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[News] New Ubuntu Variant (Mint 7 RC) Reviewed

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Linux Mint 7 (Gloria) RC: A Review

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| It’s been a while since I did one of these, for one because they’re time 
| consuming, and also because after you’ve done a couple of reviews, it’s like 
| you have nothing new left to say. These days, it’s rare that a Linux 
| distribution is anything else than a different repackaging of traditional 
| open source software. When Linux Mint first appeared, it seemed that it was 
| nothing more than “Ubuntu with codecs”, but that doesn’t explain it’s 
| popularity (at the moment of this writing, Linux Mint is third in the 
| rankings, after Ubuntu and OpenSuse, but before established distributions 
| like Fedora, Debian and Mandriva).        
| [...]
| Even if Linux Mint was nothing else than Ubuntu with a different look, it 
| would have its followers, since it looks just so good. But Linux Mint does 
| more than just provide its own theme, it tries to rethink Ubuntu’s interface, 
| not drastically but subly, which together with added codecs for multimedia 
| layback, should make Mint easier and more logical for new users or Windows 
| converts. As far as I’m concerned, they’ve succeeded. A big thumbs up to 
| everyone who made this wonderful OS possible.      



Linux Mint 6 KDE CE released

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| The Linux Mint developers have announced the release of Linux Mint 6 KDE
| Community Edition (aka Felicia). Linux Mint is an Ubuntu-based distribution
| that aims to be user friendly and provide a more complete out-of-the-box
| experience by including support for DVD playback, Java, plug-ins and media
| codecs. The release is based on Kubuntu 8.10 (aka Intrepid Ibex) and includes
| the 2.6.27 Linux kernel, X.org 7.4 and KDE 4.2. Linux Mint currently ranks as
| number three on the Distrowatch popularity rankings, just behind Ubuntu and
| openSUSE.


Linux Mint 6 “Felicia” Fluxbox CE released!

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| The team is proud to announce the release of Linux Mint 6 Fluxbox Community
| Edition. Linux Mint Fluxbox Community Edition is based on Xubuntu 8.10
| Intrepid, Linux 2.6.27, Fluxbox 1.0.0 and Xorg 7.4. Included is an all-new
| menu system, Mint-FM2, Slim as a display manager, Live CD features that
| should make it easier to install on low-end machines, a brand new “Software
| Manager”, FTP support in mintUpload, proxy support and history of updates in
| mintUpdate, mint4win (a Linux Mint installer for Microsoft Windows), and much
| more minty goodness. For a complete list of new features read: What’s new in
| Felicia Fluxbox CE?


Review: Linux Mint 6 KDE

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| Overall, despite it's late arrival (blame that on KDE, since the Devs were
| waiting for the release of KDE 4.2 before they shipped the final version,
| which IMHO was a wise choice), Mint 6 KDE is once again an excellent
| distribution.
| Admittedly it requires slightly beefier hardware than previous releases, but
| given the natural life cycle of the vast majority of systems, this shouldn't
| be an issue at all, as it'll work on all of the most common systems and
| hardware specs.
| And I am still going to say that Mint 6 KDE is user friendly, even though
| KDE4 has a slightly larger learning curve than 3.5 did, and is still on the
| upward swing towards full maturity.  But even so, the entire system is well
| worth checking out and using.

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