Linux Mint 17 is a long term support release which will be supported until 2019. It comes with updated software and brings refinements and many new features to make your desktop even more comfortable to use.
New features at a glance:
For a complete overview and to see screenshots of the new features, visit: “What’s new in Linux Mint 17 MATE“.
There is some important info in the Release Notes:
In the installer, “Replace OS with Linux Mint” means erase the entire drive
Issues with Skype
DVD Playback with VLC
Solving freezes with some NVIDIA GeForce GPUs
Booting with non-PAE CPUs
Make sure to read them to be aware of known issues and known solutions related to this release.
x86 processor (Linux Mint 64-bit requires a 64-bit processor. Linux Mint 32-bit works on both 32-bit and 64-bit processors).
512 MB RAM (1GB recommended for a comfortable usage).
5 GB of disk space (20GB recommended).
Graphics card capable of 800×600 resolution (1024×768 recommended).
DVD drive or USB port