Linux Mint Rosa (17.3) Features

Now that the Linux Mint Rosa (17.3) Cinnamon and MATE flavors have been released, users can download Rosa Cinnamon and MATE from the official page and install it on their PCs.

To work normally, it is recommended to have a computer with 1GB RAM, 20 GB free storage, graphic cards capable of 1024×768 resolution, a DVD or USB port drive. Linux Mint Rosa can work also with 512MB RAM and 9GB of disk space, but it is recommended to have the previous system requirements for a comfortable usage.

Linux Mint Rosa (17.3) is a long term support release which will be supported until 2019. It comes with updated software and new features to make your desktop experience more comfortable to use. It is based on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and is supported until 2019. It is a major upgrade from version 17.2 Rebecca.

Features

In this version of Mint, the Software Sources tool is more reliable than before. Software repositories are duplicated on many servers all over the world and are configured to be up to date, fast and responsive. Now, PPA (Personal Package Archives) are now tested for compatibility.

The Update Manager now also performs more checks than before. It warns you if the mirror you’re using is not up to date and it prevents you from damaging the system if that mirror is corrupted.

With Linux Mint Rosa, the Driver Manager loads much faster and detects drivers in the background. Also, it is more robust than before. It refreshes the cache before looking for drivers and reports update and installation errors if appropriate. Drivers are now sorted by status and the Driver Manager now indicates if drivers are Open Source or not.

This version comes with better applets and some improvements on these applets. The sound applet was given a fresh new layout. The track information and media controls are now part of a new overlay which sits on top of the cover art. For Multimedia players (such as Banshee), input controls, applications and output devices were moved to the right-click context menu.

The calendar applet bug, used to wake up the CPU every second, is fixed and this makes performance better. The absence of disk cache was identified as the reason why the first Cinnamon session after a shutdown/reboot was significantly slower to load than any subsequent session. To tackle this issue, Cinnamon 2.6 introduced “preloading”, which goal was to initialize parts of Cinnamon in the background, while you were busy typing your password at the login screen.

Other Improvements

Other improvements that are made in Linux Mint Rosa (17.3) are:

  • Visual improvements such as effects for minimizing windows, Alt-Tab application switcher, box pointer, better disply settings
  • Nemo Improvements
  • Better window management, more support for multiple monitors, improvements related to frame synchronization
  • The screen reader “Orca” is now installed by default
  • Better XSMP support
  • Other backend improvements: microphone mute buttons support, HiDPI detection was improved, XRANDR support was significantly improved
  • Artwork improvements
  • Better support for QT5 applications, which now look more native and use the GTK theme
  • Xorg, Mesa and the Linux kernel were upgraded
  • The welcome screen was redesigned slightly
  • LibreOffice was upgraded to version 5
  • Input Methods are now handled by mintlocale, which replaces im-config in the menu
  • OpenVPN support is now installed by default

Check the video below to see what’s new in Linux Mint 17.3 Cinnamon (Rosa).