Linux Mint 18 is a long term support release which will be supported until 2021.
It comes with updated software and brings refinements and many new features to make your desktop even more comfortable to use.
The best way to describe the Linux Mint operating system is to image a virtual container where we can install one of the Cinnamon or MATE desktop environments on top of a stable base of Ubuntu, and then add some tweaks and in-house built applications.
While the MATE Edition is built on the top of MATE 1.14 desktop environment, Cinnamon Edition features the new Cinnamon 3.0 desktop environment.
Users can write the ISO images to USB sticks or blank DVD discs and boot the live environment from either one instead of installing it.