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December 18, 2016

How to Install Linux Mint 18.1 MATE and Review on VMware

Linux Mint 18.1 MATE
Linux Mint 18.1 MATE Installation and Review on VMware

This tutorial shows how to install Linux Mint 18.1 MATE and review on VMware Workstation/Player step by step. This tutorial is also helpful to install Linux Mint 18.1 MATE on physical computer or laptop hardware. We'll also install VMware Tools (Open VM Tools) on Linux Mint VM for better performance and usability features such as Fit Guest Now, Drag-Drop File and Clipboard Sharing.

Linux Mint 18.1 MATE Installation Steps:

  1. Download Linux Mint 18.1 MATE ISO
  2. Create Virtual Machine on VMware Workstation/Player
  3. Start Linux Mint 18.1 Serena Installation
  4. Install VMware Tools (Open VM Tools)
  5. Test VMware Tools Features: Fit Guest Now, Drag-Drop File and Clipboard Sharing
  6. Linux Mint 18.1 MATE Review

Installing Linux Mint 18.1 MATE and Review on VMware

What is Linux Mint?

Linux Mint is an Ubuntu-based distribution whose goal is to provide a more complete out-of-the-box experience by including browser plugins, media codecs, support for DVD playback, Java and other components. It also adds a custom desktop and menus, several unique configuration tools, and a web-based package installation interface. Linux Mint is compatible with Ubuntu software repositories. Linux Mint is one of the most popular desktop Linux distributions and used by millions of people.
Linux Mint Website:

Linux Mint Main Features

  1. It works out of the box, with full multimedia support and is extremely easy to use.
  2. It's both free of cost and open source.
  3. It's community-driven. Users are encouraged to send feedback to the project so that their ideas can be used to improve Linux Mint.
  4. Based on Debian and Ubuntu, it provides about 30,000 packages and one of the best software managers.
  5. It's safe and reliable. Thanks to a conservative approach to software updates, a unique Update Manager and the robustness of its Linux architecture, Linux Mint requires very little maintenance.

Linux Mint 18.1 Serena New Features and Improvements

The new version Linux Mint 18.1 is available in two editions (Cinnamon and MATE), in 32-bit and 64-bit builds. The major components of Mint 18.1 are Cinnamon 3.2, MDM 2.0, Linux kernel 4.4, and Ubuntu 16.04 package base. It offers Cinnamon users a new screensaver that displays more information and provides media controls even when the screen is locked. On computers which feature accelerometers, the Cinnamon desktop can now rotate when the device's orientation changes. Both editions offer upgrades to the X-apps programs with the Xplayer media player now offering the ability to blank screens not being used to display video. Also, the update manager can display a list of available kernel versions with recommendations.

What is MATE Desktop?

The MATE Desktop Environment is the continuation of GNOME 2. It provides an intuitive and attractive desktop environment using traditional metaphors for Linux and other Unix-like operating systems. MATE is under active development to add support for new technologies while preserving a traditional desktop experience.
MATE Desktop Website:

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  1. Your feedback and questions are welcome!

  2. Excellent reviews.

    When you could review Calculate-Linux :). Their template-based gentoo Linux is really unique.

    1. Here is Calculate Linux Installation Video Tutorial:


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