The Linux Mint team has unveiled a few new changes that will be coming to the distribution in the near future. One feature grants applications the ability to share progress information with the desktop environment, which allows progress information to be displayed in the task switcher. "When an application is busy doing something it usually shows you a progress bar. Instead of mindlessly looking at the bar and waiting for it to reach 100% people usually seize the opportunity to do something else or distract themselves on the Web while waiting. The problem is.. how do you know when the application is ready if you can’t see its progress bar? How can you keep an eye on the progress of the operation after you minimize the window or focus other windows on top of it? Some applications like the USB Stick formatter or the Nemo file operations worked around that problem by changing their window title to indicate their progress. That way their percentage is visible not only on their titlebar but also in the panel window list. Windows 7 did even better, they implemented a mechanism which allows applications to communicate progress to their environment. We decided to make this possible in Linux by implementing it in LibXapp." In addition, the backup utility has been given an overhaul, streamlining the backup process and allowing the backup application to run as a regular user instead of as the administrator. Details on both changes, along with screen shots, can be found on the Linux Mint blog.