Hello Linux Geeksters. As you may know, Linux Mint 17 Qiana has been released in the traditional flavors: Cinnamon and Mate.
Starting with Linux Mint 17 Qiana, the next Linux Mint systems will be using only the LTS versions of Ubuntu as code bases.
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.
Linux Mint 17 Qiana Cinnamon:
On Linux Mint 17 Cinnamon, the update manager has received an enhanced design and new features, now showing more information, it does not lock the APT cache at startup anymore and does not check for an internet connection anymore. Also, Cinnamon 2.2.0 has been implemented, coming with a redesigned UI for the System Settings, the Hot Corners features better settings, the menu applet got a few new options, MPRIS support has been added by default, the HiDPI/Retina display support has been implemented and the window manager has received enhancements.
Linux Mint 17 Qiana Mate:
Linux Mint 17 Mate has also received a lot of changes. Among others, Caja got support for side-by-side tiling, and a new “Open parent location” option in the search view context menu, the logout dialog has received a progress bar, the screensaver now shows the date and time, the image viewer can shuffle images in slideshow mode, the sticky note applet has received an undo feature, a new command applet has been introduced, the Driver Manager can now install drivers offline, without requiring internet connection, MDM has received improvements, the user interface of the Software Sources has received improvements, the MintMenu got some bug-fixes and the background animation now uses less CPU.