Linux Mint 18.3 Cinnamon and MATE released

[German]Clement Lefebvre, head of Linux Mint project, has announced the release of Linux Mint 18.3 Cinnamon and MATE. The variants with Xfce and KDE will bee released within this year. KDE will be the last release for Linux Mint.


Linux Mint 18.3 comes with long time support (LTS) until 2021. This version comes with updated software and brings refinements and many new features. A blog post on how to upgrade existing systems to Linux Mint 18.3, may be found here.

Linux Mint 18.3 “Sylvia” Cinnamon

Mint 18.3 Cinnamon has been announced within this blog post. The changes may be read within this document.

Linux Mint 18.3 “Sylvia” Cinnamon

The new software manager is highlighted. The previous software managers were probably adapted from the concepts of Android and iOS for TrueOS (PC BSD). Mint was one of the first Linux distributions to adopt the concept. However, this has grown old, so the developers put a lot of work into the renovation of the software manager, says Clement Lefebvre.

Mint 18.3 Software-Manager


Popular software applications such as Spotify, WhatsApp, Skype, Google Earth, Steam or Minecraft are now prominently available as Editor’s Pick and very easy to install. In addition, the FlatPack support, to install new software packages in Mint.

Furthermore, the backup tool has been completely rewritten. In addition, Mint 18.3 now includes snapshots and a time shift function to reset the system to earlier times. The developers also highlight the system reports and some other functions in the new features. The release notes addresses limitations and known problems.

System requirements:

  • 1GB RAM (2GB recommended).
  • 15GB disk space (20GB recommended).
  • 1024×768 resolution (on lower resolutions, press ALT to drag windows with the mouse if they don’t fit in the screen).

The 64-bit ISO can boot with BIOS or UEFI. The 32-bit ISO can only boot with BIOS. The 64-bit ISO is recommended for all modern computers (Almost all computers sold since 2007 are equipped with 64-bit processors). The download links for the ISOs can be found here.

Linux Mint 18.3 “Sylvia” MATE

Mint 18.3 MATE has been announced within this blog post. The changes may be read here – it’s similar to my description given above. Also the system requirements are identical to Mint 18.3 Cinnamon. The download links for the ISOs can be found here.


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