Linux Mint 17 "Qiana" has been released there is no official announcement yet but there will be soon(within few hours), Linux Mint 17 Cinnamon is based on Cinnamon 2.2 and MATE 1.8. Linux Mint 17 is a long-term support release which will be supported until 2019. It comes with updated software and it brings refinements and many new features to make your desktop even more comfortable to use. Update Manager was hugely improved. It shows more information, it looks better, it feels faster, and it gets less in your way. It no longer needs to reload itself in root mode when you click on it. It no longer checks for an Internet connection or waits for the network manager and it no longer locks the APT cache at session startup."
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What's new?
  • Update Manager: The Update Manager was hugely improved.
  • Driver Manager: The Driver Manager is now able to install drivers without a connection to the Internet.
  • Login Screen: MDM was refined, and it received new features and important bug fixes.
  • Multi-monitor support was improved (with HiDPI support).
  • Language Settings: A new "Language Settings" tool was introduced.
  • Software Sources: The "Software Sources" configuration tool received a few UI and usability improvements.
  • Welcome Screen: The welcome screen was redesigned and no longer uses webkit.
  • Cinnamon 2.2
    • Better Looking Settings: The graphical interface for System Settings was refined and settings now look more consistent.
    • Date and Time Settings: The original date and time module was brought back, using policy kit and system-wide date setting.
    • Hot Corners and HUD: Cinnamon's snapping functionality and workspace management are pretty unique.
    • Screensaver and Power Management.
    • Applet Roles and Systray Icons.
    • Menu Improvements: The menu applet received two mintMenu features
      • Right-click an application and select "Uninstall" to remove it.
      • Newly installed applications are now highlighted in the menu.
    • MPRIS and Sound Applet: Cinnamon 2.2 was given MPRIS support, so you can interact with MPRIS compatible software not only from the sound applet but also from your multimedia keys.
    • HiDPI/Retina Display support: Cinnamon 2.2 comes with HiDPI support.
    • Graphics Tablet: The "wacom" plugin is back.
    • A11y MouseWheel Zoom: Visually impaired users will enjoy the ability to zoom in and out using Alt+mousewheel.
    • Window manager improvements: Window opacity, CSD support, Alt-tabbing away from modal windows, Shadows improvements, Focus improvements, Improvements to resizing tiled windows
  • MATE 1.8:
    • Caja received an option to use IEC units instead of SI units and a new "Open parent location" option in the search view context menu.
    • Marco, the window manager, was given side-by-side tiling.
    • The logout dialog features a progress bar.
    • The image viewer can now shuffle pictures in slideshow mode.
    • The sreensaver now shows the date and time.
    • Clicking the middle mouse on the volume applet now toggles mute.
    • The sticky note applet was given the ability to "undo".
    • A new "command" applet was introduced.
    • MATE 1.8 features an integrated yelp user guide.
    • MATE 1.8 includes a new mpaste command which you can use to paste text to
    • The new version of MATE is lighter than before, better documented and better translated.
    • MintMenu received a huge amount of bug fixes.
    • MintMenu and the Mint-X theme were adapted to respect mate-panel's transparency settings.
    • MintDesktop features a cleaner UI and no longer shows Marco settings when you are running Compiz.
  • Other improvements:
    • CJS gsettings wrapper (no more segmentation faults when an old applet queries a Cinnamon gsettings key which no longer exists… CJS intercepts the call and deals with it)
    • Better integration with GNOME on the same machine (you should no longer see GNOME Control Center in Cinnamon, or Cinnamon Settings in GNOME)
    • Better support for GDM (in particular for user-switching)
    • Better support for Xrandr cloning
    • Support for MDM fallback shutdown sequence
    • New shutdown hotkey
    • Configurable delay in cinnamon-session-properties
    • Logout sound
    • Fixed backlight/brightness support on some hardware
    • Better systemd/logind support
    • Better support for VLC screensaver inhibit
    • Compatibility with new interfaces such as modemmanager1, upower1
    • A lot of bug fixing

LTS strategy
  • Linux Mint 17 will receive security updates until 2019.
  • Until 2016, future versions of Linux Mint will use the same package base as Linux Mint 17, making it trivial for people to upgrade.
  • Until 2016, the development team won't start working on a new base and will be fully focused on this one.

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