The Ubuntu based Linux Mint distribution has been updated to version 14 (codename Nadia). The latest release, which is built on the recently released Ubuntu 12.10, shows off much improved versions of the desktop environments MATE, the successor of Gnome 2, Cinnamon, and MDM.
The Linux Mint distribution was designed to be convenient to install and use. In particular users coming from Microsoft Windows systems will find that this is a great way to familiarize themselves with the Linux world. It provides, for example, dual-boot and NTFS read/write support along with a migration assistant.
The feature list includes one-click software installation, cool 3D effects, easy file-sharing, and improved configuration tools. The update manager provides the option to turn off automatic update notifications for packages you are not interested in updating.
Linux Mint comes with most common proprietary multimedia formats pre-installed so that you can watch YouTube, QuickTime, Windows Media files, and CSS-encoded DVDs right out of the box. Oracle's Java is also included and set up to work as plug-in with Firefox.
Default applications include LibreOffice (a branch from OpenOffice), Firefox, Thunderbird, Gimp, Pidgin, XChat, and Amarok. It provides access to large software repositories, and compatibility with Ubuntu and Debian repositories. For more information and download links, see the Linux Mint web site.