Linux Mint – Discovering Mint KDE’s default applications

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Quite a few of Mint’s custom applications are present in the KDE edition as well. For example, Update Manager, Software Manager, and USB Image Writer are all present. However, there are some applications that are only present by default in the KDE edition.

One of the applications specific to the KDE edition is Kate, a powerful text editor. At first glance, Kate may appear to be a generic text editor, but it’s actually one of the most popular text editors available for Linux. While it will suit generic purposes of creating text files just fine, its real power becomes apparent in the hands of a software developer. Featuring powerful syntax highlighting and developer tools, it’s a great utility to have at your disposal. The following screenshot shows KDE’s Kate text editor:

Another application specific to the KDE edition is Amarok, a music player and playlist manager. Amarok is another KDE application that is very popular, so much so that it’s even installed by many users in non-KDE environments. Its features are near or maybe even greater than Banshee (the default music player in other editions), including such things as downloading lyrics and Wikipedia information for the songs in your library. If you’re a music fan, it’s highly recommended that you give Amarok a spin. The following screenshot shows Amarok—a wonderful music player and playlist manager:

In addition to those applications, there are some other noteworthy changes in the KDE edition’s software selection when compared to other editions. For example, the KDE edition features KDE IM Contacts instead of Pidgin for instant messaging, Kmail rather than Thunderbird, K3b instead of Brasero, and Konversation instead of XChat.

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