Today, June 30, 2016, the Linux Mint project, through Clement Lefebvre, has had the great pleasure of announcing the general availability of the Linux Mint 18 “Sarah” operating system.
After being available to download for the past couple of days, the leader of the Ubuntu-based operating system has made the release official, allowing users to download the final Linux Mint 18 Cinnamon and MATE editions from a mirror close to them, or via the project’s torrent links.
The Linux Mint 18 release notes, however, remain unchanged from the Beta build announced earlier this month. Therefore, you probably already know what’s new in the operating system, which was based entirely on the Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus), meaning that it will receive security updates for five years, until 2021.
X-Apps, HiDPI and GTK3 support, MDM 2.0
Prominent features of Linux Mint 18 “Sarah” include X-Apps, a set of in-house built applications (Xed, Xviewer, Xreader, Xplayer, and Pix) forked from popular projects. This gives Linux Mint users a collection of the best apps they can get, which come with support for the latest GTK3 technologies, as well as HiDPI displays.
Linux Mint 18 also introduces a brand new theme called Mint-Y, which is based on the Arc GTK theme and Moka icons. However, the Mint-Y theme is not enabled by default. Additionally, the Gufw graphical firewall configuration tool has been added, and the login manager is updated to MDM (Mint Display Manager) 2.0.
Both Linux Mint 18 Cinnamon and MATE editions are now available for download via our website, where you’ll find two ISO images for each flavor, so you can install the OS on either 32-bit or 64-bit computers. If you’re using Linux Mint 17.3, you will have to wait until next month to upgrade to Linux Mint 18 “Sarah.”