Hello Linux Geeksters. As you may know, Linux Mint 17 has been first released in the two traditional flavors: Linux Mint 17 Cinnamon, using Cinnamon 2.2 and Linux Mint 17 Mate, using Mate 1.8, followed by the releases of Linux Mint 17 KDE RC, Linux Mint 17 XFCE RC and Linux Mint 17 Cinnamon OEM and Linux Mint 17 MATE OEM.
Now, Linux Mint 17 KDE has been released, using KDE 4.13.0 as the default desktop environment. From the official announcement:
“Linux Mint 17 is a long term support release which will be supported until 2019. It comes with updated software and brings refinements and many new features to make your desktop even more comfortable to use,” reads the official announcement.
Linux Mint 17 KDE comes with an enhanced Update Manager that got new features, got updates for the Driver Manager, the login screen has been improved, the HTML greeter receiving support for HiDPI, the welcome screen does not use Webkit anymore, the shutdown sequence has been fixed and runs on Kernel 3.13, a warning has been added agains the use os the backport and romeo repositories, a new Semantic Search has been integrated in KDE 4.13, some Nvidia issues have been removed, the DVD playback with VLC has been repaired and some other bug-fixes have been implemented.
Also worth mentioning, starting with Linux Mint 17 Qiana, the next Linux Mint systems will be using only the LTS versions of Ubuntu as code bases. While Linux Mint 17 Qiana is based on Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr and is supported until 2019, the next systems will be Linux Mint 17.1, Linux Mint 17.2, Linux Mint 17.3, all based on the same Ubuntu 14.04, while Linux Mint 18 will be based on Ubuntu 16.04, and so on.