Linux Mint is a very talked-about working system — for Linux, anyway. It’s based mostly on Ubuntu, however it ditches probably the most maligned facets of its base OS — the Unity desktop surroundings. As an alternative, it primarily gives the Cinnamon DE, which is harking back to Microsoft’s Home windows 7. Mint’s reputation and relevance is in query currently, nonetheless, as Ubuntu itself has determined to cease utilizing Unity too. It stays to be seen if GNOME three being the default DE for future Ubuntu releases will lower the variety of of us switching to Mint.

The uncertainty about Ubuntu has not deterred the Linux Mint staff, nonetheless, as they’re transferring forward with plans for model 18.2. Whereas particulars about the upcoming model of the working system are scarce, we have now realized two necessary particulars. First, the code identify for the OS will likely be “Sonya,” and second, the distro will use LightDM as default show supervisor.

“Linux Mint 18.2 may also have a really significant codename and a particular place within the coronary heart of certainly one of our builders. I wish to deal with my assist and my deepest sympathy to Michael Webster, certainly one of our buddies inside the growth staff, for the lack of his spouse Sonya. I can’t consider something extra painful than dropping a liked one. We really feel quite a lot of fraternity and disappointment after what occurred. It’s an honor for us to have the ability to commemorate her identify. Farewell Sonya and to you Michael, it’s a actual pleasure and privilege to be creating with you. I hope you do properly,” says Clement Lefebvre, Linux Mint.

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We right here at BetaNews wish to provide our condolences to Michael Webster as properly. Our hearts exit to you and your loved ones, sir.

Lefebvre additional says, “I am completely satisfied to substantiate that Linux Mint 18.2 will change to the LightDM show supervisor. Although, due to its shut ties with Unity, GNOME, Ubuntu and indicators, unity-greeter is not going to be used. It was forked to develop the same but impartial greeter known as Slick-Greeter.”

With confusion surrounding Ubuntu, it will likely be fascinating to see how lengthy the Linux Mint staff will use the working system as its base. There’s a secondary Debian model of the distro, in any case — may the staff finally make that its solely OS? Time will inform. For now, nonetheless, it’s clear than it will likely be largely enterprise as common for the upcoming “Sonya.”