List of Linux Mint releases

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Linux Mint 15 "Olivia", previous release with the MATE Desktop Environment
Linux Mint 14 "Nadia", previous stable release.

There are two Linux Mint releases per year. Each release is given a new version number and a code name, using a female first name starting with the letter whose alphabetical index corresponds to the version number and ending with the letter "a" (e.g., "Elyssa" for version 5, "Felicia" for version 6). There is also an OEM version for ease of installation for hardware manufacturers.[1]

Releases are timed to be approximately one month after Ubuntu releases (which in turn are about one month after Gnome releases and two months after X Window System releases). Consequently, every Linux Mint release comes with an updated version of both GNOME and X and features some of the improvements brought in the latest Ubuntu release. Support for most releases is discontinued two months after the next release, but since the mid-2008 v5 every fourth release has been labeled a long-term support (LTS) version, indicating that it is supported (with updates) for longer, three years for v5 and v9, and five years thereafter.

Linux Mint 17 "Qiana" LTS was released on 31 May 2014, remaining current until the end of November 2014 and supported until April 2019.[1]

Linux Mint Debian Edition, not compatible with Ubuntu,[1] is based on Debian Testing and updates are brought in continuously.

Release history[edit]

Legend: Old version Older version, still supported Current version Latest preview version Future release
Version Codename Edition Code Base Compatible repository Default desktop environment Release date LTS Support End
Old version, no longer supported: 1.0 Ada Main Kubuntu 6.06 Kubuntu 6.06 KDE 27 August 2006
Old version, no longer supported: 2.0 Barbara Main Ubuntu 6.10 Ubuntu 6.10 GNOME 13 November 2006 April 2008
Old version, no longer supported: 2.1 Bea Main Ubuntu 6.10 Ubuntu 6.10 GNOME 20 December 2006 April 2008
Old version, no longer supported: 2.2 Bianca Main Ubuntu 6.10 Ubuntu 6.10 GNOME 20 February 2007 April 2008
Light Ubuntu 6.10 Ubuntu 6.10 GNOME 29 March 2007
KDE CE Kubuntu 6.10 Kubuntu 6.10 KDE 20 April 2007
Old version, no longer supported: 3.0 Cassandra Main Bianca 2.2 Ubuntu 7.04 GNOME 30 May 2007 October 2008
Light Bianca 2.2 Ubuntu 7.04 GNOME 15 June 2007
KDE CE Bianca 2.2 Kubuntu 7.04 KDE 14 August 2007
MiniKDE CE Bianca 2.2 Kubuntu 7.04 KDE 14 August 2007
Xfce CE Cassandra 3.0 Xubuntu 7.04 Xfce 7 August 2007
Old version, no longer supported: 3.1 Celena Main Bianca 2.2 Ubuntu 7.04 GNOME 24 September 2007 October 2008
Light Bianca 2.2 Ubuntu 7.04 GNOME 1 October 2007
Old version, no longer supported: 4.0 Daryna Main Celena 3.1 Ubuntu 7.10 GNOME 15 October 2007 April 2009
Light Celena 3.1 Ubuntu 7.10 GNOME 15 October 2007
KDE CE Cassandra 3.0 Kubuntu 7.10 KDE 3 March 2008
Old version, no longer supported: 5 Elyssa Main Daryna 4.0 Ubuntu 8.04 GNOME 8 June 2008 Y April 2011
Light Daryna 4.0 Ubuntu 8.04 GNOME 8 June 2008
x64 Ubuntu 8.04 Ubuntu 8.04 GNOME 18 October 2008
KDE CE Daryna 4.0 Kubuntu 8.04 KDE 15 September 2008
Xfce CE Daryna 4.0 Xubuntu 8.04 Xfce 8 September 2008
Fluxbox CE Ubuntu 8.04 Ubuntu 8.04 Fluxbox 21 October 2008
Old version, no longer supported: 6 Felicia Main Ubuntu 8.10 Ubuntu 8.10 GNOME 15 December 2008 April 2010
Universal (Light) Ubuntu 8.10 Ubuntu 8.10 GNOME 15 December 2008
x64 Ubuntu 8.10 Ubuntu 8.10 GNOME 6 February 2009
KDE CE Elyssa 5 Kubuntu 8.10 KDE 8 April 2009
Xfce CE Xubuntu 8.10 Xubuntu 8.10 Xfce 24 February 2009
Fluxbox CE Xubuntu 8.10 Ubuntu 8.10 Fluxbox 7 April 2009
Old version, no longer supported: 7 Gloria Main Ubuntu 9.04 Ubuntu 9.04 GNOME 26 May 2009 October 2010
Universal (Light) Ubuntu 9.04 Ubuntu 9.04 GNOME 26 May 2009
x64 Ubuntu 9.04 Ubuntu 9.04 GNOME 24 June 2009
KDE CE Kubuntu 9.04 Kubuntu 9.04 KDE 3 August 2009
Xfce CE Xubuntu 9.04 Xubuntu 9.04 Xfce 13 September 2009
Old version, no longer supported: 8 Helena Main Ubuntu 9.10 Ubuntu 9.10 GNOME 28 November 2009 April 2011
Universal (Light) Ubuntu 9.10 Ubuntu 9.10 GNOME 28 November 2009
Gnome x64 Ubuntu 9.10 Ubuntu 9.10 GNOME 14 December 2009
KDE Kubuntu 9.10 Kubuntu 9.10 KDE 6 February 2010
KDE x64 Kubuntu 9.10 Kubuntu 9.10 KDE 12 February 2010
Fluxbox Helena Main Ubuntu 9.10 Fluxbox 12 February 2010
Xfce Xubuntu 9.10 Xubuntu 9.10 Xfce 31 March 2010
LXDE Helena Main Ubuntu 9.10 LXDE 31 March 2010
Old version, no longer supported: 9 Isadora Main Ubuntu 10.04 Ubuntu 10.04 GNOME 18 May 2010 Y April 2013
Gnome x64 Ubuntu 10.04 Ubuntu 10.04 GNOME 18 May 2010
LXDE Lubuntu 10.04 Lubuntu 10.04 LXDE 18 July 2010
KDE Kubuntu 10.04 Kubuntu 10.04 KDE 27 July 2010
KDE x64 Kubuntu 10.04 Kubuntu 10.04 KDE 27 July 2010
Xfce Xubuntu 10.04 Xubuntu 10.04 Xfce 24 August 2010
Fluxbox Lubuntu 10.04 Lubuntu 10.04 Fluxbox 6 September 2010
Old version, no longer supported: 10 Julia Main Ubuntu 10.10 Ubuntu 10.10 GNOME 12 November 2010 April 2012
Gnome x64 Ubuntu 10.10 Ubuntu 10.10 GNOME 12 November 2010
KDE Kubuntu 10.10 Kubuntu 10.10 KDE 23 February 2011
KDE x64 Kubuntu 10.10 Kubuntu 10.10 KDE 23 February 2011
LXDE Lubuntu 10.10 Lubuntu 10.10 LXDE 16 March 2011
Old version, no longer supported: 11 Katya Main Ubuntu 11.04 Ubuntu 11.04 GNOME 26 May 2011 October 2012
Gnome x64 Ubuntu 11.04 Ubuntu 11.04 GNOME 26 May 2011
LXDE Lubuntu 11.04 Lubuntu 11.04 LXDE 16 August 2011
Old version, no longer supported: 12 Lisa Main Ubuntu 11.10 Ubuntu 11.10 GNOME 3 with MGSE**, MATE* 26 November 2011 April 2013
KDE Kubuntu 11.10 Kubuntu 11.10 KDE 2 February 2012
LXDE Lubuntu 11.10 Lubuntu 11.10 LXDE 9 March 2012
Older version, yet still supported: 13 Maya Main Ubuntu 12.04 Ubuntu 12.04 Cinnamon***, MATE* 22 May 2012 Y April 2017
Xfce Xubuntu 12.04 Xubuntu 12.04 Xfce 21 July 2012
KDE Kubuntu 12.04 Kubuntu 12.04 KDE 23 July 2012
Old version, no longer supported: 14 Nadia Main Ubuntu 12.10 Ubuntu 12.10 Cinnamon***, MATE* 20 November 2012 May 2014
Xfce Xubuntu 12.10 Xubuntu 12.10 Xfce 21 December 2012
KDE Kubuntu 12.10 Kubuntu 12.10 KDE 23 December 2012
Old version, no longer supported: 15 Olivia Main Ubuntu 13.04 Ubuntu 13.04 Cinnamon***, MATE* 29 May 2013[2] January 2014
Xfce Ubuntu 13.04 Ubuntu 13.04 Xfce 12 July 2013[3]
KDE Ubuntu 13.04 Ubuntu 13.04 KDE 21 July 2013[4]
Older version, yet still supported: 16 Petra Main Ubuntu 13.10 Ubuntu 13.10 Cinnamon***, MATE* 30 November 2013[5][6] July 2014
KDE Ubuntu 13.10 Ubuntu 13.10 KDE 22 December 2013
Xfce Ubuntu 13.10 Ubuntu 13.10 Xfce 22 December 2013
Current stable version: 17 Qiana Main Ubuntu 14.04 Ubuntu 14.04 Cinnamon***, MATE* 31 May 2014 Y April 2019
KDE Ubuntu 14.04 Ubuntu 14.04 KDE 23 June 2014
Xfce Ubuntu 14.04 Ubuntu 14.04 Xfce 15 June 2014

* Fork of GNOME 2

** Mint GNOME 3 Shell extension (providing a desktop environment similar to GNOME 2)

*** Fork of GNOME Shell

Version history of common programs[edit]

Release Linux kernel[7] GNOME[8] Firefox[9][10][11] OpenOffice / LibreOffice[12] GIMP[13] Pidgin[14] MySQL[15][16][17] PHP[18][19] Python[20] X.Org Server[21] / X Window System[22]
1.0 2.6.15 2.14 1.5.3 2.0.2 2.2.11 1.5.0 5.0.22 5.1.2 2.4.3 1.0.2 / 7.0.0
2.x 2.6.17 2.16 2.0.0 2.0.4 2.2.13 2.0b3 5.0.24 5.1 2.4.4 1.1.1 / 7.1.1
3.x 2.6.20 2.18 2.0.3 2.2.0 2.2.13 2.0b6 5.0.38 5.2 2.5.1 1.2.0 / 7.2.0
4.0 2.6.22 2.20 2.0.6 2.3.0 2.4.0rc3 2.2.1 5.0.45 5.2.3 2.5.1 1.3.0 / 7.2.5
5 LTS 2.6.24 2.22 3.0b5 2.4.0 2.4.5 2.4.1 5.0.51 (5.2.4)* 2.5.2 1.4.1 / 7.3
6 2.6.27 2.24 3.0.3 2.4.1 2.6.1 2.5.2 5.0.67 (5.2.6)* 2.5.2 1.5.2 / 7.4
7 2.6.28 2.26 3.0.8 3.0.1 2.6.6 2.5.5 5.1.31 (5.2.6)* 2.6.2 1.6.0 / 7.4
8 2.6.31 2.28 3.5.3 3.1.1 2.6.7 2.6.2 5.1.37 (5.2.10)* 2.6.3 1.6.4 / 7.4
9 LTS 2.6.32 2.30 3.6.3 3.2.0 2.6.8 2.6.6 5.1.41 (5.3.2)* 2.6.5 1.7.6 / 7.5
10 2.6.35 2.32 3.6.10 3.2.1 2.6.10 2.7.3 5.1.43 (5.3.3)* 2.6.6 1.9.0 / 7.5
11 2.6.38 2.32 4.0.1 3.3.2 2.6.11 2.7.11 5.1.57 (5.3.6)* 2.7.1 1.10.1 / 7.6
12 3.0.0 3.2 7.0.1 3.4.3 2.6.11 2.10.0 --- --- 2.7.2 1.10.4 / 7.6
13 LTS 3.2.14 3.4.1 12.0 3.5.2 2.6.12 2.10.3 --- --- 2.7.3 1.11.4 / 7.6
14 3.5.5 3.6.0 16.0 3.5.4.2 2.8.0 2.10.6 --- --- 2.7.3 1.13.0 / 7.6
15 3.8 --- 20.0 4.0.2 2.8.4 --- --- --- 2.7.4 1.13.3 / ?
16 3.11 --- 24 4.1.2 2.8.6 --- --- --- 2.7.5 1.14.3 / ?
17 LTS 3.13 --- 28 4.2.3 RC 2.8.10 --- --- --- 2.7.5 1.15.1 / ?
Release Linux kernel GNOME Firefox OpenOffice / LibreOffice GIMP Pidgin MySQL PHP Python X.Org Server / X Window System

(x.y.z)* – program not installed by default
x.y** – all versions are as of most recent unstable release

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Download – Linux Mint". Retrieved 8 December 2013. 
  2. ^ "The Linux Mint Blog » Blog Archive » Linux Mint 15 "Olivia" released!". blog.linuxmint.com. 29 May 2013. Retrieved 3 June 2013. 
  3. ^ The Linux Mint Blog » Blog Archive » Linux Mint 15 “Olivia” Xfce released! Written by Clem on July 12th, 2013
  4. ^ The Linux Mint Blog » Blog Archive » Linux Mint 15 “Olivia” KDE released! Written by Clem on July 21st, 2013.
  5. ^ "The Linux Mint Blog » Blog Archive » Linux Mint 16 "Petra" Cinnamon released!". blog.linuxmint.com. 30 November 2013. Retrieved 30 November 2013. 
  6. ^ "The Linux Mint Blog » Blog Archive » Linux Mint 16 "Petra" MATE released!". blog.linuxmint.com. 30 November 2013. Retrieved 30 November 2013. 
  7. ^ Publishing history : “linux-meta” package : Ubuntu. Launchpad.net. Retrieved on 21 October 2011.
  8. ^ Publishing history : “gnome-common” package : Ubuntu. Launchpad.net. Retrieved on 21 October 2011.
  9. ^ Publishing history : “firefox” package : Ubuntu. Launchpad.net. Retrieved on 21 October 2011.
  10. ^ Publishing history : “firefox-3.0” package : Ubuntu. Launchpad.net. Retrieved on 21 October 2011.
  11. ^ Publishing history : “firefox-3.5” package : Ubuntu. Edge.launchpad.net. Retrieved on 21 October 2011.
  12. ^ Publishing history : “openoffice.org” package : Ubuntu. Launchpad.net. Retrieved on 21 October 2011.
  13. ^ Publishing history : “gimp” package : Ubuntu. Launchpad.net. Retrieved on 21 October 2011.
  14. ^ Publishing history : “pidgin” package : Ubuntu. Launchpad.net. Retrieved on 21 October 2011.
  15. ^ Publishing history : “mysql-dfsg-4.1” package : Ubuntu. Launchpad.net. Retrieved on 21 October 2011.
  16. ^ Publishing history : “mysql-dfsg-5.0” package : Ubuntu. Launchpad.net. Retrieved on 21 October 2011.
  17. ^ Publishing history : “mysql-dfsg-5.1” package : Ubuntu. Launchpad.net. Retrieved on 21 October 2011.
  18. ^ Publishing history : “php4” package : Ubuntu. Launchpad.net. Retrieved on 21 October 2011.
  19. ^ Publishing history : “php5” package : Ubuntu. Launchpad.net. Retrieved on 21 October 2011.
  20. ^ Publishing history : “python-defaults” package : Ubuntu. Launchpad.net. Retrieved on 21 October 2011.
  21. ^ Publishing history : “xorg-server” package : Ubuntu. Launchpad.net. Retrieved on 21 October 2011.
  22. ^ Publishing history : “xorg” package : Ubuntu. Launchpad.net. Retrieved on 21 October 2011.

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