Linux Mint 8 LXDE RC1 Available for Download
Article by George Norman
On 17 Mar 2010
The first Linux Mint 8 “Helena” release for the month of March 2010 was Linux Mint 8 Xfce Community Edition RC1; the second release of the month is Linux Mint 8 LXDE Community Edition RC1. Please note that several other Linux Mint 8 distros are already available for download as a final, table version – mainly Linux Mint 8 “Helena” Main and Universal Edition, Linux Mint 8 x64, Linux Mint 8 KDE, Linux Mint KDE x64 and Linux Mint 8 Fluxbox..

As always, the one to announce the release of Linux Mint 8 LXDE Community Edition RC1 is Lead Linux Mint Developer, Clem Lefebvre:


“The team is proud to announce the release of Linux Mint 8 “Helena” LXDE Community Edition RC1. Linux Mint 8 LXDE Edition features a complete and familiar desktop experience while being low on resource usage and is suitable for a good variety of older hardware. As an RC (Release Candidate) this release is targeted at developers and beta-testers who want to help Linux Mint find and correct bugs before the stable release. Please do not use this release as your main desktop.”

If you would like to download Linux Mint 8 LXDE Community Edition RC1, a download link is provided at the bottom. If you would like to see what the software has to offer, here are the main highlights:
  • Based on Linux Mint 8 Main Edition, Linux 2.6.31 kernel, Xorg 7.4, Openbox, PCManFM 0.5.2
  • Exaile Music Player
  • The Software Manager, Package Manager and Terminal have been added to the top level menu
  • And all the improvements in Linux Mint 8 “Helena”. Here’s a quick refresher:
- The user can define his own Places in Menu Preferences
- Enable/disable any button for the System and Places section in Menu Preferences
- The user interface has been enhanced. It is now easier to use and it displays 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 ware 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.
- Brand new Upload Manager (mintUpload has been split into Upload Manager and File Uploader).
- Gnome Colors icon theme and the Shiki gtk theme.
- Firefox comes bundled with the Stylish add-on.
- Removed branding from Mint tools
- OEM installation can be launched from the LiveCD boot menu.
- Community editions use their own repositories
- Community editions can pin packages to from the main edition
- Mint tools are more modular
- Added Inxi buttons to xchat

If you would like to get Linux Mint 8 LXDE Community Edition RC1, you can download the operating system here.

Tags: Linux, Linux Mint, Linux Mint 8, Helena, Linux Mint 8 LXDE Community Edition RC1
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