What's new in Linux Mint 9 Xfce?
Based on Xubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx, Linux 2.6.32, Xfce 4.6.1 and Xorg 7.4, Linux Mint 9 "Isadora" Xfce features a lot of improvements and the latest software from the Open Source World.
Featured improvements in this release: 30,000 applications catalogued and reviewable both online and in the new software manager, brand new incremental backup tool for both data and software selection, USB and Windows installers, 3 years support, look & feel improvements.
- New Software Manager
- New Backup Tool
- Better look & feel
- New Thunar Move to Trash and Delete options
- System improvements
- Project changes
- Upstream improvements
New Software Manager
The Software Manager was rewritten from scratch. It features the best ideas from the original Software Manager, Gnome App-Install and the new Ubuntu Software Center. It’s also much more efficient than the previous version, handling 30,000+ packages and asynchronous installation/removal of applications in less than 1,000 lines of code.
Number of packages: The Software Manager now features all the packages available on your system. That’s about 30,000 packages to choose from, compared to around 300 in the previous version.
User reviews: When you launch the Software Manager it updates itself with all the software reviews contributed by other users. The software is sorted by score, so that you always see the most popular applications at the top of the list. You can review applications too, either from the Linux Mint Community Website or directly within the Software Manager. When you review an application, your review immediately appears on the website, and other users can see it in their Software Manager an hour later.
Apt daemon: When you install software, you don't have to wait for the installation to finish. You can browse through the Software Manager for other applications, or you can simply close the manager. The installation continues in the background. If you decide to open the Software Manager again, it will track any ongoing installation happening in the background and inform you about its progress. At any time you can cancel an installation and monitor the progress of ongoing operations.
Visual improvements: The new graphical interface is inspired from the Ubuntu Software Center and it uses the Webkit engine to render some of the screens in HTML/CSS. It uses a single-click navigation system and lets you browse categories, applications, screenshots and even websites from the comfort of a single window.
New Backup Tool
The Backup Tool was also rewritten from scratch. Linux Mint needed a solid backup tool that would allow you to easily perform fresh installations without losing what's important to you: Not only your data, but the selection of software you installed. With this new tool you can upgrade to new versions of Linux Mint by performing fresh installations from the CD, you end up with a clean system containing your data, your preferences and even the software you previously installed.
Software selection: The Backup Tool can identify the software you installed in Linux Mint and save this selection as a list. It can also restore that selection of software on a different computer or after the installation of a new version of Linux Mint.
Incremental backups and compression: The new Backup Tool can check differences between files in a variety of ways and perform incremental backups and restorations. It can also archive and compress on the fly.
Integrity check: Thanks to an integrity check, the Backup Tool verifies each file after it's been backed up (this check can be disabled to make the backup faster).
Documentation: A full tutorial on how to use this Backup Tool guides you through the process of upgrading Linux Mint to a newer release.
New Thunar Move to Trash and Delete options
The Thunar "Edit" menu now has "Move to Trash" and "Delete" options. The "Delete" option now removes the item(s) permanently
Better look and feel
Backgrounds: The production of artwork for Linux Mint 9 was outsourced to provide this release with a choice of quality backgrounds. The default background is unbranded to give the desktop a more elegant look and you'll find quality alternative backgrounds installed by default. Additional backgrounds made especially for Linux Mint 9 were packaged in "mint-wallpapers-extra" and previous backgrounds were packaged in "mint-wallpapers-previous-releases".
Welcome screen: The welcome screen is now rendered in HTML. It links to the same important resources as before (how to know more about Linux Mint, where to get help and how to contribute) and it adds links to the most important parts of the new Linux Mint Community Website, its collection of tutorials, its idea pool, its software portal and its hardware database.
Update Manager: The Update Manager uses a new icon set that integrates better with the desktop. It also distinguishes between more error scenarios than before and doesn't consider it an error when it cannot assess the state of available updates anymore. In previous versions of Linux Mint, users would see a broken lock when Synaptic was open, or when the connection to the Internet was down. In Linux Mint 9 the Update Manager only show errors when something is actually wrong and requires action.
Windows Installer: After a brief disappearance in the previous release, "mint4win", the Windows installer based on Wubi is back in Linux Mint.
Husse Quotes: In memory of our regretted friend and team member Mats Geier, aka "Husse", we packaged a collection of his best forum quotes and added them to the set of fortunes that randomly appear in the terminal.
Usb-creator: The Ubuntu "Startup Disk Creator" was rebranded and added by default. With this tool you can easily export Linux Mint to a USB stick.
Default software selection:
- P7zip, Gnome PPP, apturl, Startup Disk Creator and Startup Manager are now installed by default.
- Gnormalize was removed. CD importing (ripping) can be done with Exaile.
- The "Minty-Fresh" icon theme, the Remote Desktop Viewer (vinagre), emerald-themes, mplayer-gui, Scim, openoffice.org-base and openoffice.org-java-common were removed to save space on the Live CD.
- Chestnut Dialer (chestnut-dialer-gtk2) was replaced by Gnome PPP.
- lightning-extension was replaced by Osmo as the new default calendar.
- Gnome Power Manager was replaced by Xfce 4 Power Manager.
- Due to incompatible changes in gnome-screensaver, xscreensaver is now the default screensaver.
- Flegita was replaced by Simple Scan.
Local repository: Linux Mint now includes a local repository activated by default. This repository is located in /usr/share/local-repository and it contains firmware for Broadcom wireless adapters. You can also add packages to it and update the repository by running the ./update-repository script in /usr/share/local-repository.
Apt hold/held/unhold commands: New functions were added to the Linux Mint "apt" command. "apt hold", "apt unhold" and "apt held" are shortcuts to "dpkg --get-selection" and "dpkg --set-selections" which let you easily hold updates for selected packages.
Community Website: The Linux Mint distribution started a huge project and published a new website dedicated to its community. Users can contribute and find ideas, tutorial, software and hardware reviews, and they can vote and comments each others' contributions. Through this website you can easily get in touch with people who share similar hardware, see how they made it work, find what works best with a particular release, read tutorials, contribute your ideas to improve the distribution, see what software people like the most... and many other things. This is a place made by and for the community and a website where users can interact with each others to improve their experience with the distribution.
Community Editions: The KDE, Xfce, LXDE and Fluxbox editions are now considered official and no longer use the "Community" label.
32 & 64-bit: The Xfce edition of Linux Mint now comes in 32 & 64-bit, with ISOs for both architectures released at the same time.
Ubuntu 10.04 brings faster boot speeds, a better looking installer, and "Long Term Support" (3 years of security updates).