June 27, 2014, 11:42 AM — The Linux Mint developers have been hard at work lately. First we had Linux Mint 17 Cinnamon and MATE, then Linux Mint 17 KDE. Now the final version of Linux Mint 17 Xfce has been released. Linux Mint 17 Xfce uses the lightweight Xfce desktop environment to provide a more traditional interface that works well on older or under-powered computers.
According to Linux Mint Blog:
The team is proud to announce the release of Linux Mint 17 “Qiana” Xfce.
Linux Mint 17 is a long term support release which will be supported until 2019. It comes with updated software and brings refinements and many new features to make your desktop even more comfortable to use.
New features at a glance:
Image credit: Linux Mint Blog
You can download Linux Mint 17 Xfce with these torrent links:
Here are the system requirements for Linux Mint 17 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).
512 MB RAM (1GB recommended for a comfortable usage).
10 GB of disk space
DVD drive or USB port
Be sure to read the release notes for details about known problems in Linux Mint 17 Xfce.
If you run into any problems using Linux Mint 17 Xfce be sure to check out these resources:
Linux Mint 17 Xfce screenshot tour
We've got a screenshot tour of Linux Mint 17 Xfce available that will walk you through the new features.
According to ITworld:
Linux Mint 17 Xfce includes enhancements to Update Manager, new artwork, better language settings, Xfce 4.10, long term support and much more. The Xfce desktop environment provides a traditional, lightweight alternative to other Linux desktops.
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I've always been a big fan of the Xfce desktop, so Linux Mint 17 Xfce really combines the best of both worlds. You get the power and convenience of the Linux Mint tools and features, and you get Xfce itself. In some ways it feels like a nearly perfect desktop, particularly if you are like me and prefer a more traditional interface to that of more recent desktop environments like Unity or GNOME 3.
A guide to the Xfce 4.10 desktop
Since Linux Mint 17 Xfce uses the Xfce 4.10 desktop environment, it's a good idea to have an understanding of what it offers. Linux.com has a good overview of Xfce 4.10 from back when it was first released that will help you if you use Linux Mint 17 Xfce.
According to Linux.com:
To me XFCE is a useful blend of the best of GNOME 2 and KDE: It's fairly easy to configure, it uses middle- and right-click menus and it handles GNOME and KDE applications without freaking out. Some Linux users prefer pure environments and have only pure GNOME, or pure KDE, or whatever their favorite is. Not me -- I want it all. I install whatever apps I jolly well feel like installing, and mix software repositories: different distros, official and unofficial, third party and different versions.
I can't pick a single favorite Linux desktop, but Xfce is definitely in my top five because it doesn't hide things, it manages complex workflows sanely, and it does it will without putting on a big show.
Image credit: Xfce.org
You can get more information on the Xfce site, including support assistance from the Xfce community via mailing lists, a forum, and IRC. You might also want to check out the Xfce 4.10 visual tour for an overview of important new features.
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