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different editions of l-mint

Post by SNEHESH » Thu Nov 23, 2017 12:10 am

Can you guide me about the editions Cinnamon,MATE,Xfce,KDE if possible?

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Re: different editions of l-mint

Post by jimallyn » Thu Nov 23, 2017 12:35 am

Those are different "Desktop Environments." Linux is all about choice, so you have different DEs you can use. In order of increasing resources (CPU, RAM, graphics) they are XFCE, MATE, Cinnamon, and KDE. Cinnamon is Mint's "flagship" DE, and probably the most popular. It does, however, require hardware 3D graphics acceleration. MATE is also a Mint project. I don't care for MATE that much because there are some things I am used to doing in Cinnamon that I couldn't figure out how to do in MATE. XFCE is surprisingly full-featured for a lightweight DE. As installed, it also has a few missing features, but there are work-arounds for them. If you've got an older computer with little RAM or a slower CPU, XFCE is probably your best choice. (I have XFCE on my 10 year old laptop.) KDE is probably the most resource-hungry. It is also the most configurable. If you like to tweak your OS to make it look exactly how you want it, then KDE may be for you. But for some, it has too many configuration options.

Each of the DEs come with different programs installed by default, but you can install any of the available software on any DE. For example, I love the k3b cd/dvd burning program that comes with KDE. It installs and runs just fine in Cinnamon and XFCE, and I would assume in MATE as well (I've never tried it in MATE).

You could download several of the different versions, burn them to DVDs (or USB sticks), then boot to the DVDs and see which one you like the best. Your computer will be slower running from the DVD, but still, it's a great way to "try before you buy."

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