Finally, The Linux Mint team has released Linux Mint 19 Cinnamon based on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS and codenamed Tara. This version included several changes, new features compared to Linux Mint 18.3. Linux Mint users who are using Linux Mint 18.3 or a beta version of Linux Mint 19 will have the ability to move up to the new Linux Mint Cinnamon straightforwardly. Furthermore, you can install Linux Mint Cinnamon manually with simple steps.
Let’s have a quick look at what are the changes in the new Linux Mint 19 Tara, what are the new features of Linux Mint 19 and How to install Linux Mint 19 Cinnamon.
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What’s new in Linux Mint 19 Cinnamon?
Linux Mint 19 is a long-term support release supported until 2023. It comes with updated software and brings refinements and many new features to make your desktop experience more comfortable.
New Features of Linux Mint 19 Cinnamon
In Linux Mint 19, the star of the show is Timeshift. Even though it was introduced in Linux Mint 18.3 and backported to all Linux Mint releases, it is now at the center of Linux Mint’s update strategy and communication. Thanks to Timeshift you can go back in time and restore your computer to the last functional system snapshot. If anything breaks, you can go back to the previous snapshot and it’s as if the problem never happened. This greatly simplifies the maintenance of your computer, since you no longer need to worry about potential regressions. In the eventuality of a critical regression, you can restore a snapshot. Security and stability are of paramount importance. By applying all updates, you keep your computer secure and with automated snapshots, in place its stability is guaranteed.
The Update Manager no longer promotes vigilance and selective updates. It relies on Timeshift to guarantee the stability of your system and suggests to apply all available updates. If it cannot find your Timeshift configuration, it shows a warning: Updates are sorted by type, with security and kernel updates at the top. A new type was introduced for updates originating from 3rd party repositories and/or PPAs. Hovering your mouse cursor over these updates shows their origin in a tooltip. In the past, automatic updates were reserved to advanced users. It was assumed that if somebody was experienced enough to set a cron job, they would be experienced enough to parse APT logs and work around regressions. Thanks to Timeshift, which makes it easy for anyone to work around regressions by restoring snapshots, automatic updates can now be enabled easily, in the preferences.
The mintupdate-tool command was replaced by mintupdate-cli. This new command doesn’t use dconf, it provides better options and it is easier to use in scripts and in the terminal. Kernel updates rely on meta-packages rather than manually installing kernel packages. This makes it easier to remove older kernels by using “apt autoremove“. Support for “lowlatency” kernels was added. The Update Manager switched to symbolic icons to better support dark themes and provides a keyboard shortcuts window in its help menu.
Linux Mint 19 ships with a brand new welcome screen. The main page is dedicated to welcoming you to your computer and your new operating system. The new layout makes it easier to add more information and to guide you through your first steps. In addition to the welcome screen, the Linux Mint team worked on improving its documentation. An installation guide, a troubleshooting guide, and a translation guide are already available. A security guide and a developer guide are also planned.
The Software Manager which was revamped and gained Flatpak support in Linux Mint 18.3, received many improvements. In the user interface, the layout was refined and transition animations were added. The keyboard navigation was reviewed and improved. The search is faster, asynchronous and you can now search within categories.
Cinnamon 3.8 feels snappier because it is faster and more efficient at launching applications and rendering new windows. The development team investigated Cinnamon’s performance and compared with many others. Bottlenecks were identified in some applets and in the window manager. After changes were made to tackle these issues, the numbers went down and Cinnamon is now just as fast as Metacity to build the 200 windows and recover. When launching a single application, the difference isn’t as drastic and the original problem isn’t as obvious. This gain in performance is however slightly perceivable and gives an impression of snappiness to the desktop. In addition, the team took the opportunity to improve the window animations. Although they’re not responsible for any delay, they also have an impact on comfort and perception. The new animations look cleaner and along with the performance improvements they make Cinnamon feel snappier than before.
Thanks to improvements in libnemo-extension and the way views are rendered, Nemo is faster at showing directory contents. Nemo no longer lags when moving files over USB devices. Improvements ported from GNOME reduce the occurrence of full stage redraws in Cinnamon.
Adjustable maximum sound level
The maximum sound volume was currently set to 150%, with the sound settings allowing to go all the way to 150% while the sound applet and media keys only allowed a range of 0 to 100%. Cinnamon now lets you define what the maximum sound volume is, between 0 and 150%, and all sound controls (whether it’s the sound settings, the sound applet or the media keys) now range between 0 and the maximum value you defined.
This lets you to quickly reach 150% without going into the sound settings, but also to quickly reach any arbitrary value, whatever suits your speakers and your environment, whether that value is higher than 100% for small speakers in loud environments or lower than 100% in quiet environments.
The Nemo search now easier to use. It’s asynchronous and much faster than before. Better file search in Nemo, when performing a search, you can click the star icon to remember it. Right-clicking the star icon gives you access to your previously saved searches.
Notifications are smarter. They now have a close button (which unlike the notification itself doesn’t send you towards the source application) and no longer fade-out on mouse-over. To avoid notification spam, they’re also limited in number per source and disappear when the application is focused, except for particular applications, which use multiple tabs and which can send notifications for various internal sources. Notifications can now also show at the bottom of the screen.
Look and feel
Symbolic icons give Cinnamon a more modern look and better support for dark themes. The coordinates and size of some widgets and components were adjusted to fall on exact pixels (which results in removing a slight blurriness and making them look crisp). The quit dialog no longer skips the taskbar.
Xed, the text editor, uses a new preferences window. This type of window is provided by libXapp and could be used by more applications in the future. Xed, The look, and feel were refined and adjusted for GTK 3.22. A keyboard shortcuts window was added in the help menu. A new plugin was added for word auto-completion. This plugin doesn’t use dictionaries but it is able to auto-complete words which are already present in the document. The PDF reader, Xreader, also received a libXapp preferences window and support for optional toolbar buttons. If you enable the option to “Remember recently accessed files” in your “Privacy” settings, Xreader displays and provides quick access to your recently opened PDF and ePub documents. It is now possible to change the size of the thumbnails and that size is remembered for each document. Zoomable thumbnails in Xreader. Annotations can now be deleted. ePub support was improved. Thumbnails were fixed and it is now possible to save ePub documents. Support for smooth scrolling was improved.
The USB stick formatting tool now supports exFat. The Software Sources tool is able to show the installed packages from a PPA. A new option was added to the login screen to improve multi-monitor support. You can choose among your monitors which one should show the login form (by default the form jumps from one screen to another as you move your mouse cursor between them). Starting with version 61, Firefox supports window-progress, so download progress will be visible in your window list. GNOME Calendar is installed by default. You can use it as an offline calendar application, or connect it to a Google account to sync with online calendars. This application is also able to show weather forecasts.
The multimedia codecs now include the Microsoft fonts. All the Mint tools support HiDPI, GTK3, and Python3. Many also transitioned to AptDaemon and pkexec. Pidgin was removed from the default software selection. It will continue to be available in the repositories but it is no longer installed by default. Ntp and ntpdate were removed. Cinnamon uses systemd to adjust the time. The PIA Manager, the set up tool for PIA VPN connections (available in the repositories), now remembers your username, password and gateway settings. This release ships with linux-firmware 1.173 and the Linux kernel 4.15.0-20.
Linux Mint 19 Download
You can download the ISO file of the Linux Mint 19 Cinnamon from the Linux Mint’s official website- by clicking here
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How to Install Linux Mint 19 Cinnamon?
- Click here to Download the Linux Mint 19 Cinnamon 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 the next step, 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 19 Cinnamon. So just select Something else and click Continue to create partition manually
- Now select the hard disk where you want to create a partition and click Install Now
- It will ask you to confirm creating the 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 19 Cinnamon.
How to Upgrade to Linux Mint 19 Cinnamon?
- To upgrade your Linux Mint 19 Cinnamon, go to Update Manager
- Click the Refresh button to check for the newer version
- Now launch the system upgrade by clicking on Edit and select Upgrade to Linux Mint 19 Cinnamon
- At last, follow the on-screen instruction to complete the upgrade.