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Linux Mint 14 Nadia To Drop Gnome 3 Shell

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The Linux Mint team has revealed the code name of the next edition of this popular Linux-based distribution. Linux Mint 14 will be called Nadia.

Linux Mint 14 aka Nadia is scheduled to be released at the end November this year. The name is inspired from Kim Stanley Robinson’s Mars Trilogy, where Nadezhda ‘Nadia’ Chernyshevski is Maya’s best friend.

The interesting thing about Nadia is it won’t ship with Gnome 3 Shell by default. Nadia users will have to explicitly install Gnome shell from the repos to use it on their PCs. What makes it interesting is the fact that Ubuntu teams are finally working on a Gnome Shell based edition of Ubuntu.

Linux Mint founder Clement Lefebvre responded to a query about Gnome 3 on the official blog:

Cinnamon comes with Gnome 3. Shell and Gnome Fallback won’t be installed by default but you can easily add them (just like in Linux Mint 13 Cinnamon). As for Nautilus, we’re likely to use Ubuntu’s older version (we’re not happy with the regressions committed upstream by the GNOME project) and it “could” be replaced by Nemo.

This statement also clarifies the doubt about file manager in Linux Mint, which possibly can be Nemo, a fork of Nautilus.

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Linux Mint 14 will have the following editions:

  • Cinnamon
  • MATE
  • KDE
  • Xfce
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