17/12/2016

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Linux Mint 18.1 Cinnamon released

Well, it is a Christmas gift for all Linux Mint fans. Linux Mint 18.1 is released a few hours ago. Linux Mint 18.1 is long term supported till 2021. It is currently available in two flavors i.e. Cinnamon and Mate.
Cinnamon flavor of Linux Mate 18.1 "Serena" includes cinnamon 3.2. Screensaver in this flavor has been reworked in python. It is said to be more customizable and more responsive now. Cinnamon 3.2 now supports iio-sensor-proxy. It also supports accelerometers to auto-rotate screen. According to official announcement many more changes are made.

Other new features

Here are more new features which were introduced in Cinnamon 3.2:
  • You can peek at the desktop by hovering the show-desktop applet
  • The sound applet can now control multiple players and switch between them.
  • The application menu now features full keyboard navigation (and performance improvements)
  • Bumblebee users can right-click any program in the application menu and launch it with optirun by selecting 'Run with NVIDIA GPU'
  • When seeking help, you can upload your system information on the Internet, from the "System Settings" -> "Info" screen.
  • In the Nemo preferences, you can enable an option which goes to the parent folder when you double-click an empty area

Other improvements

Cinnamon 3.2 also brings the following improvements:
  • Window manager, session and settings daemon:
    • QT 5.7+ support
    • Improvements to unredirect heuristic and borders/maximization
    • Fixed special cases which could lead to Cinnamon crashes
    • Fixed cursor-size changes being ignored
  • Control center:
    • Fixed new network connections secrets
    • New keyboard layout options
  • Settings API:
    • Revamped Xlet settings: separate process, new visual style, support for pages and sections, automatic highlight, new JSON backend..etc.
    • New date chooser widget
  • Applets:
    • Keyboard applet: support for multiple layouts using the same flag or language code
  • nemo:
    • File operations: reduced the time for reliable transfer rate
    • Expanded grid width to canvas
    • Improved trash monitor
    • Fixed --geometry option when Nemo is already running
    • Desktop: Don't rebuild the desktop any time _NET_WORKAREA changes, prevents crashes in some situations
    • Image converter: Additional dimensions added
    • Nemo preview: Upgraded to Webkit2, multiple bug fixes, support for EXIF rotation

      System improvements

      In the default software selection, Banshee was replaced with Rhythmbox.
      Banshee was a great application but it suffered many regressions lately, due to lack of development upstream and its reliance on Mono.
      Rhythmbox provides most of its features and we made sure it integrated properly with our various environments:
    • Rhythmbox is supported by the Cinnamon sound applet and screensaver.
    • To ensure proper integration in MATE and Xfce, Linux Mint is now involved in the development of rhythmbox-plugin-tray-icon. This release ships with linux-firmware 1.157.5 and the Linux kernel 4.4.0-31.

 So guys, try it out and fell many more changes and improvements yourself. As always have fun with Linux.

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