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Linux Mint 9: Solid, Simple, Shiny

May 25, 2010, 12:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Brockmeier)

"It's lean, it's very green, and it's one of the better Linux distros for users who just want a good desktop right out of the box. Linux Mint 9, dubbed Isadora, was released on May 18th with plenty of new features and software.

"Linux Mint is based on Ubuntu, but it does have its own identity and community. Linux Mint trails Ubuntu releases by a few weeks, so there was a bit of a gap between the Ubuntu 10.04 release and Linux Mint 9. The GNOME version of Linux Mint is released first; if you're looking for the KDE, LXDE or Fluxbox releases, it might be a few more weeks before those come out.

"Naturally, Mint 9 has lots of new software. It comes with GNOME 2.30, OpenOffice.org 3.2.0 (with the old-fashioned Sun splash-screen), Firefox 3.6.3, and so on. You can see the full package listing on DistroWatch, but it's pretty much the latest and greatest stable packages you'll find currently. Of course, Mint inherits most of its packages from Ubuntu, so if you're familiar with what Ubuntu has to offer, Mint shouldn't throw any surprises."

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