Focused on providing a comfortable Linux desktop experience, Linux Mint is one of the more popular distributions out there, consistently being the highest ranked distribution on sites such as DistroWatch.
The development cycle for the new version has only just started, but there are a few things known already.
Linux Mint 19 "Tara" is scheduled to be released in May/June of 2018. The new Linux Mint version will be based on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, which is slated to be released in April, so this will give the Linux Mint developers enough time to polish their release and squash bugs.
In addition, since the new version will be based on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, it will be supported until 2023.
The one feature highlighted in the announcement post was the fact that Linux Mint 19 will be using GTK 3.22. This is the final version of the GTK 3 widget toolkit, designated to be "rock stable", meaning that it will avoid making major breaking changes that could break applications and themes. GTK is the most popular widget toolkit for creating desktop Linux software, and is developed by the GNOME Project.
Along with that, various other possible changes and improvements were outlined on the Linux Mint roadmap, such as:
- Improvements to the Mint-Y theme
- Better HiDPI support and fixes for blurry icons
- Mint Welcome app revamp
- Improvements to the Mint Update application, such as safeguards against removing essential packages and notifications for new Mint versions
- Full-text file search in the Nemo file manager
- Improvements to Cinnamon startup times
What do you think? Are there any improvements you'd like to see in the new Linux Mint release? Let us know in the comments below!