Distros for the Linux Fan: Linux Mint 7 XFCE RC1 and Ubuntu CE 5.0
Article by George Norman
On 20 Jul 2009
We have good news for all you out there that are using a Linux distro to power your machine – two of them to be more precise. The first one is that the Linux Mint team has announced the release of Linux Mint 7 “Gloria” XFCE Community Edition RC1 (Release Candidate One). The second is that the Christian Edition (CE) of Ubuntu is live again with Ubuntu CE 5.0.

Linux Mint Lead Developer, Clem Lefebvre, comments on the release of Linux Mint 7 XFCE RC1: “The team is proud to announce the release of Linux Mint 7 “Gloria” XFCE Community Edition RC1. A minimum of 3GB of free space and 256MB RAM are needed. For a comfortable experience we recommended to have at least 512MB RAM and 10GB of free space.

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Linux Mint 7 “Gloria” XFCE Community Edition RC1 highlights:
- Based on Xubuntu 9.04 Jaunty Jackalope
- Linux kernel 2.6.28, X.Org 7.4, XFCE 4.6
- A new window called “Featured applications” displays popular apps that are available for the OS, but have not yet been installed.
- The mintInstall frontend comes pre-filled with all the data you need to browse and install software.
- mintInstall runs in root mode and does not store info on your home folder.
- Improved GUI layout: less info is displayed in the main window, the Versions button is now called More Info.
- mintUpdate improvements: the changelog tab supports Linux Mint packages, mintUpdate displays the download size for each package upgrade, the mintUpdate tray icon no longer blinks.
- mintUpdate improvements: no more ads in the default service, enhanced GUI layout, services can now be created/edited/deleted graphically thanks to the new service manager, added support for new protocols (SCP and SFTP.
- New artwork and new mintWelcome.
- RTFM is now a command line, a proper one.
- apt version command line; new Inxi command line.
- Xchat instead of Xchat-Gnome.
- mint-info virtual package.
- Firefox comes with Silverlight 1.x support and Moonlight plugin.
- All Mint tools can be launched from the command line; all Mint tools with an “About” dialog show their version number.
- Signed repositories.
- Simplified mintDesktop.

If you would like to get Linux Mint 7 Gloria XFCE RC1, a download location is available
here.

Moving on, here’s the official announcement of Ubuntu CE 5.0: “Great news!! Ubuntu CE is alive again! The release of Ubuntu CE v5.0 based on Ubuntu 9.04 is now available for download as well as from our repos. This has been a request from the very beginning. We are excited that now standard Ubuntu users cans simply install Ubuntu CE using apt-get or Synaptic. This release is a back to basics release and should be considered beta at this point. We are focusing on the functionality for now and will work towards the aesthetics.

Ubuntu CE (Christian Edition) 5.0 highlights:
- Based on Ubuntu 9.04 “Jaunty Jackalope”
- New DansGuardian GUI has been added.
- New E-sword installer has been added.
- Added OpenSong.

If you would like to get Ubuntu CE 5.0, a download location is available
here.



Tags: Linux, Linux Mint, Linux Mint 7 XFCE RC1, Ubuntu, Ubuntu CE 5.0. Christian Edition
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