The final version of for Linux Mint 15 has been launched and the Cinnamon version has made quite an impression.According to the developers, Linux Mint 15 “Olivia” is the most ambitious project so far and they are aiming to incorporate a lot of new features. We can not list all the new features here but you can go to the main site and read for yourself or you can download it and give it a try.
The Cinnamon desktop environment has been improved considerably.
A new tool called MintSources, aka “Software Sources”, was developed from scratch with derivative distributions in mind. It replaces software-properties-gtk and is perfectly adapted to managing software sources in Linux Mint.
From the main screen you can easily enable or disable optional components and gain access to backports, unstable packages and source code.
Another tool was developed for Linux Mint 15: Mint Drivers, the “Driver Manager”. This is a big help for those who have problem with drivers in Linux.
The “Driver Manager” is an independent application, separate from “Software Sources” and which you can launch straight from the menu.
Drivers are listed by package name, and their version are clearly stated (in the case of the nVidia drivers you can therefore choose according to a particular version instead of wondering what “current” or “updates” really mean).
Devices from popular brands (nVidia, ATI, Broadcom, Samsung…) are illustrated with an icon.
• The Nemo file manager has been heavily modified and now it integrates better with Cinnamon;
• Users can now add Desklets to the Desktop
• A new screensaver has been added;
• All configuration modules are now present in Cinnamon Settings;
• Cinnamon no longer use gnome-session for fallback.
All in All Mint 15 is almost perfect. We did find that on some of the older laptops the system would hang and not shut down. Outside that everything seem to be flawless. If you haven’t tried or made the switch to Linux yet, this version will be the easiest to make that transition. We encourage you to give it a try.