Linux Mint 17.3 is the final Mint 17 release and should put to rest any worries about Mint’s plan to stick with Ubuntu LTS releases for its base. Mint has done what it set up to do, namely improve the Cinnamon desktop to the point that it not only matches, but in many places far exceeds the user experience found in other options like GNOME, and especially, Unity.
Indeed, it’s hard to look at Mint 17.3 without comparing it to its upstream base. While Mint has been continually working hard on the desktop and cranking out release after release, Ubuntu has stagnated. If Ubuntu wants to leapfrog past some of its pain points, its developers would do well to look downstream. Mint’s package management tools are simpler, more comprehensive, and easier to use than anything Ubuntu offers. Mint also manages to do all this without anything even remotely close to the resources Ubuntu enjoys.
Review: Mint 17.3 may be the best Linux desktop distro yet
2015-12-23 Linux 17 Comments
This is great news.
Being a long-time Ubuntu user, to me Ubuntu has been the “Debian that just works”. However it is great other distributions are able to build upon that and show there is still room for competition and innovation in making a user friendly Linux desktop.
All my best wishes to the Mint team.
We must also aknowledge the tremendous amount of work that the Mint developers have put behind MATE desktop environment. They’re doing it in an extremely intelligent and sustainable way (using upstream as much as possible), while providing us with what some people consider to be the most usable desktop interface ever. Many many kudos to everyone involved. I can’t wait for the next version, when the GTK+ 3 port is completed.
It’s the only linux distro i’ve ever used that hasn’t broken on me. i’ve not used GNU/linux for a while, but even 4 years ago, it was, and still would be, my distro of choice.
“It just works”
It was my first release upgrade (from 17.2) and I did it wrong remotely by trying to do it using: apt-get update && apt-get upgrade
Things were totally screwed up even tho I followed it with a release upgrade using Mint’s own updater before reboot.
An in-place reinstall using 17.3 ISO solved it for me.
I admit I should have read up how the upgrade is to be performed. :[
As a long-time Fedora user unhappy with GNOME and such (I use the Fedora MATE spin, which is not very polished) I feel some temptation to jump to Mint, but the very idea of LTS makes me feel uncomfortable.
I am used for many years to be on the bleeding edge, with the newest released software and for such things like the kernel you do want it, if only for hardware support and performance.