Linux Mint 10 'Julia' Sheds RC Tag, Available as a Final Version
Article by George Norman
On 12 Nov 2010
Back in October we were reporting that Linux Mint 10 codename Julia (as in Gens Julia, one of Ancient Rome’s most ancient Patrician families and the gens of the famous Gaius Julius Caesar) has reached the Release Candidate (RC) milestone in its development process. Today we are glad to report that Linux Mint 10 no longer carries the RC tag; Linux Mint 10 has been released as a final, stable version.

As always, the one to announce the release of Linux Mint 10 final was Lead Linux Mint Developer Clem Lefebvre: "The team is proud to announce the release of Linux Mint 10. Linux Mint 10 is available in 32-bit and 64-bit via Torrent and HTTP download. We look forward to receiving your feedback. Thank you for using Linux Mint and have a lot of fun with this new release!"

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If you want to run Linux Mint 10 on your machine you must meet these requirements:
- A 32-bit processor if you go with Linux Mint 32-bit; or a 64-bit processor if you go with either Linux Mint 32-bit or Linux Mint 64-bit.
- 512MB or RAM
- 4Gb of available disk space
- A graphics card capable of 800x600 resolution
- A CD-ROM drive or a USB port.

If you meet these system requirements you will be able to run Linux Mint 10, which comes with the following new bits and pieces:

Welcome screen
Codecs can be installed from the welcome screen
You can upgrade to the DVD edition from the welcome screen

Menu
Freshly installed applications are highlighted
It is now easier to find and install applications because the menu is aware of what's available in your repositories so you can search for software and install packages without opening the software manager.
The menu also works as search engine
The menu supports GTK bookmarks and GTK Themes

Update Manager

You can right click a package and instruct the Update Manager to ignore updates for that particular package.
The size of selected updates is now displayed

Upload Manager

The system tray icon is now launched automatically at startup by Linux Mint if services are defined.
The File Uploader merged with Upload Manager
Check connection’ button to test a connection while defining
Uploads can run in the background
Uploads can be canceled

Looks

Linux Mint 10 features the new Mint-X theme which is like the traditional light theme and dark background, but with the illusion of a metallic looking theme.

Apps
Linux Mint 10 comes with Adobe Flash Square and Oracle Virtualbox.

System Improvements

Faster, more reliable "highlight" command, used by "apt"
You will no longer get a warning when using unsigned repositories
Codecs are now tracked by "mint-meta-codecs" and applications included in the DVD edition are tracked by "mint-meta-gnome-dvd"
The mintsystem adjustment system is now LSB compliant.

A detailed presentation of what’s new in Linux Mint 10 is available here.
If you would like to get Linux Mint 10, you can find a download link on the Linux Mint site here or on the Linux Mint blog here.




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