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Linux Mint 13 Release Candidate is a Precise alternative

Linux Mint 13 has jumped straight to a release candidate, hot on the heels of Ubuntu 12.04s release, and with a controversial switch to Yahoo search…

The developers of Linux Mint have wasted no time developing the next version of their Ubuntu-based distribution, with Linux Mint 13 Maya hitting release candidate today. It’s available in two editions, MATE and Cinnamon, which include the latest versions of the popular alternative Desktop Environments.

It’s more than just a reskinned Ubuntu though – as well as including MATE 1.2 and Cinnamon 1.4, there’s also a brand new Display Manager called MDM. MDM is somewhat based on GDM, however it includes a lot more customizability and features than other display managers. The themes have been updated as well, with a few bug fixes and better support for GTK3 along with it.

Mint Display Manager
The new MDM Display Manager is highly configurable

In a move that might be considered controversial, Yahoo has become the default search engine for the distribution. Defending the move on the website, the Linux Mint devs point out it’s the second biggest search engine in the world, and the revenue sharing will be a good way to continue supporting Linux Mint.

Of course, you can easily and quickly change your default search engine.

Torrents for 32 and 64-bit versions of the two release candidates are available from the Linux Mint website.