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Linux Mint 19 Available Now… With Upgrade Path From Mint 18.3

Linux Mint 19 Now Available

With this fresh update, Linux Mint continues to be among the leading Linux distributions, and is a compelling alternative to both Windows 10 and MacOS. Linux Mint 19 offers a clean, stable, secure Windows-like desktop environment, with long term support until 2023.

Linux Mint is just as easy to use as Windows 7, and a lot easier than Windows 8.x or even 10. You can install Linux Mint as many times as you want, on as many computers as you want – with no restrictions, no costs. Linux Mint, like Linux in general, is entirely free.

For a comprehensive list of Linux Mint 19 enhancements and features, check the Linux Mint website – you can download ISO’s there.

Additional Info About Linux Mint 19


Linux Mint Comes in Three Editions

  • Cinnamon 64-bit (the default)
    • Linux Mint 19 Cinnamon – announcement on The Linux Mint Blog.
    • Faster and snappier than ever, smoother look than previous versions – the most advanced and modern Mint desktop.
    • Easy to use, sophisticated and slick, based on GNOME3.
    • Considered to be Mint’s flagship.
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  • Mate
    • Linux Mint 19 Mate – announcement on The Linux Mint Blog.
    • More menu-centric, more traditional interface.
    • Less sleek compared to Cinnamon, but that’s an intentional since it’s based on GNOME2.
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  • Xfce
    • Linux Mint 19 Xfce – announcement on The Linux Mint Blog.
    • Lightweight, simple, efficient.
    • Much more lightweight than both MATE and Cinnamon.
    • Good choice for older computers.

Upgrade Path to Linux Mint 19

Recommended procedures to follow: How to upgrade to Linux Mint 19, by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols, from ZDNet. These procedures are straightforward – they cut through unnecessary complexity, and allow you to upgrade in place, i.e., go from Linux Mint 18.3 to the new version 19 without having to do a completely fresh install.

For additional Linux Mint 19 upgrade guidance, see How to upgrade to Linux Mint 19 – steps from Clem Lefèbvre, founder of Linux MInt.

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