In this holiday season, many developers take the opportunity to spend time with their people, but there are projects that continue. One of these projects is Linux Mint. Project leader Clem Lefebvre has announced the start of development of Linux Mint 19 and LMDE 3. The next versions of his stable projects.
Linux Mint 19 will be a version that needs more work than normal because it will be based on Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver, the next LTS version of Ubuntu. LMDE 3, meanwhile, will be based on the latest Debian versions, versions that are already available unlike Ubuntu 18.04.
The Linux Mint team has long chosen to choose the LTS versions of Ubuntu as the basis for their versions. Thus, Linux Mint 18, 18.2 and 18.3 are based on Ubuntu 16.04. The next version will be based on Ubuntu 18.04, the new LTS version and one of the versions that will have the most changes and work. We must not forget that Linux Mint uses Cinnamon as the default desktop and Ubuntu 18.04 will bring Gnome as the default desktop. The kernel change will also be a big leap as well as many other applications and functions that Linux Mint has and Ubuntu 18.04 will not have.
This development process will be long and with little progress, at least until the stable and final version of Ubuntu 18.04 LTS comes out. For the moment, we can say that we already have information about Linux Mint available in several languages, something not new but it is translation into 5 new languages previously not supported by Linux Mint.
Linux Mint 19 will not have a KDE version as we have said before, although previous versions will continue to receive updates and have support. Instead, LMDE 3 will be a rolling release distribution that is based on Debian and therefore, if we have the previous version, we will not need to install LMDE 3 but it will be enough to update the version we have.
In any case, it seems that until May 2018 we will not have the new versions of Linux Mint on our computersYes, in 2018 we will continue to have new versions of Linux Mint.