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Last month, we told you that Linux Mint 18.3 will be codenamed Sylvia and gave you a preview of what features you should expect from the upcoming release. While there isn’t any specific release date fixed for Mint 18.3, we can expect to land somewhere in December 2017 with Ubuntu 16.04.3 LTS base.

Bye Bye, KDE Edition!

In its monthly news update, Linux Mint team has just shared some interesting updates. The biggest highlight of the update is the discontinuation of KDE edition of this beginner-friendly Linux distro. As a result, Mint 18.3 will be the last release to feature a KDE edition.

“KDE is amazing but it’s not what we want to focus on,” the team says. The announcement adds that KDE is a fantastic environment but it’s also a “different world.” This makes sense as KDE’s whole ecosystem and the QT toolkit have very little in common with Mint.

Let’s hope that this step gives Mint development team more time and resources to work on Cinnamon and bring an even more polished Mint desktop experience to the users.

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LMDE 3 is in works!

For those who don’t know, LMDE, Linux Mint Debian Edition, is a Debian-based Linux distribution aimed at experienced users. It’s slightly faster than Mint and runs newer packages.

Explaining LMDE’s importance, Mint team writes: “It is important for Linux Mint to continue to support LMDE as a fallback option in case Ubuntu ever disappeared and as a development target for the many projects and technologies we work on to guarantee compatibility outside of Linux Mint. ”

For its fans, there’s a good news; LMDE 3 is being developed. As expected, it’ll be based on Debian Stretch. It’s codename will be “Cindy.”

The users can expect LMDE 3 to ship in 2018 Q1 with a single edition based on Cinnamon 3.8.

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