Linux Mint 17.1 released
The final release of Linux Mint 17.1 is now available to download. You can opt for the Cinnamon or MATE versions of Linux Mint 17.1, depending on which desktop you prefer to use. MATE now has support for the Compiz window manager, and Cinnamon has had numerous improvements including performance tweaks and additional polish.
The Linux Mint site has details about the addition of Compiz in Linux Mint 17.1 MATE:
Linux Mint 17.1 MATE Edition comes with two window managers installed and configured by default:
Marco (MATE's very own window manager, simple, fast and very stable).
Compiz (an advanced compositing window manager which can do wonders if your hardware supports it).
Among the various window managers available for Linux, Compiz is certainly the most impressive when it comes to desktop effects.
There's nothing quite like a rotating cube to catch everybody's attention.
The Linux Mint site also shares some of the details about the performance tweaks done in Linux Mint 17.1 Cinnamon:
A lot of care went into attention to details and Cinnamon 2.4 received many little improvements to make your experience smoother and more enjoyable than before.
CJS was rebased on a newer version of GJS in an effort to reduce memory usage and provide faster execution times.
All Cinnamon components were reviewed and their source code was checked with static analysis tools. Although most of them were small, about 30 memory leaks were fixed.
Icons used in Cinnamon Settings were added to the Mint-X icon theme. This increased responsiveness (This is specific to Linux Mint so we encourage all artists and distributions to do the same).
You can download Linux Mint 17.1 via these torrents:
Linux Mint 17.1 gets positive reviews
Reviews of Linux Mint 17.1 have also started to trickle in, and the consensus seems to be that this is a very good release indeed.
My review on Desktop Linux Reviews noted the value of the common features that extend across both desktops:
I was very impressed with Linux Mint 17.1. The common feature upgrades and bug fixes add real value to this distribution. The changes in Update Manager, the Login Screen, Language Settings, Kernel Menu, and artwork should please almost all Linux Mint users. And the huge range of background wallpapers, along with the slideshow feature make it a great choice for those who want frequent changes to the look of their Linux Mint systems.
J.A. Watson at ZDNet did a hands on with Linux Mint 17.1 and liked what he found:
The final rease of Linux Mint 17.1 Cinnamon and MATE was announced this weekend. I have picked up both versions, and I have installed them on a number of computers around here, with both legacy (MBR) and UEFI boot. The results have been very good, as expected.
...the new Linux Mint 17.1 release is exactly what we have come to expect - easy to install, easy to use, and solid as a rock.