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.
Linux Mint 13 Software Manager

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A partial list of featured applications.
Linux Mint 13 Software Manager Featured

A single application view.
Linux Mint 13 Software Manager Apps

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 13 KDE Date

The desktop showing the Kickoff menu, the default, and the Date widget.
Linux Mint 13 KDE Desktop

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.
Linux Mint 13 KDE Dolphin

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Install applications as seen from the KDE Plasma Netbook interface.
Linux Mint 13 KDE Netbook Apps

The main KDE Plasma Netbook interface.
Linux Mint 13 KDE Netbook

Compared to the KDE desktop, the Xfce desktop looks boring, but it is lite on resources and it works.
Linux Mint 13 Xfce

Another shot of the Xfce desktop showing installed Internet applications.
Linux Mint 13 Xfce Desktop

The Places widget on the panel pales in comparison the KDE’s StackFolder.
Linux Mint 13 Xfce Places

Thunar, Xfce’s file manager.
Linux Mint 13 Xfce Thunar

You may download installation images of Linux Mint 13 KDE and Xfce from here.


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  1. Linux Mint 17.3 was approved for stable release a few days ago (see – The ISOs are actually available on several mirrors (example – but those URLs are not widely known to the general public. The announcement for new versions starts on the official website and this will obviously be delayed until the website is back up and running… Once announced on the official website, the announce propagates “down stream” to other locations. The official mirrors are directly linked on the official website – again, those links won’t be available until the official website is restored… but feel free to D/L LM17.3 from any of the official mirrors that you can find – (linked above) is just one of the official mirrors…

    If you are already running Linux Mint 17.x, there will be a 1 click upgrade path in Mint Update in about a week or 2 (if the Mint team follows previous upgrade schemes used in earlier versions of LM17.x).

    Enjoy the Mint! 😉

  2. The ISOs for Mint 17.3 have been available on a number of other mirrors for a day or so. Sounds a bit like the mint website had a major failure or was compromised.

    1. Not knowing why the site is down, it’s not a very good idea to download Linux Mint 17.3 form any source. Better wait for an official announcement.

      If the site is down, and it’s still down at this moment, because of some compromise, those mirrors offering the download could easily be offering users tainted ISO images.

      I’ll wait!

      1. If the currently available ISOs were indeed compromised or tainted in some way, it is extremely unlikely that they’d still be available, unchanged, several days later — which they still are.

        1. Well, we can put this to rest because they’ve been offline not because of an attack, but because of disk failure, which, according to their statement, is pretty bad.

          The main site is still offline. And this is Day 3.

  3. Softpedia has 17.3 ISOs for download, published yesterday or the day before.

    I’ve got a feeling either the mint website is being revamped for 17.3. Or, there was a problem with the distro and this is a delaying tactic.

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