New features in Linux Mint 18.1 KDE

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.

Linux Mint 18.1 "Serena" KDE Edition

KDE Plasma 5.8

This release ships with the KDE Plasma 5.8 desktop environment.

For an overview of this desktop and its new features, please watch the video below:

Update Manager

A new column is available to show where updates come from and sort them by origin.

Kernel updates in the main view are shown with more clarity than before and their version is made more prominent.

Browsing the list of available updates

In the kernel window, kernels are now sorted by version and recommendations are given for both the most stable and the most secure kernels.

Browsing the list of available kernels

The list of updates is no longer refreshed if an update fails or if it is interrupted.

Changelogs are now cached and only downloaded when needed.

Name resolution (the name given by the update manager to a group of package updates) and support for special characters were improved.

The layout of the security policy screen was improved.

The version number of the update manager now appears in the "Help -> About" dialog window.

Software Sources

The Software Sources tool was given support for anycast IP global mirrors.

Anycast IP mirrors are now available

These mirrors provide multiple servers across the World and automatically redirect your requests to the appropriate server.

Unlike other mirrors which are located in a particular country, these mirrors are more or less "Worldwide" and available to all users.

System improvements

This release ships with linux-firmware 1.157.5 and the Linux kernel 4.4.0-53.

Artwork improvements

Linux Mint 18.1 features a superb collection of backgrounds from Anders Jilden, Andres Nieto Porras, Alberto Restifo, Graziano Capelli, David Marcu, Dorin Vancea, Emma Hall, Eric Kilby, John Chavez, Joe Gardner, Juergen Donauer, Jan Vasek, Kace Rodriguez, Lionello DelPiccolo, Maxime Staudenmann, Petra Fischer, Philippe Wuyts, Robert Lukeman, Sylvain Guiheneuc, Stephen Radford and Sam Schooler.

An overview of some of the new backgrounds

Main components

Linux Mint 18.1 features KDE Plasma 5.8, a Linux kernel 4.4 and an Ubuntu 16.04 package base.

LTS strategy

Linux Mint 18.1 will receive security updates until 2021.

Until 2018, future versions of Linux Mint will use the same package base as Linux Mint 18, making it trivial for people to upgrade.

Until 2018, the development team won't start working on a new base and will be fully focused on this one.