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Sunday, July 16, 2017 at 00:22

Linux Mint 18.2 "Sonya" LTS have been released on Sunday 02 July 2017. This short review highlights its Cinnamon Edition (LMCE) by mentioning some interesting new stuffs, such as new things on Cinnamon 3.4, the arrival of Cinnamon Spices Portal, new 18.2 wallpapers, and new login screen settings. Below, you'll also find how to contribute to The Linux Mint Project. Have a nice day with LMCE 18.2!

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1. Desktop Overview

This is the desktop of Linux Mint Cinnamon Edition 18.2 "Sonya". It comes with a special set of 18.2's wallpapers.

2. Sonya is LTS

All 18.2 release editions including Cinnamon's are Long Term Support (LTS) releases derived from Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and will be supported for 5 years (you'll get security updates and fixes --at no cost-- until 2021). It's suitable for companies.

3. Default Apps

These are default software installed on LMCE 18.2. It comes with replacements for Microsoft Office, Photoshop, and Adobe Reader for most users. 

  • Document: LibreOffice 5.1
  • Image editor: GIMP 2.8
  • Email client: Thunderbird 52
  • Console: GNOME Terminal 3.18
  • Chat & messaging: Pidgin 2.10
  • Display manager: LightDM 1.18
  • Control panel: Control Center 3.4
  • File manager: Nemo 3.4.5
  • Web browser: Firefox 54
  • PDF reader: Xreader 1.4.4
  • Software center: Synaptic 0.83

4. New: Cinnamon 3.4

As you know, Cinnamon is the user interface of LMCE, a desktop environment developed by The Linux Mint Team themselves (see Cinnamon Official, Cinnamon GitHub). And it reaches version 3.4 on 18.2 "Sonya". Cinnamon 3.4 brings many enhancements, among them are:

  • Desktop actions (right-click context menu) in every launcher in panel 
  • More information shown on every spice 'About' section
  • Desktop grid (go to System Settings > Workspaces > Settings > Display Expo view as grid = ON)
  • Support for wildcard ('*') on Nemo file search
  • More detailed settings for mouse & touchpad (see its Custom Acceleration & Sensitivity)

5. New Service: Cinnamon Spices

The Linux Mint Team established a new official Cinnamon themes & applets website at! Now, you can find & download Cinnamon Spices (themes, applets, desklets, and extensions) from there.

5. New: Sonya's Wallpapers

Sonya includes new set of wallpapers as 18.2, along with wallpapers of 18 and 18.1 built-in. My favorite for this release is Waterfall by Robert Lukeman depicted below.

6. New: Bluetooth

The new Blueberry program is a simple, user-friendly bluetooth manager.

7. Interesting Feature: Domain Blocker

Do you know Linux Mint already has a domain blocker, a parental control app? This feature helps you to block certain website addresses so your children wouldn't visit them (e.g. facebook, violences, porns, etc.). This is an old feature (2008) but less-known among modern users. It is Domain Blocker on menu, or MintNanny officially (command line: mintnanny).

If you block an address, then browser cannot visit it

8. New: Login Settings

LMCE 18.2 adds a special settings for the login screen. Now you can change it easily such as enabling Guest Login, changing logo & background, and enabling HiDPI support.

9. Desktop Effects

LMCE desktop is great with animations. Try to use Alt+Tab with Cover Flow activated, you'll get a fancy app switcher (ala Windows Vista) like below.

For Whom Sonya Is?

Sonya Cinnamon is very suitable for previously Windows users. It helps people to have quick adaptation with many commonly & similarly features with Windows desktop, such as Preferred Applications setting below (in which you can change what app for what purpose), and also the whole of this short review. It's LTS worthy for long time usage, it has a new Cinnamon Spices website, with a ton of features.

Change default apps easily on Preferred Applications

Contribute to Mint!

You can send a donation to help Mint developments or get involved in many other ways (including telling Mint to your friends!). At this time I write this article (15 July 2017), official page says "This month's donations so far: 201 donations, $5385.85". Visit Donors page to donate and see list of people donating, Sponsorship page if you want to give Mint Developers income, and finally see complete ways of contributing on Get Involved page with important links to coding, translations, submitting ideas, and so on.

The official 'Donors' page of Linux Mint