Mint 8 – Getting close to a stable release

– The translation templates were frozen and we’re waiting on translations to be completed. If you want to help, please visit the following address: https://translations.launchpad.net/linuxmint/helena

– Because of a compatibility problem between mint4win/wubi and the new Grub2, Linux Mint 8 Helena will come without any Windows installer.

– 26 bugs were fixed since the release candidate. All fixes were made available as level 1 and level 2 updates. RC1 users can apply these updates using their Update Manager. Updated translations will come as an update to the mint-translations package.

75 comments

  1. Great, i can’t wait to install the stable version!
    For translation, i’m afraid i can’t help, my native language is already translated :/

  2. me too, the italian is 100% translated.

    26 bugs fixed is very good, and NO windows installer it’s not bad. 🙂

    i’m waiting!!! 🙂 🙂

  3. Probably everyone except me knows it: If I install the RC, will it update to the stable release automatically?

  4. Acabei de finalizar o Português Brasileiro (pt-BR) !!! Então Português Brasileiro Já está 100% também !!! Que venha a versão final !!!

    I just finished the Brazilian Portuguese (pt-BR)! So Brazilian Portuguese is 100% translated! Waiting final version!

  5. Awesome news! Would be a great gift to have the Main Edition available to play with over our long weekend here in the states…

  6. I hope one of the bugs that were fixed was the slow download speeds I’m getting. Download speed is fine in Mint 7, but in Mint 8 and Ubuntu 9.10, download speeds are choked at about 70kbs. I get 400+ in Mint 7. Looking forward to moving to Mint 8, as everything is looking so nice!!!!

  7. The Grub version that comes with Mint8rc, is about 5 times slower to load than the Grub version that comes with Mint7 anyone know why?

    My name is Bob and I love MINT7 and will be very reluctant to change,but I find Mint8RC1,very exiting but slow to load.
    Cheers

  8. Will the stable release be based on kernel “.15” …… by any chance? The usb mobile modems did not work at all in “network Manager” causing nightmares for those dependent on usb mobile (3G) modems.

  9. A couple of days, a week, maybe, and then another wonderful edition of Linux Mint to explore and enjoy. The anticipation is only exceeded by my confidence in the high quality OS you will make available for public release.

    This is just one big group hug for everyone who has contributed to LM 8 so far. Other people have said the same thing in different ways, but I believe your organization, and by extension your product, is a beautiful model that combines complexity that is transparent, class exhibited in all the little things you do, and an unbelievable transparent human sensitivity in what is often a cold and distant process development and support process. Other organizations produce a fine version of Linux (none as great as LM, who,yah!), but none grasp the whole ‘community thing’ quite like you guys.

    Thanks,
    Hawkeye

  10. Congratulations for your excellent work!!!

    I would like the stable version of Helena included all the packages updated (firefox inclusive) and the last stable kernel (2.6.30.15).

    Thank you very much.

  11. Hey that is a good news, 26 bugs fixed. I think the Arc-wise gdm login screen is still there. I liked it the most. I’ve voted for fresh wallpaper. I think that would be there. There is no need of wubi exactly. All those windows geeks should study how to install Linux….
    I’m waiting…
    I’m wasiting…

    😀

  12. When I downloaded the Gnome Games that I had in Mint 7, the Games menu did not scroll, nor did it include all the games in the set. Has this been fixed?

    Great release, congratulations to the Mint Team! With this release you have gotten me to the point of feeling guilty for not making a contribution. It will be forthcoming over out “Football/Turkey/Family Weekend” (notice the order!) here in the Colonies.

  13. When I downloaded the Gnome Games that I had in Mint 7, the Games menu did not scroll, nor did it include all the games in the set. Has this been fixed?

    Great release, congratulations to the Mint Team! With this release you have gotten me to the point of feeling guilty for not making a contribution. It will be forthcoming over our “Football/Turkey/Family Weekend” (notice the order!) here in the Colonies.

  14. hey guys i like your distro, but please deactivate all sound in the livecd-modus it would be great 4 all the people who use your distro on public computers like university or libraries
    hand, martin

  15. Clem, I know you work hard on the new release. Thank you for your effort and congratulations for the achievements.

    There is a thing that I can’t keep for myself: is very frustrating to wait day-by-day for the new release without knowing the release date. This is why I switched from Mint to Arch. I wouldn’t share this feeling with you if my Mother wouldn’t still use Mint, being a big fan of it. She’s over 80…

    So, can you help my Mom telling something about the Big-Mint-8-Day?… 🙂

  16. I have only been using Linux Mint 7 for a few weeks now. I was a long time windows user. I have been completely converted with Linux Mint! After using Mint 7 for a month or so, I can’t imagine ever going back to the “other” OS. My regards to the Mint dev team. I’m passing the word along and converting folks to Mint. There are 3 of us here that are now Mint users and have scrapped our W OS. There are only a couple things that I can’t run on Mint, but I have found opensource products to take their place. THANKS! I’m early awaiting the new stable release.

  17. Clem,

    Please, with the release, tell the people who are dependent on a 3G dongle, whether they should wait or whether it is safe to install Mint 8. Especially newbies would be shocked to suddenly be without the internet connection — without a possibility to look for a fix.

  18. Can’t wait for Mint 8, BUT, hope it doesn’t have the same problem that RC1 has, along with Ubuntu 9.10. On my laptop (Toshiba X205-9800) boot hangs for about 3 or 4 minutes just after the line that has something to do with firewire. That will be the only thing to keep me from upgrading. I may have to wait for a later release….

    Still LOVE Mint!!

  19. Pretty please, with sugar on top…..release release

    I love Ubuntu (even w/ the required additional tweaks and modifications), but also love The Mint!!!!

  20. It would be nice (for the release of Linux Mint 9) to have an email list to inform everybody when the release is published.

  21. Wubi/Windows Installer is critical. On some machines, you just can’t partition them, either by personal choice or by restriction from above. Wubi lets me put Mint on machines without freaking people out or endangering their precious data with “that crazy Linux stuff”. Soon, they don’t consider it so crazy and start to like it.

    Please consider a workaround.

  22. Clem – I’m running mintmenu 4.9.0 and the games (just installed via Software manager) still do not all show up, nor does the menu scroll.

    Is it me? I have a fresh install of RC1 will all updates installed except for “mint-artwork-common”, “mint-artwork-gnome”, “ubuntu-xsplash-artwork” and “xsplash.” I didn’t install those as I really prefer the original Mint 8 RC1 backdrop when I log in. Could not installing any of these be an issue?

  23. Je suis utilisateur de Simple backup il s’installe correctement grâce a synaptic mais impossible de la démarrer avec la menu d’HELENA.
    a noter que le logiciel démarre bien en ligne de commande ou avec un lanceur créer sur le bureau (même commande que dans celui du menu).
    olivier

  24. Although I usually use Mint in English, I just tried the Dutch installation in a virtual machine. My goodness, what an awful translation. I don’t mean to be rude, but it’s really just terrible. I mean, “Weergeef dit venster bij opstarten” is that supposed to be understood by any Dutch speaking person? “WordT een sponsEr”? “BeDoek het forum”?… Mint really deserves better than that! Also, there was still a lot of untranslated text, even though the translations page says everything was translated.

  25. @Dutchie,

    you’re correct, but in the meantime all those errors have been corrected – that’s why the devs roll out a RC before going Gold. I hope to see you in our translation team as any help is welcome.

    Wamukota
    administrator linuxmint-nl.org

  26. @Dutchie: same experience here. It seems like they are still not applying the lastest translation for every languages to the packages/system yet. The available translation seems to be very old already.

  27. If peoples would seat down and work to improve what is not yet perfect instead only complain the work of the community probably the world would be better!!!
    You are allowed to correct and improve the Dutch language version!!!
    bb

  28. I think it’s better to wait a little bit longer and get a stable system than make it as poor as Microsoft.

  29. Just to make things clear: I did not only want to complain and yes, I do want to contribute to the Dutch translation. Thanks btw to Wamukota for pointing me to the Dutch site about Mint – I didn’t even know it existed! See you there…

  30. with dual booting(xp or seven) the same problem like ubuntu 9.10.
    no such device…
    how can we solve this problem?
    thanks

  31. I hope the menu bug is fixed… Its a pain on the neck to see, the menu goes weired sometimes…Its just switching among them when I get the mouse pointer to select something…!!!
    I really hope that its fixed…Its fixed…

    I’m waiting for helena stable….
    From RC1…..Napster… 😀

  32. DITTO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 25th, 2009 at 10:39 pm

    Clem,

    Please, with the release, tell the people who are dependent on a 3G dongle, whether they should wait or whether it is safe to install Mint 8. Especially newbies would be shocked to suddenly be without the internet connection — without a possibility to look for a fix.

    DITTO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    This is a BIG pain in the ass for many thousands of users of Ubuntu 9.10 …….. Please advise us whether it will be solved in the new Mint release, or advise us on how to solve it easily.

    Thanks

    Daka

  33. [quote] pepe Says:
    November 25th, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    64bits?

    please 64bits 1º
    [/quote]

    I second that!
    Please x64!

  34. Clem,
    I have been running Mint 7 in a wubi since 7 came out. I have RC1 (now fully upgraded to 8 with no problems) running slowly in Sun’s virtual box. I still need XP for my core business of Web design to run the latest versions of Adobe CS4 (Dreamweaver etc.). I also have XandrOS Presto running in a wubi type arrangement when I need a super fast boot up (about 14 seconds on my old compaq nx7010 pentium M). My old bios has lost the plot with all the partitions I have on my 160 GB internal drive. Will the new Grub loader recognise Mint 8 if I put it into one of my existing partitions? (Mint 7 and the last Ubuntu came up with an error message at boot) My old bios does not support booting from USB or I would boot it from an external drive or stick.
    Ideally I would like to run it the same as Mint 7, IN a WUBI.
    The new Ubuntu gives you the option of using the new or old Grub loader but I don’t want to go back to Ubuntu as I just love how every thing works in Mint straight out of the box.
    Thank you
    Grant

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