What’s New in Linux Mint (Cinnamon) 17.2

With the release of Linux Mint 17.2 the distro has unleashed a slew of new features. One of them may get me to move back to the distro on at least one of my PC’s. Here’s the highlights:


Panels: Panels can now be added/removed/configured individually, and have significantly improved multi monitor support. It’s about time!

Applets: There is a new “inhibit” feature, which allows users to block notifications. This will prove useful for blocking unwanted notifications when in a meeting, for example.

Nemo: There is a new plugin manager… more importantly, file operations are now queued and performed in sequence, rather than parallel.

Software Sources:  You can now open PPA archives and browse their packages.

UEFI, and Nvidia, improvements: Grub has been updated, and brings better UEFI support which will fix a lot of live  boot/ graphical issues on many machines.

Nvidia drivers have been updated to 346.72.

Main Components:  Linux Mint 17.2 features Cinnamon 2.6, MDM 2.0, a Linux kernel 3.16 and an Ubuntu 14.04 package base.

This is a long term release, and will receive security updates until 2019. The improved multi monitor support may make this a winner for my desktop PC at home.



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