Linux Mint 16 KDE and Xfce released

Today in Open Source: Linux Mint 16 KDE and Xfce released. Plus: SteamOS beta updated, and Enlightenment 18 released

Linux Mint 16 KDE and Xfce

The KDE and Xfce versions of Linux Mint are now available.

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

System requirements:

x86 processor (Linux Mint 64-bit requires a 64-bit processor. Linux Mint 32-bit works on both 32-bit and 64-bit processors).

1GB RAM

8 GB of disk space

Graphics card capable of 1024×768 resolution

DVD drive or USB port

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Xfce is a lightweight desktop environment which aims to be fast and low on system resources, while still being visually appealing and user friendly. This edition features all the improvements from the latest Linux Mint release on top of an Xfce 4.10 desktop.

New features at a glance:

Xfce 4.10

Whisker Menu 1.2

Pulse Audio

Login Screen

USB Stick support

Performance improvements

Software Manager

System Improvements

Artwork Improvements

Main Components

System requirements:

x86 processor (Linux Mint 64-bit requires a 64-bit processor. Linux Mint 32-bit works on both 32-bit and 64-bit processors).

384 MB RAM (1GB recommended for a comfortable usage).

5 GB of disk space

Graphics card capable of 800×600 resolution

DVD drive or USB port

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Image credit: Linux Mint 16 Xfce
 

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I'm very glad to see these released, there will be a lot of happy Xfce and KDE Linux Mint fans. I liked the Cinnamon version of Linux Mint 16 a lot, so I'm sure the Xfce and KDE versions will be great too.

I must confess that while I like both desktops, I tend to lean a bit more toward Xfce. I like the minimalist appeal of it just a bit more than KDE. You really can't go wrong with either one though, it all gets down to your personal preferences.

SteamOS Beta updated drivers

A new version of the SteamOS beta has been released with updated drivers.

SteamOS 12/19/2013 alchemist_beta update

Updated Intel graphics stack to Mesa 10.0.1

Applied an Intel kernel fix to re-enable KMS support

Fixed a problem where Trine 2 could cause audio to stop working by restricting direct audio access to the sound server

Enabled audio from the desktop session; the default audio device is still hardcoded to discrete graphics HDMI audio for now

Enabled 3D passthrough in the VMWare driver

Fixed Steam controller firmware upgrade by adding USB auto-mounting

Added NTP time support

Added XDG directory helpers

Added text feedback when building kernel drivers during first boot

More at Steam CommunityHat Tip: Phoronix

It's great to see SteamOS rolling right along, Valve is wasting no time improving it. I can't wait for the final release. The way they are going we shouldn't have to wait too long for it.

Enlightenment 18 released

You can now get Enlightenment 18.

No release announcement is complete without a taste of what's different, so here's what I consider the big changes and features:

Compositing merged into core

No longer (as) optional

No longer (as) buggy

Wayland client support added

Teamwork module added

Fixed at least 10 crashes

User experience while crashing improved; some users have reported over a 200% improvement here

New modules for improving desktop integration:

music-control - Control your music!

bluez4 - Control your bluetooth!

appmenu - Control your DBus application menus!

conf_comp - Control your compositor settings!

Improved systemd integration

Internal theme merged into Elementary

Theme migration guide for themers looking to update their E17 themes to work with E18

RandR and binding config domains have been split into separate files to make copying and updating easier

MANY filemanager improvements

udisks2 support

Directory listing is now more accurate

Seriously, too many improvements to name

More at Enlightenment

If you aren't familiar with Enlightenment, be sure to read the About page for it.

Here's a description from that page:

Enlightenment is the flagship and original name bearer for this project. Once it was just a humble window manager for X11 that wanted to do things differently. To do them better, but it has expanded. This can be confusing so when we refer to Enlightenment, we may mean the project as a whole or just the window manager proper. The libraries behind Enlightenment are referred to as EFL collectively, each with a specific name and purpose.

The window manager is a lean, fast, modular and very extensible window manager for X11 and Linux. It is classed as a "desktop shell" providing the things you need to operate your desktop (or laptop), but is not a whole application suite. This covered launching applications, managing their windows and doing other system tasks like suspending, reboots, managing files etc.

Enlightenment can be a great choice for a desktop environment if you are a minimalist. You can get it with distros like Bodhi Linux.

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

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