After the Linux Mint 17.3 update, Clem as usual has named the next version and has counted some milestones that the new version will include. Linxu Mint 18, the next version of Linux Mint will be called Sarah, In honor of the biblical character and continuing with the names of women.
As announced several months ago, Linux Mint 18 will be based on Ubuntu 16.04, The next LTS version of Ubuntu and will continue to have the 18.X nomenclature until the next LTS version appears. However this will not be Sarah’s main change but her interface and look. As Clem has confirmed, Sarah will have the new version of Cinnamon, in this case the corresponding version 3.
Cinnamon 3 will mean a total change of distribution
Cinnamon 3 it will change many things, not only in performance but also aesthetics and these changes will be present in Sarah. In addition to the MAT part, Linux Mint 18 will also change, as will the Linux Mint 18 Sarah MAT 1.14 will appear, In the following MAT 1.16 and so on. Clem has reported that they maintain a good relationship with the MAT development team and with each version of Linux Mint a new version of the popular desktop will appear.
KDE Linux Mint users will also be in luck as it will have the latest version of Plasma, A version that will already be included in Sarah and will also change the look of the traditional KDE Edition. At the moment these are the changes we know. the XFCE edition looks like it won’t change and it’s weird as it would be the only flavor of Linux Mint that doesn’t get changed.
Of course Sarah will prove to be an important milestone in the distribution but it must also be acknowledged that it will be a turning point that could cause Linux Mint to lose users. If the new changes to Cinnamon do not like, many users will leave the distribution and also the desktop, something that could be negative for the distribution, but we will have to wait and see what Cinnamon 3 and Sarah will be like.