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Linux Mint

About Linux Mint

Linux Mint is a distribution based in Ireland with the goal of producing "an elegant, up to date and comfortable GNU/Linux desktop”. Linux Mint is based on Ubuntu with some tweaks and additions.

It is touted as being a desktop distro in light of the following features:
  • Out of the box multimedia support
  • Microsoft Windows Integration (Dual-boot, NTFS read/write support, Migration Assistant)
  • One-Click install system (Linux Mint Software Portal, mintInstall)
  • Easy file-sharing (mintUpload)
  • Desktop features, Control Center, mintMenu
  • 3D Effects (Compiz and Beryl on top of AIGLX)
  • Configuration tools
  • Selection of default applications (OpenOffice, Firefox, Thunderbird, Sunbird, Gimp, Pidgin, XChat, Amarok..etc)
  • Solid package base (Google Earth, Picasa, Skype.. a lot of important software present in the repositories or in the Linux Mint Software Portal, compatibility with all Ubuntu Feisty repositories and most Debian packages)
  • Solid code base (Debian distribution built on top of Ubuntu Edgy. Inherits all innovations put into Cassandra and Bianca and default configurations from Bea)
The Main Edition of Linux Mint provides a Gnome desktop with multimedia codecs which fits on a single CD.  There is also a KDE version available.

The purpose of the Light Edition is to bring a version of Linux Mint which doesn't contain:
  • proprietary software;
  • patented technologies;
  • support for restricted formats.

Mint 4.0 "Daryna" Key Facts

Linux Mint
Free (Light Edition), $29.99 (Full edition); support and consulting services available at commercial rates
15 November 2007
Installation Media:
CD (1), DVD (1)
Architectures supported:
Package Management:
Official Website:

GNOME 2.20.0
KDE 3.5.6
Xfce -
OpenOffice 2.3.0
Evolution -
Gimp 2.4.0rc3
Python 2.5.1
Apache -
PostgreSQL -
GNU Compiler Collection 4.1.2


4.x (current release) See This, Now Read Thiswordpress, DesktopLinux, TechieMoe, blogspot, junauza, bmc, Raiden's Realm
3.x  blogspot, bmc softwareDVD-Guides, os-iso
Linux GazetteIT Reviews, TriedIT, KnoLinuxTalkBMC, Tech by (Slovakian)
Of Geeks and Men,, gnuman, blogspot (French)

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