The team behind the user-friendly Linux Mint distribution has released version 18.2
, dubbed Sonya. Various flavours of the release were released simultaneously; you can find Cinnamon, MATE, KDE, and Xfce editions all available for download on the Linux Mint website. It doesn't look like the upgrade paths from older releases have been made available just yet, with the team probably want to work out a few post-release kinks before opening the flood gates. The new release brings updates to several of the desktop environments. Cinnamon has been upgraded to version 3.4, MATE has been bumped to version 1.18, and Xfce has been upgraded to version 1.7.2. Meanwhile, the KDE version will continue to ship with Plasma 5.8. The stylish LightDM has been adopted as the login manager and has support for guest sessions. The core Linux Mint apps including Blueberry, Xed, Xplayer, Xreader, Pix, Xviewer, the Update Manager, and the Software sources configuration tool have undergone further improvements. The developers added a CLI interface for the update tool so that advanced users can now automate updates by writing scripts, routines, or cron jobs. Furthermore, the CLI interface has many of the features that the GUI includes such as level selection, security updates, kernel updates, and blacklisting.