Linux Mint 9 offers an interesting and fresh spin on Ubuntu 10.04
What's the big deal about Linux Mint and why is it so popular among Linux users? It's because that it includes a number of improvements and tweaks that aren't set up out-of-the-box in the base Ubuntu distribution.
Ubuntu 10.04. SLAB menuing system that originated in SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop and openSUSE 11.x. This menuing system and the bottom-of-screen layout is similar to the "Start Menu" of Windows, so Linux newbies may prefer this over the default Mac-Like top of screen layout in GNOME 2.3x.
A KDE 4.x version of Linux Mint 9 has not yet been released, but is forthcoming.
In addition to the use of SLAB, Mint has its own Software Manager as well as its own Software Updater that look different and are more streamlined than Ubuntu's. Mint also includes its own software/file backup tool.
However, what may be considered the most significant improvement in Mint is the fact that many codecs and plugins are already preloaded, thus making for a better out-of-the box multimedia experience with Linux. Firefox 3.6.3 has been pre-loaded with codecs for DiVX, Quicktime, RealPlayer 9, Windows Media, MPlayer, Java Web Start (icedtea) and of course Macromedia Flash 10.
Linux Mint 9 is available for 32-bit and 64-bit Intel desktop platforms and can be downloaded here.
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