Linux Mint, which is what I am using as I write this, has a new version available in time for the holidays with quite a few tweaks and improvements to the current version 17 release. The new release is 17.1 "Rebecca", and brings built in Compiz support to the MATE desktop version, for one thing.
"Linux Mint 17.1 is a long term support release which will be supported until 2019. It comes with updated software and brings refinements and many new features to make your desktop even more comfortable to use", says Clement Lefebvre, Linux Mint Team.
Fans of Cinnamon and Mate are in for a treat, as both desktop environments are the latest, at 2.4 and 1.8 respectively. The greatest "feature", however, is the promised easy upgrade path from Mint 17. Since the Mint team is no longer mirroring Ubuntu with base updates, and sticking to the stable 14.04 LTS release, updates should be much smoother. Of course, the improved update manager is rather great too, having an improved UI and faster performance.BetaNews