Linux Mint, a modern, elegant and comfortable operating system based on Ubuntu and Debian, has just reached version 14.1.
Linux Mint 14.1, codenamed Nadia, has just been released and features a few major performance improvements.
Users that have already installed Linux Mint 14.0, don't need to reinstall. The new version will be provided automatically, through the standard update process.
This release fixes three major bug fixes. The first one caused high CPU usage and low performance on Intel GPUs.
This problem was caused by a race condition between Plymouth and Xorg and affected the owners of Intel cards in particular. Xorg was randomly using “modesetting” or “fbdev,” instead of the Intel driver. The desktop was rendered by the CPU rather than the GPU, using LLVMPIPE software rendering
MDM 1.0.8 fixed this problem and it's now available as an update in Maya backports and in Nadia.
Another problem was affecting the Internet connection in the virtual machine. Linux Mint now uses OpenDNS as a fallback for DNS resolution. If the system fails to connect to a DNS server, the resolution is done via OpenDNS. This guarantees better out of the box connectivity especially in virtual machines.
Also, the installer failed to install grub-efi. A bug was fixed and the installer now successfully installs the grub-efi packages in EFI installations.
Users still need to disable Secure Boot and depending on the implementation of EFI on the system, and they might have to specify the location of the EFI boot file (EFI/BOOT/grubx64.efi).
Linux Mint 14, codenamed Nadia, has spent six months in development and features a lot of new features, better stability, and a new desktop experience.
It comes loaded with multiple desktop environments and promises to be a serious competitor to the other major Linux distributions.
Check out the official announcement for a complete list of changes and updates.
Download Linux Mint 14.1 Nadia right now from Softpedia.