Linux Mint is one of the distributions that has managed to gain the preference of much of the free software community and has its place as the quintessential distro for the desktop computer. The world of distributions is as wide and varied as the taste and need of each user, but if Linux Mint is not the best Linux distribution at the moment, it is one that occupies one of the first places on the list. And it is that Linux Mint allows to have a fully functional desktop and environments of the highest range, and all this has been achieved by its developers who have worked on these advances based on the LTS versions of Ubuntu and aiming all their efforts in making the functionalities and the services of the increasingly complete distribution.
After a long and anxious wait, came the announcement of the long-awaited launch of Linux Mint 17.3 It was done the first days of last December 2015 and although a few days after its launch, the servers presented some problems, the team of developers were able to solve them and immediately the availability to download version 17.3 of Linux Mint named by its creators "Rosa", (following the tradition that this distro has female names in its versions) as well as its edition Cinnamon, and its version MATE.
The changes in Linux Mint 17.3 "Pink" are not small, its developers had a lot of work and the news did not wait, although it maintains its Canonical base, who is the one who makes Ubuntu 14.04 (Trusty Tahr). They also use the same 3.19 kernel and best of all, it will have support for both security patches and software updates until 2019, in addition to Python 3.4, LibreOffice 4.2.8 although we will surely have something more current available, likewise Xorg 15.0.1 and Mesa libraries updated to version 10.1.
Some of the novelties that are within this version 17.3 compared to previous versions are the Software Fonts application which now automatically detects the location of the equipment and allows the connection for the installation of nearby mirrors.
He too update wizard It was "updated" and in it we can see notifications for broken or outdated mirrors.
Driver Manager It is much stronger and reloads the cache prior to searching for drivers, it also makes error, update and installation reports.
El multi monitor support brings some very interesting improvements, just to name a few improvements.
Linux Mint 17.3 Cinnamon comes with desktop environment Cinnamon 2.8, which brings important new features, such as updated sound, more complete power management, and workspace to swap applets, improvements in Nemo and many visual improvements.
The MATE edition It is based on the MATE 1.12 desktop environment, with an apps menu, support for Compton, Compiz and OpenBox, as well as some small improvements in terms of appearance without neglecting other details.
All these advances and improvements will allow us to have a much more efficient environment, very well organized and with a better management of the equipment's energy, in addition to minimize time both start-up, suspension and recovery, it also optimizes the support for touch devices allowing the use of most devices (screen, tablets, etc.) with superior performance in terms of functionality by supporting new hardware.