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17 March 2011, 16:33

Linux Mint 10 LXDE edition arrives

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Linux Mint Logo More than four months after the GNOME edition arrived, the Linux Mint developers have released the LXDE edition of version 10 of their Linux Mint operating system, code named "Julia". Linux Mint aims to be user friendly and to provide a more complete out-of-the-box experience by including support for DVD playback, Java, plug-ins and various media codecs.

Like the GNOME and KDE editions before it, Linux Mint 10 LXDE is based on Ubuntu 10.10 "Maverick Meerkat" and features the 2.6.35 Linux kernel and the latest version of the lightweight LXDE desktop environment. New and updated packages include Firefox 3.6.13, Thunderbird 3.1.7, Transmission 2.04, version 2.8.6 of the AbiWord word processing application and VLC 1.1.4.

Zoom The Linux Mint 10 LXDE desktop.
Other changes include Software Manager improvements, such as new application icons and better categorisation, as well as various Update and Upload Manager updates. In the list of known issues, the developers note that the boot sequence only shows dots and no logo, Moonlight has been removed due to a bug that caused Firefox to crash and, while the Mint4Win Windows installer is present in this edition, it isn't as easy to use as the main edition.

Further information about the LXDE edition release can be found in the official release announcement, in the release notes and on the What's new in Linux Mint 10 LXDE page. The LXDE edition of Linux Mint 10 is available to download as an ISO image for 32-bit systems from one of the project's mirrors – users running the release candidate Linux Mint 10 LXDE can upgrade via any level 1 and 2 updates using the built-in Update Manager. Details and links to the KDE and GNOME editions of Linux Mint can be found below.

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