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Linux Mint 18 KDE Now Available ( 54

Clement Lefebvre, otherwise known as the man behind Linux Mint, announced on Friday the release and immediate availability of the final version of Linux Mint 18 "Sarah" KDE Edition OS. Sarah KDE has been available in beta for a few months now, but you can get the Live ISO images from the company's website. The new version is based on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) distro, Lefebvre said. The new version comes with Plasma 5.6 desktop environment and associated apps. BrianFagioli writes: If you have at least 2GB of RAM, the Linux-based operating system could bring your aging computer into 2016 and beyond. Plasma offers plenty of options to 'make it yours', but it can sometimes be confusing -- there can be such a thing as too much choice. If after installing it you find it overwhelming, I would suggest going with the tried and true Cinnamon desktop environment instead. That seems to be the major focus of the Linux Mint team too. The Mint team is also including the Kubuntu backports ppa, which it promises will provide newer updates to KDE Plasma. Fans of the desktop environment should enjoy this immensely.
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Linux Mint 18 KDE Now Available

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  • by Anonymous Coward
    no thanks!
  • by Anonymous Coward

    Many netbooks still come with one gb. Linux getting obese again. Time to stop eating so much eye Kandy.

    • Many netbooks still come with one gb.

      Have you been in a coma?

  • I recently got a chance to see someone using unbuntu inside linux and I'm curious how this works. Is it running a virtual machine or re-implementing the low level system calls or what? If it needs to talk to the network or use a USB device is it a virtual connection to the Windows Drivers or does the linux have to have it's own drivers.

    Finally, since it's ubuntu does this mean I could give it a linux Mint character or is that pointless since it is using Windows as the desktop

  • I downvoted this news but it wasn't enough. Will ./ announce various spins of various distros every day from now on? This will surely make ./ more popular ... except not. People who use certain distros are usually subscribed to distrowatch or their distro news website, while all others simply don't care and won't switch anyways.

      Is it a slow news day or what?

    • by Anonymous Coward

      I've been given to understand that Mint is the most popular distro on Slashdot.
      And KDE happens to be my personal religion, but Mint has taken a while to get this one out.
      It's obvious to me why this matters.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      It's currently the most popular linux distro according to this site []

    • by Anonymous Coward

      I'm not subscribed to distrowatch and so was happy to see the new article here. I'm downloading it now as it looks like KDE is a better choice for me that Cinnamon. Had it not been for my regular browsing of Slashdot I wouldn't have seen this.

  • The Mate version, anyhow. A couple of weeks ago Linux Mint 18 thoroughly borked my Intel Pentium G4400 Skylake desktop. It went through the install with no issues. I rebooted, did all the updates, rebooted and voila: Black Screen Of Death, X was totally hosed.

    I diddled with it for about a day and could not make it work trying just about everything, so I rolled back to Mint Mate 17.3.

  • by itomato ( 91092 ) on Friday September 09, 2016 @03:32PM (#52858081)
    I might as well start submitting DistroWatch updates:

    Clement Lefebvre has announced the release of Linux Mint [] 18 "KDE", an edition of the Mint family featuring the KDE Plasma 5.6 desktop: "The team is proud to announce the release of Linux Mint 18 'Sarah' KDE edition. Linux Mint 18 is a long-term support release which will be supported until 2021. It comes with updated software and brings refinements and many new features to make your desktop even more comfortable to use. This edition of Linux Mint features the KDE Plasma 5.6 desktop environment. The default display manager is SDDM. The APT sources include the Kubuntu backports PPA, which provides updates to newer versions of the Plasma desktop. The update manager received many improvements, both visual and under the hood. The main screen and the preferences screen now use stack widgets and subtle animations, and better support was given to alternative themes." Here is the brief release announcement [], with further details, screenshots and videos provided in the new features [] page as well as the release notes []. Download []: linuxmint-18-kde-64bit.iso [] (1,622MB, SHA256 [], signature [], torrent []).
  • Oh look, a new version of a distro has come out!

    Quick everyone, lets flood the forums with complains about using systemd and about not using systemd is.

    Also, a new distro story is never complete with out arguments over bout how crappy gnome is, or kde, or unity, and oh, I dunno, lets throw twm in there too. I haven't seen complains about twm for quite a while now.

    The last thing I wanna read about are the genuine efforts of the distro maintainers to improve their operating system!

  • If you're looking for multimedia support in the browser, particularly if you plan on running from the live DVD rather than installing (after all, if you want to install you don't need a live DVD and might as well install Debian), then 18 isn't for you. Grab a copy of 17.3 while you can still find it.
  • fast, stable, no gremlins so far... using xfce on an old L500 Tosh Satellite, my usual compliments to the mint team,great work again!!

    • I've been running Mint 18 Cinnamon for a while, but this article is specifically about the KDE edition, which was only just released.

  • Can they override Ubuntu on this? For a long term support release they have really fucked up choosing the kernel version. Skylake support is buggy as hell. People are forced to manually upgrade kernel to 4.6...
    • by Anonymous Coward

      It's a decent reason to go with UbuntuMate instead. That way you get the better security coverage provided in the Ubuntu update methodology (and more frequent kernel updates). That combined with the superior Mate and Cinnamon UIs from the Mint side is a pretty good compromise.

    • by syzler ( 748241 )

      The 4.6 kernel [] series is already end of life, 4.7 is only marked stable, and 4.8 hasn't yet been released.. Currently Linux Kernel 4.4 [] is the latest longterm Linux kernel and is projected to be supported until Feb. 2018. With the exception of kernel 3.2, support will end for the other Linux longterm kernels either this year or next year.

      If you are creating a long term support release of a Linux distro, it makes sense to choose a longterm support kernel over either an EOL kernel release or an unreleased k

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