June 16, 2014, 11:41 AM — Linux Mint 17 Cinnamon and MATE were recently released, and the Linux Mint developers have wasted no time in plowing ahead with the Xfce and KDE versions. The release candidates for Linux Mint 17 KDE and Xfce are now available for download.
Image credit: Linux Mint Xfce RC release announcement
Image credit: Linux Mint KDE RC release announcement
You can download either version of Linux Mint 17 in 32-bit or 64-bit via the torrent links below. The release announcement links above also have additional non-torrent download links.
Here's a list of system requirements for using Linux Mint 17 KDE and Xfce:
x86 processor (Linux Mint 64-bit requires a 64-bit processor. Linux Mint 32-bit works on both 32-bit and 64-bit processors).
10 GB of disk space (20GB recommended).
Graphics card capable of 1024×768
DVD drive or USB port
Deepin 2014 release candidate available for download
Deeping 2014 RC is now available for download, according to the Deepin site.
According to Deepin:
Deepin is a distribution that aims to provide a beautiful, easy to use and stable operating system for global users. Based on HTML 5 technologies, Deepin team has developed a series of new special software, such as Deepin Desktop Environment, Deepin Music Player, DPlayer, Deepin Software Center etc.
Deepin 2014 RC system has been fully optimized with a boot memory of 500M, and the internal prompt mechanism has been improved, which makes Deepin Desktop Environment be more light weight and sensitive.
Image credit: Deepin
Note that the name of this project has changed from "Linux Deepin" to simply "Deepin." You can download Deepin in 32-bit or 64-bit:
DistroWatch Linux Mint 17 MATE review
DistroWatch takes a look at Linux Mint 17 MATE this week, and likes it a lot.
According to DistroWatch:
I usually enjoy trying out new version of Linux Mint and version 17 has been no exception. The project has a polish to it not seen in many other distributions. The Linux Mint team has done a very nice job in balancing performance, flexibility, newcomer friendliness and powerful utilities. There is a lot of functionality in the default list of available applications and the developers appear to have selected a small group of desktop programs that will work very well, as opposed to providing applications which use a specific toolkit or fit a certain philosophy. I suspect most people will be able to simply install Linux Mint and get right to work without any additional configuration or downloading more software. I really like the Mint tools, such as the Mint Update program and its ability to filter out potentially unstable upgrades.
I hesitate to use terms such as "just works" or "flawless", but Linux Mint 17 is probably as close to "just works" as a desktop distribution can get.
Image credit: DistroWatch
Linux Mint 17 has been getting rave reviews for the most part, so it's no shocker that DistroWatch likes it too. The Mint developers did a great job on it, and the LTS base just adds to the overall appeal. I have yet to find a really negative review of Linux Mint 17, if you've seen one please post a link to it in the comments.
What's your take on all this? Tell me in the comments below.
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