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Linux Distribution: Linux Mint
Url: http://linuxmint.com/

 
This release is based on Ubuntu 6.10 and uses the Ubuntu installer. The desktop is GNOME 2.16.1 and the kernel is 2.6.17. Barbara comes with the following plugins: Macromedia Flash 9 beta, Sun Java 1.5 Update 9, RealPlayer 10. Support for MP3, Windows and

About Linux Mint
Linux Mint is like a customized version of Ubuntu. It uses the same repositories and the same packages. It follows the Ubuntu releases and innovations. Basically, it is 98% Ubuntu, with a few differences:

1. Ubuntu has a fixed 6 months release cycle. Between each Ubuntu release, Linux Mint produces one or more releases with up to date packages.

2. The artwork is different in Linux Mint. Our goal is to make the desktop as pleasant as possible. Although Ubuntu's artwork is really good, we believe it can be better.

Purpose

Linux Mint's purpose is to produce an elegant, up to date and comfortable GNU/Linux desktop based on Ubuntu.

Important News

The desktop is Gnome 2.16.1 and the kernel is 2.6.17.

1. Multimedia

Barbara comes with the following plugins:

Macromedia Flash 9 beta
Sun Java 1.5 Update 9
Realplayer 10

Support for MP3, Windows and various codecs, encrypted DVDs is installed by default.

2. Software

Barbara comes with Amarok 1.4.4 instead of Rhythmbox.

Artwork

The default artwork is a blue version of the "Human" theme.

Releases:
2009-02-06 00:00:00.0 Linux Mint 6 "x86_64" has been released    View
The purpose of the x64 edition is to offer the same desktop features as the Main edition but in a 64 bit environment. It aims to be as similar to the Main edition as possible. More packages are available for i386 than they are for amd64 and the Main edition is also slightly more stable than its 64 bit equivalent. The Main edition only recognizes a maximum of 4GB RAM though and even on computers with less than 4GB RAM the performance gain provided by x64 over the Main edition can significantly enhance the user?s experience.
2008-12-16 00:00:00.0 Linux Mint 6 has been released    View
Introduction to Linux Mint 6 Based on Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid Ibex, Linux 2.6.27, Gnome 2.24 and Xorg 7.4, Linux Mint 6 ?Felicia? comes with a brand new ?Software Manager?, FTP support in mintUpload, proxy support and history of updates in mintUpdate, mint4win (a Windows installer), tabbed browsing in Nautilus and a lot of other improvements.
2008-11-14 00:00:00.0 Linux Mint 6 RC1 has been released    View
The team is proud to announce the release of Linux Mint 6 RC1. Congratulations and thanks to all the people who contributed to this release, to all the translators, to the upstream developers and projects which made this possible and above all to the development team for their continuous support. System requirements and known issues: A minimum of 512MB of RAM is recommended. Once installed the system works fine with as low as 256MB RAM. The installation process deals with 2.5GB of data compressed on a 700MB CD and it can hang or fail on systems with less than 512MB RAM. If you have between 256MB and 512MB RAM you may have to try to install several times. 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.
2008-10-22 00:00:00.0 Linux Mint 5 "Fluxbox" has been released    View
This is the Fluxbox Community Edition for Linux Mint 5, codename Elyssa. This release has been built from the ground up based on the Ubuntu Hardy repositories with the emphasis on a lightweight and yet fully functional desktop centered on the Fluxbox window manager.
2008-09-13 00:00:00.0 Linux Mint 5 RC1 "Fluxbox" has been released    View
Linux Mint 5 Fluxbox Community edition RC1 is out and available for download. New features: mint-mfm - the most radical feature of Linux Mint Fluxbox is the auto-generated and auto-updating Fluxbox menu; full desktop environment functionality; Minty goodness - the Linux Mint specific applications all included; multimedia compatibility; Thunar custom actions; better language support; sharp and pleasant look with a predominantly green bias. Default software selection: Firefox 3 web browser, Pidgin instant messenger, Sylpheed mail client, Transmission BitTorrent client, wicd network manager, AbiWord word processor, Gnumeric spreadsheet application, Orage calendar application, MPlayer movie player, Brasero disc burning application, The GIMP....
2008-09-10 00:00:00.0 Linux Mint 5 "Xfce" has been released    View
We are proud to announce the release of Linux Mint 5 Xfce Community edition.
2008-08-06 00:00:00.0 Linux Mint 5 RC1 "KDE" is available    View
This is the first BETA release of the KDE Community Edition for Linux Mint 5, codename Elyssa, based on Daryna and compatible with Ubuntu Hardy and its repositories.
2008-07-28 00:00:00.0 Linux Mint 5 XFCE CE RC1 is available    View
This is the first BETA release of the XFCE Community Edition for Linux Mint 5, codename Elyssa, based on Daryna and compatible with Ubuntu Hardy and its repositories.
2008-06-11 00:00:00.0 Linux Mint 5 is available    View
This is Linux Mint 5, codename Elyssa, based on Daryna and compatible with Ubuntu Hardy and its repositories.
2008-05-27 00:00:00.0 Linux Mint 5.0 RC2 has been released    View
This is the second release candidate for Linux Mint 5, codename Elyssa, based on Daryna and compatible with Ubuntu Hardy and its repositories. What's new in Elyssa
  • mintMenu improvements
  • In Daryna, mintInstall and the Software Portal made it easy to install applications. In Elyssa mintMenu is making it easy to remove them. You don't need to open synaptic or to launch a terminal anymore, if you want to uninstall an application, simply right-click on it in the menu and select ?Uninstall?.
  • mintUpdate improvements
  • MintUpdate was introduced in Daryna and quickly became one of the most popular tools on the Linux Mint desktop. It came to our attention that a lot of people weren't aware of how it worked internally (for instance, the difference between its user and admin runtime modes).
  • mintInstall improvements
  • .mint files can be quite complex as there's almost nothing you can do in a terminal that a .mint file can't do. In practice though, 99% of the .mint files present in the Software Portal consist in describing the installation of an application using APT.
  • Improvements in other tools
  • The network autobrowsing feature was removed from mintDesktop as it wasn't mature enough to be part of this LTS release.
2008-05-24 00:00:00.0 Linux Mint 5.0 Beta 1 has been released    View
After many sleepless nights and a lot of work, I am delighted to announce that the first release candidate for Linux Mint 5 'Elyssa' was released and that it is now available for download.
2008-03-05 00:00:00.0 Linux Mint 4.0 "KDE" has been released    View
Linux Mint 4.0 KDE released. Daryna KDE is nearly as 'minty' as the main edition now. The packages are (safely) up to date and the kernel is the Ubuntu Gutsy Gibbon kernel 2.6.22. Mint applications: mintInstall, mintwifi, mintUpdate, mintAssistant, mintUpload. Minted versions of Firefox, Sunbird. Changes since the beta release: fixed the HAL USB NTFS problem; changed some Compiz default settings to make it more KDEish and fix a known bug; added a Linux Mint user agent to Konqueror and pre-added some sites to use the Mint user agent. This helps people know Linux Mint is out and about.
2008-01-28 00:00:00.0 Linux Mint 4.0 RC2 "KDE" has been released    View
Daryna KDE is nearly as minty as the main edition now. The packages are (safely) upto date and the kernel is the Gutsy Gibbon kernel 2.6.22-14.
2008-01-10 00:00:00.0 Linux Mint 4.0 FluxBox Beta and 4.0 Debian Alpha has been released    View
This release is an ALPHA release. It is not intented to be used as your main operating system but to give you a technological preview of how Linux Mint would behave if it was based on Debian Testing.
2007-11-06 00:00:00.0 Linux Mint 4.0 Beta 1 "KDE" is available    View
This is the first BETA release of Linux Mint 4.0 KDE CE, codename Daryna, based on Celena Xfce CE and compatible with Ubuntu Gutsy and its repositories. Daryna KDE is not as minty as the main edition but it is mintier than Cassandra KDE. The packages are (safely) up to date and the kernel is the Gutsy Gibbon kernel 2.6.22-14. Mint applications: mintInstall, mintUpdate (new), mintAssistant (new). Minted versions of Firefox, Sunbird. For those of you out there who only have a CD burner or only a CD-ROM, there will be a Daryna miniKDE CE when the final release is ready.
2007-11-03 00:00:00.0 Linux Mint 4.0 Beta 1 "Xfce" is available    View
This is the first beta release of Linux Mint 4.0 Xfce CE, code name Daryna, based on Celena Xfce CE and compatible with Ubuntu Gutsy and its repositories. Daryna is using Gutsy's package base (kernel 2.6.22, Xfce 4.4.1, OpenOffice.org 2.3, Thunderbird 2.0, Sunbird 0.7, etc). What's new in Daryna? With mintUpdate you can now get automatic updates without compromising the stability of your system. A new frontend to mintInstall now allows you to search the portal directly from your desktop. mintDesktop got major improvements in terms of usability and now has an extra feature which lets you restore the default artwork coming with Linux Mint. Compiz Fusion.
2007-10-27 00:00:00.0 Linux Mint 4.0 Beta 1 has been released    View
The first release candidate for Linux Mint 4.0 Daryna is out and available for download. What's new in Daryna? With mintUpdate you can now get automatic updates without compromising the stability of your system.
2007-08-16 00:00:00.0 Linux Mint 3.0 "KDE" has been released    View
The KDE Community Edition of Cassandra is finally out! This release is based on Bianca KDE and compatible with all Feisty repositories.
2007-08-09 00:00:00.0 Linux Mint 3.0 "Xfce" has been released    View
This is the first Xfce release of Linux Mint. It is based on Cassandra and comes with the following mint tools: mintInstall, mintDisk, mintWifi, xfcemintConfig, xfcemintDesktop. Although similar to the main edition, the Xfce Community edition runs faster and takes fewer resources. It is ideal for older computers. The default software selection includes: OpenOffice.org 2.2.0, Firefox 2.0.0.6, Thunderbird 2.0.0.5... Notable differences with the main edition are: the presence of Exaile which replaces Amarok; the Xfce desktop replaces GNOME; Wicd replaces Network Manager.
2007-07-25 00:00:00.0 Linux Mint 3.0 "KDE" BETA 013 has been released    View
The KDE Edition of Linux Mint is now a Community project and it is maintained by Jamie Boo. A stable release is expected next week. If you are interested in the KDE Edition, please test this BETA release...
2007-06-29 00:00:00.0 Linux Mint 3.0 RC1 "Xfce" has been released    View
The first release candidate for Cassandra Xfce Community edition is out available for download. This is the first community edition of Linux Mint, made by and for the Linux Mint community. This edition aims at replacing GNOME with the Xfce desktop. It is based on Cassandra and comes with the following mint tools: mintInstall 2.3, mintDisk, an Xfce adaptation of mintConfig. Although very similar to the main edition, the Xfce Community edition runs faster and takes fewer resources. This is ideal for older computers.
2007-06-18 00:00:00.0 Linux Mint 3.0 "Light" has been released    View
Cassandra Light edition was released and is available for download. The purpose of the Light edition is to bring an edition of Linux Mint which doesn't contain: proprietary software, patented technologies and support for restricted formats. In some countries where the legislation allows software patents to be enforced, the Light edition provides a way for users to legally download Linux Mint. The following components are not present in this Light Edition: Macromedia Flash, support for encrypted DVDs, Windows codecs, support for restricted multimedia formats, unrar, Sun Java (replaced by GIJ).
2007-06-04 00:00:00.0 Linux Mint 3.0 is available    View
This is Linux Mint 3.0 based on Linux Mint 2.2 'Bianca' and compatible with Ubuntu 7.04 Feisty and its repositories. Important new features: the brand new mintInstall and the Linux Mint Software Portal; GNOME 2.18; kernel 2.6.20; OpenOffice.org 2.2; Thunderbird replaces Evolution as the default email reader; Sunbird and the GIMP are now installed by default; GNOME Control Center replaces mintConfig as the default control center application; drag & drop support in mintMenu with many other improvements; Sun Java 6; Compiz, Beryl and Emerald installed by default; new artwork....
2007-05-23 00:00:00.0 Linux Mint 3.0 Beta 1 has been released    View
This is the first beta release of Cassandra. The system is stable but some work is ongoing in 'mintinstall', 'mintmenu' and in the artwork. For this reason this is not considered a release candidate. Important new features: GNOME 2.18 (speed improvements); kernel 2.6.20 (better hardware support); Ubuntu Feisty innovations (restricted manager, desktop effects, Windows migration assistant, Avahi); OpenOffice.org 2.2; Thunderbird replaces Evolution as the default email reader; GIMP is installed by default; GNOME Control Center replaces mintConfig as the default control center application; drag & drop support in mintMenu with many other improvements; Sun Java 6 replaces Sun Java 5; Compiz, Beryl and Emerald installed by default.
2007-05-23 00:00:00.0 Linux Mint 3.0 Beta 2 is available    View
This is the second beta release of Cassandra. All known bugs have been fixed, mintMenu and mintInstall are now stable. The artwork features a new logo but the mintArt team is still working on improving the look and feel. Notes: Pidgin was added and now replaces Gaim; Sunbird might be added in the stable release. Important new features in Cassandra: GNOME 2.18 (speed improvements); kernel 2.6.20 (better hardware support); OpenOffice.org 2.2; Thunderbird replaces Evolution as the default email reader; Compiz, Beryl and Emerald installed by default....
2007-04-21 00:00:00.0 Linux Mint 2.2 "KDE" has been relaesed    View
Bianca KDE edition was released and is available for download. A miniKDE edition is also available, it features less software but fits on a CD. As usual this release is desktop-ready and comes with support for most video codecs and web plugins. Mint applications couldn't be ported in time to KDE and are absent from this release, however mintdesktop's home folders were added to it. The default selection of packages is large and very up to date: KDE 3.5.6, Amarok 1.4.5, KOffice 1.6.2, Firefox 2.0.0.3. Konqueror is still the default file explorer but Dolphin 0.8 was also added as a tech-preview. The KMenu was replaced with TastyMenu 0.7.
2007-04-17 00:00:00.0 Linux Mint 2.2 RC2 "KDE" has been released    View
This is the second release candidate for the KDE Edition of Bianca. We received a lot of feedback on BETA 020 and made important modifications in this release: Dolphin was updated to 0.8 and now features a sidebar; the default KDE style was changed from Polyester to Domino; the default theme was changed from zen-green to bianca-green; Tasty Menu was updated to 0.7.1 (configurable logo and text); Krusader and KFTPGrabber are now installed by default; the panel was rearranged (we received negative feedback on the RSS panel); System Settings was replaced with KControl; an important bug on KDE-Guidance was fixed.
2007-04-09 00:00:00.0 Linux Mint 2.2 Beta "KDE" is available now.    View
This is the first release candidate for the KDE Edition of Bianca. As this is our first try at a modern KDE desktop, please give us as much feedback as possible on this release. The desktop is KDE 3.5.6 and the kernel is 2.6.17. This release comes with support for multimedia codecs and encrypted DVDs. The latest Flash and Java plugins are also installed by default. The default email reader is KMail/Kontact. KOffice 1.6.2 replaces OpenOffice.org as the default office suite and the default web browser is Firefox 2.0.0.3. Amarok was upgraded to version 1.4.5.
2006-12-22 00:00:00.0 Linux Mint 2.1 has been released    View
OpenOffice 2.1; mintDesktop, which adds a lot of desktop improvements; quick access to the computer, home places and terminal; ability to delete files directly without sending them to the trash; mintDesktop home folders; Beagle search; Tomboy notes; network manager; mintWifi, the purpose of which is to configure a wireless card without an Internet connection; tutorials to install and configure WiFi cards; a collection of WiFi drivers to support about 40 different wireless card models; RealPlayer was replaced with MPlayer plugins with support for Quicktime, AVI, MPG and a lot of other web content; Flash plugin was upgraded to version 9 Beta 2.
2006-12-05 00:00:00.0 Linux Mint 2.1 Beta has been released    View
This release is based on [Linux Mint 2.0] Barbara. It is the first release candidate for Linux Mint 2.1 'Bea' which will be released on the 20/12/2006. Bea comes with improved artwork and better branding. The Ubuntu branding was removed and replaced with artwork made for Linux Mint. We received a lot of suggestions from the community and we decided to include the following new software in Bea: Beagle, which makes it easy to find stuff from the desktop; NetworkManager, which manages your wired and wireless connections, OpenOffice.org Impress, thanks to which you can now see Impress and PowerPoint presentations.
2006-11-15 00:00:00.0 Linux Mint 2.0 is available    View
This release is based on Ubuntu 6.10 and uses the Ubuntu installer. The desktop is GNOME 2.16.1 and the kernel is 2.6.17. Barbara comes with the following plugins: Macromedia Flash 9 beta, Sun Java 1.5 Update 9, RealPlayer 10. Support for MP3, Windows and various codecs, encrypted DVDs is installed by default. Barbara comes with Amarok 1.4.4 instead of Rhythmbox. The default artwork is a blue version of the 'Human' theme.
 
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