The latest version of the popular Linux Mint operating system is now available for download in two flavors. You can get Linux Mint 17.2 with the Cinnamon or MATE desktop environments. Both versions should feel familiar to anyone that’s used Windows (or most desktop Linux distros) in the past decade. But unlike Windows, Linux Mint is free and open source software (that also happens to be free of cost).

Version 17.2 is a long term support release which will continue to receive updates and other support through 2019.

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So what’s new in Linux Mint 17.2? Well, that depends on which version you install, but both Linux Mint 17.2 MATE and Cinnamon include tweaks to the desktop environment and default apps, as well as and improved update manager, updated login screen, better support for UEFI firmware, NVIDIA graphics cards, and new artwork, among other things.

Linux Mint is based on Ubuntu 14.04, which means that most software that will run on Ubuntu will also work with Mint. But while Ubuntu is one of the most popular desktop Linux distributions, Linux Mint has earned a reputation in recent years for being easy to use even for folks that are new to GNU/Linux. It has excellent support for a wide range of hardware and a good out-of-the-box experience.

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15 replies on “Linux Mint 17.2 released”

  1. “I won’t use Linux Mint. The founder and lead developer of the project
    once publicly posted that he does not want people who support Israel to
    use or contribute to his project.”

    “Mint is very careful not to make any inappropriate comments nowadays”

    I would deeply an accurate attribution to that public post. Many thanks for any info you can provide.

    1. It’s dumb pettiness. The guy is human. It’s frustrating when israel destroys and kills.

  2. Linux Mint has been my “go to” distro for years. Glad to see they keep moving in the right direction when so many others seem to have lost their way.

  3. I won’t use Linux Mint. The founder and lead developer of the project once publicly posted that he does not want people who support Israel to use or contribute to his project. The man is certainly entitled to his opinion. But for him to mix his politics with the project I found to be in very poor taste.

    1. Mint is very careful not to make any inappropriate comments nowadays, and is very happy to be associated with Compulab which is an Israeli company.

    2. Forgive me for saying that I believe you’re being a little ridiculous. One developer made the mistake of posting his personal political views on the main development blog, then quickly removed it and apologized for posting it there, admitting it was a mistake. All over six years ago, and it’s never happened again.

      If you held the developers of all software development projects up to that standard, you’d still be using a typewriter.

      1. He’s the main developer. He’s the founder. He’s the one who makes the money from the search engine deal Linux Mint has with DuckDuckGO.

        1. His post was in poor taste and so it yours, at least he is contributing to the entire world even those he does not favor.

    3. I should put it on every computer in my house and not donate to that project just to spite him. I think Mint’s founder needs to study up on World War 2 and learn why people support a Jewish state. I am not a Jew but I do believe that they were screwed in the very worst way back then and we should do whatever we can to ensure it doesn’t happen again. Allowing a Jewish state to exist is the most expedient manner of accomplishing this even if it takes the Western world’s militaries ejecting every last Palestinian out of Israel (they can go live in Arab countries such as Jordan, Egypt and Saudi Arabia).

      I agree that Mint’s founder made a grave error posting his comment denigrating those that support Israel (that would be the vast majority of the Western world). I wonder how many people didn’t donate to his project in response.

      1. “even if it takes the Western world’s militaries ejecting every last Palestinian out of Israel”

        What a vile thought. I suggest you need to study up on the history of Palestine and the terrorism and war crimes committed against the Palestinian people during the creation of Israel.
        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nakba

      2. “denigrating those that support Israel (that would be the vast majority of the Western world).”

        But that group is getting smaller and smaller every year all thanks to the way that Israel behaves like a violent, spoilt child.

      3. You shouldn’t support the same behaviour. Whether it’s jews suffering or palestinians. What’s happened to jews in the past doesn’t give them a free pass to be mean.

    4. Don’t use it if you don’t want. It actually makes me like him more

      1. Since I found out that he later apologized for the comments and began working with an Israeli company, Compulab, I’m willing to forgive him. I may even try the distro.

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