The latest edition of Linux Mint was released late yesterday. Code-named Olivia, Linux Mint 15 brings the latest editions of the MATE and Cinnamon desktop environments.

This article features some screen shots from test installation of both flavors in a virtual environment.

First from Linux Mint 15 Cinnamon test installation.

The login screen is beautiful. Not only that, you can customize it any way you want.
Linux Mint 15 Cinnamon login

If you don’t have a system with hardware-accelerated graphics, it will run in what’s called Software Rendering mode.
Linux Mint 15 Cinnamon software rendering

This is the default desktop. According to sources from deep inside the Linux Mint team, this is the best desktop background ever designed by man, or woman. That’s why it will be the default desktop on all releases of Linux Mint or Linux Mint Debian from now till Thy Kingdom Come.
Linux Mint 15 Cinnamon Desktop

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Fortunately, changing the background takes just four mouse clicks. And there are many more visually-appealing backgrounds to choose from.
Linux Mint 15 Cinnamon Desktop menu

Yep, this is one of them.
Linux Mint 15 Cinnamon Desktop

The desktop in Expo mode.
Linux Mint 15 Cinnamon Desktop Expo

One of the highlights of the latest edition of the Cinnamon desktop is a slightly revamped System Settings center. This is the view in normal mode.
Linux Mint 15 Cinnamon Settings

In advanced mode, you get a lot more administrative tools.
Linux Mint 15 Cinnamon Settings

Another highlight is the Software Sources manager, which makes it brain-dead easy to manage software sources on the system. No need to do anything from the command-line, when it comes to adding repos or PPAs to the system.
Linux Mint 15 Cinnamon Software sources

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The Software Manager is still the same. Still boots up kinda slow.
Linux Mint 15 Software Manager

Partial list of Featured applications.
Linux Mint 15 Software Manager

From Linux Mint 15 MATE, comes these screen shots.

Yep, same desktop background.
Linux Mint 15 MATE Desktop

After using the latest editions of GNOME 3 and Cinnamon, the MATE desktop kinda feels very old.
Linux Mint 15 MATE Desktop menu

This looks much better.
Linux Mint 15 MATE Desktop menu

The same desktop with an applications view of the menu.
Linux Mint 15 MATE Desktop menu

The MATE Control Center is still the same.
Linux Mint 15 MATE Control center

A review of this latest edition of Linux Mint MATE and Cinnamon will be published next week Monday. You may download 32- or 64-bit installation images for both flavors from here.

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  1. haha to the previous comments 🙂

    I found it *very* useful to see the visual difference between Cinammon and MATE. Saved me burning a DVD.

    Or, maybe I’ll stick with KDE.

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