A preview of the new MintBox

Written by Clem on June 27th, 2013

When Linux Mint 15 Olivia was released, CompuLab changed their homepage on http://www.fit-pc.com to include this banner:

We’ve always had a fantastic relationship with the staff at CompuLab and we’re working hard on the new MintBox, but this was a surprise and I wanted to thank them for doing this. There’s a lot of respect and admiration going both ways and we’re very proud of what we’re doing together.

Talking about which, I can already share some exciting news about the MintBox 2..

  • Both CompuLab and Linux Mint reduced their margins (in our case we went from 10% to 5%)
  • CompuLab is working to enable European customers to order via Amazon.de (which means no more duty/customs tax and shipping costs included in the price)
  • The MintBox 2 will be based on the Intel i5 and feature more than 4 times the performance of the MintBox Pro, for roughly the same price

Here’s a quick comparison of the MintBox basic, the MintBox pro and the MintBox 2:

MintBox Basic MintBox Pro MintBox 2
CPU AMD T40 AMD T56 Intel i5
RAM 4GB 8GB 4GB
HDD 250GB 250GB 500GB
Ethernet Gigabit Gigabit Dual Gigabit
Warranty 1 year 1 year 5 years
Geekbench score 1077* 1615** 7541
Price $476*** + shipping, VAT, duty $549 + shipping, VAT, duty $599****

* Tested with 8GB RAM (the score on the official MintBox Basic should be slightly lower)

** Tested with 4GB RAM (the score on the official MintBox Pro should be slightly higher)

*** Original price (the MintBox Basic is now on sale at $379)

**** Amazon price (including shipping and fees).

The i5 CPU is a great compromise between performance and price, giving us 4 times the performance of the MintBox pro at roughly the same price. The i7 processor, in comparison, would have pushed the cost above $800 and only gave an additional 5% performance gain (8GB RAM + i7 CPU scored 7919 with the same benchmark).

The MintBox 2 will also feature dual Gigabit Ethernet, an upgraded 500GB HDD and a 5 years warranty.


Linux Mint 15 “Olivia” Xfce RC released!

Written by Clem on June 24th, 2013

The team is proud to announce the release of Linux Mint 15 “Olivia” Xfce RC.

Linux Mint 15 Olivia

Xfce is a lightweight desktop environment which aims to be fast and low on system resources, while still being visually appealing and user friendly. This edition features all the improvements from the latest Linux Mint release on top of an Xfce 4.10 desktop.

New features at a glance:

For a complete overview and to see screenshots of the new features, visit: “What’s new in Linux Mint 15 Xfce“.

Important info:

  • PAE required for 32-bit ISOs
  • EFI support
  • Local repository and GNOME PPP

Make sure to read the “Release Notes” to be aware of important info or known issues related to this release.

System requirements:

  • x86 processor (Linux Mint 64-bit requires a 64-bit processor. Linux Mint 32-bit works on both 32-bit and 64-bit processors).
  • 384 MB RAM (1GB recommended for a comfortable usage).
  • 5 GB of disk space
  • Graphics card capable of 800×600 resolution
  • DVD drive or USB port

Bug reports:

Please report any bug you may find by leaving a comment on this blog.

Download:

Md5 sum:

  • 32-bit: d04f248468dd6be6abbd23baa26ef080
  • 64-bit: 27e57daa89248b0cf63c1726d0011ffe

Torrents:

HTTP Mirrors for the 32-bit DVD ISO:

HTTP Mirrors for the 64-bit DVD ISO:

Enjoy!

We look forward to receiving your feedback. Thank you for using Linux Mint and have a lot of fun testing the release candidate!


Linux Mint 15 “Olivia” KDE RC released!

Written by Clem on June 23rd, 2013

The team is proud to announce the release of Linux Mint 15 “Olivia” KDE RC.

Linux Mint 15 Olivia

KDE is a vibrant, innovative, advanced, modern looking and full-featured desktop environment. This edition features all the improvements from the latest Linux Mint release on top of KDE 4.10.

New features at a glance:

For a complete overview and to see screenshots of the new features, visit: “What’s new in Linux Mint 15 KDE“.

Important info:

  • PAE required for 32-bit ISOs
  • EFI support

Make sure to read the “Release Notes” to be aware of important info or known issues related to this release.

System requirements:

  • x86 processor (Linux Mint 64-bit requires a 64-bit processor. Linux Mint 32-bit works on both 32-bit and 64-bit processors).
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8 GB of disk space
  • Graphics card capable of 1024×768 resolution
  • DVD drive or USB port

Bug reports:

Please report any bug you may find by leaving a comment on this blog.

Download:

Md5 sum:

  • 32-bit: 9fbbee8b9e8f90d6b5ef2f31825ccc9a
  • 64-bit: bae415d7223cc2edcd08d8393973ebda

Torrents:

HTTP Mirrors for the 32-bit DVD ISO:

HTTP Mirrors for the 64-bit DVD ISO:

Enjoy!

We look forward to receiving your feedback. Thank you for using Linux Mint and have a lot of fun testing the release candidate!