Linux Mint 9 LXDE RC Available for Download
Article by George Norman
On 31 May 2010
With the advent of Linux Mint 9 Isadora, the KDE, Xfce, LXDE and Fluxbox editions are now considered official and no longer use the "Community" label. With that in mind, we are pleased to announce that Linux Mint 9 LXDE RC (Release Candidate) has been rolled out and is now available for download.

As always, Lead Linux Mint Developer Clem Lefebvre announced the release: "The team is proud to announce the release of Linux Mint 9 LXDE RC. We look forward to receiving your feedback. Thank you for using Linux Mint and have a lot of fun testing the release candidate!"

Linux Mint 9 LXDE RC is available for download as a 32-bit liveCD
here.

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Before you rush off to download the operating system, perhaps you would like to find out what’s new in Linux Mint 9 LXDE RC. Here’s the lowdown:

- Based on Lubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx, Linux 2.6.32, Gnome 2.30 and Xorg 1.7.4
- 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



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