Linux Mint 17, 18, 19 and 20 Will Based on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Trusty Tahr
Clement Lefebvre (Linux Mint Project Leader) has indicated on the official blog of Linux Mint, it is possible that issues Linux Mint 17, 18, 19 and 20 is based on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Trusty Tahr
The decision would be based on the stability and provide them Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Trusty Tahr innovate and focus on other projects like cinnammon and MATE.
This does not affect at all and release cycles that although, LTS will be version 17, will continue to launch other versions every 6 months with the only difference that the base would be the same for all versions after the release of the 17.”
In this regard, Clement Lefebvre said in an article in the official blog of Linux Mint as follows:
(speaking about Linux Mint 17 Qiana) “Yes, it’s an LTS release (we’re also considering basing the 3 releases after than on the very same LTS base)
The decision wasn’t made yet, and after/if it is made we can always adapt it based on how things go. The length of the support is an element but it’s not the most important one at play. There’s also an element of quality and a wish to run mature and proven software rather than to jump on brand new frameworks, techs and toolkits every 6 months. And then there’s the fact that we want to develop more. We want to push innovation on Cinnamon, be more active in the development of MATE, better support Mint tools and engage in projects we’ve postponed for years. So the idea is to boost all that by only adapting to new bases once every 2 years, to better commit to that one base shared by all releases and to better support it, and to have our hands freed to do exciting stuff. Note that all will become important post-Qiana though, around November 2014.