Linux Mint 8 Xfce RC1 Available for download
Article by George Norman
On 08 Mar 2010
Already out there and available for download are the final versions of Linux Mint 8 “Helena”, Linux Mint 8 x64, Linux Mint 8 KDE, Linux Mint KDE x64 and Linux Mint 8 Fluxbox. The development process of Linux Mint 8 Xfce is not as far ahead as the aforementioned Linux Mint 8 distros, but it is getting there. Just the other day Lead Linux Mint Developer, Clem Lefebvre, announced that the first Release Candidate (RC1) of Linux Mint 8 Xfce has been made available for download.

“The team is proud to announce the release of Linux Mint 8 “Helena” Xfce Community Edition RC1. Based on Xubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala, Linux 2.6.31, Xfce 4.6.1 and Xorg 7.4, Linux Mint 8 “Helena” Xfce CE features a lot of improvements and the latest software from the Open Source World. 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,” said Lefebvre.

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If you’re thinking of downloading Linux Mint 8 Xfce and putting it through its paces, check out the download link at the bottom. Here is what you can expect to get from the operating system:
  • Based on Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic koala, Linux 2.6.31 kernel, Xfce4.6.1 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.
  • You can resize the Update Manager and, in the view menu, you can define the visible columns in the list of updates.
  • The user can define a list of packages for which updates will not be received.
  • 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.
  • Xfce mintDesktop lets you enable or disable Ctrl + Alt + Backspace for restarting X per user
  • Firefox comes preinstalled.
  • 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.
  • Removed branding from Mint tools
  • OEM installation can be launched from the LiveCD boot menu

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



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