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"The team is proud to announce the release of Linux Mint 14 KDE. KDE is a vibrant, innovative, advanced, modern looking and full-featured desktop environment. This edition features all the improvements from the latest Linux Mint release on top of KDE 4.9 which features many improvements. Dolphin: back and forward buttons; ability to show metadata such as ratings, tags, image and file sizes, author, date; grouping and sorting by metadata properties; better Places panel; improved search support; synchronization with terminal location. Konsole: ability to search for a text selection using KDE web shortcuts; new 'Change Directory To' feature when a folder is dropped on the Konsole window...."
Would you recommend the product? no | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 6
Mintís KDE installation disk is much the same as the others, save that for some reason the option to encrypt /home has been removed. Why?
Startup was very sluggish, and I couldnít prevent the update manager from running every time because itís not actually listed as a start-up program and also the interface to it is broken. New programs are added with Synaptic, for this version lacks the Software Centre. The software installed includes LibreOffice, Firefox, Kmail, Kopete, Amarok, Kaffeine, VLC, DigKam, and Gimp. Kopete, Kmail, Amarok, and Kaffeine all left Ďmay not work as expectedí warnings when run from the CLI. Codecs and Flash are installed, although the Flash plugin (hidden in /opt) is the version that wonít run with 32-bit AMD chips. Multimedia was a total failure on my computer. VLC wouldnít play anything and had to be manually killed, while Kaffeine was unusably slow. I tried installing Xine, which was too slow, and Parole, which didnít work. The sound configuration tool only worked on KDE applications, so Firefox didnít use my USB speakers until Iíd edited two configuration files.
This version of Mint confirms my feeling that distros are best experienced with their default desktops. It would probably do better on a more modern computer, but Iíve had no problems with other KDE distros like PCLinuxOS and Mepis. With so many good KDE distros, I canít really recommend this one.
Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 8
Easy to use package manager, plenty of packages for it, No problems using KDE, works nicely on my hubby's fairly modern machine, and our older backup
not all integrated sound cards are supported well
I installed Mint 14 on my computer, my husbands computer (both 2.5 years old), and an older computer we use at his parent's house. While I had to go back to openSuSE to get my sound card to work, the other two are working well with Mint.
Mint is stable. The package manager allows him to install most software without using the terminal. It runs the programs he needs without any problems, and has enough games available to keep him entertained.
With that other OS, the older computer was practically unusable. But with Mint, we can get online easily, run Skype, Blender, and Dropbox without any issues, and do not have to wait 15 minutes while each program loads.
Overall I find Mint to be a good distro for less savvy linux users. It works without a lot of terminal configuration, and when the terminal is required, there is plenty of documentation from Mint and Ubuntu websites to get things done without any grief.