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Article from Issue 198/2017

Linux Mint 18.1 MATE (32-bit Live) and AryaLinux Builder 2017 (64-bit Live)


Linux Mint 18.1 MATE (32-bit Live)

Linux Mint is a popular, Ubuntu-based desktop Linux with the emphasis on usability and out-of-the-box convenience. Linux Mint 18.1 "Serena" MATE Edition [1] [2] is a long-term support release, which means it will be supported until 2021. In addition to a number of bug fixes, updated translations, and new background art, the new edition continues the migration to GTK3 components. DuckDuckGo replaces the Google CSE search engine, and Rhythmbox replaces Banshee as the default music player. Other enhancements include a new search bar for the Xed text edition and several new features and updates for the Xplayer media player. The improved Update Manager now shows the source of updates and sorts them by origin.


AryaLinux Builder 2017 (64-bit Live)

AryaLinux, which bills itself as the "Linux for Builders" is a specialty Linux for users who wish to experiment with rolling their own Linux system. The newest 2017 Builder version is now 64-bit only [3] and includes build scripts to build the entire distribution from source code [4]. A builder script further simplifies the process: Only one script needs to be run, and advanced build options (e.g., configuring the kernel) can be specified while building the entire KDE or GNOME desktop environment without intervention from source. AryaLinux comes with kernel version 4.9 and boots into MATE desktop 1.17.




  1. New features in Linux Mint: https://linuxmint.com/rel_serena_mate_whatsnew.php
  2. Linux Mint downloads: https://linuxmint.com/download.php
  3. AryaLinux release notes: http://aryalinux.org/release-notes/aryalinux-2017.php
  4. Building your own Linux from source using AryaLinux: http://aryalinux.org/blog/2017/01/04/building-aryalinux/

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