Linux Mint 18.1 “Serena” – Cinnamon (64-bit) . 100% Verified ISO with Official User Guide
Linux Mint 18.1 features Cinnamon 3.2, MDM 2.0, a Linux kernel 4.4 and an Ubuntu 16.04 package base
New features in Linux Mint 18.1 Cinnamon
Linux Mint 18.1 is a long-term support release which will be supported until 2021. It comes with updated software and brings refinements and many new features to make your desktop experience more comfortable to use.
The screensaver in Cinnamon 3.2 was redesigned and rewritten from scratch in Python. Not only does it look better, but it’s also much faster, more responsive and more customizable than the old one.
Background slideshows set in Cinnamon continue to play in the new screensaver.
On laptops, the battery power is shown, so you can see if you’re running low without having to log in.
We also thought about music fans. You no longer need to unlock the screen to mute the sound, and if you’re throwing a party and using your computer as a jukebox, you can have the media controls right there in the screensaver, so you can let people skip to the next song without giving them access to your session.
The screensaver can also show if you missed notifications (not their content, for privacy reasons, but how many).
Better look and feel
Thanks to upgrades and new implementations, Cinnamon 3.2 brings back some visual changes which had been disabled in the past for stability reasons:
- Background changes are now complemented by cross-fade animations.
- Lists, such as the list of applications in the main menu, now use fade effects to render their edges.
It is now possible to make Cinnamon play a sound when a notification pops up. This is a new setting available in “System Settings” -> “Sound” -> “Sound Effects”.
The most striking difference in the new Cinnamon though is the removal of “box pointers”. The shape of the menus used to “point” to their parent object, creating a gap between applets and panels and making it hard for applets to properly stick to the edges of the screen.
Menus in Cinnamon 3.2 now look like this:
The removal of these pointers not only cleans up the visual aspect of Cinnamon, it also opens up new possibilities and more flexibility for theme artists.
Under the hood, the removal of box pointers also means the removal of a significant amount of code and the disparition of some long-standing bugs.
Improved hardware support
Cinnamon 3.2 features support of iio-sensor-proxy. On computers equipped with compatible accelerometers, Cinnamon is able to auto-rotate to respond to orientation changes.
In addition to “Synaptics”, the new “libinput” touchpad and input driver is now also supported.
Cinnamon 3.2 supports vertical panels, so you can now place panels on the side of the screen.
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