The Linux Mint team is getting ready to complete the latest batch of releases. The standard Gnome-based Linux Mint 9 was released about two months ago and the LXDE version was made available recently. The Xfce version is not quite ready but the team has put out a Linux Mint 9 Xfce release candidate. Besides the new features available across all of the Linux 9 flavours, Linux Mint 9 Xfce RC comes with a few tweaks for Thunar, the default file manager, as well as updated packages specific to the Xfce desktop environment.
“Based on Xubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx, Linux 2.6.32, Xfce 4.6.1 and Xorg 7.4, Linux Mint 9 "Isadora" Xfce features a lot of improvements and the latest software from the Open Source World,” the release notes for Linux Mint 9 Xfce read.
“Featured improvements in this release: 30,000 applications catalogued and reviewable both online and in the new software manager, brand new incremental backup tool for both data and software selection, USB and Windows installers, 3 years support, look & feel improvements,” they continued.
Linux Mint 9 Xfce RC features everything you can expect from the final version. There are very few specific features and updates, most apply to all Linux Mint 9 releases. One new feature is the inclusion of "Move to Trash" and "Delete" buttons to the Thunar “Edit” menu. This enables users to manage their files faster and bypass the Trash Can if they are sure they don’t need those files anymore.
Linux Mint 9 Xfce RC comes with the stock Linux kernel 2.6.32, Xorg 7.4 and Xfce 4.6.1. Mozilla Thunderbird 3 also represents a major upgrade. The Xfce 4 Power Manager replaces the Gnome Power Manager and Exaile now handles CD ripping with Gnormalize having been removed.
Linux Mint 9 Xfce RC is available for download here on Softpedia. Remember that this is a testing release and it should NOT be installed on production machines. It is intended for testing purposes only.