The latest release of Linux Mint 15, nicknamed Olivia, tries really hard to reach new design goals but is marred by a series of petty flaws. The latest rendition of Linux Mint’s flagship desktop, Cinnamon 1.8, is ambitious but immature in its execution. If you choose the new MATE 1.6 desktop version over Cinnamon, you get a very workable GNOME 2 fork that may not be worth wallowing in yesteryear. Overall, the best of what is new with Linux Mint 15 could be an HTML5-themed login screen and the additional Software Sources and Driver Managers.
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