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Linux Mint 16 RC Is Out With Cinnamon, MATE Desktops

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Published on 15 November 2013 03:41 PM EST
Written by Michael Larabel in Operating Systems
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The release candidate version is now out for Linux Mint 16 "Petra" with MATE and Cinnamon 2.0 desktop flavors.

It's getting close to another six-month update for the Ubuntu-based Linux Mint and the big feature this time around is the Cinnamon 2.0 desktop.

Linux Mint 16 has Cinnamon 2.0 plus the MDM 1.4 log-in screen, USB stick improvements, performance improvements, software manager improvements, and various system improvements. Some of the system work in Linux Mint 16 include safer kernel upgrades, a faster boot sequence, better EFI support, improved support for iOS devices, better Steam support, APT improvements, and various other changes throughout the stack.

Some of the performance work for Linux Mint 16 includes boot/login improvements, the MDM display manager no longer deals with the network, the update manager is now started after a delay, significant speed improvements to the Software Manager, and the Linux Mint 16 ISO images are no longer compressed to make starting up live sessions faster.

More details on the Linux Mint 16 Release Candidate can be found via the Mint blog post and the new features page.

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Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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