Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Linux Mint 12 'Lisa' Now Available


The Linux Mint team on Saturday announced the release of the latest release of their increasingly popular distro. The release of Linux Mint 12 “Lisa” comes at a time when the five-year-old distro is experiencing a strong surge in its popularity. Hit the jump to find out more about this biannual Mint release.

Here’s a list of all that is new in Mint:

GNOME 3 and MGSE: Lisa comes with a new desktop environment. Described as a “mix of old and new,” the Linux Mint 12 combines GNOME 3 with MGSE (Mint Gnome Shell Extensions). If you happen to be one of the critics of GNOME 3, you can temper it with MGSE for a slightly more “traditional” experience. But if it’s MGSE that you can not stand, you can disable all its components and savor some raw GNOME 3.

META: A fork of GNOME 2 that is compatible with GNOME3, it makes it possible to run both GNOME versions on the same system. However, it isn’t fully stable and is missing a few things at the moment. It’s present on the DVD edition of Linux Mint, while “users of the CD edition can install it using via the mint-meta-mate package.”

Search: Linux Mint 12 features a new default search engine, Duck Duck Go. Not quite a household name, Duck Duck Go stands out due to the fact that it doesn’t “show different results depending on who's making the search, it doesn't track or record user information, it provides you with optmized results and it's built on and contributes to Open Source.” Also, Linux Mint has partnered with some search engines and will now get a share in the revenue its users generate for them.

Linux Mint 12 'Lisa' Now Available
Pulkit Chandna
Mon, 28 Nov 2011 11:59:24 GMT

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