Linux Mint 17.1 Will Be Called...
Article by George Norman
On 15 Sep 2014
The latest version of Linux Mint, Linux Mint 17, carries the codename Qiana. Released late this May, Qiana is a Long-Term Support (LTS) release that is available in four editions: Cinnamon, MATE, KDE, and Xfce. That’s the part most of you already know. Here comes the part you don’t. Here comes the news about Linux Mint 17.1.

The Linux Mint team recently unveiled the codename for the upcoming Linux Mint 17.1. This release will break the tradition and will not be named something that starts with Q. The 17.1 version of Linux Mint will be named something that starts with R instead – Linux Mint 17.1 will be called Rebecca.


“It wasn’t easy to find a codename starting with Q initially, and with the move to LTS it’s getting harder and harder as the series might get a total of 4 or more releases,” explained Lead Linux Mint Developer, Clem Lefebvre. “The first 17.x point release will be Linux Mint 17.1 codename 'Rebecca'.”

Of Hebrew origin, the name Rebecca means “to bind” or “to tie”. In the Hebrew Bible, Rebecca is the wife of Isaac. English author Daphne du Maurier wrote a novel called Rebecca, novel that has been adapted into film several times. Alfred Hitchcock’s 1940 Academy Award winning film is among the best known adaptations. But enough about these frivolities; let’s focus on something more technical.

Lead Linux Mint Developer Clem Lefebvre explained that Linux Mint 17.1 Rebecca will share the same base as Qiana. He also explained that Qiana users will have the choice to upgrade to Rebecca or not. But, should they decide to upgrade, the process will be an easy and safe one.

To recap, the upcoming Linux Mint 17.1 will be called Rebecca. It will share the same base as Linux Mint 17 Qiana. Users will get to choose if they want to upgrade or not; should they decide to upgrade from Qiana to Rebecca, they will be able to easily and safely upgrade.

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