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Linux Mint Xfce Reviewed

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A couple of weeks ago I wrote about the release of Linux Mint 10 LXDE, the first of the lightweight desktop distributions in the current Mint series. Today they have released Linux Mint Debian Xfce, another lightweight desktop version. In addition to the obvious difference - Xfce / LXDE desktops - if you are familiar with the Linux Mint naming convention you will also have noticed the other major difference between these two lightweight distributions. The LXDE distribution is based on their Ubuntu-derived Mint 10, while this new Xfce distribution is based on their Mint Debian, which is derived directly from Debian without passing through Ubuntu along the way. The Release Notes list some of the advantages of this; the two big ones for end users are continuous updates (rolling release) and improved performance with reduced resource use.

Downloading and installing Linux Mint Xfce is essentially the same as for the standard Mint Debian distribution it is based on. The one thing to be aware of is that if you want to make the installation from a USB thumb drive, you have to use unetbootin to convert the ISO file to a USB drive (not the Mint/Ubuntu Startup Disk Create utility).

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