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[24/07/2007] "Cassandra KDE Community Edition"

Important notice:

There is a known bug in this release : In the installer, the partitioner will ask you how you want to partition your drive. if you choose "Manual" the installer will crash. This is a bug in the KDE frontend of the Ubiquity installer. You can either use the "Guided" option or if you need to manually partition, use the Gnome frontend instead:

To solve this problem , open a terminal or a konsole and type:

sudo apt-get install ubiquity-frontend-gtk
sudo apt-get remove ubiquity-frontend-kde
sudo ubiquity


The KDE Edition of Linux Mint is a Community project and it is maintained by Jamie "Boo" Birse.

This release is based on Bianca-KDE and compatible with all Feisty repositories. It comes with KDE 3.5.6 and a Linux kernel 2.6.20-15. Openoffice, Thunderbird and Sunbird replaced Koffice and Kontact. Beryl 0.2.1 is included with Beryl-Manager.

The default software selection includes:
  • OpenOffice 2.2.0, Firefox, Thunderbird (version 2.0 is available in the Software Portal) and Sunbird 0.6a1
  • Dolphin 0.8.1 and Tasty Menu 0.8.2
  • Amarok 1.4.6
  • K3B 1.0 and K9Copy 1.1.0
  • Scribus 1.2.5
  • KMyMoney 0.8.5
  • Sun Java 6
  • DigiKam, Gimp, Gwenview, Kooka, Krita, KGet, KFTPGrabber, KNetworkManager, Kopete, Konversation, Inkscape, Hugin...etc
  • mintInstall 2.4
Release Notes by Jamie "Boo" Birse:

Thanks go to Clem for his assistance in getting me started, answering my dumb questions and fixing BETA bugs. I started out asking Clem about doing a Mint CE DVD and look where that got me. Thanks also go to the people who tested the BETA and put their findings up on the forums.

This release is not as minty as the main edition but it is mintier than Bianca KDE. More Mint applications will be ported to KDE for the Celena KDE edition. This desktop-ready KDE Mint has all the usual Minty goodness for the web and media applications. I have made the choice to make the Mint KDE CE edition more pro-desktop and to mirror the main edition closer with respect to the main applications. So what does this mean? Some applications have been swapped for their more mainstream counterparts.

Packages that got swapped:
  • Koffice was replaced with OpenOffice.org.
  • Kmail and Kontact were replaced with Thunderbird/Sunbird Calendar.

The packages are very up to date with the exception of the kernel which is the original feisty fawn kernel 2.6.20-15. The kernel has not been updated due to development and compatibility reasons.

For those of you out there who only have a CD burner or only a CD-ROM there is the Cassandra miniKDE CE. Quite a few large packages were removed in order to fit onto a CD. After installation of miniKDE you are encouraged to install these packages from the web:

  • Support for other languages (only English is supported by the liveCD, other languages can be added once the system is installed)
  • Inkscape
  • Hugin
  • Scribus
  • KMymoney
  • K9Copy
  • The Gimp
  • libicu34
  • kde-icons-mono
  • ttf-arabeyes
  • diveintopython
  • a lot of KDE documentation was also removed to make space.

We hope you all like the new Cassandra Mint KDE CE. So now it is onwards and upwards to the next exciting adventure of Celena Mint KDE CE.

Linux Mint Cassandra KDE CE Upgrade Notes:
  • First: let me make it clear that a fresh install is better than an upgrade.
  • Second: see the first point.
  • Third: even following these upgrade procedures you will not end up with the same system as doing a fresh install. Alot of the the artwork will be missing.
  • Forth: backup your home directories and any important config files.

Upgrade from Cassandra KDE CE BETA013 :

Not much changed between BETA013 and the stable so there maybe not much point in downloading and installing the stable release. The main thing you will miss is some firefox artwork.

what to do:

  • sudo apt-get - -purge remove koffice-data
  • sudo apt-get - -purge remove koffice-libs
  • sudo apt-get update
  • sudo apt-get upgrade (warning this will also upgrade your kernel)
  • the gtk applications with kde styling can be done at the user level using “system settings”, appearance & themes, GTK styles and fonts.

Upgrade from Bianca KDE:

I do not recommend this. Please avoid the headaches and install fresh. You will also not get any of the Cassandra artwork.

use sudo to do the following tasks.

  • edit /etc/apt/sources.list
  • remove Kubuntu repos
  • change all occurrences of edgy with feisty
  • you should have Ubuntu repos, canonical, medibuntu (deb http://packages.medibuntu.org/ feisty free non-free), cassandra , and romeo is commented out.
  • apt-get update
  • apt-get dist-upgrade
  • apt-get install beryl-kubuntu beryl-manager
  • apt-get install avahi-autoipd avahi-utils
  • apt-get install mintinstall-kde
  • apt-get - - install mozilla-thunderbird sunbird-mint
  • apt-get install ntfs-config
  • apt-get install openoffice.org
  • apt-get - -purge remove koffice koffice-libs koffice-data kmail
  • apt-get - -purge remove kontact