Linux Mint is one of the best Linux distros available in the market. It’s so popular that it just works out of the box. There are two main editions, based on Ubuntu and Debian respectively. In spite of these two main versions, this distro comes with many different flavors and desktop environments like Cinnamon, MATE, and Xfce. Every flavor is mostly the same in regards to software and utility implementation, but only the significant variation is the desktop environment. It supports both 32-bit and 64-bit x86 architecture. Each Linux Mint version gets five years of security updates just like Ubuntu LTS version.
Linux Mint is a free, open source and community driven OS first released on 27 August 2006. It has two version as I have said earlier and developed on Monolithic (Linux kernel). The first release based on Kubuntu but now it’s based on Ubuntu and Debian – A Debian Edition. It comes bundled with many open source applications. Linux Mint is developed by Clément Lefèbvre, Jamie Boo Birse, Kendall Weaver, and community.
Download and Installation Process
It has three variations that you can download from the official site or below link. The installation process is simple and effortless. As it’s based on Ubuntu, so it also uses the ubiquity system which is easy to use for both newbie and advanced users. Moreover, Linux Mint has a large online community which helps the users by providing them with comprehensive online documentation.
- Bootable ISO File
- 1GB RAM (2GB recommended for a comfortable usage).
- 15GB of disk space (20GB recommended).
- 1024×768 resolution (on lower resolutions, press ALT to drag windows with the mouse if they don’t fit in the screen).
First Impression – Look and Feel
Linux Mint is well known for being a Windows-like OS for those who want to shift from Windows system. It gives a smooth transition period through a Windows-like graphical user interface. After installing Linux Mint, you will be welcomed by a beautiful looking introductory screen which helps you to understand the basis of your system. In the first step tab, you will be asked to launch several programs that will let your system settle down with the necessary software and codes.
Now talk about the general interface of Linux Mint. It comes with a set of nice looking themes and colorful icons set which are quite a combination of various colors. The app icons and window icons are sharp and sleek and solely focused on elements.
What’s New in the Latest Release
- It comes with an improved version of Cinnamon Desktop Environment
- New Linux 4.15 kernel
- New modern and sleek theme supports
- Improved Timeshift backup tools for creating and restoring system snapshot
- New Linux Mint welcome tool
- Overall performance improvement
- Enhanced HiDPI support
- Better Software Manager and System update Tool
- Gnome Calendar comes preinstalled
Pre-Installed Key Applications
This distro comes with a standard set of best open source software pre-packed. For internet browsing, you get Firefox web browser; for email check, you get Thunderbird as Linux email client; as a torrent client, you get Transmission; LibreOffice is there for business office suite; GIMP is there for you as GNU image manipulation software, and if I say about enjoying media files, you get Rhythmbox and VLC which acts out of box ensuring high-quality video and audio playback and streaming.
The applications as mentioned above usually come with all the standard Linux distros but in the case of Linux Mint, It has “Timeshift” software which is unique and that makes it stand apart from the others. “Timeshift” is a backup and restore Linux software which takes continuous snapshots/backups of the current system. It supports both Btrfs and rsync file system. This backup software offers lots of features for taking automatic or on-demand manual backups of the system.
System Update Manager
The system software and third-party app update manager is one of the best tools in Linux Mint. This tool comes so handy that a user doesn’t need to know much about the update process. It handles all the software, kernel, security patches, etc. effectively. And if anything goes wrong, Timeshift is there to save you from any eventualities.
Linux Mint Software Center
Linux Mint software center has got a new intuitive user interface which is easy to use for all the Linux users. You can install software with a single click and browse or search it by various categories. Moreover, now it provides a well-integrated flatpak app support that means you can now install software from Flathub remaining inside the software manager.
There is another way to install or manager repositories in this distro that’s Synaptic Package Manager. It’s a well-known software manager across the various Linux distros. It comes pre-installed into the system. Moreover, as this distro is based on Ubuntu, so by default it also supports Ubuntu software repositories as well.
Like Ubuntu and any other popular Linux distros, Linux Mint has a large online community who always ready to help the new users in case of any problem faced. Moreover, as Linux Mint is based on Ubuntu, so many Ubuntu problems and solutions are also similarly applicable for Linux Mint too.
The Last Words
Linux Mint is the best Windows like Linux distros out there in the market. If you want to introduce someone to the world of Linux, you can refer him to use this distro as it provides a smooth transition for a newbie. It’s a fork of Ubuntu, but in many cases, it excels in all task. In a PC, it Just works out of the box. Linux Mint is elegant, smooth, and stable Linus distros for both the beginner and advanced users. If you have installed or having a system with this distro, you may like to follow the best things to do with Linux Mint.
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