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Linux Mint 18 “Sarah” KDE Edition Looks Gorgeous, Beta Is Available for Download

Curious to see the work done by the Linux Mint team and community in modernizing the KDE edition of the popular GNU/Linux operating system, we grabbed the 64-bit Live ISO image to get an early taste. To our surprise, the distro looks gorgeous, with a dark theme that dresses both the bottom panel and Applications Menu. As expected, Linux Mint 18 “Sarah” KDE Edition is based on the latest Kubuntu/Ubuntu technologies, which means that the distribution is powered by the long-term supported Linux 4.4 kernel, and uses the KDE Applications 15.12.3 software suite on top of the KDE Plasma 5.6.5 desktop environment.