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Linux Mint 17.3 Cinnamon Edition and openSUSE Leap 42.1

 

Linux Mint 17.3 Cinnamon Edition (64-bit)

Code-named "Rosa," the newest Linux Mint is a long-term support version with support until 2019 [1]. You'll find many refinements and updates [2], including a faster Software Sources tool that detects your location and tests the speed of nearby mirrors. Update Manager now offers warnings for out-of-date or corrupted mirrors and the option to switch to a faster mirror. A much improved driver manager auto-detects chipsets and indicates whether drivers are open source or proprietary.

openSUSE Leap 42.1

The openSUSE community offers the "first Linux hybrid distro" [3], which combines source from SUSE Linux Enterprise (SLE) with community contributions in an effort to find a balance between innovation and maturity. The SLE contributions in Leap now share the same maintenance stream with the enterprise software. Leap sports the CUPS upgrade to v1.7, which shifts printing from PostScript-based to PDF-based job processing. Also on board are the Qemu 2.3.1 and VirtualBox 5.0.6 virtualization options, as well as the Docker 1.8.2 container tool. Btrfs is the default filesystem, with XFS available for performance, and the innovative Snapper tool offers convenient system snapshots for easy recovery.

 

 

 

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