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"New ISO images include the latest update pack: KDE has been updated to version 4.12.1; LibreOffice has been updated to version 4.1.4; Firefox has been updated to version 26.0 and Thunderbird to version 24.2.0; these community packages were added to the community repository - grub-customizer, kdeconnect, plasma-mediacenter, xfce-theme-manager, xfwm4compositeeditor. The 'Business' editions will follow later." Other interesting package updates include FreeType 2.5.2, GCC 4.8.2, Linux kernel 3.11.10, NVIDIA driver 319.76, OpenSSH 6.4p1 and VLC 2.1.2.
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Relatively safe rolling-release with Xfce
SolydXK is like Mint’s Debian edition: it gives you Debian testing with the updates checked and delivered as monthly packages. The difference is that it offers you KDE and Xfce instead of Mate and Cinnamon. I tried the 32-bit Xfce version. The installer, which is run from the live session, is simple to use but very basic, and only ext4 partitions are available. SolydXK uses a non-pae kernel, but conversion to pae is offered by the welcome screen. It would run in 512MB, but 640 would give better performance.
As usual with Debian derivatives, the firewall is disabled, but a tool to switch it on is installed. There are also tools to configure services and start-up programs. The Xfce desktop has been modified, Mint style, by removing the pager and replacing the menu with the Whisker one, but that’s quickly remedied. A nice feature is an ‘open as root’ option in the file manager. The installed programs included Abiword (with spellchecker), Gnumeric, Firefox (with Flash), Thunderbird, Pidgin, Gimp, Shotwell, Exaile, and VLC (with codecs). Everything seemed sound, except that VLC was the version that won’t run on my hardware. I installed Parole, which was the version that needs reconfiguring with ‘parole --xv false’ on my computer, but otherwise it was fine. As usual with Debian, my usb speakers only worked after I had blacklisted the kernel plugin for the mother-board sound chip.
If you want a rolling-release distro, then PCLinuxOS is perhaps better for KDE, but for Xfce this is probably the best available.