Linux Mint 18 is out

Linux Mint 18, the most popular Linux distro on Distrowatch, has been released today. The user can download Cinnamon and MATE editions to try out Mint 18 "Sarah". Let's see what it offers to the end user.

Mint 18 beta
Linux Mint 18 is based on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. Right out of the box, it has the following software:

  • Kernel: 4.4.0-21:
    Mint 18 kernel
  • Firefox 47:Mint 18 firefox 47
  • VLC 2.2.2:
    Mint 18 vlc
  • Gimp 2.8.16:
    Mint 18 gimp
  • LibreOffice 18 libreoffice
  • Cinnamon 3.0.6:Mint 18 system info

Of course, it includes new "X-apps":


  • A media player based on totem, named "Videos" in the apps menu. Can be started with the command xplayer. The app version is 1.0.7:Mint 18 xplayer
  • A text editor based on pluma (MATE's default editor app), xed, version 1.0.6.Mint 18 xed
  • A picture viewer based on eog, called xviewer, version 1.0.5:Mint 18 xviewer
  • A document reader based on atril, called xreader, version 1.0.8:Mint 18 xreader

Besides new and updated apps, Mint 18 comes with a new icon and GTK theme called Mint-Y. It is not enabled by default. The user can enable it manually. In my case, I have the Cinnamon edition of Mint 18, so new themes can be enabled in Control Center -> Themes:
Mint 18 themes 1Mint 18 themes 2Mint 18 themes 3Mint 18 icon theme

Besides new themes, version 18 includes a set of new gorgeous wallpapers:
Mint 18 wallpapers The MATE edition of Linux Mint 18 features the updated version of the MATE desktop environment, MATE 1.14:

MATE-1.14_1Linux Mint 18 will continue to receive the security updates until 2021. Also, until 2018, the Mint development team will be fully focused on this release and won’t start working on a new base.

Download Linux Mint 18 ISO images

You can download Linux Mint 18 ISO images here:

There you will find Cinnamon and MATE ISO images.

What is your opinion on Linux Mint 18? Do you like it?

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

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5 thoughts on “Linux Mint 18 is out”

  1. This is the first LInux Mint Distro thats so bad, I deleted it 90 minutesafter installing. USB Disks don’t show up, sudden crashes, amule doesn’t work, codecs missing – just a bloody disapointment compared to the great 17 distro

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