PCLinuxOS 2013.12 KDE, MATE and LXDE released

Today in Open Source: PCLinuxOS 2013.12 released. Plus: PCLinuxOS 2013.12 MATE screenshot tour, and Linux Mint 16 KDE RC released

PCLinuxOS 2013.12 Released

PCLinuxOS 2013.12 is now available for download in KDE, MATE and LXDE versions.

The PCLinuxOS Team is happy to announce the availability of PCLinuxOS 2013.12 quarterly maintenance release ISOs. PCLinuxOS “Full Monty”, “KDE”, “LXDE” and “MATE” ISOs for both 32 and 64 bit have been updated with the latest software updates and bug fixes from the software repository. The Kernel was updated to stable release 3.4.70. The KDE ISO’s were updated to KDE 4.11.3. The Mate ISO got an updated theme from Linuzoid and reworked default desktop layout. Downloads are available via torrent links or from one of our mirrors.

Download PCLinuxOS 2013.12:

pclinuxos64-kde-2013.12.iso (1,591MB)

pclinuxos64-kde-fullmonty-2013.12.iso (3,887MB)

pclinuxos64-kde-minime-2013.12.iso (589MB)

pclinuxos64-mate-2013.12.iso (690MB)

pclinuxos64-lxde-2013.12.iso (678MB)

PCLinuxOS 2013.12
Image credit: PCLinuxOS

More at PCLinuxOSHat Tip: DistroWatch

I suspect there will be a lot of happy PCLinuxOS users out there today. I'll snag a copy for a possible review on Desktop Linux Reviews. It's been a while since I looked at it, so it should be fun to give it another whirl with this new release.

PCLinuxOS 2013.12 MATE Screenshot Tour

Speaking of PCLinuxOS 2013.12, The Coding Studio has a screenshot tour of the MATE version.

PCLinuxOS is an English only live CD initially based on Mandrake Linux that runs entirely from a bootable CD. Data on the CD is decompressed on the fly, allowing up to 2GB of programs on one CD including a complete X server, KDE desktop, OpenOffice.org and many more applications all ready to use. In addition to the live CD, you can also install PCLinuxOS to your hard drive with an easy-to-use livecd-installer. Additional applications can be added or removed from your hard drive using a friendly apt-get front end via Synaptic.

PCLinuxOS 2013.12 MATE
Image credit: The Coding Studio

More at The Coding StudioHat Tip: Lxer

The MATE version looks pretty sweet. I may have to opt for that one instead of KDE if I do a review. I like the overall style and flavor of what I saw in the screenshots. Check it out if you aren't sure if KDE or MATE is right for you. You may decide in favor of MATE after seeing what it looks like.

Linux Mint 16 KDE RC Released

The release candidate of the KDE version of Linux Mint 16 is now out.

KDE is a vibrant, innovative, advanced, modern looking and full-featured desktop environment. This edition features all the improvements from the latest Linux Mint release on top of KDE 4.11.

New features at a glance:

KDE 4.11

Samba Mounter

Login Screen

USB Stick support

Performance improvements

Software Manager

System Improvements

Artwork Improvements

Main Components

Linux Mint 16 KDE
Image credit: Linux Mint Blog

More at Linux Mint Blog

The Cinnamon version of Linux Mint 16 was quite good, so I'm looking forward to using the KDE version. I'll hold off until the final release though, I'm sure there will probably be a few bugs squished between the release candidate and the final.

What's your take on all this? Tell me in the comments below.

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