Linux Mint 17.1 "Rebecca" has been released and is available as usual in two main editions: MATE and Cinnamon. Let's take a look at what's new!
Linux Mint 17.1 Rebecca is a long term support release, based on Ubuntu 14.04 (just like Linux Mint 17), which will be supported until 2019.
Also, the default Linux Mint theme, Mint-X (both the icon and GTK themes), is now available in 9 colors variations: Aqua, Blue, Brows, Orange, Pink, Purple, Red, Sand and Teal:
Linux Mint 17.1 "Rebecca": changes shared between the MATE and Cinnamon editions
With Linux Mint 17.1, the Update Manager has received a couple of very interesting improvements.
- The application now groups packages according to their source package. For instance, in the screenshot below you'll see only one entry in the Update Manager for LibreOffice, which contains 21 packages:
- The Linux Kernels section was redesigned and it now displays known security fixes and regressions:
Another change, which is not identical because Cinnamon and MATE use different file managers, is the addition of two new Nemo / Caja extensions, which add emblems support and the ability to change individual folder colors:
In Linux Mint 17.1, the Language Settings module was redesigned and there are now two settings for locale selections: Language and Region and also, Input Methods support was added, useful for those who want to write in Japanese, Vietnamese, Chinese, Korean and so on
Changes in Linux Mint 17.1 Cinnamon edition
Other changes shared between the Linux Mint 17.1 Cinnamon and MATE editions include:
Linux Mint 17.1 Cinnamon ships with Cinnamon 2.4 which comes with improved settings, a redesigned toolbar for Nemo along with various other changes which bring a smoother overall experience.
Most important changes in Cinnamon 2.4:
Here are a few screenshots with some of these changes:
The Background settings module now supports slideshows (to control it, a new panel applet was added)
New Cinnamon Notification settings
The screensaver now supports custom date format and custom fonts
New Privacy settings
Redesigned Cinnamon Themes settings module, which now includes previews for themes that support this
Changes in Linux Mint 17.1 MATE edition
Besides the changes shared with Linux Mint 17.1 Cinnamon, the MATE edition didn't receive too many changes.
There is one very important change for Compiz fans though: Compiz is now installed by default. Marco (MATE's window manager) is still used by default, but you can easily switch to Compiz, by opening "Desktop Settings" from the menu and then on the Windows tab, select Compiz for the window manager:
Here are a couple of screenshots with the Compiz cube and expo plugins in action, running under Linux Mint 17.1 MATE:
Note that Desktop Settings won't prompt you to log out, but this is required to get Compiz to work! It's also important to note that Compiz won't work properly in virtual machines: the windows won't have any border, but this shouldn't happen on real hardware.
Also, CompizConfig Settings Manager (the Compiz tweaking tool) is installed by default so there's no need to install anything to use and configure Compiz in Linux Mint 17.1 MATE.
Download Linux Mint 17.1 Cinnamon Or MATE
Notes about upgrading: