows their origin in a tooltip.

In the past automatic updates were reserved to advanced users. It was assumed that if somebody was experienced enough to set a cron job, they would be experienced enough to parse APT logs and work around regressions. Thanks to Timeshift, which makes it easy for anyone to work around regressions by restoring snapshots, automatic updates can now be enabled easily, in the preferences.
For more information on each releases, see separate release announcement and release notes for each flavor in Linux Mint blog. You can also read more on Linux Mint in our gallery page.

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