Hello Linux Geeksters. As you may know, the Linux Mint developers have scheduled a lot of changes for the future Linux Mint systems. The most important and worth mentioning are the following:
- Linux Mint will only adopt Ubuntu LTS released, meaning that Linux Mint 17.1 Rebecca, Linux Mint 17.2 and Linux Mint 17.3 will be still based on Ubuntu 14.04, while Linux Mint 18 will use Ubuntu 14.10 as code base.
- Linux Mint Debian Edition (LMDE) has switched from the Debian Unstable packages to Debian Stable.
- The future Linux Mint systems will be released in different colors.
- Folder Emblems can now be placed on the folder standard icons and the Cinnamon Screensaver has received new options.
By building the Linux Mint 17.x systems on the same code base as Linux Mint 17, the developers have more time for improving the already existing Linux Mint specific applications and implement new desktop environments.
Cinnamon 2.4, which is still under works and will be most likely used by default on Linux Mint 17.1, has been updated yet again, receiving a “Background slideshows” feature, a feature that is not present on many desktop environments so far.
According to Clement Lefebvre, two types of background collections are supported, so far:
- Cinnamon background collections, which are XML collections provided by the OS or installed via the Software Manager (in the screenshot above we can see mint-backgrounds-qiana and mint-backgrounds-petra)
- Filesystem directories, which you can add or remove via the interface