I’m sure Ubuntu users who happen to love a classic desktop will be pleased to see how this project develops into a solid distribution. Although MATE is available in the repositories starting with Trusty, and there are well-established distributions that use MATE like Linux Mint, Ubuntu MATE may just have enough supporters to succeed.
The distribution is not yet an official Ubuntu flavor, however, according to the information on the website, work is being done in this regard.
Cinnamon has come a long way in terms of both usability and responsiveness, and Mint 17 ‘Qiana’ stands proof of this. As mentioned in my review of Mint 17 KDE edition, this release will be supported for five years, and it will also be the base for development of future Mint releases.
Mint 17 ‘Qiana’ uses the Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty base and features Cinnamon 2.2, Linux Kernel 3.13.0 and the MDM 1.6 login manager.
Let’s proceed and see how Cinnamon looks like.
Linux Mint 17 ‘Qiana’ KDE and Xfce editions were released late last month, just a few weeks after the main editions (Cinnamon and MATE) were put out. This release will have the same lifespan as the distribution which is based on, Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr, so it will be supported until 2019, for no less than five years.
A particular strategy was also employed for this release of Mint, which will also use the Ubuntu Trusty Tahr as a base for the upcoming releases as well. According to the Mint 17 Cinnamon announcement:
So another month went by and it’s time to sum up some of the most important articles published here at TuxArena during April.
With Ubuntu 14.04 being released and reviewed, several articles were kindly mentioned in the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, issues #363 and #365 or via other Ubuntu official resources. They cover Ubuntu and derivatives, and here they are:
Calibre is an ebook collection manager with support for many services, including Amazon, Android or Barnes & Noble. Calibre makes it easy to organize ebooks, as well as search various services for new ebooks. The latest version is 1.33 and brings several improvements, like a tool to check the spelling and a number of bug fixes.
Clementine was started as a replacement for Amarok 1.4 after the transition to Amarok 2.x, which changed the look and behavior of the classic player. Clementine follows the exact same interface of Amarok 1.4.x series, getting new features with each release, currently being on par with the older, so much beloved player. Clementine is written in Qt and bundles many powerful features, a collection manager, integration to many services, song information and lyrics, equalizer and much, much more.
In a post on his personal blog, titled “U talking to me?” – quote which may or may not have something to do with Taxi Driver – Mark Shuttleworth expressed his willing to do “something unified and upright, something about which we can be universally proud” in the next Ubuntu release, but he also gave us a hint about the codename which 14.10 will have: Utopic Unicorn.