The developers of Linux Mint have launched the first release candidates of Linux Mint 16 “Petra.” The operating system is known for its ease of use and setup, and it’s become a popular alternative to Ubuntu and Debian over the past few years.

Linux Mint 16 includes a number of new features and performance tweaks.

Linux Mint 16 Cinnamon RC

Among other things, the update brings a new login screen, an app for formatting USB flash drives, software manager improvements and enhancements to help you boot and login to Mint more quickly.

There’s also new artwork including new backgrounds and themes.

Linux Mint 16 is available in 32-bit and 64-bit versions with a choice of the MATE or Cinnamon desktop environments. Both come pre-loaded with a software manager, the Firefox web browser, LibreOffice, and other popular open source software.

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9 replies on “Linux Mint 16 RC released”

  1. I’ve been using Linux Mint ever since the Vista Fiasco of 2008. I prefer the MATE traditional desktop environment over Cinnamon. Linux Mint works ‘out of the box’ with no hassles, unlike other Linux distros (Ubuntu, Fedora, etc…). I installed Linux Mint 16 Petra MATE RC on my laptop for a few days now. Works great.

  2. wow, can it run on my old benq joybook lite u121 (intel atom z530 1.60Ghz and 1Gb RAM)? thanks

    1. It should run fine, I have a laptop which is like yours except I’m running Linux mint 15.

      1. Isn’t the GMA 500 still an issue? At least for me, the no H.264 video acceleration is an issue.

    2. I am currently running Linux Mint 15 on a Samsung NC10 (netbook). I have 2 GB of RAM and a SSD stuffed in the thing and it runs a bit slow. Still usable though.

    3. I have a similar netbook and my recomendation is, with no doubt, to install the xfce version instead. LM XFCE 16 isn’t out yet, but youcan wait a few days or stick to the LTS version (13). I’ve been using LM 13 XFCE since it came out, and the experience is fast and beutiful!

  3. Source links go at the bottom. But it shouldn’t be all facts. Throw some opinion in there like the difference between Mate and Cinnamon

    1. Click the links for Mate or Cinnamon in the article. But you’re right — a link to the main Mint site at the top of the article would probably be helpful too. I’ll add it.

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