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Media player assortment
Linux Mint is well known for including media players and codecs that are optional in Ubuntu (which it is based on) and the Xfce version is no exception.
Under the Multimedia menu you will find Banshee, the GNOME Mplayer, the Totem Movie Player and the VLC media player. That has to be considered a good assortment in anyone's book!
On the Graphics menu are the image processing applications and utilities. Here again Linux Mint includes a popular program — GIMP— which has been dropped from the Ubuntu distribution.
It also has gThumb for photo viewing, browsing and simple organisation, but if you are serious about photo management you will probably want to go to the Mint Software Manager and install one of the more advanced programs there.
The last of the application menus is Office, where they have the Libre Office suite, including the Writer, Calc, Impress, Draw and Base programs. This is, once again, a major difference from most other Xfce distributions, which usually include some of the more limited text and spreadsheet programs, and often do not have presentation or database programs at all.
So that is an overview of some of the highlights of the Mint 13 Xfce release. It's probably also worthwhile to include some details about what versions of various things are included. These are, of course, after all the current updates have been installed:
- Linux Kernel 3.2.0
- Xfce 4.10
- X.org X Server 1.11.3
- Firefox 14.0
- LibreOffice 3.5.3
- GIMP 2.6.12
I have installed this release on all of my laptops and netbooks, and I didn't have a single problem. That includes everything from the Intel and AMD CPUs (including CPU speed control), all the way down to the Bluetooth adapters — it all just works.
I didn't have to do anything special to find or install drivers, or compile drivers, or (as one of the more bizarre comments recently implied) compile the kernel. If you are still under the impression that sort of thing is necessary with Linux, you might want to take a fresh look, and get over your five- or 10-year-old misconception.