The default desktop of Linux Mint 15 MATE is still the same. You got the same wallpaper with the only difference is the number “15”. The desktop is simple and clean with 2 icons by default. At the bottom is a gnome panel with a button on the left to launch the menu and some notification applets on the right.
The MATE menu still has the same default favorite applications just like in Linux Mint 13.
The new things
I didnt try Linux Mint 14 so these things are just new to me comparing to what I know from using Linux Mint 13.
One big change I noticed while trying Linux Mint 15 is the plymouth screen. It only has a big logo of Linux Mint now with some fading effect, the text is already removed.
Another big change is the login screen. The old login screen of Linux Mint was criticized of being ugly and tedious so it’s nice to see a new one here. It really looks better now.
|New login screen|
Besides these two big changes, one has to be quite meticulous to spot the other differences in this new release of Linux Mint.
The Caja file manager now has shortcuts in the left side bar. In Linux Mint 13, you will have to manually create the shortcuts yourself.
|Caja file manager with shortcuts in the sidebar|
I also saw some new icons for VLC and the volume control, I dont know whether these icons have been already used in Linux Mint 14.
Several bugs that I saw in Linux Mint 13 have been fixed in Olivia. The gnome dictionary now works right out of the box. The sound also works well and I didnt have to face the any problem at all when installing the proprietary driver for the ATI video card.
And of course, the other obvious new things you will find in Linux Mint 15 are the new kernel and new versions of the applications.
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