As is customary, the Linux Mint team through its leader, Clem, has presented their monthly accounts and they have taken the opportunity to present some news that the next version of Linux Mint will bring, Linux Mint 18. X-Apps is the name of the new project and the new applications that the Clem team will develop for the new version.
X-Apps will be basic applications built from GTK3 that will cover the basic needs of all distribution. X-Apps will allow any desktop to take them and adapt them to their needs without having to depend on what Gnome project.
X-Apps will be the new project of Linux Mint developers
X-Apps and this change by Linux Mint responds to the current situation that exists between the base of Linux Mint and the development of Gnome. Linux MInt 17 is based on Ubuntu 14 which has Gnome 3.10 as its base desktop while Ubuntu 16.04 will have Gnome 3.20 and in between numerous changes that the Linux Mint team have to make. Therefore, the developers have chosen create basic apps that are independent development of any desktop. Thus X-Apps will be compatible with Cinnamon, MATE and Xfce among others.
Clem has also confirmed a drastic change in artwork of the distribution but we still do not know anything about that artwork, only that the user will be able to choose between the new and the old artwork, the latter for the more nostalgic ones.
Personally, I do not fully understand this announcement and decision of Clem and his team because instead of creating X-Apps or creating patches, Linux Mint developers can do like other distributions and create your own applications from source code. However it seems that once again they will innovate and try to create white label applications, but is that possible?