We’ll take a look at the new features of Linux Mint 17, and discuss the new Cinnamon release. Then we’ll debate if distro derivatives are a bad thing.
Plus: Is Red Hat too over controlling of Gnome? Candidates for the Gnome Foundation’s board think so, we’ll discuss.
Does Apple\’s new OS X Yosemite rip off Gnome 3\’s design? And should we consider imitation the sincerest form of flattery when the one doing the imitation is in Apple\’s position?
According to its own website, the GNOME Foundation \”steers releases, determines what software is officially part of the Project, and acts as the official face of the GNOME Project to the outside world, though it delegates most of its authority to specialised teams\”.
When most people think of Ubuntu derivatives, they usually categorize them into an \”Ubuntu with a different desktop environment than Unity\” category. However, according to Ubuntu, they refer to Ubuntu-based distros with different desktop environments as a derivative as well as distros using their own tools/apps/goals as customizations.
Linux Mint 17 features Cinnamon 2.2, MDM 1.6, a Linux kernel 3.13 and an Ubuntu 14.04 package base.
- Linux Mint 17 will receive security updates until 2019.
Until 2016, future versions of Linux Mint will use the same package base as Linux Mint 17, making it trivial for people to upgrade.
Until 2016, the development team won\’t start working on a new base and will be fully focused on this one.