Linux Mint 19.1 Cinnamon Review

Linux Mint 19.1 Cinnamon Review

Many of Linux geeks already know about the popular Linux for most of the Linux users Linux Mint Cinnamon Edition. It looks aesthetically pleasing easy to configure pretty much no post-installation configurations that are required.

Everything works out of the box and the performance has been the key feature of Linux Mint with great community support to the project it has been one of the most stable Linux Distros out there.

Linux Mint 19.1 Cinnamon Review

The project recently released version 19.1, which comes in three desktop flavors. There are two homegrown projects, Cinnamon (really Linux Mint’s main desktop) and MATE, which started as a kind of Cinnamon light and has since become a very capable desktop in its own. On top of those, there’s also an XFCE version.

Previously, there was also a KDE version of Linux Mint, but it was dropped last year because the KDE stack is different enough that all the bits that make Linux Mint, well, Minty, just didn’t work with KDE. Diehard Mint and KDE fans can still get KDE working via a PPA, but it’s not officially supported by Linux Mint.

Linux Mint 19.1 is a long term support release which will be supported until 2023. It comes with updated software and brings refinements and many new features to make your desktop even more comfortable to use.

In this iteration, like many predecessors, Cinnamon is the desktop that really shines for Linux Mint. It has been a mature, stable project for some time, and it hasn’t seen much in the way of change in years. It uses a very familiar paradigm: a bottom panel that holds a button menu on the left, a good-old Windows XP-style windows list in the middle and a system tray on the right.

That traditional look and feel have finally been tweaked a little for Cinnamon 4.0. For Linux Mint 19.1, nicknamed “Tessa,” Cinnamon has an optional new “modern” look.

Cinnamon 4.0 ships with a brand new panel layout and thus with a new workflow. With a click of a button, you’ll be able to switch back and forth between old and new and choose whichever default look pleases you the most.

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The new panel ships with a window list with app grouping and window preview, a feature which has become the norm in other major desktop operating systems, whether it’s in the form of a dock (in Mac OS), a panel (in Windows) or a sidebar (in Ubuntu).

The panel looks more modern but it’s also much more configurable than before.

Linux Mint Cinnamon Performance:

No doubt that Cinnamon Desktop environment is much less resource-intensive then most of the desktop environments out there. That makes Linux Mint less memory intensive and can work with easy on older systems.

As Linux Mint is based on Ubuntu it takes a lot of bad things out of Ubuntu and makes it much easier and user-friendly.

Software Management:

In this release lot of minor changes have been made to improve the overall functionality of the Operating System. It’s made much more optimized and doesn’t eat up a lot of resources.

Software Sources have been given a new look so it’s easier to manage and add you repositories. If during the use of any software it crashes randomly complete log of the crash will be sent to the developers so they can take a look on the issue.

A new button was also added within the “Maintenance” tab to remove duplicate entries in your repositories.

Update Manager:

The Update Manager is able to list mainline kernels and to show their support status:

Listing available kernels
Listing available kernels
Removing unused kernels
Removing unused kernels

A new button was added to make it easier to remove unused kernels:

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Nemo File Manager:

Another major update is made to the Mint File manager Nemo its much faster than before and there have been many code optimizations that have been made to make it lighter and faster according to Mint, three times faster than the previous release.


System requirements:

  • 1GB RAM (2GB recommended for a comfortable usage).
  • 15GB of disk space (20GB recommended).
  • 1024×768 resolution (on lower resolutions, press ALT to drag windows with the mouse if they don’t fit in the screen).


  • The 64-bit ISO can boot with BIOS or UEFI.
  • The 32-bit ISO can only boot with BIOS.
  • The 64-bit ISO is recommended for all modern computers (Almost all computers sold since 2007 are equipped with 64-bit processors).

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This was a brief overview of the changes that have been made in the recent release of the OS and it seems really promising and works great for productivity use and whatever you want to you it for even if you are a beginner it is a great OS to start with.