Linux Mint 17 continues in a line of Linux desktop-focused releases, and in testing we found it’s become more mature. Like the other two Linux distributions we recently tested, Linux Mint is supported for a longer term — five years from April 2014. Linux Mint gives you a choice of user interfaces, including Gnome-branch Cinnamon, its half-brother Mate, or the lightweight Xfce version.
Other pertinent points: These UIs can be downloaded in either 32- or 64-bit versions. You’ll need a gig+ of user memory for a smooth installation. Mint runs on Intel CPUs only, so no playing around on ARM-based tablets for now.
Mint is based on Ubuntu, but there’s also a version of Linux Mint 17 based on Debian Linux (LMDE). This version uses rolling updates, which, while being a secure way to keep an OS protected, might be disconcerting for some.
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