Clement Lefebvre has announced earlier today, December 8, that the Release Candidate (RC) version of the upcoming Linux Mint 16 KDE Edition operating system is available for download and testing.
Being based on Ubuntu 13.10 (Saucy Salamander) and using the latest Petra technologies, Linux Mint 16 RC KDE is built on top of the stable KDE 4.11 desktop environment, it is powered by Linux kernel 3.11, and includes the MDM (Mint Display Manager) 1.4 application.
“The team is proud to announce the release of Linux Mint 16 ‘Petra’ 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 4.11,” was stated in the official release announcement.
Among the highlights of Linux Mint 16 RC KDE we can mention the Samba Mounter application for easily mounting network shares, USB Stick Formatter application for easily formatting USB flash drives to EXT4, FAT32, and NTFS filesystems, an updated Software Manager app, better EFI support, safer kernel updates, better support for Steam, better help support, as well as lots of performance improvements.
In order to install the KDE edition of the Linux Mint 16 (Petra) operating system, you will need to have a modern CPU (32-bit or 64-bit), at least 1GB RAM, 8 GB of free disk space, graphics card capable of 1024x768 resolution, as well as a DVD-ROM drive or USB port (if you install via a USB flash drive).
Linux Mint 16 KDE RC is distributed as Live DVD ISO images, supporting both 32-bit and 64-bit architectures. Download Linux Mint 16 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.