Linux Mint 15 (code named as Olivia) is released. If you’re using the the older version of Linux Mint, then follow the upgrade instructions. Linux Mint 15 has arrived with lots of new features and improvements. The first one, you will notice to the login screen itself (HTML animated MDM based login screen) :
Major changes/improvements in Linux Mint 15 ?
- Improved Desktop Editions (Cinnamon 1.8 and MATE 1.6 – both offers a tons of new great features and improvements)
- Software Sources, now called MintSources, has been developed from scratch, to support additional features (unstable packages, easy management)
- MintDrivers, for managing various drivers (e.g for Graphics Card, printers etc)
- Nemo File Manager – new features and bug fixes
- Desklets for Desktop, it’s like Android widgets
- Improved Control Center & more!
Download Linux Mint 15
You can download the appropriate edition (comes with CINNAMON or MATE desktop, for both 32/64 bit computer)
To know more about the new features – read this official page about Linux Mint 15.
There are lot of dictionary application for Ubuntu / Linux Mint but most of them works only online. A lot of people prefer to have offline dictionary – because they can use it without any internet connectivity or may be because they have a slow Internet connection (which may results in slower look-up).
Goldendict : Advanced Dictionary software for Ubuntu!
Although, Goldendict has lots of features and many of them depends on Internet connectivity but you can easily install wordnet dictionary database to make it work offline.
Install Godendict on Ubuntu 12.04/12.10/ Linux Mint!
sudo apt-get install goldendict goldendict-wordnet
Goldendict has lot of cool features, you can easily customize the sources – add more local dictionary database, add websites (Urban Dictionary, Google Oxford and more!) for look-up, pronunciation support, and more!
Enable Pronunciation with Forvo
Go to Edit -> Dictionaries -> Forvo and enable it. You may have to register and get an API key (free plan is there, up to 500 requests/day) on Forvo.
Linux Mint 14 (code named as Nadia) is released (check out official release notes). It’s based on Ubuntu 12.10, released last month, but unlike Ubuntu, it uses Mate as the default desktop environment (although other editions are also available e.g Cinnamon, KDE, XFCE etc). So if you’re a beginner – not comfortable with the Unity (the default desktop (on the top of Gnome 3)), then you must give it a try. Linux Mint is one of the most beginner friendly GNU/Linux distribution, and it has gained a lot of popularity in last few months.
What’s new in Linux Mint 14 – “Nadia” ?
Linux Mint 14 has lots of new features, bug fixes and performance improvements/tweaks, some of the important features are (full detailed info on this) –
- solid and stable – MATE desktop
- Cinnamon 1.6 (in Cinnamon edition, with lot of bug fixes)
- Cool workspaces
- Notifications applet
- Windows quicklist
- better sound applet
- Nemo File Manager (in Cinnamon edition)
Cool workspaces in Linux Mint 14 (Cinnamon Edition)
Download Linux Mint 14
Download Linux Mint 14 (for 32 bit or 64 bit, with or without proprietary plugins/codecs)
New to Linux Mint ? you may want to read things to do after installing Ubuntu 12.10 (although it’s about Ubuntu 12.10 but most of the tips should also work fine, on Linux Mint 14)
Download Monitor is a bandwidth meter. You can easily monitor your network usages/downloads on hourly/daily/monthly basis. If you often run out of bandwidth then you should try it, it may help you in staying within the usage caps.
It’s a simple app with minimal features, it has no fancy graphs, but it works fine (although app icons look little odd) and very easy to use.
Install Download Monitor in Ubuntu (12.10/12.04)/Linux Mint
It’s available in default package repository, so you can install it from Ubuntu Software Center or just execute the command –
sudo apt-get install download-monitor
Download Monitor at Launchpad
Hotot : A lightweight twitter client
Hotot is a free and open source twitter client, available for all common platforms including GNU/Linux distributions such as Ubuntu, Linux Mint. It a cool looking nice micro-blogging app, it has lot of features and you can customize it, but it’s in early stage of development – so it may not be very stable.
Features at a glance
- easy to manege various accounts
- threaded conversations
- cool themes
- preview images/videos
- real time update
- notification system
- firewall for blocking unwanted contents and more!
Installing Hotot Twitter Client in Ubuntu [12.10/12.04] / Linux Mint
In Ubuntu 12.04/12.10, it’s already included in default repository (an stable release). So you can install it from Software Center or just type the command –
sudo apt-get install hotot