Linux Mint is a 32- and 64-bit Linux distribution for desktop computers, based on either Ubuntu or Debian. Its stated aim is to be a “modern, elegant and comfortable operating system which is both powerful and easy to use.
New versions of the Ubuntu-based Linux Mint have been released approximately every six months. The first release, named “Ada”, was released in 2006. The 17th release, “Qiana”, was released on May 31, 2014. Support for older releases usually ends shortly after the next version is released, but there have been releases with long-term support, including the current release, v17.x, which will be supported for five years, until April 2019.