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

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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.

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