Linux Mint 17.1 KDE released

In today's open source roundup: Download Linux Mint 17.1 KDE. Plus: A look at Manjaro Linux 0.8.11, and Steam Machines might launch at GDC 2015

Linux Mint 17.1 KDE released

Linux Mint 17.1 drew mostly rave reviews when the Cinnamon and MATE versions were released. Now the KDE version of Linux Mint 17.1 is available to download.

The Linux Mint blog has the release announcement:

The team is proud to announce the release of Linux Mint 17.1 “Rebecca” KDE.

Linux Mint 17.1 is a long term support release which will be supported until 2019. It comes with updated software and brings refinements and many new features to make your desktop even more comfortable to use.

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The Linux Mint site also has a page that includes a list of new features in Linux Mint 17.1 KDE:

The previous version of Linux Mint used KDE 4.13. In this release, KDE is upgraded to version 4.14.

The Update Manager now groups packages together according to their source package. A line no longer represents a single package but a software update which consists in one or several packages. When a developer fixes a bug or writes new features, the source code is modified and all packages which are related to it become available under a new version. It is therefore futile and sometimes dangerous to apply some package updates and not others within the same source package.

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The Linux Mint 17.1 KDE release notes includes a list of known issues:

Issues with Skype
DVD Playback with VLC
EFI Support
Misconfigured Swap when using home directory encryption
Solving freezes with some NVIDIA GeForce GPUs
Booting with non-PAE CPUs
Other issues

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A look at Manjaro Linux 0.8.11

Manjaro Linux 0.8.11 is based on Arch Linux, and it offers an easier option for users who might not be experienced enough to use Arch itself. Manjaro offers a number of different desktops including KDE, Xfce, and GNOME.

JA Watson at ZDNet reports on Manjaro Linux 0.8.11:

I'm pleased and impressed: installing Manjaro was easier than I expected. Not only was it easier to install than some of the other distributions I have tried recently, but it is also UEFI-compatible, only requiring that UEFI Secure Boot be disabled.

The applications and packages included are a good selection, pretty much appropriate for the general intent or most common use of their respective desktops, and of course the software repositories contain all sorts of other things which are not included in the base distributions, so if something you want is missing after installation, you are almost certainly going to be able to install it with very little effort.

If you have been looking for a reasonably easy entry into the Arch Linux family of distributions, I can certainly recommend Manjaro based on my experience so far. But beyond that, if you are just looking for a good Linux distribution that installs easily and works well, I can recommend Manjaro for that as well.

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The Manjaro site recently announced the release of the GNOME community edition:

Just a quick note that our Gnome community edition installation media has been updated. This edition now provides Gnome in a highly vanilla state with only the baseline Manjaro tools, which we believe is the best long-term installation media solution for this particular DE.

This release comes with Gnome 3.14 series and all the usual Manjaro and upstream updates.

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