Linux Mint 16 Cinnamon

Linux Mint 16 Petra has been released so it’s time for a review. The newest release of Linux Mint is always a big deal in the Linux world, and I’ve been looking forward to checking out Linux Mint 16 for a while.

Please note that I’m going to cover the Cinnamon version of Linux Mint 16 in this review. I’ll do a separate review for the MATE version later.

Linux Mint 16 Cinnamon Preinstall Boot Menu

Linux Mint 16 Cinnamon Preinstall Boot Menu

What’s New in Linux Mint 16 Cinnamon
Here’s a sample of the new features in this release:

Cinnamon 2.0
MDM 1.4
USB stick support
Performance improvements
Software Manager improvements
System improvements
Artwork improvements
Linux kernel 3.11
Ubuntu 13.10 package base

Cinnamon
Cinnamon 2.0 comes with sound effects for events, a better user management applet, improved edge-tiling as well as edge-snapping. Nemo has better MIME handling so it’s easier to associate applications and commands with file types. It’s also faster than in the last release of Linux Mint. The file operations window will now show as an icon in the system tray if you close it.

Linux Mint 16 Cinnamon Sound Effects

Linux Mint 16 Cinnamon Sound Effects

Linux Mint 16 Cinnamon User Applet

Linux Mint 16 Cinnamon User Applet

Linux Mint 16 Cinnamon Nemo MIME Handling

Linux Mint 16 Cinnamon Nemo MIME Handling

There’s quite a bit in Cinnamon 2.0, more than I can cover in this review. You can see a full list of Cinnamon 2.0 improvements in the announcement on Segfault. I recommend checking it out to delve into all of the improvements in this release. Cinnamon is coming along quite nicely, each release makes it more and more polished.

MDM 1.4
The login screen has been improved in this release. It is faster, bugs have been fixed, and it’s easier to switch between users. It also comes with Num-Lock support.

Apparently, the Linux Mint developers removed 24,500 lines of code from MDM. Wow. Talk about slimming down the login screen!

Linux Mint 16 Cinnamon Login Window Preferences

Linux Mint 16 Cinnamon Login Window Preferences

Linux Mint 16 Cinnamon Login Menu

Linux Mint 16 Cinnamon Login Screen

USB Stick Support
There’s a new USB Stick Formatter tool that makes it easier to format or make a bootable USB stick. You can format to ext4, FAT32 or NTFS. It’s also integrated with Nemo, along with the USB Image Writer application.

All of this is very convenient for users who need USB stick support, particularly the Nemo integration.

Performance Improvements
This release comes with a number of helpful performance improvements.

    • The boot and login sequence no longer scan your system for btrfs partitions.
    • The MDM display manager no longer listens or communicates over the network.
    • The Update Manager is now started with a delay to make it faster for the session to load.
    • The Software Manager features significant speed improvements.
    • The Linux Mint 16 ISO images are not as compressed as before. They take more space and are bigger to download but also easier on the system and faster to decompress during the live session.

Software Manager Improvements

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Comments

  1. John Anderson says

    Hello. After years of being bullied by Microsoft, I got Linux Mint 16 on June 6th this year. It was easy to install, in a four-disc format on a 32-bit laptop: looks great, easy to move around in. However, it doesn’t work! While getting used to it, I MUST have M/S Office 2010 and Skype for my work, which they tell me is important. I have read five books, can use the terminal, learned many commands, but every time I try to install one of the above, I get told that I haven’t installed something … ‘playonlinux’ was one example. I have asked for help, and had just under 60 detailed replies: ALL different, and none worked!

    I should add, I have kept Windows XP with SP3, so I have a dual system in case I have to “give in”. The XP system has Office 2010 and Skype on board.

    Is there anyone who can make a simple list on an “install 1, now install 2, (etc)” basis for a real newbie? Anywhere I can get one? Even Skype’s install procedure for Linux only gives odd-looking text messages: OK, I’m maybe a user rather than a technician, but I really am stuck, and I want to stay with Linux if I can. andersonwarsaw@vp.pl earns sincere thanks.

  2. Shubham says

    Hey! I never used any previous versions of Linux distro.I’m new to linux and Mint is my first one to play with. I’ve installed it on my laptop it seems working OK, the problem is my wi-fi and Touch-pad aren’t working at all. I don’t know how to resolve the driver problem in Linux. Please help as without wi-fi it is all crap.

  3. jim says

    would like to see a review of solydxk which is a fork of linux mint debian edition – many people who have used it rave about it and think it’s an improvement over lmde. it comes in two versions – solydx with an xfce desktop and solydk with a kde desktop. there is a very good website at solydxk.com which has a lot of information.

  4. Rob says

    Love this distro, but I still have driver issues after all these years. On my 2012 HP laptop, there are no drivers that use the GPU on my ATI graphics card (only CPU rendering) and my wireless card only reads Wireless B (not even G, and the card is N compatible). Still, I’m not using my computer for gaming and I’m connected via ethernet, so it’s not a deal breaker for me — but it would be for some potential users.

  5. Lorenzo says

    Best Linux experience with my pc (ATI radeon) so far, and I’ve been using Linux for 4 years.
    I tried Ubuntu, Manjaro, Debian, Crunchbang and Solyd, but Mint gives me the best performance and I really like Cinnamon.

  6. Ric Dudley says

    New to Linux. Replacing XP 32 bit with Mint..Where is the printer set-up? Strictly thru the terminal and command line or will it auto detect the printers?

    Thanks

  7. pgradone says

    LinuxMint16 Cinnamon is fast, very well polished works wonderfully on my sytem (ATI radeon), except I could not make compiz work on it :(. So in the meanwhile, I’m gonna have to stick with Ubuntu as my main system.
    Could anybody point me to a tutorial/method on how to make compiz work for LM16 Cinnamon, preferably WITHOUT having to install ATI proprietary graphics and or compiling?

  8. Aakash Kashyap says

    This is one of the best operating system I’hv ever used.
    In my opinion this is much better than windows 8

  9. k v rao says

    one thing I do networking also I like to shift people from windows to linux. My clients use thin clients for their work and it easily done with windows 7 and server 12 by creating different user. How to do with mint 16 pls. support to do this. thks.

  10. k v rao says

    any windows applications installed on wine. if i like to remove it, it won,t work at all. I simply reinstall the os again every time. problum with windows applications.

  11. Pavan Anurag says

    it’s awesome and marvelous . really superb than windows 8 and 8.1. thanks to linux director for giving this os for free. he’s really great.

  12. Tay from New Jersey says

    I used Ubuntu till Unity. Then switched to Mint. Just updated Nadia to Petra in two machines (old Dell laptops). So far, no problems. The software updater finds the repositories (which it didn’t in Nadia). It’s the best desktop around – although MATE is almost as good. Running in 1.5g RAM without problem. I still have a dozen other machines running Kubuntu/Ubuntu, Zorin, Nadia and even Windows. This is a good replacement for XP when MS quits supporting it. The only problem I have had is LibreOffice not being able to handle the formatting of MS Powerpoint presentations (not a Mint problem, and a minor one at that).

  13. vmonev says

    Hallo!
    Cinnamon is looking fine in Mint 16 Petra. Thanks a lot for the goof work!
    I have a question: Is there any possibility to checke the frequency of the display? I’m not sure which frequency I have – 60 or 75 Hz. If 75, it’s OK, if lower, I would like to change up to 75 Hz. This operation is availabel in Mint Mate, isn’t visible/available in Cinnamon.
    Victor/Bulgaria

  14. cjdee67 says

    I just checked out Mint for the first time, 16 (with Cinnamon). Gotta say, it’s pretty damn nice. Very pleased with the performance and ease of installation. No hiccups at all.

    I have fairly specific wants and was able to configure everything without issue. Coming from Arch, it’s nice to install a package and have it automatically configured to reasonable settings rather than mucking around for a few hours.

  15. Lance Stuetzle says

    Simple thing like that new USB stick support – saved me time and effort! These days it’s about production – Good job developers & nice touch. Previous release was no-go here but Petra seems to really hit the spot. So now I’m putting 16 on three machines. Great systems for running Inkscape, Gimp, Blender, Xmind – you name it. Long time Linux user -no longer a tinkerer, Mint 16 seems really solid & fab so far.

  16. Andy Bowen says

    To anyone looking for a modern distro that doesn’t require pae support Linux Mint Debian edition is ideal. I’m using the XFCE version, but there are others. Go to the Linux Mint website and look for LMDE. I do like the Ubuntu based versions of Mint, but one of the other great advantages of the LMDE version is that it’s a rolling release, so no more 6 monthly upgrade headaches (except on my main Desktop) Having said all that, I think I’ll definitely be giving Mint 16 a go later tonight.

  17. runbei says

    I’ve used Mint since before Daryna (forget names – it’s been a long time).

    I am a fanboy by default as I’ve not found a better distro. Thus, I’m dismayed by the small things that make Mint frustrating. 1. Programs open on the non-default monitor. 2. Mint 16 file manager doesn’t see my non-Linux hard drive partitions – bleah. 3. No desktop screensaver options – what? Can’t even choose a screensaver and set time intervals, etc.?

  18. Amit says

    I have been using Nadia for a long time now and faced no issues, ever. I saw Petra was out and downloaded the 1.13GB download and tried to test it on Virtual machine before I burned a disc. I could not boot.. when I tied to boot in compatability mode I got the PAE error. Well, VM saved me a DVD and I guess I’ll be using Nadia for a long time to come.

  19. James Michaels says

    I need to understand this correctly:

    You are saying that if my SYSTEM doesn’t have PAE support, then I can’t use Mint 16?
    This means that a lot of not-so-old notebooks and netbooks can’t run Mint 16?

    I don’t change hardware like changing underware. Does any modern Linux distro NOT require 32-bit PAE support?
    Many thanks, and

    great article.

  20. Brian Masinick says

    Nice to see a new release of Mint, and nice to see that Cinnamon continues to develop nicely.

    IF I were looking for another distribution to either install or use, I would certainly consider this one. People who are more interested in getting a system and simply using it, rather than tinkering with it a lot are the most likely group, in my opinion, to really value this release. While you CAN tinker with Mint, it really isn’t necessary most of the time. The developers do a good job of making the applications and tools that most people use readily available and as easy as possible to install, maintain, and use.

    Detractors from Mint, if they complain about anything, ironically enough, it may be about the same thing: the fact that the developers made things easy to use, but made too many choices for them.

    My take on this is that Mint, in all of its varieties (not limited to just Cinnamon), does indeed make some choices for you, but it doesn’t eliminate or take out the lower level tools you could conceivably use to change those choices, and it does have some lineage and connection to both Ubuntu and Debian, the upstream providers. If you like the decisions that the Mint team has made, then this makes an excellent, easy to use distribution. If you want to make a few changes, it’s still possible to do that. The one scenario where I would not recommend Mint is if you are bothered by just about every choice that’s made for you. In that case, something else may be more appropriate. Such people often prefer something like Arch, Gentoo, or something simple, but traditional, like Slackware, or possibly an unaltered implementation of Debian. The good news is that Mint will probably appeal well to the majority of individuals who read these blogs.

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