Linux Mint 11 LXDE and LMDE 201108 RC Are Out
Article by George Norman
On 29 Aug 2011
Here are a couple of news for the Linux Mint fans out there. The first one is that Linux Mint 11 LXDE has graduated out of RC (Release Candidate); the final version has been released to the public earlier this month. If you’re already on Linux Mint 11 LXDE RC1 or RC2, you can upgrade by applying any level 1 and level 2 updates in the Update Manager.

If you’re not on Linux Mint 11 LXDE RC 1 or RC2, if you’ve been patiently waiting for the final version to be released, you can download the operating system straight from Linux Mint here. Before you do that, perhaps you would like to know what the operating system has to offer.

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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.

Moving on, the second news is that Linux Mint Debian Edition (LMDE) 201108 RC has been released to the public as well. The operating system comes with updated ISOs for Gnome and Xfce. Here are the highlights for LMDE 201108 RC:

- Has all the features Linux Mint 11 has to offer.
- Installer improvements (keyboard variants, locale, bug fixes, UUID in fstab)
- Update Packs, dedicated Update Manager and staged repositories
- GTK2/GTK3 theme compatibility
- Updated software and packages

LMDE is a rolling Linux Mint distribution based on Debian Testing; it aims to look the same as the main edition of Linux Mint and provide the same functionality while using Debian as a base. LMDE is available as a 32-bit and a 64-bit live DVD with Gnome or Xfce.

Additional information on LMDE 201108 RC is available here.



Tags: Linux, Linux Mint, Linux Mint 11, Katya, Linux Mint 11 LXDE, Linux Mint Debian Edition, LMDE, Debian
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