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09 April 2009, 10:20

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, 7.4 and KDE 4.2. Linux Mint currently ranks as number three on the Distrowatch popularity rankings, just behind Ubuntu and openSUSE.

Also included in the release are the Amarok 2.0 music player, FTP support in mintUpload and a new software and update manager. The release now uses its own Linux Standard Base (LSB) information, no longer identifying itself as Ubuntu to applications. The developers advise that the change could "potentially break compatibility" with some third party tools and ask users to advise them of any problems they experience.

The Wubi based Linux Mint installer for Windows, mint4win, has also been improved. When the LiveCD is inserted, the mint4win application automatically runs and allows Windows users to easily install Linux Mint to an existing partition, without modification. Windows multi-boot is also set up for the user. To uninstall, all a user needs to do is use the Windows Add/Remove Applications tool to remove mint4win to restore the system to its previous state.

More details about the release can be found in the release notes. Linux Mint 6 KDE is available to download.


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