Linux Mint 17 release candidate available for download

In today's open source roundup: Linux Mint 17 release candidate available. Plus: Linux Mint sticks with Ubuntu 14.04 LTS for next three releases, and a look at PC LinuxOS 2014.05 KDE and LXDE

I bumped into a thread on Reddit that noted a release candidate for Linux Mint 17 is now available for download.

The final version of Linux Mint 17 is due by the end of the month. But you can download the release candidate right now. Linux Mint 17 comes in 32-bit or 64-bit versions, in the Cinnamon or MATE desktop environments.

Or just use these links to download:

Linux Mint 17 Cinnamon DVD RC 32-bit

Linux Mint 17 Cinnamon DVD RC 64-bit

Linux Mint 17 MATE DVD RC 32-bit

Linux Mint 17 MATE DVD RC 64-bit


Linux Mint will stick with Ubuntu 14.04 LTS for next three releases

Speaking of Linux Mint, WebUpd8 is reporting that the Linux Mint developers have decided to stick with Ubuntu 14.04 LTS for the next three versions of Linux Mint.

According to WebUpd8:

A while back I was telling you that Linux Mint might use the same LTS base for Linux Mint 17 as well as the next 3 releases. Well, Clement Lefebvre, the Linux Mint Project Leader, announced today that the decision was made and indeed, the next 3 Linux Mint releases (and Linux Mint 17, obviously) will stick to the LTS base.

This means that Linux Mint 17, 17.1, 17.2 and 17.3 (so Linux Mint 18 will be based on Ubuntu 16.04) will all use Ubuntu 14.04 LTS as a base instead of being based on newer Ubuntu releases, allowing the Mint team to "push innovation on Cinnamon, be more active in the development of MATE, better support Mint tools and engage in projects we’ve postponed for years".

More at WebUpd8

This sounds like a smart move on the part of the Linux Mint developers, but I can see that some users might not like it. While some major applications will be updated, others will linger on in older versions. On the whole though, this is probably a good decision.

PC LinuxOS 2014.05 KDE and LXDE

ZDNet takes a look at the KDE and LXDE versions of PCLinuxOS 2014.05.

According to ZDNet:

The latest set of PCLinuxOS ISO images were made available last week, in both 32- and 64-bit versions and a variety of desktops. As always, the standard distribution is KDE, and there are community versions with LXDE and MATE, plus a "Full Monty" distribution.

...this new PCLinuxOS release is very nice. It runs the gamut from very small (MiniMe) to very large (Full Monty). With this release getting them much more up to date with the Linux kernel and version, this is once again a distribution that I am happy to recommend to anyone.

More at ZDNet
PCLinuxOS 2014.05
Image credit: ZDNet

If I had to pick a version of PCLinuxOS, I'd probably go with the Full Monty option. I like the idea of having more applications bundled, and the different desktops also have some added appeal for me. You can snag a copy of PCLinuxOS from the PCLinuxOS site.

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