The team is proud to announce the launch date of the Linux Mint 13 Release Candidate and made us happy that it will available in two editions. The Linux Mint 13 Maya RC to be made available in Mate 1.2 desktop and Cinnamon 1.4 editions.
The Release Candidate (RC) for version 13 will be rolled out for testing, code-named “Maya“, the RC is based on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS and offers a choice of said Cinnamon or MATE (parts of the older 2.x branch of GNOME) as a default desktop environment though.
The team explain in their official blog that the new editions are “among the best available, they’re perfectly integrated within Linux Mint and represent great alternatives to Gnome 2 users”. Which is based on 12.04 LTS Ubuntu version, so is it will be then supported until 2017 April. While the distribution also includes a new display manger (MDM) based on version 2.20 of the GNOME Display Manger, that’s what developers say this:
“comes with more features than any other Display Manager currently available”. Support for GTK3 has also been improved, and the Mint-X and Mint-Z themes have been updated.
While the 13 Mint version sees the default search engine for a number of countries – including The US, UK, Germany, France and Spain – switch to Yahoo! as a part of an incoming raising partnership, providing revenue development and hosting as well. While the DuckDuchGo is still available as an alternative serach provider though, its the project previously partnered with search engine company in LinuxMint 12.
The final version Maya has to be announced, and a full list of changes and added features can be found in the release notes and on the new features in Linux Mint 13 page from here.
The RC of 13 version is available for download as a 32-bit / 64-bit DVD ISO image files with either Cinnamon 1.4 or Mate 1.2 desktop.
“With the rock-solid MATE 1.2 and the brand new Cinnamon 1.4, Linux Mint provides a choice between two of the most popular Linux desktops. Whether you’re looking for a mature and productive environment”
Full details about the new released can be found over on the Linux Mint official website.