Linux Mint 8 x 64 Final Available for Download
Article by George Norman
On 14 Dec 2009
The development process of Linux Mint 8 has come to an end late last month when the Main and Universal Editions were released as a final, stable operating system. For computer users that have a 64-bit processor configuration, this was not exactly good news. Linux Mint 8 x64 was released for them a short while after – but the downside was that it was Linux Mint 8 x64 RC1 (Release Candidate 1).

There are great news to report from the Linux Mint camp: the final version of Linux Mint 8 x64 has been released to the masses. As always, the announcement was made by Lead Linux Mint Developed, Clem Lefebvre.

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“The team is proud to announce the release of Linux Mint 8 x64 “Helena”. This x64 edition of Linux Mint 8 is almost identical to the Main Edition but compiled for 64 bit processors (Intel Core 2 Duo, Intel Core 2 Quad, AMD Athlon X2 64 and all x86-64 compliant processors). It comes with all the improvements featured in Linux Mint 8 Helena Main Edition," said Lefebvre.

Here is what you can expect to get from Linux Mint 8 x64:
- Based on Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic koala
- Linux 2.6.31 kernel, Gnome 2.28 and Xorg 7.4
- 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 x64, a download location is available here.



Tags: Linux, Linux Mint, Linux Mint 8, Helena
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