What's new in Linux Mint 9 Fluxbox?

Based on Lubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx, Linux 2.6.32, Fluxbox 1.1.2 and Xorg 7.6, this edition features a lot of improvements and the latest software from the Open Source World.

Linux Mint 9 Fluxbox

Featured improvements in this release: 30,000 applications catalogued and reviewable both online and in the new software manager, brand new incremental backup tool for both data and software selection, USB installers, 3 years support, look & feel improvements.

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Tint2 Panel

The default Fluxbox panel has been disabled by default and the Tint2 panel has taken it's place.

New Thunar Move to Trash and Delete options

The Thunar "Edit" menu now has "Move to Trash" and "Delete" options. The "Delete" option now removes the item(s) permanently.

New Software Manager

The Software Manager was rewritten from scratch. It features the best ideas from the original Software Manager, Gnome App-Install and the new Ubuntu Software Center. It’s also much more efficient than the previous version, handling 30,000+ packages and asynchronous installation/removal of applications in less than 1,000 lines of code.

Number of packages: The Software Manager now features all the packages available on your system. That’s about 30,000 packages to choose from, compared to around 300 in the previous version.

All your packages are featured in the new Software Manager

User reviews: When you launch the Software Manager it updates itself with all the software reviews contributed by other users. The software is sorted by score, so that you always see the most popular applications at the top of the list. You can review applications too, either from the Linux Mint Community Website or directly within the Software Manager. When you review an application, your review immediately appears on the website, and other users can see it in their Software Manager an hour later.

The community provides reviews and the overall score for each application

Apt daemon: When you install software, you don't have to wait for the installation to finish. You can browse through the Software Manager for other applications, or you can simply close the manager. The installation continues in the background. If you decide to open the Software Manager again, it will track any ongoing installation happening in the background and inform you about its progress. At any time you can cancel an installation and monitor the progress of ongoing operations.

Visual improvements: The new graphical interface is inspired from the Ubuntu Software Center and it uses the Webkit engine to render some of the screens in HTML/CSS. It uses a single-click navigation system and lets you browse categories, applications, screenshots and even websites from the comfort of a single window.

New Backup Tool

The Backup Tool was also rewritten from scratch. Linux Mint needed a solid backup tool that would allow you to easily perform fresh installations without losing what's important to you: Not only your data, but the selection of software you installed. With this new tool you can upgrade to new versions of Linux Mint by performing fresh installations from the CD, you end up with a clean system containing your data, your preferences and even the software you previously installed.

An easy and powerful tool to easily backup and restore your system

Software selection: The Backup Tool can identify the software you installed in Linux Mint and save this selection as a list. It can also restore that selection of software on a different computer or after the installation of a new version of Linux Mint.

The Backup Tool identifies the software you added to Linux Mint

Incremental backups and compression: The new Backup Tool can check differences between files in a variety of ways and perform incremental backups and restorations. It can also archive and compress on the fly.

Integrity check: Thanks to an integrity check, the Backup Tool verifies each file after it's been backed up (this check can be disabled to make the backup faster).

Documentation: A full tutorial on how to use this Backup Tool guides you through the process of upgrading Linux Mint to a newer release.

Better look and feel

Backgrounds: The production of artwork for Linux Mint 9 was outsourced to provide this release with a choice of quality backgrounds. The default background is unbranded to give the desktop a more elegant look and you'll find quality alternative backgrounds installed by default. Additional backgrounds made especially for Linux Mint 9 were packaged in "mint-wallpapers-extra" and previous backgrounds were packaged in "mint-wallpapers-previous-releases". These packages are available in the repositories.

Welcome screen: The welcome screen is now rendered in HTML. It links to the same important resources as before (how to know more about Linux Mint, where to get help and how to contribute) and it adds links to the most important parts of the new Linux Mint Community Website, its collection of tutorials, its idea pool, its software portal and its hardware database.

The new welcome screen is rendered in HTML to give the desktop a more welcoming look.

Update Manager: The Update Manager uses a new icon set that integrates better with the desktop. It also distinguishes between more error scenarios than before and doesn't consider it an error when it cannot assess the state of available updates anymore. In previous versions of Linux Mint, users would see a broken lock when Synaptic was open, or when the connection to the Internet was down. In Linux Mint 9 the Update Manager only show errors when something is actually wrong and requires action.

System improvements

Husse Quotes: In memory of our regretted friend and team member Mats Geier, aka "Husse", we packaged a collection of his best forum quotes and added them to the set of fortunes that randomly appear in the terminal.

Usb-creator: The Ubuntu "Startup Disk Creator" was rebranded and added by default. With this tool you can easily export Linux Mint to a USB stick.

Put Linux Mint on a USB stick

Local repository: Linux Mint now includes a local repository activated by default. This repository is located in /usr/share/local-repository and it contains firmware for Broadcom wireless adapters. You can also add packages to it and update the repository by running the ./update-repository script in /usr/share/local-repository.

Apt hold/held/unhold commands: New functions were added to the Linux Mint "apt" command. "apt hold", "apt unhold" and "apt held" are shortcuts to "dpkg --get-selection" and "dpkg --set-selections" which let you easily hold updates for selected packages.

Project changes

Community Website: The Linux Mint distribution started a huge project and published a new website dedicated to its community. Users can contribute and find ideas, tutorial, software and hardware reviews, and they can vote and comments each others' contributions. Through this website you can easily get in touch with people who share similar hardware, see how they made it work, find what works best with a particular release, read tutorials, contribute your ideas to improve the distribution, see what software people like the most... and many other things. This is a place made by and for the community and a website where users can interact with each others to improve their experience with the distribution.

If there's one website a Linux Mint user should visit, it's this one!

Community Editions: The Fluxbox, Xfce, LXDE and Fluxbox editions are now considered official and no longer use the "Community" label.

Upstream Improvements

Ubuntu 10.04 brings faster boot speeds, a better looking installer, and "Long Term Support" (3 years of security updates).