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Linux Mint is a community-driven Linux distribution based on Debian and Ubuntu that strives to be a "modern, elegant and comfortable operating system which is both powerful and easy to use.

Linux Mint reviews

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Paul Draper

@PDraper

Since version 19 Mint adopted Windows 10's policy to force the user to install unwanted updates and even if the user deselects them and marks them not to be installed, they're still being installed.

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Hoang Lam

@comficker

The Linux Mint team offers a method to upgrade the OS between versions but they tend to recommend clean installs, which isn't always suitable for everyone. However, following the upgrade process currently is less than straightforward and is easily capable of leaving your system in a confused state.

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The website for Linux Mint was hacked in 2016 and its download links led to a modified ISO, which contained malware.

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Long Term Support versions are versions of software that are continuously updated for an extended period of time, even after newer versions are launched. LTS versions will typically get feature additions and enhancements for an extended period of time, then security updates up until its End of Life. An LTS release should typically be considered good for at least 5 years.

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Mint comes bundled with software for browsing the web, editing pictures, browsing files, watching videos and even a full office suite (LibreOffice). An average user can use Mint right away after a fresh install, using all the software that comes with the distribution to complete most of their daily tasks.

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Hulk

@Hulk

Mint is highly recommended for both users coming from Windows, as well as users coming from Ubuntu, but unhappy with Ubuntu's recent, rather dramatic interface changes. Mint provides an updated interface with a look and feel similar to Gnome 2, with an application menu reminiscent of the Windows 7 Start Menu, with categorization and search.

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Paul Draper

@PDraper

Mint gains a very strong package ecosystem and software manager of Debian, including more than 30,000 packages available from the Debian repositories.

Information

Stable release

27 August 2006

Initial release

27 August 2006

Developer

Clément Lefèbvre, Jamie Boo Birse, Kendall Weaver, and community

OS family

Unix-like

Source model

Open source

Update method

APT

User interface

  • KDE 3
  • GNOME 2
  • GNOME 3
  • Cinnamon
  • MATE
  • KDE 4
  • Xfce

Package manager

dpkg

License

Mainly GPL and other free software licenses, minor additions of proprietary software

Website

www.linuxmint.com

Development status

active

Kernel type

Monolithic (Linux)

Available language

Multillingual (more than 55)

Cost

Free

price

0$

Software used

Debian based (uses .deb files and apt-get)

Login Screen

Desktop

File Manager

Size

4 GiB