Working Hard and Rolling Out Linux Mint 7 KDE RC1
Article by George Norman
On 06 Jul 2009
The development team behind the Linux Mint open-source operating system has great news for the Linux user out there. First of all, Linux Mint 7 “Gloria” KDE (K Desktop Environment) RC1 (Release Candidate 1) has been made available for download. Secondly, work on Linux Mint will definitely see a productivity increase as some people on the development team will be able to work full time on the OS thanks to your generous donations.

Starting with Linux Mint 7 “Gloria” KDE RC1, here is what Lead Linux Mint Developer, Clem Lefebvre, had to comment: “The team is proud to announce the release of Linux Mint 7 “Gloria” KDE Community Edition RC1. The KDE Community Edition aims to provide a version of Linux Mint which uses the KDE desktop. A minimum of 4GB of free space and 256MB RAM are needed. For a comfortable experience we recommended to have at least 512MB RAM and 10GB of free space.”

Linux Mint 7 KDE RC1 highlights:

- Based on Kubuntu 9.04 Jaunty Jackalope, Linux 2.6.28, KDE 4.2.4 and Xorg 7.4
- Uses the new KDE 4.2.4
- Amarok 2.1 comes bundled with the OS.
- Improved mintInstall, mintUpdate, mintUpload
- New mintWelcome screen (image right; right click -> view image for larger view).
- apt version command line.
- Firefox with support for Silverlight 1.x and the Moonlight plugin.
- Signed repositories.
- All Mint tools can be launched from the command line.
- All Mint tools with an “About” dialog show their version number.


A full list of changes in Linux Mint 7 KDE RC1 is available here.
If you would like to get Linux Mint 7 “Gloria” KDE RC1, a download location is available here.

Moving on, it seems that all the generous donations given to the Linux Mint team will go to good use: work on the operating system. Clem Lefebvre explains:

“The number of donations raised to 88 last months for a total amount of $2402 given by the community. This is brilliant, as this money helps us work on Linux Mint but it also gives us the luxury to focus solely on the distribution itself without the need to engage in a support-centric business model or in other Linux-related commercial activities. Together with advertising and sponsorships, donations represent a growing and significant income. We’ve been able to purchase everything we needed, and although we haven’t hired anyone yet, this allowed me to free 3 months from my employer this year and is now slowly giving me the independence I need to either work half of the time or even full time on the distribution in a near future. We’re heading towards a situation where some people will work full time on the project, and where the income comes from its success and its user base. This is fantastic.”

Tags: Linux, Linux Mint 7, Gloria
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