Quick Look: Linux Mint 17 Xfce

Linux Mint 17 Xfce includes enhancements to Update Manager, new artwork, better language settings, Xfce 4.10, long term support and much more.

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Linux Mint 17 Xfce Boot Menu

Linux Mint 17 Xfce comes with Xfce 4.10 and is a long term support release that will get security updates until 2019. This release comes with many useful enhancements to Linux Mint’s tools and features including the following:

         ▪        Update Manager

         ▪        Drivers Manager

         ▪        Login Screen

         ▪        Language Settings

         ▪        Software Sources

         ▪        Welcome Screen

         ▪        System Improvements

         ▪        Artwork Improvements

         ▪        Main Components

The Xfce desktop environment provides a traditional, lightweight alternative to other Linux desktops. If you aren’t familiar with Xfce 4.10, take a peek at this article from linux.com to get an idea of what it can do for you.

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Linux Mint 17 Xfce Install Type

Linux Mint 17 Xfce uses the Ubuntu installer, so it’s quick and easy to install it on your system. You can use the default partitioning or you can opt to create your own partitions. You also have the option of encrypting your Linux Mint system if you prefer to do so.

Linux Mint 17 Xfce Install Slideshow

You can watch a slideshow about Linux Mint 17 Xfce while your install completes. The slideshow is quite useful if you are new to Linux Mint 17 Xfce and aren’t familiar with its applications and tools. You’ll get a good overview of what you can do with your system, and you’ll see images of some the applications that come with Linux Mint 17 Xfce.

Linux Mint 17 Xfce Login Menu

The Linux Mint 17 Xfce login menu now includes HiDPI support. You can also now input a user name that isn’t in the current list of users, and the background animation’s CPU usage has been cut down. Multi-monitor support has also been beefed up in this release, and you can configure with monitor is the primary monitor.

Linux Mint 17 Xfce Desktop

The Linux Mint 17 Xfce desktop is uncluttered and features the usual gorgeous Linux Mint wallpaper. The panel at the bottom gives you easy access to your applications, networking, sound and the Update Manager.

Linux Mint 17 Xfce Desktop Backgrounds

Linux Mint 17 Xfce comes with some beautiful new artwork and the Mint-X theme has been improved with better widgets, tints and overall consistency. Do take a moment to browse through the artwork included with this release, some of it is amazing. You can access the wallpapers by right-clicking your desktop and selecting “Desktop Settings” from the popup menu.

Linux Mint 17 Xfce Panel Menu

The Linux Mint 17 Xfce menu gives you easy access to all of your application categories, desktop settings and system tools. You can also easily search for an application or system tool, and you can switch users, logout or lock your computer’s screen to prevent unauthorized access.

Linux Mint 17 Xfce Welcome Screen

The Linux Mint 17 Xfce welcome screen doesn’t use webkit any more, and it has been redesigned. It now launches much more quickly and also uses less of your system resources.

The welcome menu provides very useful information about new features, and it has support links to forums, tutorials, chat rooms and a user guide. If you close the welcome screen you can always reopen it later by clicking on the Settings button on the panel menu.

Linux Mint 17 Xfce Update Manager

The Update Manager in Linux Mint 17 Xfce has a new column called Type that shows traditional updates, security updates, romeo updates and backports. You can also decide if security updates are always visible or selected, and they can bypass safety levels.

Linux Mint 17 Xfce Upates History

The Update Manager in Linux Mint 17 Xfce now also has an enhanced history of your updates. The update history includes all updates regardless of whether you did them with Update Manager, apt-get, aptitude, dpkg or gdebi.

Linux Mint 17 Xfce Kernels in Update Manager

The Update Manager also includes a menu that shows all of your available Linux kernels. You can get important information about various kernels so you can choose which one will work best for your system.

Linux Mint 17 Xfce Driver Manager

You can now install drivers in Linux Mint 17 Xfce without being connected to the Internet. You’ll be promoted to insert an install medium and Linux Mint will then mount it as a temporary repository of packages.

Linux Mint 17 Xfce Software Sources

The Software Sources menu has been tweaked to improve usability and improve the user interface. You’ll also see a warning about backported and romeo packages.

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