The Linux Mint newsletter at the end of March shared several interesting announcements. One was that the MintBox Pro and Airtop, both small computers shipped with Linux Mint as the default operating system, are now available. These are small, silent computers which should handle most general purpose computing needs. The newsletter also mentioned new improvements coming to the distribution's update manager: "We're improving the Update Manager again. It still has the same mission and tackles the same issues (keeping your computer safe, providing bug fixes and protecting you from regressions) but it will present things differently. Levels will be refined to better filter updates depending on their level of impact on the operating system and without worrying about their origin. Most updates will be level 2. Application updates which do not impact the OS will be level 1. Toolkits and desktop environments or libraries which affect multiple applications will be level 3. Kernels and sensitive system updates will be level 4. As for level 5 it will be very rare (no updates qualify in there yet and none should unless something goes very wrong upstream) and it will be dedicated to non-recommended broken/dangerous updates. The Manager will insist on staging and reviewing updates depending on their level. The notion of updates vs regression is central and these core concepts need to be understood by users, but presenting them without enough guidance leads to indecision and incomprehension. We've seen bloggers and Debian developers alike completely miss the point on this, so we had to present things differently and make things simpler by adding explicit recommendations here and there for users to make an actual strategy." These and other changes to Linux Mint can be found in their March newsletter.
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