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Monday, April 23, 2012

Linux Mint 13 Will Be Named Maya and should be available at the end of May 2012.

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Written by Clem on Thursday, April 19th, 2012 @ 9:02 am | Main Topics

LMDE 201204

I’d like to thank all the people who tested the RC release and sent us feedback. We identified 68 bugs in this release and we’re currently down to 19 bugs left.

Amongst the bugs that were fixed, some affected the way we build our ISO images and the ability for the CD or USB stick to properly boot on computers which mount order changes during the boot sequence. Consequently, the final release of LMDE 201204 and future releases of Linux Mint should work on more configurations and systems where they previously failed to boot.

GDM3 also went under review during this RC release. Its lack of configuration and the fact that users couldn’t select their language were identified as important regressions. A discussion is ongoing within the MATE project at the moment to decide whether GDM2 should be forked by MATE or simply re-packaged within Linux Mint, and whether the codebase for it should be version 2.20 (which is feature-rich, graphically configurable and theme-able) or 2.32 (which provides a better interface). We’re also considering replacing GDM3 in LMDE and Linux Mint 13.

Linux Mint 13

Linux Mint 13 will be named “Maya” and should be available at the end of May 2012.

The codename was chosen a long time ago, after my daughter’s name who was named Maya in reference to:

In India, people might also know “Maya” as the “Illusion“.

Note: The choice for this codename has nothing to do with the Mayan Calendar or the notorious cataclysmic interpretations for 2012 (by then we’ll be looking at Linux Mint 14 and a different codename).

Linux Mint 13 should feature separate editions for MATE and Cinnamon. Whether one of these and which of these two editions will be considered the “default” wasn’t decided yet.

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I like the previous versions of Linux Mint based on Debian. I especially like that the Live OS versions, are ready to us on the Internet (you don't have to manually install Flash and Java to Surf and watch Videos). I like Debian, the Linux OS that some versions of Linux Mint is built on top of. But, I prefer Fedora based OS's for my daily Computing. Mostly because I find Yum Package manager easier to remember the commands when I use it in the Terminal. Such as "yum install package" instead of Debian's, "apt-get install package". This doesn't seem like a big difference, until you get into more complicated commands though. Still, that's just my preference. Not that one is better than the other...


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