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.
Additional Info About Linux Mint 19
- The Linux Mint desktop continues to lead the rest, from ZDNet.
- Here’s Everything New in Linux Mint 19, from It’s FOSS, Open Source/Linux web site.
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.
- 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.
- 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.