"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
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