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Cinnamon 2.6 released

The Linux Mint developers have announced the release of Cinnamon 2.6. This release offers a range of improvements including significantly better performance in terms of responsiveness, load times and CPU usage.

Clement Lefebvre made the announcement on Segfault:

On behalf of the team and all the developers who contributed to this build, I am proud to announce the release of Cinnamon 2.6! This new version will be featured in Linux Mint 17.2 “Rafaela” planned for the end of June and in LMDE 2 “Betsy”.

A huge amount of work was done to review the CPU usage in various parts of Cinnamon and many improvements were made. Performance was gained by optimizing how Cinnamon reacts to particular events and reducing the number of tasks or repeated tasks it performs. The menu, for instance, is refreshed about 6 times as less as before… signals resulting from connecting a USB device are grouped together and lead to 1 action, reducing 4 concurrent reactions into a single one. The docinfo part of Cinnamon, which handles “recent files”, was optimized a lot. We found out tiny features such as generating thumbnails for “recent” files in the application menu were very expensive in resources and dropping them led to significant reductions in CPU usage. Un-necessary calculations in the window management part of Cinnamon could also be dropped, leading to reduced idle CPU usage (about 40% reduction in the number of CPU wakes per second).

Loading times were also reviewed (this covered Cinnamon and MDM) and found to be excellent, except for the case where Cinnamon is loaded for the first time after a computer restart or shutdown. Whereas a normal Cinnamon initialization would typically take between 0 and 2 seconds, the very first one could take up to 40 seconds on some of our test systems. The reason was a lack of HDD read-cache, especially when it came to Gio appinfo and icon themes data. To reduce this initial load time, Cinnamon 2.6 introduces a preload mechanism which loads themes and app info asynchronously earlier on during the boot sequence. Distributions using non-standard icon themes ca

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Linux Mint users reacted to the announcement in the comments section:

Crewp: "Congratulations Clem, and the whole Mint team, this is the best Cinnamon yet. I think that your decision to move Mint to an LTS base for LM, and a Debian stable base for LMDE is already paying big dividends. I can’t wait to see what you all come up with next. :)"

JosefG: "Great developments! I love the fact that Nemo will carry out copy operations serially. We have been needing this for a long time. Is it possible to pause a copy operation after it has been launched to? That would be icing on the cake."

Mrman: "Amazing acheivement. Cinnamon is definately my fave DE, not just because it is actually the best taking the perfect line between Gnome 3 and Gnome 2 ( i.e usable yet still modern and flashy ) But mainly because you actually listen to what people are asking for and implement it sensibly."

Sam Burgos : "I like the theming and redesign of the settings, it feels much smoother than ever, may I ask what language/design/sketch did you use for it? Or is it Gjs/Cjs? I would like to learn to create something like that for some personal project and I do really love the design of it."

Exploder: "This is the best Cinnamon release yet! Thanks for all of the time and effort that went into it."

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XCOM 2 coming to Linux in November

Feral Interactive has been working on XCOM 2 for Linux, and the game should be available in November.

Silviu Stahie reports for Softpedia:

XCOM 2 just received a new trailer to announce the game and the launch date, but there is no gameplay in sight. In any case, when the game is released in November, all the platforms will be covered, and that includes Linux, Windows, and Mac OS X.

"XCOM 2 transports players 20 years into the future, where humanity lost the war against the alien threat that has established a new world order. The secret paramilitary organization known as XCOM is largely forgotten, and must strike back to reclaim control of Earth and free mankind from the aliens’ rule. XCOM 2 is currently scheduled for release in November 2015. The game will also be coming to Mac and Linux via Feral Interactive,"...

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You can check out the official XCOM 2 trailer in this video:

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