Hello Linux Geeksters. As you may know, Linux Mint 17 has been first released in the two traditional flavors: Linux Mint 17 Cinnamon, using Cinnamon 2.2 and Linux Mint 17 Mate, using Mate 1.8.
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.
Now, new Linux Mint images have been released: Linux Mint 17 KDE RC, Linux Mint 17 XFCE RC and Linux Mint 17 OEM.
Linux Mint 17 KDE RC is using KDE 4.13.0, which is the latest stable version of the desktop environment, an enhanced Update Manager that got new features, got updates for the Driver Manager, the login screen has been improved, the HTML greeter receiving support for HiDPI, the welcome screen does not use Webkit anymore, the shutdown sequence has been fixed and runs on Kernel 3.13.
Linux Mint 17 XFCE RC comes with XFCE 4.10, MDM 1.6, uses Kernel 3.13, got updates for the Driver Manager, enabling the users to install drivers without an internet connection, got enhancements for the login screen, better support for the multi-monitor has been implemened, the HTML greeter has received support for HiDPI, the Software Sources tool got a new user interface, the artwork has been updated, the welcome screen has ditched WebKit and the shutdown sequence has been fixed.
The Linux Mint 17 OEM with Cinnamon and Mate images are created for both vendors and computer manufacturers, for pre-installing Linux Mint on machines, allowing the users to create the username, password, keyboard layout and locale, after the first reboot.