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Linux Mint 18.3: A breath of fresh air? Well, it's a step into the unGNOME

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Howard Marsh
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No bearded desktops with pointy hats to be seen here

The Linux Mint project turned out to be an early Christmas present, as it usually does, but this release is perhaps more important than usual given that Mint is much more alone in the Linux distro world than it was just a year ago.

It is true that choice has long been one of the appeals of the Linux desktop, but as study after study has shown, users very rarely stray from the defaults and that is why Linux Mint is such a landmark – it and openSUSE are now the only major distros not shipping GNOME by default.

It's worth noting that, if the past is any guide, this will be the last Mint release based on Ubuntu 16.04.

Linux Mint 19 will likely change its underlying code base to use Ubuntu 18.04 LTS when the latter is released later this year.

You'll also find X.org 1.18.4 and the usual update to all the GNOME software suite, including the notably faster Firefox 57.

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