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Linux Mint 201104 "Xfce"
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2 22884 07-03-2011
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100% of reviewers None indicated 8.5

Description: "The team is proud to announce the release of Linux Mint Xfce. Linux Mint Xfce is rolling on top of a Debian 'Testing' package base and uses the same repositories as Linux Mint Debian edition. This offers the following advantages to Linux Mint Xfce: a huge performance boost; a continuous flow of updates which allows users to keep their system up to date without waiting for new releases; a more mainstream desktop and software selection; an easier maintenance for the team which makes it easier to release in both 32-bit and 64-bit with every Linux Mint Debian edition release."
Keywords: Debian-based Debian-repository

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Old 05-01-2011, 08:32 PM   #1
Registered: May 2011
Distribution: Debian wheezy ppc64, Lubuntu, Bodhi
Posts: 11

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Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 8

Pros: Light, snappy, powerful
Cons: For laptops, some of the stock buttons are now useless

I was looking for a distro that was light and that would be blazingly fast on a 686 machine, and it is just that.

The distro doesn't know what to do with the laptop's sleep buttons, the sound buttons and the wi-fi card works even if Mint XFCE doesn't really care about the blue LED. Connectivity on a wi-fi network has nothing to envy any GNOME based Linux distro.

For the rest? Well it's fast and it works. 7 applications including Chromium, Libre writer, software manager, file system, a gedit script, Conky and the Mint menu for 247Mb of RAM.

It's definitely made for a desktop PC.
Old 07-03-2011, 02:57 PM   #2
Registered: Jul 2006
Distribution: CentOS, Xubuntu
Posts: 5,087

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Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 9

Pros: Fast and stable

This is Xfce for those who like it, not for those who expect it to be lightweight; it uses as much memory as the Gnome version. When Mint eventually has to go to Gnome 3, I expect this version will get a lot of new users.

Apart from the interface, this is Mint as usual: fast, simple installation, followed by a fast boot of a very reliable system. As in the Gnome Mint, you still get 3 video players, but this time they all work. Although it is Debian-based, you get the genuine Firefox and Thunderbird. Codecs and flash are installed. The only objection I can find to make is that it comes setup with only one workspace and no pager on the panel.


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