Linux Mint 8 Fluxbox Community Edition | Linux Mint 8 KDE64 Community Edition
By on February 13th, 2010

Linux Mint 8, codenamed “Helena” , had two more additions to the family : Linux Mint 8 Fluxbox Community Edition and Linux Mint 8 KDE64 Community Edition.

Linux Mint is an Ubuntu based Linux distribution with integrated media codecs and a sleek user-friendly look. Over the years it has evolved to be a complete Distribution within itself, complete with a custom desktop menu, unique configuration tools, a web-based package installation interface and a number of different editions.

Linux Mint 8 KDE64 Community Edition

Linux Mint 8 KDE Edition has been available for over a week now and is based on Kubuntu 9.10.

Linux Mint 8 KDE64 Community Edition has all the features of the KDE Edition like KDE 4.3 with improved performance and stability, Software and Update Manager improvements and default applications like Songbird, Tucan and Minitube.

This KDE64 version is identical to KDE 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).

Linux Mint 8 Fluxbox Community Edition

This release has been built with the emphasis on a lightweight and yet fully functional desktop centered on the Fluxbox window manager.

Linux Mint 8 Fluxbox Community Edition is easily configurable to run on lower-spec hardware with the tools needed for doing so readily available. It is based on Fluxbox 1.1.1 and other than improvements in the Software and Update Manager, it also has changes in the Menu whereby the “System Tools” submenu has been broken down into smaller, less intrusive submenus.

With the addition of KDE, Fluxbox as well as 64-bit editions, it turns out that Linux Mint is turning out to be a more than “just another Ubuntu fork”. Let’s hope other Linux Distributions try to provide the user experience that the Linux Mint guys have managed to accomplish.

Linux Mint 8 Fluxbox Community Edition can be downloaded from here and Linux Mint 8 KDE64 Community Edition can be downloaded from here.

For Linux users in India, you can save your bandwidth and directly buy the Linux Mint 8 Live CDs from here.

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Author: Raseel Bhagat

Raseel Bhagat has written and can be contacted at raseel@techie-buzz.com.
  • troy mcclure

    Believe it or not, there exists a world outside the Buntu ecosystem.

    PCLinuxOS is a derivative of Mandriva which has been doing the same thing as Mint but even longer. It was even top of Distrowatch about 3-4 years ago.

    Mandriva was the user friendly distro before Ubuntu's flyboy grabbed the headlines and its most important aspect is that it is a publicly traded company, therefore its a model that could be reproduced by others, while the Ubunty method can not be reproduced without a sugar daddy.

    Besides, distros are meaningless, its the desktop choice that matters.

    Put Mandriva KDE4 next to Kubuntu 9.10 and you can barely tell the difference apart from wallpapers and other cosmetics..

    • http://raseel.in Raseel Bhagat

      I couldn't agree more. And we at Techie-Buzz.com plan to post about PCLinuxOSD 2010 as and when it is officially released.
      It's great to know that people are using Distros other than Fedora or Ubuntu clones/forks

    • Nameless

      Sorry dude, but for me, what actually matters is the community behind it! When I finally considered giving PCLinuxOS a go a while back, I started noticing the project was at a halt, that its development was stalled and that its future was uncertain because of the lead developer.

      That would be unimaginable with Debian – Ubuntu – Mint..

      I don’t exactly remember the details, but for me that was a red flag right there. Please don’t get me wrong. I welcome the staggering number of distros out there. That’s the whole point of the freedom of choice. Nonetheless, you cannot possibly put Mint and PCLOS on the same boat. Personally, I’d rather invest my precious time in a flavor that shows us a constant commitment to better itself. Quite honestly, that doesn’t happen with PCLOS, nor Mandriva. Although some minor user-friendliness is introduced from time to time, these distros seem to prefer upgrading their packages and calling it a new version. At least Mint puts a cherry on top of Ubuntu, which in turn actually makes relevant changes at each release.

      Cue flame-wars and haters. Am I wrong? I so, please explain to me if I’m completely mistaken…

      PS: between distro-hopping, I always seem to run back to Slackware… in case you’re wondering. Aahh… good-old-vanilla :)

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