Linux Mint 8 Helena – RC Release
By on November 15th, 2009

Linux Mint is the best Linux distro for those switching over from Windows. It is easy to use and has extra GUIs for common tasks.



Mint is a Ubuntu based distro and has a release cycle in sync with that of Ubuntu. Linux Mint 8 – Helena, which is based on Ubuntu 9.10 made an RC release. This latest version of Mint has many new features.

  • With Linux Mint 8, we can create our own custom places like Music, Documents, E-Books, Downloads etc. The places already present include Computer, Trash, Network, Home Folder and alike.
  • Package updates are easier as there is no need to manually refresh the package database. Whenever new packages are available, the user is notified through the Update Manager.
  • The software manager features a multiple selection whereby we can select multiple applications for addition or removal.
  • The Update manager uses Synaptics to refresh the information and shows detailed progress information.
  • The addition to the distribution software list includes an Upload Manager. This Upload Manager sits in the system tray and supports multiple uploads and drag-drop style uploads.
  • ‘Gnome-Do’, which was initially added to make people aware of the project, is not available as one of the per-installed software. Though, it can be added back into the distro.

Mint is a user friendly Linux and is perfect for those who are new to GUI based Linux. It keeps getting better with each release and has gained a wide attention from Linux users. It has moved up Distrowatch rankings fast and is currently ranked #3 in the world.

Author: Chinmoy Kanjilal Google Profile for Chinmoy Kanjilal
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