New features in Linux Mint 13 Xfce

Xfce is a lightweight desktop environment which aims to be fast and low on system resources, while still being visually appealing and user friendly. This edition features all the improvements from the latest Linux Mint release on top of an Xfce 4.10 desktop.

Xfce 4.10

Linux Mint 13 "Maya" Xfce Edition

The highlight of this edition is the latest Xfce 4.10 desktop, which features the following improvements:

  • Online documentation
  • Application finder
  • Multiple rows and deskbar mode in the panel
  • Actions plugin
  • MIME type editor
  • Single-click operation, automated background image cycling and thumbnail rendering on the desktop
  • Edge-tiling in the window manager

For a complete tour of the new features in Xfce 4.10, please visit

mintMenu and MATE applets

In the past, the xfapplet plugin made it possible for Xfce users to run Gnome applets within the Xfce panel. After talking to the MATE and Xfce developers, we updated this plugin and it now supports MATE applets.

Among the many MATE applets that can now run in Xfce, mintMenu is probably the most popular. Improvements were made to mintMenu so that it could support Thunar, the Xfce Settings Manager and other aspects of the Xfce desktop.

mintMenu in Xfce


MDM stands for "MDM Display Manager" :)

MDM is a new Display Manager, which code is based on GDM 2.20. It provides graphical configuration tools, themeability, remote, automatic and timed login, event scripting, language selection and it comes with more features than any other Display Manager currently available.

MDM comes with a lot of features and configuration options

Artwork improvements

Linux Mint 13 features the latest Mint-X and Mint-Z themes and better support for GTK3.

The Mint-Z desktop theme

Backgrounds: The default background is complemented by a collection of beautiful photographs from an Irish artist called "masterbutler".

A collection of beautiful photographs from masterbutler

Yahoo: Linux Mint switches to Yahoo as the default search engine for the USA, Canada, the UK, Ireland, Germany, France, Italy and Spain. Yahoo is the 2nd biggest search engine in the World, and the first major search engine to share revenue with Linux Mint. The results page is full of features, it comes with a nice layout, images, videos and blogs search, points of interest, time filters and cached results. Underneath the interface, Yahoo comes with a strong network of advertisers and its addition represents a huge opportunity and an additional source of income for Linux Mint.

Yahoo is now the default search engine in Linux Mint

Search engines help fund Linux Mint: Search engines share with Linux Mint the revenue generated for them by Linux Mint users. The following search engines share revenue with us: Yahoo!, DuckDuckGo and Amazon. By using these engines for search or to make purchases, you help fund the Linux Mint project.

Easy installation of other engines: Clear explanations and easy instructions are there in Linux Mint for users to understand why some engines aren't installed by default and how to easily install them.

Upstream components

Linux Mint 13 features the following upstream components: Ubuntu 12.04, Linux 3.2, Xfce 4.10.