Linux Mint 11 LXDE RC2 Is Out
Article by George Norman
On 15 Jul 2011
Back in June, on the 28th of June to be more precise, the Linux Mint team released Linux Mint 11 XDE RC (Release Candidate) to the public. Yesterday, on the 14th of July, the Linux Mint team made a second Release Candidate available to the public. As always, the one to announce Linux Mint 11 LXDE RC2 was Lead Linux Mint developer Clem Lefebvre.

“The team is proud to announce the release of Linux Mint 11 LXDE RC2,” said Lefebvre. “We look forward to receiving your feedback. Thank you for using Linux Mint and have a lot of fun testing the release candidate!”

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If you would like to get Linux Mint 11 LXDE RC2, you can download the operating system as a 32-bit ISO here. Additional download links are available on the Linux Mint site here. The main change RC2 has to offer, compared to RC1, is the fact that GDM replaces LXDM as the default login manager. Lefebvre explained that this change was introduced because the OS sporadically failed to load X from the live session.

If you don’t know what Linux Mint 11 LXDE RC2 has to offer overall, check out the brief presentation below:

A more polished Software Manager
It features a new splash screen, bigger category icons, a new template, and a new Fonts category. Application screens have an improved look and display more information.

A faster and better looking Update Manager
The Update Manager only looks for package updates instead of checking your internet connection, updating its rules, and then looking for package updates. The rules are embedded within the Update manager so they don’t have to be downloaded every time. When the rules are updated, a new version of Update Manager will be released.

The Update Manager handles dependencies differently in Linux Mint 11. Only updates are displayed, not their dependencies. A dialog will pop up if the upgrade of a package needs additional changes; the pop up will display info on which packages will be installed or removed.

The Update Manager comes with a few visual changes as well: all dialogs are modal, the Update Manager hides itself when an upgrade is successful, change logs are downloaded in the background.

Desktop Settings tool improvements

The tool lets you easily turn on and off the quotes that are displayed in the terminal.
The tool is desktop-agnostic, it detects which desktop is running and shows settings specific to that desktop.

Mint-X theme improvements
Mint-X features better integration with Deluge, Synaptic, Gimp and Banshee. In the final version it will also feature new round radio buttons.

System improvements
Improved mint-search-addon plugin for Firefox 4, Chromium and Opera.
New 'apt download' command that downloads a .deb package locally along with all its dependencies.
The stable Flash 10.2 and Beta Flash 10.3 plugins can now be installed separately.

A more detailed presentation of what’s new in Linux Mint 11 LXDE is available here.

Tags: Linux, Linux Mint, Linux Mint 11, Katya, Linux Mint 11 LXDE, RC
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