The Linux Mint team has announced the release of Linux Mint 17 KDE codenamed Qiana. It’s based on KDE Software Compilation 4.13.0.
Some of the new features of LMK 17 include the ‘Update Manager’, which the team says “…shows more information, it looks better, it feels faster, and it gets less in your way. It no longer needs to reload itself in root mode when you click on it. It no longer checks for an Internet connection or waits for the network manager and it no longer locks the APT cache at session startup.”
In addition to the above, it also gets some cosmetic improvements. The team has added a new column called ‘type’ which helps users in differentiating “between traditional updates, security updates, backports and romeo updates.”
Another major improvement is in handling device drivers. The Linux Mint image comes with a load of drivers and one can install device drivers even when there is no Internet connection. It could be neat for those who had older wireless chips and they can’t connect to the Internet wirelessly due to lack of the drives.
The Linux Mint team explains, “When offline, the Driver Manager asks you to plug in the installation medium and proceeds to mount it as a temporary package repository. It’s now much easier for instance to install Linux Mint on laptops equipped with Broadcom wireless chipsets, and you no longer need an an ethernet cable.”
There are notable improvements in Mint Display Manager (MDM). The multi-monitor display has improved and it allows a user to “configure which of the monitors should be used as the primary monitory by MDM.” Users can also define a background color or a background picture no matter what greeter they are using.
You can check out the whole list of improvement here. We are working on a detailed review of Linux Mint KDE 17. In the meantime you can download it from this link. If you are a heavy KDE Plasma user, you may also want to join the vibrant KDE Community on Google Plus.