Hello Linux Geeksters. As you may know, Linux Mint 16 Petra RC has been released yesterday. It comes in two flavours, Mate 1.8 and Cinnamon 2.0, uses MDM as the default display manager and is based on Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy Salamander, which has been released on the 17th of October, 2013.
For Cinnamon 2.0, the Linux Mint developers aim to replace all the Gnome applications with ones developed by themselves. Also, if you want to beautify your Cinnamon 2.0, you can try the Numix-Cinnamon 3.0 theme.
Among others, the stable version of Linux Mint 16 Petra should bring MintStick, a graphical interface for the DD tool (disk dump), that allows the user to create bootable pendrives or memory cards, and USB Stick Formatter, a function integrated in the Nemo and Dolphine file manger, in order to help the user format the pendrive / memory card as FAT, NTFS, EXT3, EXT4 or any other format.
Unlike the Ubuntu strategy, there is no official date for the release of Linux Mint 16 Petra.