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Linux Mint 14 Xfce
Also released last week, the Linux Mint 14 Xfce distribution, based on Xfce 4.10, is fast and lightweight, but still has the traditional desktop look that many Linux users were used to with Gnome 2. This screenshot was taken on a Samsung N150 Plus (Intel Atom CPU, 1024x600 display). Like the KDE version, it includes Firefox 17.0.1, LibreOffice 22.214.171.124 and GIMP 2.8.2. For photo management it includes gThumb, for audio playing it has Banshee, and for video it has the Totem Movie Player.
Also recently released was Update Pack 6 for Linux Mint Debian Edition, shown above with the MATE desktop. This branch of the Mint distribution is derived directly from Debian GNU/Linux, rather than Ubuntu.
This screenshot was taken on an HP Pavilion dm1-3105ez (AMD E-350 CPU, 1366x768 display). With this latest Update Pack, LMDE is running Linux kernel 3.2.0 and MATE 1.4.0. It is somewhat the opposite of the lightweight Xfce distribution, as it has a very large selection of applications and utilities included.
It includes both Firefox and Thunderbird; for multimedia it has Banshee, VLC Media Player, Totem and the Gnome Mplayer. It has gThumb for photo display and management, and the ImageMagick tools for manipulating and converting image files. Oh, and of course it has LibreOffice and a PDF Document Viewer.
Linux Mint 14 Cinnamon Desktop
Finally, here is the flagship of the family, Linux Mint 14 (Nadia). This screenshot, taken on my old workhorse Fujitsu Lifebook S6510 (Intel Core2Duo CPU, 1280x800 display) shows the latest Cinnamon desktop (1.6).
It is running linux kernel 3.5.0, and includes most of what has been mentioned previously - Firefox and Thunderbird, LibreOffice, GIMP, gThumb, Banshee, VLC, Totem and Mplayer. The most important characteristic of Linux Mint is that "it just works" - you can play your multimedia audio and video without having to chase around for different players and codecs, you can edit your Office text, spreadsheet and presentation documents, including the ability to read MS Office .doc, .docx, .xls, xlsx files, read and write ODF (Open Document Format) file, and create PDF files. You can surf the web, access your mail, and view, edit and manage your photos.