Linux Mint is a Linux distro based on Ubuntu. It has a choice of desktops, either MATE based on Gnome 2 or Cinnamon, a more modern desktop.

Since Linux Mint 19, edition with KDE will not be released because of the work on Cinnamon.

Release Cycle

Mint's release cycle loosely follows Ubuntu's release schedule but without any strict release dates. In the end this results in a 'more polished' release of something that was pretty good to begin with.

The GNOME release is what comes out first, followed by x86_64 GNOME and then KDE, followed by the x86_64 KDE release. Efforts are being made to sync all Community editions such as XFCE, LXDE and Fluxbox so they are released more closely together. There has even been talk about un-branding the non-GNOME releases from their 'CE' (Community Edition) tag altogether, making them all official Linux Mint releases. Currently though, the KDE, XFCE, LXDE and Fluxbox editions are still community editions and release later than the official release.

Mint Software

The Mint developers offer more than just a re-release of a refined Ubuntu, they also develop a few user-friendly applications to accompany their releases which help add to the flavor of the distro.

Main Menu (formerly MintMenu)

Mint menu is a complete menu system which is intended to replace the most commonly used GNOME menu and GNOME custom menus. It is loosely based on something like kickstart for KDE, sporting a super-fast search function and has maturing customization features.

Backup Tool (formerly MintBackup)

Another matured piece of software which simplifies backup tasks. There is now support for file compression and incremental backups along with a completely new interface which also makes restoring easier too.

Update Manager

Update manager is a utility to assist in software upgrades. It takes a different approach to upgrading than Ubuntu. Each new upgrade is graded from 1 to 5. 1 being a very safe and tested upgrade and 5 being a very untested and possibly unstable upgrade. By default, the Mint update manager will only show (offer) upgrades graded from 1 to 3. This is an option which can be modified however, allowing the user to perform all upgrades. As a result of this 'safety feature', the 'Mark All Upgrades' option has been removed from Synaptic.

Software Manager

Software Manager is a program that has programs for Linux Mint users who wish to have new or extra programs for Linux Mint. When you install a package, it puts the program in for you to use.

Domain Blocker (formerly MintNanny)

Is a parental tool used to block unwanted sites from being accessed by a user on the computer. Although something like this could be handled by a firewall, it is much more intuitive and easy to use for average people who want nothing to do with iptables and what not.

Upload Manager (formerly MintUpload)

Lets you define upload services for FTP, SFTP and SCP servers. Services are then available in the system tray and provide zones where you can drag and drop files for them to be automatically uploaded to their corresponding destinations.

Desktop Settings

A desktop configuration tool for easy configuration of the Gnome desktop.

Release History

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  Future release
  In development
  Current release
  Old release; still supported
  Old release; not supported


LTSUbuntu BaseEnd of LifePlatforms
18.3SylviaCinnamon, XFCE, KDE, MATEYes16.04 April 2021x86, amd64
18.2 Sonya Cinnamon, MATE, KDE, XFCE Yes 16.04 April 2021 x86, amd64
18.1 Serena Cinnamon, MATE, KDE, XFCE Yes 16.04 April 2021 x86, amd64
18 Sarah Cinnamon, MATE, KDE, XFCE Yes 16.04 April 2021 x86, amd64
17.3 Rosa Cinnamon, MATE, KDE, XFCE Yes 14.04 April 2019 x86, amd64
17.2 Rafaela Cinnamon, MATE, KDE, XFCE Yes 14.04 April 2019 x86, amd64
17.1 Rebecca Cinnamon, MATE, KDE, XFCE Yes 14.04 April 2019 x86, amd64
17 Qiana Cinnamon, MATE, KDE, XFCE Yes 14.04 April 2019 x86, amd64
16 Petra Cinnamon, MATE, KDE, XFCE No 13.10 July 2014 x86, amd64
15 Olivia Cinnamon, MATE, KDE, XFCE No 13.04 January 2014 x86, amd64
14 Nadia Cinnamon, MATE, KDE, XFCE No 12.10 April 2014 x86, amd64
13 Maya Cinnamon, MATE, KDE, XFCE Yes 12.04 April 2017 x86, amd64
12 Lisa Gnome, MATE, KDE, LXDE No 11.10 April 2013 x86, amd64
11KatyaGNOMENo11.04 October 2012x86, amd64
10JuliaKDE, XFCE, LXDE, FluxboxNo10.10 April 2012x86, amd64
9IsadoraGNOME, KDE, XFCE, LXDE, FluxboxYes10.04 April 2013x86, amd64
8HelenaGNOME, KDE, XFCE, LXDE, FluxboxNo9.10 April 2011x86, amd64
7GloriaGNOME, KDE, XFCENo9.04 October 2010x86, amd64
6FeliciaGNOME, KDE, XFCE, FluxboxNo8.10 April 2010x86, amd64
5ElyssaGNOME, KDE, XFCE, FluxboxYes8.04 April 2011x86, amd64
4DarynaGNOME, KDE, XFCE, FluxboxNo7.10 April 2009x86
DebianGNOMENo7.10 April 2009x86
3.1CelenaGNOMENo7.04 October 2008x86
3.0CassandraGNOME, KDE, XFCENo7.04 October 2008x86
2.2BiancaGNOME, KDENo6.10 April 2008x86
2.1BeaGNOMENo6.10April 2008x86
2.0BarbaraGNOMENo6.10 April 2008x86
1.0βAdaKDENoKubuntu 6.06 April 2008x86

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