After release of Linux Mint 18.2 Ubuntu in June, the developers of this user-friendly operating system have just shipped Mint 18.3
Linux Mint 18.3 is a long-term release that’ll remain supported until 2021. It’s powered by Linux kernel 4.10 and Ubuntu 16.04 package base. 18.3 comes with obvious refinements, fixes, and new features.
What’s new in Linux Mint 18.3?
A major highlight feature of this version is massive improvement made to Software Manager. The developers have worked to make it look more modern and polished the same to bring a better experience to the end users by taking some inspiration from GNOME Software.
“Software Manager” Added
The star of the show in Linux Mint 18.3 is the Software Manager. Although app stores already existed in Android and iOS and similar concepts had been developed, Linux Mint was one of the first distributions to introduce a Software Manager, and that manager started to show its age. It needed attention and so a huge amount of work went into revamping it, making it look more modern and polishing it to give a better user experience.
It has been made much lighter and faster, 3-times faster to be precise. Popular software apps like WhatsApp, Skype, Spotify, Steam, etc., are featured at the top to make the installation process easier.
With the new Flat pack support, now you can install new applications even if their dependencies aren’t compatible. Software Manager fully supports Flat pack as well.
Improved Backup Tools
Here is another aspect of Linux Mint which was significantly improved in 18.3.
The Backup Tool was almost entirely rewritten. Everything was reviewed: Its features, the way it looks and the way it works.
Mint 18.3 Backup Tool was rewritten, and its way of working and looks have been changed. The whole process of creating and restoring a backup has been simplified.
As a great companion to Backup Tool, Mint 18.3 brings Timeshift, which is a dedicated tool for system snapshots. A new tool named System Reports too has been developed to generate reports whenever any crash occurs.
All New “System Reports” Added
A new tool called “System Reports” was developed for Linux Mint 18.3. Its goal is to generate reports when software crashes occur, and to show information relevant to your computer and your environment.
Purpose of Linux Mint 18.3
The purpose of Linux Mint is to produce a modern, elegant and comfortable operating system.
Linux Mint is one of the most popular desktop Linux distributions and used by millions of people.
- Linux mint project started out as a fork of Ubuntu.
- Mint takes it’s interface cues from windows while Ubuntu is closer to OSX interface.
- Mint has the slight advantage when it comes to speed.
Mint is best suited to beginners, while it is also not that difficult to learn Ubuntu.
Download Linux Mint 18.3
Unlike other Linux distros like Ubuntu or Arch, Linux Mint is still shipping 64-bit as well as 32-bit installation images.You can visit this link to find the download links to ISO and torrent files of Mint 18.3.