Linux Mint 8 “Helena” Fluxbox RC1 released!

The team is proud to announce the release of Linux Mint 8 “Helena” Fluxbox Community Edition RC1.

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
  • GA graphics card capable of 800×600 resolution
  • CD-ROM drive or USB port

Important information and known issues:

As an RC (Release Candidate) this release is targeted at developers and beta-testers who want to help Linux Mint find and correct bugs before the stable release. Please do not use this release as your main desktop. For a complete list of known issues read the Release Notes.

Feedback and bug reports:

Please report any bug you may find via the Linux Mint 8 Fluxbox RC1 Bug Thread and give us your feedback on this release by posting a comment right here on the blog.

Download Linux Mint 8 Fluxbox RC1:

You can download Linux Mint 8 Fluxbox RC1 via torrent or via HTTP:

Size: 653MB LiveCD
MD5Sum:  b70be8c9caa4712cf109c66daa3a7f95

Torrent download:
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Have a lot of fun testing this release candidate and let’s all hope it will help us make a great stable release.


  1. Cool, will there be a amd64 / intel64 version?
    Kinda gave up hope, cause the last Fluxbox version was 5 (Elyssa), as far as i remember. You just left out one or two Versions 🙂 .
    PS: Linux Mint is a great System not depending on what windowmanager you use 🙂

  2. Magnificient on my Asus 901 network, all the CPU + battery saving power with much more minimalist polish than anything out there, shows some careful hard work, thank you guys!!!

  3. I have been using this for the past couple of days, and this is Amazing. Feels rock solid, and not a single problem yet for me here.

  4. Like Flavio I am wanting this for an Asus eeepc 901, presently running Ubuntu (but had to revert to 9.04 as 9.10 had too many issues). I loved the Mint 7 XFCE and regret uninstalling. Hope the Gloia version is out soon.

  5. when will a version with openbox?

    Openbox is very pretty and confortable to use even if panel doesn’t exist but there is so many panels and other lightweight application like: -fbpanel, tint2 (Panel)
    -Thunar, Pcmanfm (File Manager)
    -feh, gpicwiev..etc

    and lot of many things

    think about a community version with openbox please instead fluxbox, openbox is better than fluxbox and more lightweight, fast, flexible
    and it was completly rewrite in C and not depend to blackbox code like fluxbox

  6. Excelente trabajo, yo actualmente uso Mint en mi empresa, y nos ha funcionado de maravilla, al menos me quite ( como administrador de red) el problema de pantallas azules, virus etc… ahora realmente se pone la gente a trabajar, ya que el sistema solo quedo para lo es. excelente distribución, excelente trabajo a los realizadores y colaboradores, Felicidades!!

  7. I was looking for Xfce and I tried this, Quicker, easily customized and compact. I LIKE IT! Changing my signature on the forums.

  8. There seems to be a problem with Felicia repositories since yesterday… Fails to refresh. I first noticed because mintUpdate took ages and still wouldn’t stop blinking. Worse than that, it would show 17 updates in the end, which are all the highrisk updates (Level 4 and 5) such, base-files etc… I’ll post about this last one in the forum as well, since it seems like a mintUpdate issue…

    [Sorry about the out-of-topic comment here. Just thought it might be seen faster.]

  9. Oh, joy! 😀 Finally back in action. I hope the final version will come out soon, so I can burn it and pack it. 😉 This is excellent for older PCs. Many thanks to the developers! 🙂

  10. I have the Linux mint 8 and I am loving it so far, my only issue is the wifi isn’t working at all…Anyone know where I can get the wireless driver for a compaq presario C500? I would greatly appreciate any help…

  11. I still like this version very much. Openbox is a nice WM aswell like mentioned here, and i did install that aswell after i set things up.

    May i recommend WindowMaker aswell? i know its ancient, but it is so geeky and fun that it is definately worth it. Works extremely fast and is very lightweight even compared to openbox and flux. Its in the repositories, and only a few packages is required.

  12. It doesn’t install a Kernel. By now I made 2 installations on the same machine and Grub always starts MemCheck. I chrooted via a Live System and installed 2 different Kernel, but they both give me a Kernel panic. Also at the beginning of the actual installation process it throws out an error about /cdrom being in use (which isn’t). I have to lazy unmount /cdrom in a Terminal and start the installation process again..

  13. I finally got to install a custom Kernel, now it’s working quite smoothly. But I have a request, if there’s a possibility to get a pre-compiled Kernel that uses the old IDE drivers.

    Since this is an OS for slow and older computers, I guess most of them don’t run with SATA drives, and having the new SATA drivers handling the old IDE drives, watching DVDs is a pain in the ass..

  14. Fancied a long time with fluxbox. But with Mint Fluxbox it is the first time I really dove into it. I’m really thrilled! Thanks to the preconfigured menus and adjustments and all the mint tools it is really easy to get used to this os. Only Thunderbird is missing for me. But this is personal taste and swiftly changed. (… and window tabbing doesn’t work correctly in my VBox installation…) Impatiently awaiting the final built!

  15. I’m Downloading it for this old dell that wouldn’t let me put linux Mint on it(it had to little ram and kept freezing or spouting out error codes). Maybe this will work on a dell with 128MB ram. I posted about trying this in the forums. =]

  16. I think the minimal recommended RAM can be lower, I installed it on a virtual machine with 224 RAM (like my older desktop computer) and it was really really smooth.

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