Available for Download: Linux Mint 8 KDE Final
Article by George Norman
On 09 Feb 2010
Back in December we were reporting that the first release candidate (RC1) of Linux Mint 8 “Helena” KDE Community Edition was released to the public. Today we announce that the development process of this operating system has come to an end. The final version of Linux Mint 8 “Helena” KDE Community Edition is now available for download.

The one to announce this milestone in the development process of Linux Mint 8 KDE was Lead Linux Mint Developer, Clem Lefebvre: “The team is proud to announce the release of Linux Mint 8 “Helena” KDE Community Edition. The KDE Community Edition aims to provide a version of Linux Mint which uses the KDE desktop. A minimum of 4GB of free space and 256MB RAM are needed. For a comfortable experience we recommended to have at least 512MB RAM and 10GB of free space.”

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To download the OS, check out the link at the bottom. But before you do that, here are the main bits and pieces you can expect to get from Linux Mint 8 KDE:
  • - Based on Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic koala, Linux 2.6.31 kernel, KDE 4.3.4 and Xorg 7.4
  • - The graphical interface is now easier to use and it shows more content
  • - The Update Manager will automatically inform the user when a new version of mintInstall-data is available. This way the user does not have to manually refresh the Software Manager.
  • - Software Manager is aware of the APT status of each application.
  • - The user can mark several applications for installation/removal.
  • - The looks of the Update Manager have been improved.
  • Update Manager now uses Synaptic to refresh the list of update. When Update Manager is visible, the user will see progress information on the screen.
  • If a problem occurs, Update Manager displays an error message in the main window (previously the error message was displayed only in the logs).
  • Software Sources tool can be accessed in the Edit menu (this is another Update Manager improvement).
  • The user can define a list of packages for which updates will not be received. Wildcard characters can be used to define groups of package updates the user wants to ignore.
  • Faster and more reliable update detection.
  • The Windows compatibility layer installed by default.
  • The software programs are installed by default as well: Minitube, Tucan, Google Widgets, Songbird, KDE partition manager, Guarddog.
  • Network-manager-gnome replaces knetwork-manager
  • Community editions use their own repositories
  • Community editions can pin packages from the main edition.
  • Mint tools are more modular they can now be installed without any configuration.

If you would like to get Linux Mint 8 KDE, you can download the Linux distro here.



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