Linux Mint 15 Olivia Release Candidate Is Here
Article by George Norman
On 17 May 2013
This week the Linux Mint team announced that they pushed out the Release Candidate (RC) of Linux Mint 15 codename Olivia. This is the most ambitious release since the start of the Linux Mint project.

The Linux Mint 15 operating system was announced back in January. Lead Linux Mint Developer Clem Lefebvre announced at the time that the OS would carry the codename Olivia and explained that the codename is pronounced oh-LIV-ee-ah, that it is of Latin origin and it means “olive tree”, and that the word was chosen because the olive tree symbolizes fruitfulness, beauty, and dignity.


Lefebvre also said at the time that Linux Mint 15 Olivia will be available in 4 editions (Cinnamon, MATE, KDE, and Xfce) and that the OS is penciled in for a May release.

It is now mid-may and the Linux Mint 15 Release Candidate (RC) has been rolled out to the public. If you’re eager to get it, you will find download links on the official Mint Blog here. Before you go get the OS, take a quick look at its new features.

Linux Mint 15 Olivia – New Features
  • Cinnamon 1.8, Mate 1.6
  • MDM features a GTK, a themeable GMD and a new HTML greeter.
  • New MintSources tool replaces software-properties-gtk .
  • New MintDrivers tool that lets you manage your drivers.
  • Nemo has a heavily modified interface and its behavior better integrates with Cinnamon.
  • Desklets that acan be added to the desktop (similar to Plasmoids on KDE or Widgets on Android).
  • Set a custom away message for Cinnamon’s screensaver.
  • The Gnome Control Center is no longer needed because all config modules are present in Cinnamon Settings.
  • Install Spices (applets, themes, extensions) in Cinnamon directly from the desktop.
  • Various system improvements.

Additional information on what’s new in Linux Mint 15 Olivia is available here.

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