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Manjaro Linux Cinnamon Edition 15.12 Preview Brings In the Cinnamon 2.8 Goodness

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Ringo de Kroon, the maintainer of the Manjaro Linux MATE and Cinnamon editions, has had the great pleasure of announcing the immediate availability for download and testing of the first Preview release of the Manjaro Linux Cinnamon 15.12 distribution.

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