Mint's release cycle loosely follows Ubuntu's release schedule but without any strict release dates. In the end this results in a 'more polished' release of something that was pretty good to begin with.
The GNOME release is what comes out first, followed by x86_64 GNOME and then KDE, followed by the x86_64 KDE release. Efforts are being made to sync all Community editions such as XFCE, LXDE and Fluxbox so they are released more closely together. There has even been talk about un-branding the non-GNOME releases from their 'CE' (Community Edition) tag altogether, making them all official Linux Mint releases. Currently though, the KDE, XFCE, LXDE and Fluxbox editions are still community editions and release later than the official release.
The Mint developers offer more than just a re-release of a refined Ubuntu, they also develop a few user-friendly applications to accompany their releases which help add to the flavor of the distro.
Main Menu (formerly MintMenu)
Mint menu is a complete menu system which is intended to replace the most commonly used GNOME menu and GNOME custom menus. It is loosely based on something like kickstart for KDE, sporting a super-fast search function and has maturing customization features.
Backup Tool (formerly MintBackup)
Another matured piece of software which simplifies backup tasks. There is now support for file compression and incremental backups along with a completely new interface which also makes restoring easier too.
Update manager is a utility to assist in software upgrades. It takes a different approach to upgrading than Ubuntu. Each new upgrade is graded from 1 to 5. 1 being a very safe and tested upgrade and 5 being a very untested and possibly unstable upgrade. By default, the Mint update manager will only show (offer) upgrades graded from 1 to 3. This is an option which can be modified however, allowing the user to perform all upgrades. As a result of this 'safety feature', the 'Mark All Upgrades' option has been removed from Synaptic.
Software Manager is a program that has programs for Linux Mint users who wish to have new or extra programs for Linux Mint. When you install a package, it puts the program in for you to use.
Domain Blocker (formerly MintNanny)
Is a parental tool used to block unwanted sites from being accessed by a user on the computer. Although something like this could be handled by a firewall, it is much more intuitive and easy to use for average people who want nothing to do with iptables and what not.
Upload Manager (formerly MintUpload)
Lets you define upload services for FTP, SFTP and SCP servers. Services are then available in the system tray and provide zones where you can drag and drop files for them to be automatically uploaded to their corresponding destinations.
A desktop configuration tool for easy configuration of the Gnome desktop.
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|LTS||Ubuntu Base||End of Life||Platforms|
|17.2||Rafaela||Cinnamon, MATE, KDE, XFCE||Yes||14.04||April 2019||x86, amd64|
|17.1||Rebecca||Cinnamon, MATE, KDE, XFCE||Yes||14.04||April 2019||x86, amd64|
|17||Qiana||Cinnamon, MATE, KDE, XFCE||Yes||14.04||April 2019||x86, amd64|
|16||Petra||Cinnamon, MATE, KDE, XFCE||No||13.10||July 2014||x86, amd64|
|15||Olivia||Cinnamon, MATE, KDE, XFCE||No||13.04||January 2014||x86, amd64|
|14||Nadia||Cinnamon, MATE, KDE, XFCE||No||12.10||April 2014||x86, amd64|
|13||Maya||Cinnamon, MATE, KDE, XFCE||Yes||12.04||April 2017||x86, amd64|
|12||Lisa||Gnome, MATE, KDE, LXDE||No||11.10||April 2013||x86, amd64|
|11||Katya||GNOME||No||11.04||October 2012||x86, amd64|
|10||Julia||KDE, XFCE, LXDE, Fluxbox||No||10.10||April 2012||x86, amd64|
|9||Isadora||GNOME, KDE, XFCE, LXDE, Fluxbox||Yes||10.04||April 2013||x86, amd64|
|8||Helena||GNOME, KDE, XFCE, LXDE, Fluxbox||No||9.10||April 2011||x86, amd64|
|7||Gloria||GNOME, KDE, XFCE||No||9.04||October 2010||x86, amd64|
|6||Felicia||GNOME, KDE, XFCE, Fluxbox||No||8.10||April 2010||x86, amd64|
|5||Elyssa||GNOME, KDE, XFCE, Fluxbox||Yes||8.04||April 2011||x86, amd64|
|4||Daryna||GNOME, KDE, XFCE, Fluxbox||No||7.10||April 2009||x86|
|3.0||Cassandra||GNOME, KDE, XFCE||No||7.04||October 2008||x86|
|2.2||Bianca||GNOME, KDE||No||6.10||April 2008||x86|