Review: Linux Mint 15 "Olivia" Cinnamon + MATE
It's that time of the year again. Linux Mint has just released the latest version of its distribution, and I'm going to review it.
What has changed since the previous version? Cinnamon has gotten more bug fixes as usual. More importantly, its settings have been consolidated into one program, and it has become less immediately dependent on GNOME than before. Meanwhile, MATE has also been moving away from old libraries toward newer ones used in GNOME 3 as well, allowing for things like Caja to look a little more like Nautilus. There are other changes in store for Linux Mint itself, like new separate tools to manage software repositories and drivers, respectively (in opposition to how Ubuntu is doing it now).
I tested both of these as live USB systems made with UnetBootin.