Linux Mint 17 KDE “Qiana” Released, Here are the New Features

After a long wait, the final version of Linux Mint 17 KDE “Qiana,” which is based on the KDE 4.13.0 branch, has now been officially released and is now available for download on the official website by following this link. Here’s an excerpt from the official announcement.

“Linux Mint 17 is a long term support release which will be supported until 2019. It comes with updated software and brings refinements and many new features to make your desktop even more comfortable to use”

What’s new in Linux Mint 17

Now, let’s have a look at the new features that it brings, as well as the fixes that it comes with:

Update Manager

The improvements that it has received now show more information, makes it look better, feels faster and it no longer needs to reload itself in root mode. Also, it no longer checks for an Internet connection or waits for the network manager and doesn’t lock the APT cache during startup.

There are slight changes for the visual aspect of the icons and the changelog retrieval process has been improved, as well, along with some other user interface changes. Also, security updates can now bypass safety levels and the history of updates is no longer used to only cover the updates performed by the Update Manager.

There has been added a new section of the Update Manager which now presents all the available kernels.

Driver Manager

It’s now possible to install drivers without a connection to the Internet. Also, it’s now much easierto install Linux Mint on laptops equipped with Broadcom wireless chipsets.

Login Screen

There have been issued updates for multi-monitor support and it’s now possible to define a background color or a background picture. Here are some more updates:

It is now possible to input a username which is not present in the list of users. The background animation uses less CPU usage. MDM is also now able to detect your session and your language and it preselects them by default.

Finally, MDM comes with a recovery command. If you find yourself unable to log in, you can press CTRL+ALT+F1 to log in the console, and type “mdm-recovery”. This command gives MDM a safe configuration, it switches it to the GTK greeter, enables the logs and restarts your computer.

Software Sources

There are certain UI and usability improvements that have been released for Software Sources.

A warning was added against the use of the “backport” and “romeo” components of the Linux Mint repositories. For each of these, a confirmation dialog explains in detail what they are, who they are for and when and why they should or shouldn’t be activated.

Welcome Screen

The welcome screen was redesigned with a friendlier look and it no longer uses webkit as it employs less resources and launches much faster.

Besides the above mentioned features, KDE has been upgraded to version 4.13 and a great looking collection of backgrounds and photographs has been added, as well.

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