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Linux Mint 19 "Tara", previous release with the MATE Desktop Environment
Linux Mint 18.3 "Sylvia", a stable release, with Xfce.

Up to 2014 there had been two Linux Mint releases per year, about one month after the Ubuntu releases they were based on. Each release was 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 were 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 came 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 was discontinued two months after the next release, but since the mid-2008 v5 every fourth release has been labelled 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] In mid-2014 the successor to 17 Qiana was announced to be 17.1 Rebecca; the development team said that from a technical point of view Linux Mint was no longer tied to the Ubuntu schedule, so it could be released at any time, although the six-month cycle provided rhythm, leading to a late November 2014 target.[2] Linux Mint 17 LTS would be the first release of the 17.x series, and for two years applications would be backported to 17.x, with security updates until 2019.[2]

The latest release is Linux Mint 20.1 "Ulyssa", released on 8 January 2021. As an LTS release, it will be supported until 2025.

Linux Mint Debian Edition, not compatible with Ubuntu,[3] is based on Debian and updates are brought in continuously between major versions (of LMDE).

Release history[edit]

Legend: Old version, not maintained Older version, still maintained Current stable version Latest preview version Future release
Version Codename Edition Codebase Compatible repository Default desktop environment Release date LTS? Support End
Old version, no longer maintained: 1.0 Ada Main Kubuntu 6.06 Kubuntu 6.06 KDE 27 August 2006 N/A Un­known
Old version, no longer maintained: 2.0 Barbara Ubuntu 6.10

(Edgy Eft)

Ubuntu 6.10

(Edgy Eft)

GNOME 13 November 2006 April 2008
Old version, no longer maintained: 2.1 Bea 20 December 2006
Old version, no longer maintained: 2.2 Bianca 20 February 2007
Light 29 March 2007
KDE CE Kubuntu 6.10 Kubuntu 6.10 KDE 20 April 2007
Old version, no longer maintained: 3.0 Cassandra Main Bianca 2.2 Ubuntu 7.04

(Feisty Fawn)

GNOME 30 May 2007 October 2008
Light 15 June 2007
KDE CE Kubuntu 7.04 KDE 14 August 2007
MiniKDE CE 14 August 2007
Xfce CE Cassandra 3.0 Xubuntu 7.04 Xfce 7 August 2007
Old version, no longer maintained: 3.1 Celena Main Bianca 2.2 Ubuntu 7.04

(Feisty Fawn)

GNOME 24 September 2007 October 2008
Light 1 October 2007
Old version, no longer maintained: 4.0 Daryna Main Celena 3.1 Ubuntu 7.10

(Gutsy Gibbon)

15 October 2007 April 2009
Light 15 October 2007
KDE CE Cassandra 3.0 Kubuntu 7.10 KDE 3 March 2008
Old version, no longer maintained: 5 Elyssa Main Daryna 4.0 Ubuntu 8.04 (Hardy Heron) GNOME 8 June 2008 Yes April 2011
Light 8 June 2008
x64 Ubuntu 8.04 (Hardy Heron) 18 October 2008
KDE CE Daryna 4.0 Kubuntu 8.04 KDE 15 September 2008
Xfce CE Xubuntu 8.04 Xfce 8 September 2008
Fluxbox CE Ubuntu 8.04 (Hardy Heron) Ubuntu 8.04 (Hardy Heron) Fluxbox 21 October 2008
Old version, no longer maintained: 6 Felicia Main Ubuntu 8.10

(Intrepid Ibex)

Ubuntu 8.10

(Intrepid Ibex)

GNOME 15 December 2008 No April 2010
Universal (Light) 15 December 2008
x64 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 Ubuntu 8.10 Fluxbox 7 April 2009
Old version, no longer maintained: 7 Gloria Main Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty Jackalope) GNOME 26 May 2009 No October 2010
Universal (Light)
x64 24 June 2009
KDE CE Kubuntu 9.04 KDE 3 August 2009
Xfce CE Xubuntu 9.04 Xfce 13 September 2009
Old version, no longer maintained: 8 Helena Main Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic Koala) GNOME 28 November 2009 No April 2011
Universal (Light)
Gnome x64 14 December 2009
KDE Kubuntu 9.10 Kubuntu 9.10 KDE 6 February 2010
KDE x64 12 February 2010
Fluxbox Helena Main Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic Koala) Fluxbox 12 February 2010
Xfce Xubuntu 9.10 Xfce 31 March 2010
LXDE Helena Main Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic Koala) LXDE 31 March 2010
Old version, no longer maintained: 9 Isadora Main Ubuntu 10.04 (Lucid Lynx) GNOME 18 May 2010 Yes April 2013
Gnome x64
LXDE Lubuntu 10.04 LXDE 18 July 2010
KDE Kubuntu 10.04 KDE 27 July 2010
KDE x64
Xfce Xubuntu 10.04 Xfce 24 August 2010
Fluxbox Lubuntu 10.04 Fluxbox 6 September 2010
Old version, no longer maintained: 10 Julia Main Ubuntu 10.10 (Maverick Meerkat) GNOME 12 November 2010 No April 2012
Gnome x64
KDE Kubuntu 10.10 KDE 23 February 2011
KDE x64
LXDE Lubuntu 10.10 LXDE 16 March 2011
Old version, no longer maintained: 11 Katya Main Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty Narwhal) GNOME 26 May 2011 No October 2012
Gnome x64
LXDE Lubuntu 11.04 LXDE 16 August 2011
Old version, no longer maintained: 12 Lisa Main Ubuntu 11.10 (Oneiric Ocelot) GNOME 3 with MGSE[a] 26 November 2011 No April 2013
KDE Kubuntu 11.10 KDE 2 February 2012
LXDE Lubuntu 11.10 LXDE 9 March 2012
Old version, no longer maintained: 13 Maya Cinnamon Ubuntu 12.04

(Precise Pangolin)

Cinnamon 23 May 2012 Yes April 2017
MATE MATE
Xfce Xubuntu 12.04 Xfce 21 July 2012
KDE Kubuntu 12.04 KDE 23 July 2012
Old version, no longer maintained: 14 Nadia Cinnamon Ubuntu 12.10

(Quantal Quetzal)

Cinnamon 20 November 2012 No May 2014
MATE MATE
Xfce Xubuntu 12.10 Xfce 21 December 2012
KDE Kubuntu 12.10 Kubuntu 12.10 KDE 23 December 2012
Old version, no longer maintained: 15 Olivia Cinnamon Ubuntu 13.04 (Raring Ringtail) Cinnamon 29 May 2013[4] No January 2014
MATE MATE
Xfce Xfce 12 July 2013[5]
KDE KDE 21 July 2013[6]
Old version, no longer maintained: 16 Petra Cinnamon Ubuntu 13.10 (Saucy Salamander) Cinnamon 30 November 2013[7][8] No July 2014
MATE MATE
Xfce Xfce 22 December 2013
KDE KDE
Old version, no longer maintained: 17 Qiana Cinnamon Ubuntu 14.04

(Trusty Tahr)

Ubuntu 14.04

(Trusty Tahr)

Cinnamon 31 May 2014 Yes April 2019
MATE MATE
KDE KDE 23 June 2014
Xfce Xfce 26 June 2014
Old version, no longer maintained: 17.1 Rebecca Cinnamon Cinnamon 29 November 2014[2]
MATE MATE
KDE KDE 8 January 2015
Xfce Xfce 11 January 2015
Old version, no longer maintained: 17.2 Rafaela Cinnamon Cinnamon 30 June 2015
MATE MATE
KDE KDE 7 August 2015
Xfce Xfce
Old version, no longer maintained: 17.3 Rosa Cinnamon Cinnamon 4 December 2015
MATE MATE
KDE KDE 9 January 2016
Xfce Xfce
Older version, yet still maintained: 18 Sarah Cinnamon Ubuntu 16.04

(Xenial Xerus)

Ubuntu 16.04

(Xenial Xerus)

Cinnamon 30 June 2016 Yes April 2021
MATE MATE
KDE KDE 9 September 2016
Xfce Xfce 2 August 2016
Older version, yet still maintained: 18.1 Serena Cinnamon Cinnamon 16 December 2016
MATE MATE
KDE KDE 27 January 2017
Xfce Xfce
Older version, yet still maintained: 18.2 Sonya Cinnamon Cinnamon 2 July 2017
MATE MATE
KDE KDE
Xfce Xfce
Older version, yet still maintained: 18.3 Sylvia Cinnamon Cinnamon 27 November 2017
MATE MATE
KDE KDE 15 December 2017
Xfce Xfce
Older version, yet still maintained: 19 Tara[9][10][11][12][13][14] Cinnamon Ubuntu 18.04

(Bionic Beaver)

Ubuntu 18.04

(Bionic Beaver)

Cinnamon 29 June 2018 Yes April 2023
MATE MATE
Xfce Xfce
Older version, yet still maintained: 19.1 Tessa[15][16] Cinnamon Cinnamon 19 December 2018[17]
MATE MATE
Xfce Xfce
Older version, yet still maintained: 19.2 Tina Cinnamon Cinnamon 2 August 2019
MATE MATE
Xfce Xfce
Older version, yet still maintained: 19.3 Tricia Cinnamon Cinnamon 18 December 2019
MATE MATE
Xfce Xfce
Older version, yet still maintained: 20 Ulyana[18] Cinnamon, MATE, Xfce Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

(Focal Fossa)

Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

(Focal Fossa)

Cinnamon, MATE, Xfce 27 June 2020 Yes 2025
Current stable version: 20.1 Ulyssa[19] Cinnamon, MATE, Xfce Cinnamon, MATE, Xfce 8 January 2021 Yes 2025
Version Codename Edition Codebase Compatible repository Default desktop environment Release date LTS? Support End


  1. ^ MGSE: Mint GNOME 3 Shell Extensions (providing a desktop environment similar to GNOME 2)

Linux Mint Debian Edition release history[edit]

Legend: Old version, not maintained Older version, still maintained Current stable version Latest preview version Future release
Version Codename ISO Edition[a] Debian base Default desktop
environment[b]
Release date Support End
Old version, no longer maintained: 1 Debian 201403 Jessie (8) Cinnamon, MATE 02 March 2014[20] 01 January 2016[21]
Old version, no longer maintained: 2 Betsy 201503 10 April 2015[22] 01 January 2019[23]
201701 13 March 2017[24]
Old version, no longer maintained: 3 Cindy 201808 Stretch (9)[25] Cinnamon 31 August 2018[26] 01 July 2020[27]
Current stable version: 4 Debbie N/A Buster (10)[28] 20 March 2020[29] TBD
  1. ^ ISO Edition: Versions before LMDE 4 included a datecode in the bootable ISO image's filename. LMDE 2 images were issued twice; the second issue included updates to LMDE 2 up to that point.
  2. ^ Default desk environment: Versions before LMDE 3 were issued in two ISO image flavors, with Cinnamon and MATE desktop environments.

Version history of common programs[edit]

These are the versions with Linux Mint as released. In use, the Linux Mint update manager will offer to update programs to the latest supported version.

Release Linux kernel[30] Cinnamon GNOME[31] Firefox[32] OpenOffice[33]/ LibreOffice[34] GIMP[35] Pidgin[36] MySQL[37][38] PHP[39][40] Python[41] X.Org Server[42] X Window System[43]
1.0 2.6.15 N/A 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 N/A 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 N/A 2.18 2.0.3 2.2.0 2.0b6 5.0.38 5.2 2.5.1 1.2.0 7.2.0
4.0 2.6.22 N/A 2.20 2.0.6 2.3.0 2.4.0rc3 2.2.1 5.0.45 5.2.3 1.3.0 7.2.5
5 LTS 2.6.24 N/A 2.22 3.0b5 2.4.0 2.4.5 2.4.1 5.0.51 5.2.4[a] 2.5.2 1.4.1 7.3
6 2.6.27 N/A 2.24 3.0.3 2.4.1 2.6.1 2.5.2 5.0.67 5.2.6[a] 1.5.2 7.4
7 2.6.28 N/A 2.26 3.0.8 3.0.1 2.6.6 2.5.5 5.1.31 2.6.2 1.6.0
8 2.6.31 N/A 2.28 3.5.3 3.1.1 2.6.7 2.6.2 5.1.37 5.2.10[a] 2.6.3 1.6.4
9 LTS 2.6.32 N/A 2.30 3.6.3 3.2.0 2.6.8 2.6.6 5.1.41 5.3.2[a] 2.6.5 1.7.6 7.5
10 2.6.35 N/A 2.32 3.6.10 3.2.1 2.6.10 2.7.3 5.1.43 5.3.3[a] 2.6.6 1.9.0
11 2.6.38 N/A 4.0.1 3.3.2 2.6.11 2.7.11 5.1.57 5.3.6[a] 2.7.1 1.10.1 7.6
12 3.0.0 N/A 3.2 7.0.1 3.4.3 2.10.0 N/A N/A 2.7.2 1.10.4
13 LTS 3.2.14 1.4 3.4.1 12.0 3.5.2 2.6.12 2.10.3 N/A N/A 2.7.3 1.11.4
14 3.5.5 1.6 3.6.0 16.0 3.5.4.2 2.8.0 2.10.6 N/A N/A 1.13.0
15 3.8 1.8 N/A 20.0 4.0.2 2.8.4 N/A N/A N/A 2.7.4 1.13.3 Un­known
16 3.11 2.0 N/A 24 4.1.2 2.8.6 N/A N/A N/A 2.7.5 1.14.3 Un­known
17 LTS 3.13 2.2 N/A 28 4.2.3rc3 2.8.10 2.10.9 N/A N/A 2.7.6 / 3.4.0 1.15.1 7.7
17.1 LTS 2.4 N/A 33 4.2.6 N/A N/A
17.2 LTS 3.16 2.6 N/A 38 4.4.3rc2 N/A N/A
17.3 LTS 3.19 2.8 N/A 42 5.0.3rc2 N/A N/A 1.17.1[44]
18 LTS 4.4 3.0 N/A 47 5.1.2 2.8.16 2.10.12 N/A N/A 2.7.11 / 3.5.1 1.18.3
18.1 LTS 3.2 N/A 50 5.1.4 N/A N/A 2.7.12 / 3.5.1 1.18.4
18.2 LTS 4.8 3.4 N/A 54 5.1.6rc2 N/A N/A
18.3 LTS 4.10 3.6 N/A 57 N/A N/A
19 LTS 4.15.0-20[10] 3.8[10] N/A 60.0.2 6.0.3.2 2.8.20 2.12.0 N/A N/A 2.7.15rc1 / 3.6.5 1.19.6[45] 11.0[45]
19.1 LTS 4.15.0-20 4.0 N/A 64.0 6.0.6 2.8.22 ? N/A 2.7.15rc1 / 3.6.7 1.19.6
19.2 LTS 4.15.0-54 4.2 3.28.4 70 6.0.7.3 2.10.12 2.12.0 TBA
19.3 LTS 5.0 4.4.5 71 6.0.7.3 N/A 2.7.15 / 3.6.8
20 LTS 5.4 4.6 3.36 77 6.4.2.2 ? 3.8.2 1.20.8
20.1 LTS 5.4/5.8 (edge edition) 4.8.5 84.0.1 6.4.6 3.8.2 1.20.9 11.0
Release Linux kernel Cinnamon GNOME Firefox OpenOffice / LibreOffice GIMP Pidgin MySQL PHP Python X.Org Server X Window System
  1. ^ a b c d e f program not installed by default

Gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Download – Linux Mint". linuxmint.com. Retrieved 10 May 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ a b c "The Linux Mint Blog » Monthly News – August 2014- Linux Mint 17.1 codenamed 'Rebecca'". blog.linuxmint.com. 15 September 2014. Retrieved 19 September 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "Download LMDE". linuxmint.com. Retrieved 10 May 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "The Linux Mint Blog » Blog Archive » Linux Mint 15 "Olivia" released!". blog.linuxmint.com. 29 May 2013. Retrieved 3 June 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ The Linux Mint Blog » Blog Archive » Linux Mint 15 "Olivia" Xfce released! Written by Clem on 12 July 2013
  6. ^ The Linux Mint Blog » Blog Archive » Linux Mint 15 "Olivia" KDE released! Written by Clem on 21 July 2013.
  7. ^ "The Linux Mint Blog » Blog Archive » Linux Mint 16 "Petra" Cinnamon released!". blog.linuxmint.com. 30 November 2013. Retrieved 30 November 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ "The Linux Mint Blog » Blog Archive » Linux Mint 16 "Petra" MATE released!". blog.linuxmint.com. 30 November 2013. Retrieved 30 November 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ "Linux Mint 19 codenamed "Tara"". Linux Mint. 3 January 2018. Retrieved 3 January 2018.
  10. ^ a b c "New features in Linux Mint 19 Cinnamon". Linux Mint. Retrieved 18 September 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  11. ^ "Development Release: Linux Mint 19 Beta". DistroWatch. 4 June 2018.
  12. ^ Clem (29 June 2018). "Linux Mint 19 "Tara" Cinnamon released!". Linux Mint.
  13. ^ Smith, Jesse (2 July 2018). "DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 770". DistroWatch.
  14. ^ Ljubuncic, Igor (9 July 2018). "Linux Mint 19 Tara - Tara Cognita". Dedoimedo.
  15. ^ Clem (7 September 2018). "Linux Mint 19.1 codenamed 'Tessa'". Linux Mint.
  16. ^ https://www.linuxmint.com/rel_tessa_cinnamon_whatsnew.php
  17. ^ Clem (19 December 2018). "Linux Mint 19.1 "Tessa" Xfce released!". The Linux Mint Blog.
  18. ^ "Linux Mint Monthly News – April 2020".
  19. ^ "Linux Mint Monthly News – September 2020".
  20. ^ Clem (2 March 2014). "Linux Mint Debian 201403 released!". Linux Mint.
  21. ^ Clem (27 May 2015). "LMDE 1 will reach EOL on January 1st 2016". Linux Mint.
  22. ^ Clem (10 April 2015). "LMDE 2 "Betsy" MATE released!". Linux Mint.
  23. ^ Clem (31 August 2018). "LMDE 3 "Cindy" Cinnamon released!, comment at 3:37 pm". Linux Mint.
  24. ^ Clem (13 March 2017). "New ISO images for LMDE 2 "Betsy"". Linux Mint.
  25. ^ "Release Notes for LMDE 3". Linux Mint.
  26. ^ Clem (31 August 2018). "LMDE 3 "Cindy" Cinnamon released!, comment at 3:37 pm". Linux Mint.
  27. ^ Clem (31 March 2020). "Monthly News – March 2020". Linux Mint. LMDE 3 will reach EOL (End-Of-Life) on July 1st 2020.
  28. ^ "Linux Mint Releases". Linux Mint. Archived from the original on 1 March 2020 – via Wayback Machine.
  29. ^ Clem (20 March 2020). "LMDE 4 "Debbie" released!". Linux Mint.
  30. ^ Publishing history : "linux-meta" package : Ubuntu. Launchpad.net. Updated cumulatively.
  31. ^ Publishing history : "gnome-common" package : Ubuntu. Launchpad.net. Updated cumulatively.
  32. ^ "Publishing history: Firefox package: Ubuntu". launchpad.net/ubuntu. Updated cumulatively.
  33. ^ Publishing history : "openoffice.org" package : Ubuntu. Launchpad.net.
  34. ^ "libreoffice package: Ubuntu". lanchpad.net/ubuntu. Updated cumulatively.
  35. ^ Publishing history : "gimp" package : Ubuntu. Launchpad.net. Updated cumulatively.
  36. ^ Publishing history : "pidgin" package : Ubuntu. Launchpad.net. Updated cumulatively.
  37. ^ Publishing history : "mysql-dfsg-5.0" package : Ubuntu. Launchpad.net.
  38. ^ Publishing history : "mysql-dfsg-5.1" package : Ubuntu. Launchpad.net.
  39. ^ Publishing history : "php4" package : Ubuntu. Launchpad.net. Retrieved 21 October 2011.
  40. ^ Publishing history : "php5" package : Ubuntu. Launchpad.net. Updated cumulatively.
  41. ^ Publishing history : "python-defaults" package : Ubuntu. Launchpad.net. Updated cumulatively.
  42. ^ Publishing history : "xorg-server" package : Ubuntu. Launchpad.net. Updated cumulatively.
  43. ^ Publishing history : "xorg" package : Ubuntu. Launchpad.net. Updated cumulatively.
  44. ^ "Release Notes for Linux Mint 17.3 Cinnamon". Linux Mint. 4 December 2015.
  45. ^ a b On a fresh install, running the command "$ xdpyinfo | grep version" Output:" version number: 11.0 X.Org version: 1.19.6"

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