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Linux Mint 9

What’s the big deal about Linux Mint and why is it so popular among Linux users? It includes a number of improvements and tweaks that aren’t set up out-of-the-box in the base Ubuntu distribution.

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Linux Mint 9 is a minty fresh new spin on Ubuntu 10.04.
See related story in Jason Perlow's Tech Broiler blog.
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Linux Mint 9 uses Nautilus 2.30 from GNOME.

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Linux Mint uses the "SLAB" menuing paradigm from openSUSE and SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop.

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The Software Center for Linux Mint is somewhat more streamlined than Ubuntu's.

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The Control Center is also derived from OpenSUSE.

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Linux Mint 9 comes with the latest build of OpenOffice 3.2

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Linux Mint 9 comes with a helpful files and software configuration backup utility.

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Linux Mint 9's Firefox browser is pre-configured with many essential web plugins, including Flash 10. Here is an episode of "Big Bang Theory" playing from the CBS.com website.

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Quicktime movies will also play in the browser without any extra configuration steps needed.
See related story in Jason Perlow's Tech Broiler blog.

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