Linux Mint 17.2 Improves Desktop Experience

By Sean Michael Kerner  |  Posted 2015-07-02

Linux Mint 17.2, code-named "Rafaela," was officially released on June 30 by Linux Mint founder Clement Lefebvre, providing users with an incremental update over the Linux Mint 17.1 release that debuted on Nov. 29, 2014. Linux Mint's focus is always on the desktop, and the 17.2 update aims to further improve the desktop user experience with additional polish and fine-tuning on both the Cinnamon and MATE desktops. The Cinnamon desktop provides a user interface that has a familiar GNOME 2 look but adds some of the advanced capabilities of newer GNOME 3 releases, while the MATE desktop is a fork of the GNOME 2 desktop environment. As part of the fine-tuning of Linux Mint, CPU load time and overall performance have been improved in a bid to create a more fluid desktop experience for users. From a look and feel perspective, there are new backgrounds for users to choose as well as improved windows effects. The main System Settings menu system has also been streamlined, providing a cleaner interface that aims to be easier to use. The cleaner interface approach is also present on the Linux Mint 17.2 update manager, enabling users to more easily keep systems up-to-date with the latest versions of applications. In this slide show, eWEEK takes a look at some of the improvements in the Linux Mint 17.2 release.

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at, the news service of, the network for technology professionals.

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