Linux Mint is an amazing OS and a well alternative for Windows 10 lovers. The two reasons to love this OS is, one for the eminent user interface which is inspired by GNOME software and another reason is the freedom for privacy.
After the distro announcement in October of this year, Linux finally released it’s much-awaited flagship Linux Mint 18.3 Sylvia, an Ubuntu-based operating system. Most probably it should be the best version ever. This Linux Mint 18.3 Sylvia version comes with some superior new features like Timeshift, Better manager, Flatpak support, backup tools and much more awesome features.
Head of the Linux Mint project Clement Lefebvre announced that Xfce and KDE versions will release later this year and stated that the Linux Mint 18.3 coming with a long-term support release that will be supported until 2021.
Here is the quick overview of Linux Mint 18.3 “Sylvia” and installation guide. Also Read Things You Should Consider Before Switching to Linux
Features of Linux Mint 18.3 Sylvia
This is the first version to come up with an Android, iOS and Microsoft’s App store concept. In this distribution, they’ve introduced a Software Manager featuring popular applications inside a store like Android Play Store and iOS store. It is exactly same as the App store with the features of Reviews and screenshots. Well-known applications like WhatsApp, Google Earth, Skype and other application are already available for easy installation in this Software Manager.
Backup tool in Mint 18.3 is significantly improved in terms of performance, stability and redesigned, almost everything is well polished in the way it looks to the way it works. Now it saves all files into a tar archive and when you are restoring backup files, those files are restored in the same path where it was located before with its original(old) permissions and the timestamps. Backup tools let you show the simple list of packages that you’ve previously installed from the Software Manager.
With the new Timeshift, a system restores utility feature, users can create the backups of the operating system which helps the users when they have accidentally deleted the system files. Through the Timeshift, the user can recover those files easily. Along with it, you can go back to older version too if you didn’t like the new upgrade.
System Reports Tool & Information Reports
The new System Report tool is introduced to create reports on crashes and other system events. When a crash happens, this tool collects the information and generates a report and it is able to generate stack traces for them. Addition to this, Information Reports also rolled out to show the information about crashes and other events occurred and each report is able to recognize its own relevance based on targeted particular user, hardware, and particular cases.
Linux Mint 18.3 comes with pre-installed Flatpak which is fully supported by Software Manager. Through this user can install self-contained applications that have dependencies that may not be compatible with Linux Mint.
Cinnamon 3.6 is completely revamped its user interface for the configuration page of spices such as applets, desklets, extensions, and themes. Now it supports GNOME online accounts to make possible to explore Google Drive and OwnCloud in Nemo. Like Windows, the Linux Mint 18.3 supports On-screen keyboard with configurable size and position.
Other Improvements and Features in Linux Mint 18.3 –
- XApps improvements
- Window Progress
- Artwork improvements
- Nemo extensions
- More configurable Login screen
- Libinput support and more to explore!
Upgrading to the Linux Mint 18.3 is easy as before. The official Mint blog already posted an article of guide to show how to upgrade to Linux Mint 18.3 and how to take backup of the current system before upgrading.
System Requirements for Linux Mint 18.3-
- Minimum 1 GB RAM
- Minimum 15 GB Disk Space
- 1024 * 768 resolutions.
Things You Should Know Before Upgrading to Linux Mint 18.3-
- 32-bit ISO can only boot with BIOS
- 64-bit ISO can boot with BIOS or UEFI
- If your computer is bought after 2007 and running on the 64-bit processor then you are recommended to go for 64-bit ISO.
How to Install Linux Mint 18.3?
- Click here to Download the Linux Mint 18.3 Sylvia 32 bit and 64-bit version
- Burn the ISO file to CD or USB
- Now turn off your PC and restart again to boot
- Install Linux Mint on your hard drive by choosing “Start Linux Mint” from the first screen
- Now you’ll see a desktop of Linux Mint. But note that it is not installed on your PC, it is simply running from the DVD
- To start the real installation, right click on Install Linux Mint DVD-ROM and then click Open
- In next screen, choose the language
- Now if you want to install third Party Drivers/Software then tick on “Install third-party software graphics and Wi-Fi hardware, Flash, MP3 and other media
- On next screen, create a partition for Linux Mint 18.3 Sylvia. So just select Something else and click Continue to create partition manually
- Now select the hard disk where you want to create partition and click Install Now
- It will ask you to confirm creating new empty partition on the device, Click Continue to proceed
- Now select the available free space and then click on + icon to create the first partition
- Now again Create another swap partition by selecting free space and clicking on + sign by following same above step
- In next step, you have to do required setting, by entering Size, Type of the new partition, Primary partition, Logical partition, Location for the new partition, Use as and Mount point and at last click OK
- Now just click on Install Now button and in next stage again click on Continue
- Now you are almost done! Select the Time Zone and click Continue
- Select Language for keyboard then click Continue
- At last, create a user to log in. After entering all details like username, Password etc click Continue to progress the installation
- Restart the system to complete the installation of Linux Mint 18.3.
How to Upgrade to Linux Mint 18.3 Sylvia?
- To upgrade your Linux Mint 18.3 head over to Update Manager
- Click Refresh button to check for newer version
- Now launch the system upgrade by clicking on Edit and select Upgrade to Linux Mint 18.3 Sylvia
- At last, follow the on-screen instruction to complete the upgrade.
What do you think of Linux Mint 18.3? If you’ve tried Linux Mint 18.3 then don’t forget to share your views in the comments section.