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Linux Mint 19.x 'Tara' to release in mid 2018

Linux Mint 18.3 running the Cinnamon desktop environment. (Source: Linux Mint)
Linux Mint 18.3 running the Cinnamon desktop environment. (Source: Linux Mint)
The next version of Linux Mint, Linux Mint 19, will release sometime in May or June this year. The popular Linux distro will be based on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS.

The upcoming version of Linux Mint, the popular Linux distro, will be codenamed 'Tara' according to the developers. This means, all versions in the 19.x branch will have codenames starting with 'T'. Development has just commenced on the next version, which will start from version 19.x. 'Tara' will be based on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS and supported for five years till 2023.

It is interesting to see that Mint 19.x will use GTK 3.22 for theming. GTK (GIMP Toolkit) is a cross-platform toolkit for creating GUI applications. GTK 3.22 is already being used in the Linux Mint Debian Edition (LMDE) 3 and the developers state this will be the GUI theming engine going forward. KDE will no longer be offered as an option in the ISO. Users are, however, free to download and use KDE on Linux Mint independently if they wish to.

Linux Mint 19.x will be mostly under-the-hood changes as the team feels the previous version already had a lot of features built in. The underlying technologies implemented in Mint 19.x will be the basis for further development and the GTK 3.22 support will ensure developers can use apps developed using Mint components on other distros like Fedora and Arch without much trouble.

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Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, 2018-01- 5 (Update: 2018-01- 5)
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam - News Editor
I am a cell and molecular biologist and computers have been an integral part of my life ever since I laid my hands on my first PC which was based on an Intel Celeron 266 MHz processor, 16 MB RAM and a modest 2 GB hard disk. Since then, I’ve seen my passion for technology evolve with the times. From traditional floppy based storage and running DOS commands for every other task, to the connected cloud and shared social experiences we take for granted today, I consider myself fortunate to have witnessed a sea change in the technology landscape. I honestly feel that the best is yet to come, when things like AI and cloud computing mature further. When I am not out finding the next big cure for cancer, I read and write about a lot of technology related stuff or go about ripping and re-assembling PCs and laptops.