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03 February 2012, 16:25

Linux Mint 12 KDE released

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Just over two months after the standard GNOME edition of Linux Mint 12 arrived, Linux Mint project lead developer Clement Lefebvre has announced the KDE edition of version 12 of the popular Linux Mint operating system, code-named "Lisa". Based on Ubuntu 11.10, Linux Mint 12 KDE includes version 4.7.4 of KDE as its default desktop environment; KDE SC 4.8 was released last week.

New and updated packages include version 8.0 of the Thunderbird email client, Firefox 8.0, LibreOffice 3.4.3, version 2.4.3 of the Amarok music player and organiser, and VLC 1.1.12. Like the GNOME edition, it includes DuckDuckGo as its default search engine; the move comes as part of the project's first income-raising partnership. The new version is also the project's first KDE release to be available to download as Hybrid ISO images, which can be used to create a bootable USB drive using the dd command. A tutorial for installing Linux Mint via USB is provided.

The developers note that the Moonlight plugin – the open source implementation of Silverlight for Linux – has been removed from the release because of a bug that caused Firefox to crash; the issue has been fixed in an upstream release which users can install from the project's site.

More details about the new version can be found in the release notes and on the New features in Linux Mint 12 KDE page. Linux Mint 12 KDE is available to download as a DVD ISO image from the project's site. Users running the release candidate can update to the final version by applying any level 1 and 2 updates in the Update Manager.

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