Linux Mint 17.2 Improves Desktop Experience

Linux Mint 17.2 Improves Desktop Experience
Linux Mint 17.2 Is a Long-Term Support Release
The Desktop Get More Responsive
Update Manager Updated
Cinnamon Provides Improved Windows Effects
Screensavers Get Animated
System Settings Clean-Up
New Background Images Debut
LibreOffice 4.4.3 Provides Office Suite Functionality
Firefox Is the Default Browser
Linux 3.16 Is the Base
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Linux Mint 17.2 Improves Desktop Experience

By Sean Michael Kerner

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Linux Mint 17.2 Is a Long-Term Support Release

As was the case with Linux Mint 17.1, the 17.2 update is based on Ubuntu Linux 14.04 and is considered to be a Long-Term Support (LTS) release. As an LTS, Linux Mint 17.2 will receive security updates until 2019.

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The Desktop Get More Responsive

The Cinnamon desktop environment in Linux Mint 17.2 is faster and more responsive than prior releases, thanks to multiple developer efforts to lower CPU usage and load times.

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Update Manager Updated

A key feature of any operating system is the ability to notify users about new updates. In Linux Mint 17.2, the update manager has been enhanced to make it easier for users to identify new updates and upgrade software.

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Cinnamon Provides Improved Windows Effects

As part of the desktop fine-tuning, the Cinnamon desktop in Linux Mint 17.2 now provides even more options for desktop windows effects.

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Screensavers Get Animated

Prior releases of Linux Mint had somewhat limited screensaver options. With the Cinnamon desktop on Linux Mint 17.2, users now have the ability to play XScreenSaver- and HTML5-based screensaver animations.

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System Settings Clean-Up

The System Settings menu system has been reorganized in Linux Mint 17.2, enabling easier access for users.

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New Background Images Debut

As is the case in most Linux Mint updates, the new release includes a host of new photographic background images for user desktops.

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LibreOffice 4.4.3 Provides Office Suite Functionality

Linux Mint 17.2 includes the LibreOffice 4.4.3.2 office suite, providing the Writer document, Calc spreadsheet, Impress presentation, Draw drawing, Math Formula and Base database applications.

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Firefox Is the Default Browser

The Mozilla Firefox Web browser remains the default browser in the Linux Mint 17.2 Linux distribution.

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Linux 3.16 Is the Base

The Linux 3.16 kernel is at the heart of Linux Mint 17.2.

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