New features in Linux Mint 16 KDE

KDE is a vibrant, innovative, advanced, modern looking and full-featured desktop environment. This edition features all the improvements from the latest Linux Mint release on top of KDE 4.11.

Linux Mint 16 "Petra" KDE Edition

KDE 4.11

The highlight of this edition is the latest KDE desktop. Here are a few examples of what is new in KDE 4.11:

  • The battery widget now supports keyboard brightness and can deal with multiple batteries in peripheral devices, such as your wireless mouse and keyboard.
  • The Kickoff menu now shows recently installed applications for a few days.
  • Notification popups now feature a configure button to easily change settings for a particular type of notifications.
  • The KMix sound mixer received full media player control support based on the MPRIS2 standard.
  • The KWin window manager features better multi-screen awareness (including an edge glow option for 'hot corners') and improved quick tiling (with configurable tiling areas).
  • The monitor configuration in System Settings was replaced with the new KScreen tool. KScreen brings more intelligent multi-monitor support, automatically configuring new screens and remembering settings for monitors manually configured. It sports an intuitive, visually-oriented interface and handles re-arranging monitors through simple drag and drop.
  • The Dolphin file manager brings many small fixes and optimizations. Loading large folders is faster and requires up to 30% less memory. Heavy disk and CPU activity is prevented by only loading previews around the visible items.
  • The Nepomuk semantic storage and search engine received massive performance improvements, such as a set of read optimizations that make reading data up to six times faster.

For a complete tour of the new features in KDE 4.11, please visit

Samba Mounter

Samba-mounter helps you mount network shares graphically and make them available transparently to any application by mounting them locally.

Accessing network shares is a breeze with Samba Mounter

Shares get reconnected automatically on subsequent startups and appear in a special "Network" folder in your Home directory.

Many thanks and credits to our friends at Netrunner for this great feature.

Login Screen

MDM 1.4 was designed to work perfectly with Linux Mint 16, not only to log in but also to let you switch between users easily.

The MDM configuration screen focused on important features and is far less intimidating than before

MDM received the following improvements:

  • Drastic speed improvements and an easier codebase to facilitate maintenance, bug fixing and innovation (niche features and some 24,500 lines of code were removed)
  • A streamlined user interface which focuses on important features
  • The ability for the last logged-in user to simply log in by entering his/her password
  • Num-Lock support
  • New theme techniques were also implemented and featured in the default theme. The animated background and the user selection will inspire other artists to create a new generation of MDM themes.

    The login screen features user pre-selection on top of an animated background

    LightDM (which was a popular alternative to MDM 1.2 in Linux Mint 15) was also improved. Unity-greeter was adapted to properly integrate with Linux Mint 16.

    USB Stick support

    A new tool was developed to easily format USB sticks to NTFS, FAT32 and ext4.

    A new tool to format USB sticks

    Both the new formatting tool and the USB Image Writer tool were integrated with Dolphin, so you can format or make a bootable USB stick by simply right-clicking on the stick or on an ISO file.

    Performance improvements

    Linux Mint 16 focuses on the task at hand, it does less and does it better than before. It features many speed and performance improvements:

    • The boot and login sequence no longer scan your system for btrfs partitions.
    • The MDM display manager no longer listens or communicates over the network.
    • The Update Manager is now started with a delay to make it faster for the session to load.
    • The Software Manager features significant speed improvements.
    • The Linux Mint 16 ISO images are not as compressed as before. They take more space and are bigger to download but also easier on the system and faster to decompress during the live session.

    Software Manager

    The Software Manager received many bug fixes and performance improvements. It's faster to start, faster to search, and uses less memory than before.

    The Software Manager received many refinements and speed improvements

    Its interface was also refined and applications can now show multiple screenshots.

    Multiple screenshots make it easier to discover the best apps

    System improvements

    Under the hood, Linux Mint 16 introduces a lot of improvements:

    • Safer kernel updates.
    • Faster boot sequence and faster login.
    • Better EFI support.
    • Better support for Steam and its addition in the repositories and the featured section of the Software Manager.
    • Additional private/secure search engines in certain countries.
    • APT "recommends" disabled by default.
    • Better colors in terminal and the addition of "ll" as an alias to "ls -al".
    • Better help support.

    Artwork improvements

    Linux Mint 16 features a superb collection of gradient backgrounds from Rapciu, photographs from Arturo Donate, Bob Jagendorf and Kenny Louie as well as artwork from Omer Kavak.

    Linux Mint 16 features a beautiful collection of backgrounds

    Main components

    Linux Mint 16 features KDE 4.11, MDM 1.4, a Linux kernel 3.11 and an Ubuntu 13.10 package base.