Clement Lefebvre, head of the Linux Mint project, has announced the availability of the Linux Mint 18 Sarah KDE edition. The KDE edition is the final official spin to get a beta release in the Mint 18 series. What is interesting about the KDE version this cycle is that users running Mint 17.3 KDE won’t be able to upgrade to 18 because of the inclusion of Plasma 5, which is “considered a different desktop.”
Just as with the other spins of Linux Mint 18, the KDE version is a long term support release and will, therefore, be supported until 2021. The major new feature in this version is the inclusion of Plasma 5.6, making Mint 18 the first version to ship with a Plasma 5 series desktop. The Kubuntu Backports PPA – which is included in the APT sources – provides updates to newer versions of the Plasma desktop.
Submitted by: Arnfried Walbrecht