Linux Mint 13 Xfce released: Installation tour

Linux Mint 13 Xfce released: Installation tour

Summary: Not just a refuge for those disillusioned with Gnome and KDE, the Linux Mint 13 Xfce distribution stands on its own merits


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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!

  • Graphics menu

    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.

  • Office menu

    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 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.

Topics: Linux, Open Source, Reviews

J.A. Watson

About J.A. Watson

I started working with what we called "analog computers" in aircraft maintenance with the United States Air Force in 1970. After finishing military service and returning to university, I was introduced to microprocessors and machine language programming on Intel 4040 processors. After that I also worked on, operated and programmed Digital Equipment Corporation PDP-8, PDP-11 (/45 and /70) and VAX minicomputers. I was involved with the first wave of Unix-based microcomputers, in the early '80s. I have been working in software development, operation, installation and support since then.

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      Apple, with OS X and the iPad, will be the most likely company to benefit from Windows 8. Next in line will be Android tablets. And watch for Windows 7 to remain popular with both consumers and enterprises (thus, Microsoft will not be hurt as badly as many believe).

      If you had stated "I am starting to suspect that Linux might gain *up to several tenths of a percentage point* of market share by virtue of Microsoft trying to touch-ify the desktop", I might agree. Android has beaten WebOS and it will likely beat the GNU/Linux desktop for most consumers as well.

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