Clement Lefebvre, father of the Linux Mint project, announced a few minutes ago, December 5, that the Release Candidate of the upcoming Linux Mint 14 KDE Edition operating system is available for download and testing.
Being based on Ubuntu 12.10 (Quantal Quetzal) and the Nadia technologies, Linux Mint 14 RC KDE is built on top of the stable KDE Software Compilation 4.9 desktop environment, it is powered by Linux kernel 3.5, and includes applications like Mozilla Firefox 17.0 and LibreOffice 3.6.
Moreover, the Software Manager received numerous improvements, it features its very own apt client, has full support for debconf, and runs as root by default. USB-ImageWriter was replaced with MintStick and the KDM theme has a new metallic look.
"The team is proud to announce the release of Linux Mint 14 KDE RC. KDE is a vibrant, innovative, advanced, modern looking and full-featured desktop environment."
"This edition features all the improvements from the latest Linux Mint release on top of KDE 4.9," was stated in the official release announcement.
Highlights of Linux Mint 14 RC KDE:
· Based on Ubuntu 12.10;
· Linux kernel 3.5.0;
· KDE SC 4.9.2;
· Improved Software Manager app;
· Numerous system improvements;
· Artwork improvements;
· Search engines.
· An modern CPU (32-bit or 64-bit);
· Minimum 512 MB of RAM (1 GB of RAM is recommended);
· 5 GB of free hard disk space;
· Video card capable of 800x600 resolution;
· A DVD-ROM drive or USB port.
Linux Mint 14 KDE RC is distributed as Live DVD ISO images supporting both 32-bit and 64-bit architectures.
Download Linux Mint 14 RC KDE right now from Softpedia. Remember that this is a development release and it should not be installed on production machines. It is intended for testing purposes only.