Linux Mint 18 Brings Mint-Y Theme to Linux Desktop

1 - Linux Mint 18 Brings Mint-Y Theme to Linux Desktop
2 - Linux Mint 18 Is Code-Named Sarah
3 - Cinnamon 3 Desktop Environment Debuts
4 - Cinnamon 3 Adds Effects
5 - Mint-Y Theme Now an Option
6 - Update Manager Gets Updated
7 - Gufx Graphical Firewall Is Included by Default
8 - Minecraft, Anyone?
9 - Linux 4.4
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Linux Mint 18 Brings Mint-Y Theme to Linux Desktop

The major release of the popular desktop Linux distribution follows the Linux Mint 17.3 update and will benefit from long-term support until 2021.

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Linux Mint 18 Is Code-Named Sarah

As has long been the case with Linux Mint releases, the new release has a female code name. Linux Mint is code-named Sarah and follows the Linux Mint 17.3 update named Rosa.

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Cinnamon 3 Desktop Environment Debuts

The open-source Cinnamon 3 desktop makes its Linux Mint debut in the new release. Linux Mint 17.3 included the Cinnamon 2.8 release.

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Cinnamon 3 Adds Effects

Among the user-visible enhancements in Cinnamon are improved window tiling capabilities. Additionally, the Cinnamon 3 desktop environment enables effects on dialogs and menus by default.

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Mint-Y Theme Now an Option

Prior releases of Linux Mint only included the Mint-X theme and its associated window and icon styles. With Linux Mint 18, users have the option of the new Mint-Y theme, providing more style choices to users.

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Update Manager Gets Updated

A core improvement in Linux Mint 18 is the Update Manager, which now provides users with an easy-to-use configuration screen for choosing update frequency policy.

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Gufx Graphical Firewall Is Included by Default

To help make it easier for users to configure a firewall, Linux Mint 18 includes the gufw graphical firewall configuration tool.

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Minecraft, Anyone?

As gaming on Linux is becoming increasingly popular, Linux Mint 18 now makes it easier for users to install some popular choices, including Minecraft and Steam.

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Linux 4.4

At the heart of Linux Mint 18 is a Linux 4.4 kernel. Linux creator Linus Torvalds released Linux 4.4 on Jan. 10.

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