Release Notes for Linux Mint 8 Helena Xfce

Introduction

This is Linux Mint 8 Xfce CE, codename Helena, based and compatible with Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala and its repositories.

New features

Based on Xubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala, Linux 2.6.31, Xfce 4.6.1 and Xorg 7.4, Linux Mint 8 "Helena" Xfce CE features a lot of improvements and the latest software from the Open Source World.

Featured improvements in this release: OEM installation, possibility to ignore updates, configurable menu places, multiple selection in the Software Manager, new system tray File Uploader with support for drag and drop and mutiple files uploads.

For a complete list of new features read: What's new in Helena Xfce?

Important links

System requirements

  • x86 processor
  • 256 MB of system memory (RAM)
  • 3 GB of disk space for installation
  • GA graphics card capable of 800x600 resolution
  • CD-ROM drive or USB port

Known issues

Windows installer

Because of compatibility issues between wubi/mint4win and grub2, Linux Mint 8 Xfce CE comes without a Windows installer.

Problems with Xfce mixer

The mixer doesn't set up the audio device automatically. You have to left-click on the panel plugin to set up the audio device. You also need to right click on the panel plugin to set up mixer plugin.

Small fonts

The default font size is set to automatic, but this may cause problems for some applications. The solution is to use a Custom setting of 96. You may still need to adjust the DPI if that's still too small.

fusion-icon and KDE packages

To make sure that installing fusion-icon doesn't install KDE, install compiz-gnome and compiz. Now when you install fusion-icon it won't pull in KDE packages. This shouldn't cause any problems as fusion-icon has the correct settings for Xfce.

Upstream issues

Linux Mint 8 Xfce CE is based on Karmic Koala. Make sure to read the known issues related to this release.