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28 July 2010, 13:33

Linux Mint 9 KDE released

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Zoom The Linux Mint 9 KDE desktop.
The Linux Mint development team have issued the KDE Edition of version 9 of their Ubuntu-based Linux distribution, code named "Isadora". 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, and various plug-ins and media codecs.

Linux Mint 9 KDE is based on Ubuntu 10.04 LTS "Lucid Lynx" and features version 2.6.32 of the Linux kernel, 7.5 and the 4.4.4 KDE desktop (the latest version is KDE SC 4.4.5 from the end of June). New and updated packages include version 2.3.0 of the Amarok open source music player, Firefox 3.6.6, Thunderbird 3.0.5, the Miro Internet TV / podcast downloader and player and the AcetoneISO CD/DVD image manager application. Other changes include a completely rewritten Software Manager with more than 30,000 available applications, an updated look and feel, and the addition of a new incremental Backup Tool for both data and software selection.

Like Ubuntu, version 9 of Linux Mint is a Long Term Support release and will receive updates until April of 2013. The project's GNOME-based flagship edition was released in mid-May and included the 2.30 GNOME desktop environment.

More details about the release, including a full list of new features, can be found in the release notes and on the What's new in Linux Mint 9 KDE page. The KDE Edition of Linux Mint 9 is available to download for 32 and 64-bit systems as a DVD ISO image from one of the project's mirrors and upgrade instructions are provided.

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