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Clement Lefebvre, father of the Linux Mint project, proudly announced a few minutes ago, November 11, that the Release Candidate of the upcoming Linux Mint 14 operating system is now available for download and testing.Being based on Canonical’s Ubuntu 12.10 (Quantal Quetzal) operating system, Linux Mint 14 RC (Release Candidate) is powered by Linux kernel 3.5 and includes lots of new features and updated packages.
The distro comes with a highly improved Cinnamon desktop environment, it brings full support for GTK 3.6 and GTK3 applications, as well as an updated icon theme, which are based on the amazing Faenza icon pack.
Among other improvement in Linux Mint 14 RC, we can mention that USB-ImageWriter was replaced with MintStick, the Gedit text editor was updated to version 3, and MintSystem includes two new commands, dns-fix and xchat-systray.
"For the first time since Linux Mint 11, the development team was able to capitalize on upstream technology which works and fits its goals."
"After 6 months of incremental development, Linux Mint 14 features an impressive list of improvements, increased stability and a refined desktop experience. We’re very proud of MATE, Cinnamon, MDM and all the components used in this release, and we’re very excited to show you how they all fit together in Linux Mint 14," Clement Lefebvre said in the official release announcement.
Highlights of Linux Mint 14 RC:
• Based on Ubuntu 12.10 (Quantal Quetzal);
• Linux kernel 3.5;
• MATE 1.4 desktop environment (only on the MATE DVD edition);
• Cinnamon 1.6 desktop environment (only on the Cinnamon DVD edition);
• MDM (Mint Display Manager) as the default login manager;
• Updated the Software Manager tool;
• Lots of system improvements;
• Many artwork improvements;
• Lots of bugfixes and updated packages.
The final release of Linux Mint 14 will support both 32-bit and 64-bit architectures and it will be available for download as separate MATE and Cinnamon editions. It will feature Firefox 16, Thunderbird 16, Linux kernel 3.5, and much more goodies.
Download Linux Mint 14 RC right now from Softpedia. Remember that this is a development release and it is intended for testing purposes only.