Linux Mint 19.1 is a long term support release which will be supported until 2023. It comes with updated software and brings refinements and many new features to make your desktop even more comfortable to use. Users can choose between three desktop environments such as Xfce, MATE and Cinnamon versions, which are available immediately. The release notes highlight known issues and new features among other things.
Here is a short list of important feature additions for Linux Mint 19.1:
- The Update Manager lists mainline kernels and their support status. It includes a new button to remove old (unused) kernels.
- The Software Sources program window has a new look. It uses an Xapp sidebar and a headerbar in the new version of Linux Mint.
- Language Settings and Input Methods were split into two different applications.
- Xreader readability improvements.
- LibXApp features four new widgets:
- XAppStackSidebar to create icon sidebars.
- XAppPreferencesWindow offers a multi-page preferences window.
- XAppIconChooserDialog displays a dialog to choose an icon name or path.
- XAppIconChooserButton provides a button which shows an icon or an image.
- The Firewall configuration was added to the First Steps section of the welcome screen.
- Artwork improvements and new theme variants.
- Cinnamon 4.0 improvements:
- Select a desktop layout during First Steps on the welcome screen.
- New panel layout ships with window list with app grouping and window preview.
- Nemo file manager is three times faster than before according to the Linux Mint development team.
- Desktop settings were updated and visual improvements were made to icon sizes and spacing in Nemo.
- Nemo displays the file creation time on supported file systems.
- Show or hide thumbnails toggle added.
- Input lag reduced on systems with NVIDIA graphics cards.
- VSync can be turned off in the System Settings.
- Upstream changes from the GNOME project, e.g. Mutter performance improvements.
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System requirements for Linux Mint 19.1:
- 1GB RAM (2GB recommended for a comfortable usage).
- 15GB of disk space (20GB recommended).
- 1024×768 resolution (on lower resolutions, press ALT to drag windows with the mouse if they don’t fit in the screen).
- The 64-bit ISO can boot with BIOS or UEFI.
- The 32-bit ISO can only boot with BIOS.
- The 64-bit ISO is recommended for all modern computers (Almost all computers sold since 2007 are equipped with 64-bit processors).
Linux Mint 19.1 is currently available in three editions: Cinnamon, MATE, and Xfce. The first edition, Cinnamon runs on 4.0 desktop environment and is the most popular of the three. It has been developed specifically for Linux Mint. In Linux Mint’s words, it’s “the most modern, innovative and full-featured desktop”. MATE is a classic desktop environment based on GNOME 2. It was Linux Mint’s default desktop environment for five years in the 2000s. MATE is lighter, faster and more stable.The third edition, Xfce is an extremely lightweight desktop environment. It has fewer features than Cinnamon and MATE, therefore it is extremely light on system resources.
If you are bored of using the Windows 10, and want to try an alternative operating system, Linux Mint 19.1 is a great starting point. Even though it is a good option for beginners, many experts use it too. Today, the newest version becomes available for download — Linux Mint 19.1 “Tessa.” Enjoy downloading it for free from torrent.