"A popular open source distribution of the Linux operating
system that provides several desktop environment options for users
dissatisfied with GNOME 3 or for users looking for a desktop
environment more similar to the task-oriented GNOME 2 than the more
application-oriented GNOME 3. Linux Mint users can select the GNOME
3 environment with the option of two new GNOME 3-based desktop
environments -- Cinnamon and Mint GNOME Shell Extensions (MGSE) --
or they can choose the GNOME 2-based MATE environment.
"Linux Mint is available free of charge, and some of the
packages included in the releases are distributed under the GNU GPL
(General Public License). The current version of Linux Mint,
version 12 (codename "Lisa"), is based on Ubuntu 11.10 ("Oneiric
Ocelot"), Linux 3.0 and GNOME 3.2. Starting with version 6
("Felicity"), new releases of Linux Mint have been completely based
on the latest available Ubuntu release and have generally followed
the corresponding Ubuntu release by a month or so."