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The news from the Linux Mint team was quite interesting this week. First up, Linux Mint 13 has officially hit EOL (end of life), so you really do need to upgrade.

LMDE (Linux Mint Debian Edition) is set to get the MATE desktop version 1.18 "this week" and they have ported mintMenu over to GTK3, since the rest of MATE is now using GTK3 too it makes sense.

Cinnamon 3.4, Linux Mint's flagship desktop is set to get some major changes as well. The Cinnamon Settings Daemon which controls power management, X settings, input devices and more is set to go from a single process to multiple. This way it will be easier to find issues, and hopefully one part crashing won't then take the rest with it.

Nemo, the Cinnamon file-manager, is also going to split up some processes. One for the desktop and one for the file-manager itself. Nemo might also see desktop grid support in Cinnamon 3.4.

Linux Mint 18.2 will switch to LightDM instead of their own MDM and use Slick-Greeter, which is a fork of unity-greeter. Slick-Greeter will be cross-distro compatible, have support for HiDPI and more. Sounds like an interesting effort, as I personally thought the unity-greeter was one of the best looking.

Read more here.
STiAT commented on 30 April 2017 at 9:40 pm UTC

I hope they planned it well, since switching to multi process actually brings a lot of downfalls debugging as well, especially in intercommunication. It is actually what makes KDE so damn hard to debug sometimes. Interfaces.

vegangaro commented on 1 May 2017 at 12:46 am UTC

KDE NEON and Mint Cinnamon are my favs...

Purple_Library_Guy commented on 1 May 2017 at 6:01 pm UTC

I'm a Mint Mate user, so it's nice to hear about its continued development. Although, next time I update Mint I may switch to Cinnamon. I'd been holding off until now because I like two toolbars--one at the bottom showing the open programs, one at the side with launchers--and Cinnamon didn't support that. But that's one of the newer Cinnamon features, so it's time to experiment.
Good times.

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