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Also in today's open source roundup: DistroWatch reviews Linux Mint 17.3 Xfce, and Debian 8.3 has been officially released

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DistroWatch reviews Linux Mint 17.3 Xfce review

Linux Mint has long been one of the most popular desktop Linux distributions around. Linux Mint 17.3 is the latest release, and it comes in a version with the Xfce desktop. DistroWatch did a full review of Linux Mint 17.3 Xfce, and was very impressed by it.

Jesse Smith reports for DistroWatch:

In my experience, Linux Mint usually delivers a pleasant, friendly experience that is likely to appeal to a wide, audience, including Linux newcomers. The Xfce community edition of Linux Mint 17.3 is, in my opinion, no exception. The distribution is easy to set up, it worked flawlessly on my hardware, supported a wide range of multimedia out of the box and performed very quickly.

The installer is pleasantly easy to use, as are the many Mint tools for working with software, blocking domains and sharing files. I like that Mint provides users with detailed release notes, getting started documentation and, when we first login, shows us links to supports forums and chat rooms.

While no distribution is a perfect fit for everyone, I have to say I was very impressed with how smoothly Mint's Xfce edition performed. I did not encounter any bugs during my trial, no crashes or quirks.

Everything worked as expected and the system was both stable and responsive. It is very rare I have such a pleasant experience with an operating system, but Mint was an ideal fit for me this week, finding a comfortable balance between friendliness and staying out of my way.

More at DistroWatch

Debian 8.3 released

The Debian developers have been busy working on the official release of Debian 8.3, and now it's finally here. This release of Debian is a maintenance release so don't expect it to have new features.

Silviu Stahie reports for Softpedia:

Debian 8 (Jessie) has just gotten a new update, and developers have added a number of fixes and other adjustments for some serious issues.

The Debian developers have issued another update for the OS. It's only for maintenance, and no new features have been implemented, but that's to be expected with a regular update. The initial launch for Debian 8.0 was all the way back in April 2015, so three major upgrades in less than a year seems to be a great track record.

"The Debian project is pleased to announce the third update of its stable distribution Debian 8 (codename jessie). This update mainly adds corrections for security problems to the stable release, along with a few adjustments for serious problems. Security advisories were published separately and are referenced where applicable," developers explain.

More at Softpedia

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