What To Expect From Linux Mint 15 (Cinnamon, Nemo Changes)

The Linux Mint roadmap was updated recently, pointing out what to expect in Linux Mint 15 for Cinnamon, Nemo, MDM or Mint Tools.

Cinnamon bumpmapsCinnamon with Bumpmaps support
Linux Mint 15 is expected to ship with Cinnamon 1.8 which will include new features like:
Desktlets (desktop widgets). Three such desklets should be available by available by default: System Monitor, Picture video & slideshow frame and TerminalCinnamon Settings: ability to browse, install, remove and update Cinnamon themes, applets, extensions and desklets remotelyBumpmaps support (defines transparent textures which look like sculpted glass – see screenshot above)A Control Center that integrates both Cinnamon and GNOME settings into one toolRethink Cinnamon 2D: fallback to a non-shadow CPU-less intensive session in software rendering mode. Muffin or OpenBox will be used.Configurable color schemes for themesCalendar events similar to KDE’s implementationNew/improved applets: upgrade Menu applet with mintMenu features, new email notifier and pulse-like RSS reader applets

Nemo file manager
Nemo (the target version for Linux Mint 15 is Nemo 1.8), the default Cinnamon file manager should get some new features as well, like an Actions API, disk management (with Mintdisk integration), a file preview feature and UI improvements (which include sidebar selection, independent path bar, better looking breadcrumbs and more).
The latest Nemo from GIT has already got some interesting new features, like an updated sidebar which now displays the amount of free/used space for each drive or zoom buttons as you can see in the screenshot above.

MDM
MDM (1.2) should be updated as well for Linux Mint 15, getting a new renderer which supports animations and interactivity to get on par with Unity Greeter. Currently, MDM, which is a fork of the old GDM 2.20, looks a bit outdated, while LightDM supports a lot of cool stuff – like you’ve seen in the elementary OS Luna video we’ve posted a while back.

Other potential changes you can expect in Linux Mint 15 include UI improvements for Software Manager and live-installer, a new screensaver, new driver manager, add ubiquity features to live-installer.
Under “R&D” (research and development), it is even mentioned that it’s possible to switch away from dpkg: “investigation on pros and cons of dpkg compared to other packaging systems (multi-version installation, static/dynamic support, snapshots, delta, update reversals etc..)“.
The official Linux Mint 15 roadmap can be found on GitHub.

via Marco’s Box; first image via Linux Mint blog

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How To Install The Latest MDM Display Manager From Linux Mint 14 In Ubuntu 12.10 or 12.04

The latest MDM 1.0.6, the display manager used by default in Linux Mint 14, is now available in the main WebUpd8 PPA, for Ubuntu 12.04 or 12.10.
MDM is a fork of GDM 2.20 and supports themes; the latest 1.0.6 version is fully compatible with the old GDM themes available on websites such as gnome-look.org.
Here are a few of the MDM themes that are available by default in Linux Mint 14 (and in our PPA):
mdm themes
mdm themes
mdm themes
mdm themes

Install MDM in Ubuntu 12.10 or 12.04
Important: before proceeding, please note that installing MDM will remove GDM (because they conflict). This means that on Ubuntu 12.10, GNOME Shell will be removed as well if you install MDM, since GNOME Shell depends on GDM (this is not the case for Ubuntu 12.04 and GNOME Shell 3.4). So do not install MDM if you’re using GNOME Shell in Ubuntu 12.10.
To install the latest MDM 1.0.6 in Ubuntu 12.04 or 12.10, use the following commands:sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nilarimogard/webupd8
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install mdm mint-mdm-themes
When installing MDM, you’ll be prompted to select the default display manager:


Here, choose MDM. If later on you want to switch to LightDM, GDM and so on, see this article: How To Switch Between GDM, LightDM Or KDM In Ubuntu

Once MDM has been installed, restart your computer.

You can customize MDM by launching “Login window” from the main menu / Dash. Here, you’ll find options to change the theme and other customizations:

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