No Need to Upgrade Linux Mint 6 x64 RC1
Article by George Norman
On 29 Jan 2009
After having released the release candidate of Linux Mint 6 x64 earlier this month, the development team behind the operating system has no come out to announce the RC1 version is so good, that you can stick with it as opposed to switching to Linux Mint 6 x64 Stable. It goes without saying that this is incredibly good news for Linux fans that were previously warned that RC1 is mainly addressed at developers and beta-testers.

Lead Developer of Linux Mint, Clem Lefebvre explains: “Very few bugs were found in Linux Mint 6 x64 RC1 and I’m happy to announce that RC1 users will not have to download the stable release. A few things happened however and the decision was made to include both Flash and Sun Java in 64 bit.”

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Clem Lefebvre did not commit to a firm release schedule of Linux Mint 6 x64 Stable, pointing out that focusing on making the OS better and focusing on quality is more important than making sure the operating system is made available for download by D-day. The only major difference between the release candidate and the final version will be the implementation of x64 Flash 10, Sun Java 6 Update 12 build 03 (which will substitute OpenJDK), and possibly OpenOffice.org-base.

Clem Lefebvre again: “So far, x64 came with a 32 bit Flash plugin which was wrapped within nspluginwrapper. Although this prevented Firefox to crash it made Flash itself very unstable. Adobe recently released a Flash 10 plugin in 64 bit. We tested it and we’re happy to report that it works really well. It will replace the 32 bit plugin in Linux Mint 6 x64 Stable and be bundled directly with the browser without using nspluginwrapper. I’m also looking at the possibility of including OpenOffice.org-base, it takes a bit of time to decide on the best packaging strategy.”



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