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Linux Mint Debian Edition 201204 - Gnome and Xfce

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A few weeks ago, when Linux Mint Debian Edition Update Pack 4 was released, Clement Lefebvre said that a new set of ISO images including the latest update would be available "in the coming days/weeks". Today he made good on that, with the release of LMDE 201204, with both Gnome and Xfce versions. This removes the final hurdle to my whole-heartedly recommending LMDE to anyone interested in Linux. There are a lot of good Linux distributions available, no doubt, but in my opinion this is one of the best because Clement and the rest of the development team think about their users first, all the time.

The Release Announcement is a bit sparse, because in truth this is not really a major new release for LMDE, that happened when Update Pack 4 was released, so for more details check the Release Announcement for that. These new ISO images are NOT just a respin of Update Pack 4, however, there have been some changes and some important bug fixes. One of the most significant changes is in the Gnome desktops. The original LMDE Gnome included the standard Gnome 3 shell, so if you wanted MATE or Cinnamon, you had to install them via the Synaptic Package Manager. This release includes both of them in the Gnome distribution (and does not include the Gnome 3 shell, unless my eyes and brain are deceiving me).

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