Linux Mint 9 LXDE Final Available for Download
Article by George Norman
On 19 Jul 2010
The Linux Mint development team has announced that a very important milestone has been reached in the development process of Linux Mint 9 LXDE. As Lead Linux Mint Developer Clem Lefebvre announced, the final, stable version of Linux Mint 9 LXDE has been released. What does this mean? Why it means you can forget about the Linux Mint 9 LXDE RC that was released this May.

If you’re anxious to get Linux Mint 9 LXDE Final and put it to the test, you can download the operating system here. It is available as a 32-bit liveCD.
But before you rush off to get Linux Mint 9 LXDE, perhaps you would like to know what the new bits and pieces are. Here is what you can expect from the final version of Linux Mint 9 LXDE:


Based on Lubuntu 10.04, Linux 2.6.32, Openbox 3.4.10, LXSession 0.4.3, and Xorg 1.7.5
- New LXDM Display Manager
- Improved PCManFM2 file manager
- VLC installed by default
- Completely rewritten Software Manager and mintInstall
- More than 30,000 applications that you can view in Software Manager and online
- Software Manager uses and monitors the APT daemon, so clicking “Install” means the action is queued and processed in the background. You can cancel actions, see on-going actions, view action progress.
- Software Manager is completely asynchronous and independent from APT. The actions you selected will run in the background even if you close the Software Manager.
- The Software Manager updates itself with all the reviews contributed by other users.
- Completely rewritten Backup Tool as mintBackup is known. The new tool can perform the following tasks: backup and restore files and directories, backup and restore your software selection, check differences in files and perform incremental backups/restorations, check the integrity of the files after it copies them, backup straight to an archive and compress it on the fly.
- Menu improvements: editable items, transparent menu, always start with favorites, “Add to” shortcuts.
- Completely rewritten Desktop Settings tool. It features a new look and feel, new options, usability improvements. Changes made with the Desktop Settings tool take effect immediately (you no longer have to close the tool for the changes to take effect).
- The Update Manager uses new icons that look like white shields.
- Update Manage will display an error icon only when something actually goes wrong, like when software sources are malformed, not when your internet connection is down.
- mint4win, the Windows installer is back.
- In memory of Mats Geier a.k.a Husse, when you open a terminal, the random messages that shows up features one of Husse’s best quotes.
- Three new commands for apt: “apt hold <package>”, “apt unhold <package>” and “apt held”.
- USB-creator added to the default software selection.
- Linux Mint 9 comes with P7zip, Gwibber, apturl and Startup Manager installed by default.
- Linux Mint now includes a local repository activated by default
- New backgrounds and artwork
- Welcome screen is now rendered in HTML
- Community website

Tags: inux, Linux Mint, Linux Mint 9 Isadora, Linux Mint 9 LXDE
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