The final version for Linux Mint 16 KDE “Petra” has been launched, and it completes the collection of desktop environments for the famous distribution.
According to the developers, this edition features all the improvements from the latest Linux Mint releases on top of KDE 4.11, which was to be expected.
KDE 4.12 was released too late in the development cycle to get it in the final version, but most likely users will be able to upgrade soon.
As usual, KDE 4.11 comes with a lot of new features and options. For example, the battery widget now supports keyboard brightness and can deal with multiple batteries in peripheral devices, such as your wireless mouse and keyboard.
Also, the Kickoff menu now shows recently installed applications for a few days, notification popups now feature a configure button to easily change settings for a particular type of notifications, and the KMix sound mixer received full media player control support based on the MPRIS2 standard.
According to the developers, the KWin window manager now features better multi-screen awareness (including an edge glow option for “hot corners”) and improved quick tiling (with configurable tiling areas).
“The monitor configuration in System Settings was replaced with the new KScreen tool. KScreen brings more intelligent multi-monitor support, automatically configuring new screens and remembering settings for monitors manually configured. It sports an intuitive, visually-oriented interface and handles re-arranging monitors through simple drag and drop,” reads the official announcement.
Other changes include the addition of the Samba-mounter, which should help users connect more easily to mount Samba network share, the new MDM 1.4 login screen, USB stick support, a better update manager, and a lot of performance improvements.