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Linux Mint 14 KDE Edition

By December 26, 2012

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Following the release of the MATE (Gome 2 successor) version of Linux Mint 14 last month, developers have now released the KDE Edition. Based on Ubuntu 12.10, this release features the desktop environment KDE Software Collection 4.9. Highlights include an improved Software Manager, MintStick for creating memory sticks, and use of OpenDNS as default if no DNS server can be found.

The Linux Mint distribution was designed to be convenient to install and use. In particular users coming from Microsoft Windows systems will find that this is a great way to familiarize themselves with the Linux world. It provides, for example, dual-boot and NTFS read/write support along with a migration assistant.

The feature list includes one-click software installation, cool 3D effects, easy file-sharing, and improved configuration tools. The update manager provides the option to turn off automatic update notifications for packages you are not interested in updating.

Linux Mint comes with most common proprietary multimedia formats pre-installed so that you can watch YouTube, QuickTime, Windows Media files, and CSS-encoded DVDs right out of the box. Oracle's Java is also included and set up to work as plug-in with Firefox.

Default applications include LibreOffice (a branch from OpenOffice), Firefox, Thunderbird, Gimp, Pidgin, XChat, and Amarok. It provides access to large software repositories, and compatibility with Ubuntu and Debian repositories. For more information and download links, see the Linux Mint web site.

December 30, 2012 at 6:31 pm
(1) Igor says:

I haven’t found Oracle Java neither installed or available in the repositories. Instead there is a package name OpenJDK, the usual Java environment for this distribution. I found this page while looking for instructions on how to install Oracle Java on Linux Mint 14 KDE.

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