Linux Mint 7 boosts usability
Clement Lefebvre of the Linux Mint development team has announced the release of Linux Mint 7. Codenamed Gloria, the seventh release of the user-friendly Linux Mint distribution is based on Ubuntu 9.04 but adds a number of its own tweaks to make the distro easier for users.
Based on Jaunty Jackalope, Linux Mint 7 includes the 2.6.28 Linux Kernel, X.org 7.4 and GNOME 2.26.
One of the most noticeable changes in Linux Mint 7 is the inclusion of a new “suggestions” feature in the menu system which allows users to do a quick search of installed applications for the tools they need. Also new is “featured applications” in the application manager which highlights applications not already installed that users may want to add to their system.
Mint’s upload manager now also includes support for SCP (secure copy) and SFTP (secure FTP) uploads.
Linux Mint 7 is available as a Live CD which users can use to run Mint directly from the CD. Linux Mint 7 also includes a Wubi-based installer called mint4win. mint4win allows Windows users to insert the LiveCD while running Windows and install Mint directly to a spare partition.
There is also a “Universal” edition of Linux Mint which ships on a LiveDVD and includes additional language support, restricted formats support and additional tools.