A few weeks ago we learned about the new version of Ubuntu, Ubuntu 16.10 and many are already working on creating their respective versions from this distribution, including the team of Linux Mint that has officially presented the beginning of the next version, Linux Mint 18.1.
The new version of Linux Mint will be nicknamed Serena, a woman's name that speaks of calm and stability, possibly virtues that this new version of Linux Mint will have, although to be honest, they are virtues that can be applied to the latest versions of Linux Mint.
Linux Mint continues with its changes and Serena will continue to be based on Ubuntu 16.04, that is, it will not have anything from Yakkety Yak, something significant because it seems that despite not keeping up with Ubuntu versions, if it continues with its calendar. And with this in mind, Clem, the project leader has reported than Linux Mint 18.1 Serena will be released between November and December. Something that keeps catching my attention.
Linux Mint 18.1 Serena will continue to be based on Ubuntu 16.04
As for technical news, we do not know anything yet, but it is expected that we not only have the news of Ubuntu 16.04 but also incorporate the new Linux 4.9 or Plasma 5.8 LTS kernel. We also hope that this distribution will talk or Flatpak and Snap are supported, packages that little by little are being demanded by users and that Linux Mint 18.1 could pick up in for the first time.
Linux Mint 18.1 Serena seems to bring many new features, although I personally don't think so because between this announcement and December there is hardly time to develop a version with so many new features, even if it is a distribution derived from Ubuntu. So that, I think Linux Mint 18.1 Serena will bring things like Plasma 5.8 or the Snap packages, but the latest kernel or Flatpak is something your users will have to wait to have. In any case, Serena has started and will be with us in no time.