End of Life Announcement for Linux Mint 11 Katya
Article by George Norman
On 29 Oct 2012
If you’re still using Linux Mint 11 codename Katya, it is time to upgrade. The Linux Mint team announced that Katya has reached end of life.

Linux Mint 11 (codename Katya, word of Russian origin associated with the meaning “pure”), the Ubuntu 11.04-based edition that was released to the public in May 2011, has reached end of life – this is the announcement made by Lead Linux Mint Developer Clem Lefebvre this Sunday.

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What does end of life mean? It means that the operating system is obsolete – the repositories will remain open, but no more updates or security fixes will be released. This in turn means that you should upgrade to a newer Linux Mint edition. You could upgrade to Linux Mint 12 Lisa which will be supported until April 2013 or to Linux Mint 13 Maya which is a LTS (Long Term Support) release that will be supported until April 2017.

Lefebvre suggested you upgrade to Linux Mint 13 Maya.
Check out this tutorial if you need instructions on how to upgrade to a newer Linux Mint version.

Or you could wait for Linux Mint 14 codename Nadia (pronounced NAH-d’-yah) to be released and upgrade to this edition. The operating system is scheduled to be released by the end of November the current year.

Getting back to Linux Mint 13 Maya, the version Clem Lefebvre said you should upgrade to, here are the main features you can expect to get:

Linux Mint 13 Maya Main Features
  • MATE 1.2 desktop – it’s stable, works on all computers, is easy to use, and puts the focus on productivity.
  • Cinnamon 1.4 desktop – it’s sleek, modern, built on rapid technologies, and has an active community that creates many new themes and applets.
  • MDM – this is a new Display Manager that offers more features than any other currently available Display Manager.
  • Artwork – the latest Mint-X and Mint-Z themes, better support for GTK3, a collection of beautiful photographs to use for the background.
  • Search – the default search engine is Yahoo! because it is the 2nd biggest search engine in the world and the first major search engine to share revenue with Linux Mint.

Additional information on Linux Mint 13 Maya is available here.





Tags: Linux, Linux Mint, Katy, Lisa, Maya, Nadia, Clem Lefebvre, end of life
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