Linux Mint 17.2, code-named "Rafaela," was officially released on June 30 by Linux Mint founder Clement Lefebvre, providing users with an incremental update over the Linux Mint 17.1 release that debuted on Nov. 29, 2014. Linux Mint's focus is always on the desktop, and the 17.2 update aims to further improve the desktop user experience with additional polish and fine-tuning on both the Cinnamon and MATE desktops.
When I switched to Linux, my first distribution was Ubuntu and it was using Gnome 2. The experience I had with Gnome 2 was amazing. At the time the latest Windows was XP and Ubuntu was still in 9.04. One of the advantages of Linux (depending on the desktop environment) is the ability to give your system a personalized look and feel.
The Ubuntu MATE team and Portuguese hardware manufacturer, LibreTrend, have formed a partnership which will see Ubuntu MATE become one of the operating systems which will ship on the LibreBox by default, this puts them alongside Trisquel Gnu/Linux.
The Ubuntu MATE distribution has managed to score a second hardware deal, this time with a company called LibreTrend. Very soon we'll start seeing a new computer from LibreTrend with the Ubuntu MATE OS as an option.
The development of the next GNOME release, 3.17, is going on and a new
snapshot, 3.17.3, is now available. Give it a shot! Some of us will
gather in San Francisco next week for the West Coast Summit 2015, and
a month later we will all gather for GUADEC in Gothenburg, Sweden (no
relation whatsoever with a conspiracy that doesn't even exist).
To compile GNOME 3.17.3, you can use the jhbuild modulesets
(which use the exact tarball versions from the official release).