Linux Mint Developers Will Stick To Ubuntu LTS Bases From Now On

The release candidate of the Linux Mint 17 “Qiana” is out and is based on the Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. Interestingly, along with the release of this RC, another fact has been disclosed is that the Linux Mint developers will be using the LTS base for all the new Mint versions, which means, the same operating system based on new Mint versions will be coming out, through the next couple of years. “The decision was made to stick to LTS bases. In other words the development team will be focused on the very same package base used by Linux Mint 17 for the next 2 years. It will also be trivial to upgrade from version 17 to 17.1, then 17.2 and so on. Important applications will be backported and we expect this change to boost the pace of our development and reduce the amount of regressions in each new Linux Mint release. This makes Linux Mint 17.x very important to us, not just yet another release, but one that will receive security updates until 2019, one that will receive backports and new features until 2016 and even more importantly, the only package base besides LMDE which we’ll be focused on until 2016.” says the announcement.

This means that the Linux Mint will become a much more stable distribution. Additionally, similar to Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, it will also benefit from the same extended support, until 2019.

Read the full announcement here. Also, download Linux Mint 17 RC “Qiana” Cinnamon and Linux Mint 17 RC “Qiana” MATE.