Linux Mint 14 was recently released. Linux Mint is based on Ubuntu, and offers the Cinnamon or MATE desktop environments. This review covers the Cinnamon version, you can read the MATE review here.
What’s New in Linux Mint Cinnamon 14
Here’s a sample of the new features in this release:
Alt-Tab Thumbnails and Windows Previews
Better Sound Applet
Nemo File Browser in Cinnamon
Software Manager Changes
This release brings updates Linux Mint to Ubuntu 12.10 and Linux Kernel 3.5. If you aren’t familiar with Ubuntu 12.10, please see the review I wrote earlier about it.
Cinnamon 1.6 is a large update. There’s quite a lot of stuff in it, here’s a quick breakdown of some of them:
You can now name workspaces on your Cinnamon desktop. They are also persistent, so if you log out or shut down, your desktops will be there waiting for you when you come back. As someone who frequently uses multiple desktops, I love this. I can set up my workspaces with names for each task, and they are always there when I need to use them.
The Windows Quick-List applet is on by default, and is found at the far right end of the panel. It’s a useful applet since you can see all of your windows, across all of your workspaces. This makes it easy to switch between windows regardless of which workspace you use.
There’s a notifications applet available as well in Linux Mint 14 Cinnamon. I’m glad to see this since it’s a pain to keep track of them in each application. It’s easier to have them all in one place.
Notifications will appear, then disappear after a few seconds.
You can customize the Alt-Tab Thumbnails and Windows Previews by going into Cinnamon’s Settings and clicking on Windows. You can choose from the following options:
Icons and Thumbnails
Icons and Windows Previews
The Sound applet has the following improvements:
More space for album artwork
Volume slider shows visible percentage (and amplification is now limited to 100%)
Mute buttons and tooltips for sound and microphone
Cinnamon 1.6 also has its own file browser called Nemo. Nemo is a fork of Nautilus. The Linux Mint developers give a detailed explanation here on why they felt it necessary to fork Nautilus. I found their reasoning compelling, and I think it was a good decision for Linux Mint Cinnamon 14 users.
There’s more to Cinnamon 1.6 than I can cover here, here’s a sampling of other features. You can get more info about Cinnamon 1.6 here.
Grid View in Expo
Configurable panel heights
Panel auto-hide delay options
Expo and Scale applets
Mouse scroll to switch windows in window list applet
“Close all” and “Close other” in window list applet
Cinnamon 2D (A new session which uses software rendering, to help people troubleshoot compatibility problems with Cinnamon)
Workspaces and Menu pages in Cinnamon Settings
Faster menu filtering
Menu activation on hover
Settings applet is now part of the panel context menu
New widgets (for Applet developers): radio buttons and checkboxes
MDM has also been improved in this release. It supports legacy GDM 2 themes, and 30 are included with Linux Mint 14. More can be had at GNOME Look. MDM also supports user lists and faces. You can now also switch users via the lock screen.