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This month: Linux Mint 19.2 “Tina” Released; Gnome and KDE Coming Together; Fedora CoreOS Preview Released; SUSE Appoints New CEO; GitHub Blocks Access to Private Repositories in Certain Countries; and A New Ransomware Targeting Linux-Based NAS Devices.

Linux Mint 19.2 "Tina" Released

The Linux Mint project has announced the release of Linux Mint 19.2, codenamed Tina. It's an LTS release, which will be supported until 2023. The release comes with updated software and refinements. It also introduces some new features to desktop users.

Some under-the-hood improvements bring good news to those who play at the kernel level. The Update Manager continues to get better; it now shows the kernel life cycle. Also, if there are old kernels that you want to remove or update, you won't have to install or remove kernels one by one. Users can queue installations and removals and install and remove multiple kernels in one go. It also adds support for custom kernels. "If you've got a non-generic kernel installed, the Update Manager will show a combo box, so you can switch between flavors," said the project page.

In terms of performance, the new version of Cinnamon improves RAM consumption. "On a test VirtualBox virtual machine, Cinnamon 4.2 uses approximately 67MB RAM (compared to 95MB RAM for Cinnamon 4.0)," said the blog. Optimizations made to the Muffin window manager reduce input lag and make windows feel smoother and lighter.

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