Hello Linux Geeksters. As you may know, the Linux Mint developers have decided to use only the LTS versions of Ubuntu as code base for future Linux Mint systems, starting with Linux Mint 17 Qiana.
While Linux Mint 17 Qiana is based on Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr and is supported until 2019, the next systems will be Linux Mint 17.1, Linux Mint 17.2, Linux Mint 17.3, all based on the same Ubuntu 14.04, while Linux Mint 18 will be based on Ubuntu 16.04, and so on.
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.
While Linux Mint 17.1 is not ready for release yet, the developers are currently improving the Update Manager. For now, the kernel selection page has been redesigned, more text has been added to provide more information about the bug-fixes introduced and more information about regresions and security issues will be displayed.
Also, the developers have also announced that Linux Mint will be released in different colors, not only green, meaning that the theme and icon colors will be also changed. The new colors will be available for both Mate and Cinnamon desktop environments and the changes will be applied to both LMDE and Linux Mint 17.x versions.