For the Unity-averse, a peek ahead at Linux Mint 11

A traditional GNOME 2.32 desktop will star in the next version of this free, Ubuntu-based operating system.

By Katherine Noyes, PC World |  Operating Systems, Linux, linux mint

2. Bundled Software

Along with most of the other major Linux distributions, Linux Mint has now abandoned OpenOffice.org in favor of the new LibreOffice productivity software alternative.

As in Natty Narwhal, Banshee has replaced Rhythmbox as the default music player, but rather than Shotwell for photos, Linux Mint 11 uses gThumb instead. Gwibber, meanwhile, is no longer installed by default.

3. Widespread Improvements

Linux Mint 11's software manager now loads "marginally faster," the project team said, and also features refined templates and a splash screen. In addition, it has been upgraded to show exactly how much data will be involved in a download, how much space is required on the hard drive and which packages will have to be installed and/or removed.

Other tidbits about Linux Mint 11 include the fact that the update manager is faster than before and that the software's desktop settings tool is now desktop-agnostic, offering both generic settings and those specific to particular desktops, such as KDE and Xfce.

A release candidate for Linux Mint 11 is due by the middle of this month, with the final stable version coming out by the end of May. Particularly if you're looking for a Unity-free alternative, this will be one to check out.


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