Linux Mint 13 XFCE Review
Just hot off the press we were greeted today with the latest version of Linux Mint 13 XFCE. Linux Mint XFCE comes with XFCE 4.10 desktop and it is available in both 32 bit and 64 bit options.
As usual Linux Mint XFCE comes as an installable live media where one can try before committing their computer to Linux Mint XFCE
The Linux Mint XFCE desktop is quite similar to that found in Linux Mint MATE and it is a nice surprise to see that the Linux Mint team kept the flow between graphical desktops to the point where I wasn’t sure if I was in XFCE or MATE. Thunar, the XFCE file system, has also taken a look to that of its bigger brother MATE in that the look and feel was brought over to this distribution.
Installing and removing applications from Linux Mint XFCE is easily handled by Software Manager which makes its way from its bigger brothers in Linux Mint Cinnamon and MATE. For those who have not used Software Manager before, it is an application which is basically a catalog of software where you can search or choose a program from many categories that are available.
As far as applications that come with Linux Mint XFCE, there are a plethora of applications one can use by default. Firefox and Thunderbird are our default browser and email application respectively, VLC player is our multimedia player as well as Banshee for audio and Gnome MPlayer to play movies. LibreOffice is our productivity suite and The GIMP is our image creator.
It is great to see that the Linux Mint team did a great job in keeping the look and feel of this distribution the same as it MATE version; but I was a little bit surprised to see that it seems the whole XFCE and lightweight has been somewhat ignored.
It comes a point where users themselves will choose the software they know versus what a team of Linux developers will incorporate into their distribution. Normally applications like LibreOffice, and sometimes Firefox will not be included in a true lightweight distribution as these apps do use quite a bit of memory but what we see here is that in one respect XFCE uses less resources than GNOME or KDE but is that enough to distinguish itself as a true lightweight desktop where we might have seen AbiWord and Gnumeric being installed and maybe Chromium as the default browser?
I enjoyed Linux Mint XFCE as it is a visually appealing distribution and still keeps up with the overall user experience I have come to know since Linux Mint 13 has been released.