clem wrote:The XFCE and KDE CEs are almost ready and they could already be released as they are now. I'm planning on giving each of them the traditional 2 weeks of community testing and to separate these two CEs with one week interval. For the XFCE CE I'll be submitting BETA 025. For the KDE CE I've got minor changes planned based on BETA 041, so I'll probably be submitting BETA 042 to Exploder.
The following plan is what I have in mind:
Friday 18/07 --> XFCE CE RC1
Friday 25 /07--> KDE CE RC1
Friday 01/08 --> XFCE CE
Friday 08/08 --> KDE CE
I'll also be rolling out an R2 on Main and its new Universal Edition. Once all of this is out I'll be experimenting with the x64 edition.
PS: Exploder, Shane, I haven't looked at the Fluxbox CE lately.. if it's close to stable let me know so we can plan it as well.
cmost wrote:First of all, you can utilize 4+ GB of RAM on a 32 Bit Linux installation by simply enabling the option when compiling your kernel. This feature has been available for quite some time (and in fact, I'm running such a kernel at this very moment and it works splendidly on my system with 4 GB of RAM.) Furthermore, 4+ GB support is already available in the stock Ubuntu kernel that shipped with 8.04 LTS (which Mint 5.0 uses, unless I'm mistaken.)
Secondly, you have to keep in mind the target audience of Linux Mint. While it might be possible that Clem is eyeing Enterprise domination, I doubt it. The purpose of Linux Mint, at least as long as I've been a member of the community, has been simple, easy and elegant solutions for desktop users. The goal has never been to target enterprise server rooms or super computers.
In spite of this, I do happen to agree that a 64 Bit version of Linux Mint would be another jewel in an already fantastic crown. Since Ubuntu offers such a version, it wouldn't be out of the realm of possibilities for the Mint development team to create a derivative work for the Mint community. On the other hand, Ubuntu moves too quickly and its software becomes outdated every six months as new versions are released and old versions stagnate. I'm holding out for a Debian based Linux Mint, which is seems to be in the works. With the breadth of software and options available for Debian, a Mint edition would offer the best of all worlds and a slew of new opportunities including 64 Bit support AND Enterprise solutions.
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