Monday, December 19, 2016

Linux Mint 18.1 (Code Name Serena) Is Now Available For Download

Sometime Ago I got tired of my Kali Linux and wanted something else with a different feel and look, so I decided to try out other Linux Distros with Ubuntu or Zorin OS in mind, but in the course of getting a new distro for my machine, I learnt that Linux Mint 18.1 will be available in December, so I decided to wait for it in lieu of downloading version 18, which was codenamed, Sarah. Over the weekend, the team behind Linux Mint took it to their website to announce officially, the release of the so much anticipated Linux Mint 18.1 which is codenamed, Serena.

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Features Of The New Linux Mint 18.1
The new Linux Mint 18.1 come with cool new features just as promised in the release notes.  It comes with updated software that brings refinements, plus some other new features to make your desktop experience more comfortable to use. Below is the highlights of the features of Linux 18.1

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1.    New Screensaver:    The screensaver in Cinnamon 3.2 has been redesigned. Not that only does it now looks really better, it's also much faster, more responsive and more customizable than the previous versions. The new screensaver also displays the number of missed notifications, but not their contents, for privacy reasons.


2.    Improved Hardware Support:    Cinnamon 3.2 features the support of iio-sensor-proxy. On computers equipped with compatible accelerometers, is able to auto-rotate in response to the orientation changes. In addition to "Synaptics," there is also support for the new "libinput" touchpad and input driver.

3.    Vertical Panel:    The Cinnamon 3.2 supports vertical panels, so you can now place panels on the side of your screen. The new vertical panel support in Linux Mint 18.1 is really necessary and would come in handy for applet developers, it, however, depends on each applet to define whether or not it can be shown vertically, and as well as how to do so.

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4.    Update Manager:    A new column which shows where updates come from and are sorted by origin is now available. The Kernel updates in the main view are now displayed with more clarity than before, and their version is made more prominent. Several new add features of Linux Mint 18.1 can be found Here 

How to upgrade to Linux Mint 18.1
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So you wish to upgrade your machine to the latest Linux Mint 18.1, well that's OK, but remember the saying, upgrade for a reason, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. Just follow these simple procedures to get it done. 

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If you are already on Linux Mint 18 or older version, just go to the  Update Manager, click on the Refresh button to check for any new version of mint-update and mint-upgrade-info. If there are updates for these packages, apply them. Launch the System Upgrade by clicking on “Edit->Upgrade to Linux Mint 18.1 Serena” and follow the screen instructions. Reboot your machine once the upgrade is completed. 

If your machine is on other Linux Distro, but you wish to upgrade to Linux Mint 18.1, kindly go to the official download page to get it. It is free and comes in 32 and 64bits respectively.




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