The KDE and Xfce editions of Linux Mint 13, code-named Kaya, have been released. Previously released editions were the MATE/Cinnamon editions, which have already been reviewed on this website (see Linux Mint 13 MATE/Cinnamon review).
Linux Mint is a Linux desktop distribution based on Ubuntu desktop and is one of the most popular Linux distributions still in active development.
This article provides a few screen shots from test installations of both editions, starting with what all Linux Mint editions have in common – the Software Manager, a graphical interface for managing applications. The main interface is shown below. You may read other articles on Linux Mint published on this website on its category page.
A partial list of featured applications.
A single application view.
The KDE edition is powered by KDE 4.8. The default desktop with the Date widget, is shown below. I am still waiting for that time when Linux Mint developers will retire this wallpaper, or have they run out of ideas?
Linux Mint KDE uses the Oxymentary icon set, which looks much better than the Oxygen theme, the default on most other distributions that use KDE. It is, however, not as good as the ROSA icon set, used on all editions of ROSA Linux.
The Places widget on the panel pales in comparison the KDE’s StackFolder.
Thunar, Xfce’s file manager.
You may download installation images of Linux Mint 13 KDE and Xfce from here.