Linux Mint KDE Edition17.2
Linux Mint KDE Edition is an open source and free distribution of Linux, a special edition of the well known Linux Mint operating system that uses KDE Plasma as its default and only operating system, providing a modern and productive OS.
Distributed as 64/32-bit Live DVDs
The KDE edition of Linux Mint is a community project that can be downloaded from Softpedia or the official Linux Mint website as two Live DVD ISO images, one for each of the supported hardware platforms (64-bit and 32-bit). Please note that you must deploy these ISO images to either DVD discs or USB sticks in order to boot them from the BIOS of a PC.
Standard boot options
The boot prompt of Linux Mint KDE Edition is a standard one, used on many other Linux Mint editions. It is engineered to boot the live environment in ten seconds, if no keyboard key is pressed. The boot menu will be revealed by pressing any keyboard key during this timeout, allowing the user to start the live environment with default drivers or in compatibility mode, perform a system memory check, boot an existing operating system from the first disk, or check the integrity of the bootable medium (only if using a DVD media).
Modern and professional looking desktop environment powered by KDE Plasma
As mentioned, the main emphasis is on promoting the KDE Plasma desktop environment, which looks modern and professional, comprised of a single taskbar located on the bottom edge of the screen and designed for quick access to installed applications and easy interaction with opened programs and system tray functions.
A great selection of open source apps
We can’t complain about the software selection, as the distro comes with the Mozilla Firefox web browser, Amarok audio player, Konversation IRC client, KDE IM Contacts instant messenger, digiKam photo management program, GIMP image editor, LibreOffice office suite, K3b CD/DVD/BD burning utility, Kaffeine media player, VLC Media Player, and KTorrent BitTorrent client.
In conclusion, the KDE edition of Linux Mint is a more than welcome addition to the ever growing list of Ubuntu-based operating systems. Keep in mind that this flavor is suitable for high-end machines.