Linux Mint is one of the best distros at the moment and everybody agrees. It is the 4th most widely used operating system in the world. But according to the Mint users, the new release of Mint 17.2 is the best Mint ever.
For Windows users who switch to Linux, Mint is one of the best because of the similarity on interface. Now let us look closely why Linux Mint 17.2 is the best Mint of all times.
Linux Mint 17.2 is a long term support release which will be supported until 2019. It comes with updated software and brings refinements and many new features to make your desktop even more comfortable to use.
Now Cinnamon uses a newer API and has fixed a bug which caused problems with desktop freezes. You no longer need to recompile Cinnamon to choose between console kit and login support. This is done in gsetting and you can decide which relevant Cinnamon components use which session/power-management backend. Performance was gained by optimizing how Cinnamon reacts to particular events and reducing the number of tasks or repeated tasks it performs.
Un-necessary calculations in the window management part of Cinnamon could also be dropped, leading to reduced idle CPU usage (about 40% reduction in the number of CPU wakes per second).
Loading times were also reviewed (this covered Cinnamon and MDM) and found to be excellent, except for the case where Cinnamon is loaded for the first time after a computer restart or shutdown.
Panels can now be added/removed/configured individually and moved to different positions across one or multiple monitors. The “System Settings” were redesigned and reorganized using a beautiful new look, layout and transitions.
Now Nemo features a brand new plugin manager. In the Software Sources configuration tool you can now open PPA archives and browse their packages. You no longer need to switch to another tool to install what you were looking for.
The MDM 2.0 display manager features many under-the-hood improvements and the user interface of the Language Settings was redesigned again.
Other improvements are:
- The bash command completion was improved. The terminal is now able to better auto-complete the commands you type and also their arguments.
- The bash history was improved and no longer accepts duplicates.
- Some Artwork improvements were made