Linux Mint 10 KDE with KDE 4.6 Is Coming
Article by George Norman
On 02 Feb 2011
The development team behind Linux Mint has announced that the KDE edition of 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 successfully passed testing, but it will not be released to the public. Hold on, this is a good thing. Just keep on reading to find out why.

The thing is that the builds that passed testing featured KDE 4.5.5. As you may already know, KDE 4.6 has been recently released. After mulling things over, the Linux Mint team decided that including KDE 4.6 into Linux Mint 10 KDE would be the best solution. Unfortunately this meant that the Linux Mint 10 KDE builds that passed testing had to be rejected.

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“I know many people have been waiting for the KDE edition of Linux Mint 10 for a while now. This edition includes KDE 4.5.5 and both its 32-bit and 64-bit ISO were successfully tested about a week ago. After a discussion with Boo, we decided to upgrade KDE to the recently released 4.6 version. Because of the importance of this upgrade, the current ISOs are being rejected and the release will have to go through another cycle of testing again,” announced Lead Linux Mint Developer Clem Lefebvre.

In related news, Linux Mint 10 'Julia' shed its RC (Release Candidate) tag and was released as a final version back in November 2010. Julia comes with the following new features:

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.

In further related news, this December, just in time for Christmas, Linux Mint Debian (201012) was rolled out. This release comes with all the new features that Linux Mint 10 has to offer, support for 64-bit processors, a performance boost, installer improvements, better fonts, better connectivity and hardware support, better sound support, and updated software and packages. A rolling distribution based on Debian Testing, Linux Mint Debian is offered as a 32-bit and 64-bit live DVD with a Gnome desktop.



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