Linux Mint 13 with the Cinnamon desktop environment The Linux Mint project has officially announced the release of version 13 of its popular Linux distribution.
Code-named Maya, Linux Mint 13 uses the 3.2 Linux kernel and is available as two different editions, offering a choice of default desktop environment. The first edition includes version 1.4 of Cinnamon (the project's fork of the GNOME Shell interface used in GNOME 3) while the other edition features the 1.2 release of the MATE GNOME 2.x fork.
Both of these editions are based on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS so naturally incorporate a number of changes and features from that release.
Linux Mint 13 includes a new display manager, MDM, based on version 2.20 of the GNOME Display Manager. Other changes include improved support for GTK3 and updated Mint-X and Mint-Z themes.
The distribution also sees the default search engine for a number of countries - including the UK, US, Canada, Germany, France and Spain - switch to Yahoo! as part of the partnership that will provide revenue to use toward development, hosting and other project expenses.
In Linux Mint 12 'Lisa', the project had previously partnered with search engine firm DuckDuckGo and, while it is no longer the global default, DuckDuckGo is still available as an alternative option.
The developers do note that the Linux Mint boot splash screen is totally black 'by design'. In the known issues, the developers say that, because of an upstream issue, the included kernel can prevent the operating system from booting on systems with Broadcom b43 wireless chips. Users with b43 wireless cards are advised to boot the LiveDVD into 'compatibility mode' and add "b43.blacklist=yes" as a kernel argument to the boot options.
Linux Mint 13 can be downloaded from the project's site as a 32 or 64bit DVD ISO image with either the Cinnamon or MATE desktop. Like Ubuntu 12.04, Linux Mint 13 is an LTS (Long Term Support) release and will be supported with updates until April 2017.