The upcoming Linux Mint 18.x series a.k.a. Sarah will be based on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and supported until 2021.
The first version of Linux Mint 18 should appear toward the end of the first half of 2016, say in May or June.
Linux Mint developers have offered little details on Sarah except to say that it will “feature a new look and feel.”
For the etymologically inclined, Sarah is a popular Jewish feminine name common in North America, Europe and the Middle East.
Students of religion and history know Sarah as the wife of Abraham in the Hebrew Bible, Christian Old Testament and Quran.
Sarah is said to mean a woman of high rank in Arabic, Hebrew and Persian and is often translated as “Princess.”
One of the big desktop Linux success stories in recent years, Linux Mint has left rivals including its progenitor Ubuntu in the shade.
An extremely user-friendly distribution with a neat GUI, Linux Mint makes for a smooth transition for those coming from the wastelands of Windows.
The current version of this popular distro is Linux Mint 17.3 a.k.a. Rosa.
Based on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, the Linux Mint 17.x series will be supported until 2019.
Separately, Linux Mint put out an update January 6, 2016 to facilitate an upgrade path from Linux Mint 17, 17.1 and 17.2 to Linux Mint 17.3 for all editions (Cinnamon, MATE, KDE and Xfce).
Instructions for the upgrade is available on the How to Upgrade to Linux Mint 17.3 section of the distro’s web site.