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Article from Issue 207/2018

Linux Mint 18.3 Cinnamon (64-bit) and Ubuntu Mate 17.10 (32-bit)

Linux Mint 18.3 Cinnamon (64-bit)

Linux Mint "Sylvia" [1] features updated software and user interface refinements [2]. As a long-term support (LTS) release, it will be supported until 2021. The Software Manager now runs in user mode, is much lighter, and launches three times faster than before. Flatpak applications are fully supported; they run in their own environment in isolation, and they do not affect the rest of the operating system. Backup Tool was almost completely rewritten and also runs in user mode. Other improvements include:

  • Modern, cleaner, more consistent user interface
  • Gnome Games 3.26 with its own GTK 3.26 environment
  • Timeshift for system snapshots


Ubuntu Mate 17.10 (32-bit)

The developers claim that Ubuntu Mate 17.10 is "by far the best release we've ever produced" [3]. Mate offers panel layouts to suit any need, including Mutiny, which mimics the Unity layout; Cupertino, which mimics Mac OS; Redmond, for that Windows look; Traditional, the oldie but goodie default panel; and three more. Other features include:

  • Improved global menu
  • Complete Super key support in several panel layouts
  • Heads-up display (HUD)


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