Linux Mint 17 Will Be Called...
Article by George Norman
On 24 Mar 2014
What will the upcoming version of Linux Mint be called? According to the Linux Mint team, the upcoming Linux Mint 17 will be called Qiana. It will be rolled out to the public by the end of May 2014 and it will be a Long-Term Support (LTS) release. Lead Linux Mint Developer Clem Lefebvre explained how to pronounce Linux Mint 17’s name and shed some light on what the name means.

“Qiana is pronounced kee-AHN-ah. It was the name of a fashion silk-like material, introduced in the 1970s and popular in the disco-era, when it was made into loud, shiny shirts with pointy collars. The feminine name is of American origin, and its meaning is ‘silky’. In some languages Qiana also means ‘singers’, ‘light’ or ‘deity’,” said Lefebvre. “More so than a vibrant and extravagant style of the 1970s, we’ll be aiming for a silky smooth release,” he concluded.


The Linux Mint team recently shared some information about the upcoming Linux Mint 17. Here are the bits that were shared with the public.

Linux Mint 17 – Codename

The name of Linux Mint 16 is Petra, from the Greek word 'πέτρα' that means rock or stone. The upcoming Linux Mint 17 will carry the codename Qiana. It is pronounced kee-AHN-ah, it means silky, and it refers to a silk-like material that was very popular in the 70s when it was used to create loud shirts for people who enjoyed disco.

Linux Mint 17 – Release Date

The operating system will be released by the end of May 2014.

Linux Mint 17 – LTS Release

Linux Mint 17 codename Qiana is a Long-Term Support (LTS) release. This means that support will be provided for a period of five years.

Linux Mint 17 – Editions

There will be four Linux Mint 17 editions: Cinnamon, MATE, KDE, and Xfce.

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