Linux Mint 8 Fluxbox released!

Written by Clem on Friday, February 12th, 2010 @ 11:29 am | Main Topics

The team is proud to announce the release of Linux Mint 8 “Helena” Fluxbox Community Edition.

Quick steps:

Introduction to Linux Mint 8 Fluxbox:

This release has been built with the emphasis on a lightweight and yet fully functional desktop centered on the Fluxbox window manager. Even though we strive to provide out-of-the-box readiness for all your hardware and common computing tasks, Linux Mint Fluxbox CE is easily configurable to run on lower-spec hardware with the tools needed for doing so readily available.

For a detailed overview of the new features and improvements included in Linux Mint 8 Fluxbox, please read “What’s new in Helena Fluxbox?“.

System requirements:

  • x86 processor
  • 256 MB of system memory (RAM)
  • 3 GB of disk space for installation
  • Graphics card capable of 800×600 resolution
  • CD-ROM drive or USB port

Important information and known issues:

For a complete list of known issues read the Release Notes.

Download Linux Mint 8 Fluxbox:

You can download Linux Mint 8 Fluxbox via torrent or via HTTP:

Size: 656MB LiveCD
MD5Sum:  1b2f311199d2d0d7f5fc431d0252e824

Torrent download:
HTTP download:



Northern America:

Rest of the World:


Have a lot of fun with this edition and let us know what you think. Reviews will be answered and your feedback will be used to improve the distribution before the next release. We hope you enjoy this release as much as we enjoyed making it and we wish you a very nice experience with Linux Mint.

74 Responses to “Linux Mint 8 Fluxbox released!”

  1. kneekoo says:

    Woo hoo!!! 😀 Thank you very much! 😀 This made my day! 😀

  2. Rovanion says:

    I will try this on my Dell Latitude C600. A 850mhz Pentium III processor upgraded to 512MB of RAM, works great with Debian Lenny KDE, lets see how the minty flux works!

  3. Rovanion says:

    Oh and there needs to be more seeders for the torrent.
    I don’t want to bog down the LM servers so torrent is the way to go.

  4. JM says:

    Looks like a great release, although I’m going to probably try it with lxpanel.

  5. hamburn says:

    I’m seeding 😉

    Will try this on my old lappy later.
    After the disappointment about the KDE x64
    I hope this is better.


  6. crabbypup says:

    might be just what i need for my aging AMD duron. looks pretty cool.

  7. Fredx says:

    YESS, thank you guys!!! Mint is the best!!!

  8. eamonnb says:

    Great…can’t wait to download the ISO tonight and give it a try. My old 2003 Dell pc found Mint 8 a bit too rich…hopefully this fluxbox edition will fit the bill.

  9. Antman says:

    Great news!! I’ll be installing this unto my IBM x41 sub-notebook once I get back to the office. It’s running LM8 with gnome now, but it’s a little sluggish; hopefully LM Fluxbox will add some needed pep.

  10. hmedellin says:


    Work well on an old AMD K6-2 with 256MB of RAM???

  11. George Borusiewich says:

    I can’t find “Floppy Formatter” under Mint 8.

  12. Sean says:

    Waiting for Fluxbox x64!!!

  13. uke-eda says:

    Love it!!!

    Going to seed it via torrent!!!

  14. Husse says:

    George Borusiewich
    Ubuntu skipped floppy support in general as a default application
    Please search the forum for it and you’ll find several answers which I think are valid for fluxbox as well

  15. martosurf says:


  16. Sontaran says:

    Great news!
    Thanks to the community team who made this! 😀
    I’m downloading it now.

    Note: at the end of the what’s new page,
    ( )
    it mentions Fluxbox 4.3 which doesn’t exist, and Kubuntu 9.10, which would not be part of a Fluxbox release. Not sure if anything else was cut & pasted from the KDE what’s new page.

  17. Cluster says:

    Wow, great!

    I love Fluxbox as small desktop manager with minimum requirements and maximum user friendlyness.

    Combined with Linux Mint, my favourite because working out-of-the-box linux distro, it shines.

    * x86 processor
    * 256 MB of system memory (RAM)
    * 3 GB of disk space for installation
    * Graphics card capable of 800×600 resolution
    * CD-ROM drive or USB port
    I have an amd64 processor, so i am waiting for the x86_64 version, but because the downwards compatibility i can still use it 🙂
    How much OS have this Hardware requirements, not called linux?

    Thanks, Linux Ment Development Team.
    I love this distro, and since the Fluxbox version got resurrected, its even greater!


  18. Kendall Weaver says:


    There are no plans to build a 64 bit version of Mint 8 Fluxbox. It’s something I’m looking into for Mint 9 though.

  19. George Borusiewich says:

    Husse Thank you for your response. George Borusiewich

  20. MacNate says:

    Mint, any flavor, run’s great on my MacTell mini. Many thanks for that.
    My 5 year old iMac is now sitting in a corner due to Apple, no longer doing supporting the PPC line, and Mint not running on them as well 🙁

    I am looking forward to the next version of a great OS… 🙂

  21. Radimir says:

    It’s great to see how the LinuxMint team works to get ready our beloved distros …

    Three versions in less than a week …


    Guinness Book does not take into account this sprint? It should.

  22. Eric says:

    I’m a dedicated Arch Linux user and usually go openbox, but just been playing around with the Mint Fluxbox edition in a virtual machine. I have to say, I’m impressed. It’s a beautiful implementation of fluxbox. Thank you for the hard work and job well done!

  23. Tim says:

    Now my 10 years old Compaq Armada 100S-K6 533 MHz will survive. 😀
    I tried it with Felicia(Gnome), but it was very slow.
    (an USB error floating the tty)

  24. Michael says:

    Thanks! I have an old Thinkpad A31 that simply just waited for this to happen.

  25. Imhoteps says:

    I`m writing this from Helena Fluxbox LiveCD just right now – it`s Xtremely fast on my almost relic single-core Celeron 2,8GHz, 2Gb DDR2 RAM and integrated Intel`s graphic (8600GT overburned last week:(). Blazing performance, incredible distro. Just BEAUTIFUL! Great work guys, great thanks, great respect of mine! WTG!
    P.S. I recommend Mints to everyone who has any non-windows interests here in Latvia 🙂

  26. MarkW says:

    Is there a persistent USB version? When I try to install Ubuntu to a USB or SD card, Grub still overwrites my MBR and messes up my Windows boot. I want to be able to stick in a USB or SD source, tell the computer to boot from that, and run from that – without messing up my hard disk.

    Puppy has a limited persistent USB version, but “limited” is the operative word.

    I am glad you have a Linux Mint version with codecs already installed (Ubuntu drives me nuts in that regard and 9.10 is unreliable on a netbook, even the remix) and that you are trying to make it leaner and meaner (Moblin is lean and mean but eats my machine worse than Ubuntu).

    I am downloading this now and will try the “live” version but “persistent” is what I really want.

    (P.S. I got a Class 10 SD card, 16 gb, for this – before I learned how tricky installing without messing up my mbr can be.)

  27. harry says:

    Looks nice! Would it be easy to add Fluxbox as option to a standard (Gnome) Mint Helena installation? I’d love to try out Fluxbox with my existing applications.

  28. joe says:

    and how do we upgrade from rc1

  29. Sergio says:

    Excelente versión. Muy Agil.
    Muchas Gracias a la Comunidad por esta CE.

  30. foshelan says:

    Nowhere to download a DVD version or no need?

  31. Smidge says:

    656mb iso for a ‘light’ fluxbox based distro?

    Smells of Ubuntu bloat.

  32. gregory says:

    I have install this version of Linux Mint on a Dell Inspiron 8100 (1.13 GHz, 256 megs ram, 10 gig hd) and it is running very well. I do need to learn how to increase font size, change background, setup this distro to suite my own tastes. thank you

  33. Mark says:

    You are saying Fluxbox 4.3,but fluxbox is currently at 1.1.0 right?

    Linux Mint fluxbox rocks and the best Fluxbox implementation so far.

  34. Mustafa says:

    Forget everything else Linux Mint 8 Fluxbox rocks ,it is all you need.

  35. Mouhoubihakim001 says:

    but how to get a vga driver shit, i’m on 800×600 it’s very bad very very bad and compiz dosn’t work :'( i’m gonna cry
    xorg.conf!!!!!! help me

  36. Mouhoubihakim001 says:

    Thank you for this distro’ i really like it,
    please tell me what vga card can be on, please

  37. Fred says:

    Thank you! I need Mint Fluxbox 64bit too 🙂

  38. XOXO says:



  39. Manolo says:

    I’m very happy with Mint Fluxbox, thank you. Two things, though:

    I’ve changed Sylpheed with Claws. There really is no reason why one should stay with Sylpheed; Claws is as lightweight and can do many more things.

    My iPod, which worked perfectly with Gloria (Gnome) has started giving problems when mounting. I guess this must be a problem coming from Karmic, though.

    Anyway, all in all, it is a very nice distro. Thank you again.

  40. Paul says:

    People should realize that this is a “community” edition and as such is not user-friendly. There is no way to change the tiny font size (why do they make 1600×1200 default??) in the main menu – yet icons are provided! It suggests using the “filter” when there isn’t one. The login screen has no writing, i.e. we assume the first is username an the second is password. Not a pleasant experience at all.

  41. Zane says:

    Any of you want a free linux cd??? I give this os as well as Ubuntu and Kubuntu.
    Email me at ” ” And i will send you a free cd with no shipping chages. Provide your adress in the email
    The Zinux Team

  42. Barry says:

    Just downloaded it yesterday. Works great out of the box better than Ubuntu and Debian. Much easier to deal with for the average Joe.
    I have been away from Windows for about 2 years now and this is the best. God, I don’t miss Windows!!!! Thanks Mint for the best Linux OS yet in my humble opinion. Barry

  43. smashtoad says:

    About to try it on a HP 1010NR Mini. I can’t seem to find an distro with built in support for broadcom. It’s killing me to keep windows on this POS.

    Gonna try it on my old Aspire 3680 as well.

  44. xicoloco says:

    How to change from Mint Gnome to Mint Fluxbox?

  45. Muten says:



  46. doolittle says:

    8 minutes to download via torrent! Cheers everyone, will seed as long as I can. Several pre-gigahertz laptops laying around will be very happy to be in use again.

  47. mustaf says:

    You can not change Gnome to Flaxbox install it on its own partition and enjoy is n amazing piece of work

  48. John says:

    This is a great OS and all but I think it has a terrible flaw. I dual booted with Windows 7 and I got it to work. I then tried installing a proprietary driver or some software through synaptic. I forgot which of the two but it made Linux Mint Fluxbox only do commandline stuff. I pretty much broke it. It runs light and strong but my Thinkpad T400 battery life is like over 3x more on Windows 7 than on Mint because of the fan and heat coming out more even though it’s a light system.

  49. aantonis says:

    Recently,i changed my descktop.As an ext windows user i’ve installed windows (again) and after that i decided to use linux also as a second OS.
    After trying a few ersions on my old pc,i’ve decided to use mint 8.
    I tryed them for about 10 days,i formated my HDD,and now the only OS that i have is MINT.
    Thanx a lot!!!

  50. Hinto says:

    Just what the Doctor ordered for my 3 year old Mac mini;)


  51. Boian says:

    How to log in? What is the password and user?

  52. rod says:

    Ubiquity bit the dust so many times I gave up. How ’bout an ‘alternate’ (ubuntu style) version with the less demanding installer. Funny I was able to install Ubuntu 9.10 ‘alternate’ (runs surprisingly well with only 256M of ram) on an old laptop, but not Mint 8 Fluxbox. Might try again with Mint 6 Fluxbox. Mint is great. My normal daily-use Ubuntu (Karmic) system seems to be in a state of flux, sometimes good, sometimes not so good. Flash video is annoyingly flaky. Mint 6 was 100 times better. I may just reinstall that. I miss it.

  53. rod says:

    I meant mint 5, not 6, was 100 times better. Hopefully the next LTS will be as good.

  54. Jessie says:

    Just want to thanks everyone else who provided this amazing os. I could hardly believe my eyes when I tried this on a loptop with no hard disk at all only usb port and amazingly you can do almost everything. The application is there, it has drivers on it and luckily besides other linux os I have tried this is the most stable version ever for me. Thanks guys, you really did a nice work of art. More power.

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