Linux Mint 8 “Helena” Xfce released!

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

Quick steps:

Introduction to Linux Mint 8 Xfce:

Based on Xubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala, Linux 2.6.31, Xfce 4.6.1 and Xorg 7.4, Linux Mint 8 “Helena” Xfce CE features a lot of improvements and the latest software from the Open Source World.

Featured improvements in this release: OEM installation, possibility to ignore updates, configurable menu places, multiple selection in the Software Manager, new system tray File Uploader with support for drag and drop and mutiple files uploads.

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

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:

For a complete list of known issues read the release notes.

Download Linux Mint 8 Xfce:

This edition is available via HTTP and torrent from the download page.


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.


  1. Despite I prefer KDE (and fluxbox for relic notebook) editions, I`ll give it a try. Thank you very much, guys!

  2. Superb.

    While I prefer Ubuntu in the Gnome environment, I have typically run the XFCE Mint Community edition alongside on another partition. So far, this seems to be the best version to date.

    Excellent work!

  3. It’s about damn time… why can’t they release them all at once like Ubuntu does? Instead of working on one distro at a time, they should work on all of them at once.

  4. Ubuntu has many developers, which Mint only has a few. I personally am very thankful for the Mint developer team. They do such a fantastic job with the releases. Matter of fact, they are worth waiting for even though they come later than the Ubuntu releases. Congrats to the Mint team for another great release! Can’t wait for Mint 9!! Maybe by then the means for creating an x64 release of the Xfce CE will exist! 🙂

  5. Rizzo, I respect your opinion and I’m glad you are part of the Linux Mint family too. Each of us are enjoying those fantastic OS’s and the freedom to choose the environment we like the best. The Linux Mint devs. are doing an extraordinary job servicing our needs, unfortunately the releases are not on time as you will like to be. The explanation for that is, they work on their regular jobs, have families to attend and they try their best to find time to work for YOU and the rest of us too. You know I have a suggestion for you, please visit the following site: and maybe down the road you will be served as you demand.

    Yours truly

  6. Manny: ok, so he’s less grateful than we all want ourselves to be, and outwardly less patient. I’m not taking sides here, because I’ve seen this before, and distro fanatics can be very dangerous if they don’t catch themselves early on (i.e. Slackware anyone?)

    Anyway, the link is good, and at the very least, try to get others to convert! If you can’t contribute, but get 10 people to switch, maybe 2 of them will donate. Common ground? I just love this distro (can’t wait for the x64 XFCE also!) and don’t want to see angry people here. That’s all.

    I just feel that this is one of the ‘softest’ communities (I mean that in a good way) and we should debug, donate, and proselytize all we can – without fighting amongst ourselves. I guess I found that last reply a bit condescending, and for some reason felt compelled to compose a fcking essay in response….. i don’t know why.

    But there you have it 🙂

  7. I tried almoust all types of linux versions,but mint is the best,if I can choose mint 8 or W7,I choose Mint 8

  8. Jamie, I didn’t have any intention to have a fight in here and I’m sorry if I made that impression. Case close and thanks for your opinion.

  9. I was having a difficult time adjusting to lxde and I am glad I made the switch to xfce. I will do a repartition as soon as xfce mint9 will be release and it will be the main distro that I will will for both Desktop and netbooks.

  10. Hey guys,

    I’m new to Mint and was wondering about the comparison between Mint XFCE and Xubuntu in terms of resources. Xubuntu has gotten heavier then I would like; will I have a similar problem if I try to run Mint XFCE?

  11. I run W7 and Linux Mint (dual boot). But for a very few exceptions, I prefer Mint and run it about 90% of the time. Thanks for an Awesome OS!

  12. I started learning to use computers in 2005 (reeeally late!). Since I discovered Linux through a friend of mine who is a Computer Science major in college I’ve been blown away. I’ve actually come to disdain Mac and Microsoft Operating Systems and apps because Linux almost always works as well or better than the crap you pay for and get poor support with. Long story short, another CS friend of mine showed me Mint Gloria and the sexy aesthetics on top of ease of use make it my favorite OS by far. Also, since starting to use Linux, thanks to the abundance of forums and support sites, I’ve actually learned a ton about the basic functions of a computer and been enabled to take a direct hand in controlling my entire PC. Thank you Linux! Thank you Mint Design Team!!! You guys (and gals perhaps)are the best!!!

  13. I’m a newbie to Linux and have ordered a copy of ‘Linux Mint 8’ over the net, along with apparently 9 or so discs that accompany it. I always used Windows only because I was afraid to use Linux, due to the new learning curve, however having had ‘Ubuntu 9.10 Desktop’ for about a week, I have already declared I will not be returning “WINDOW$”.
    I’m sure you will be receiving more praise after I have had a chance to run ‘Mint 8’.
    Thankyou in advance.


  14. blindingly good kit, and l have a few converts coming along nicely as, fortunately, not everyone needs a pc for playing games on

  15. I have been using Ubuntu for three years now. Since nobody uses Linux in my office i was forced to use either XP 0r 7. In my office i decided to use MINT alongside XP. today is the first time and first day I am using Mint and boy I am considering finishing ubuntu and using Mint at home too.

  16. Hi!
    Thanks for this nice distro, I tried it a few weeks ago and wanted to use it again today. I downloaded a pre-installed VMware image which runs perfectly, but I don’t know the root password. Since I want to install new software, I really need it… can you help me? Searched the web already, but can’t find anything -.-


  17. Wow, XFCE interface has been very stable on many linux distros, in fact: I have seen it work where others don’t/ Won’t. I can’t wait to put this on and try it out for size. Thanks for making it possible everyone. Linux rocks and mint is a tastie treat. (now rubbing hands together like a mad scientist).

  18. Just out of curiosity. What would make xfce an fluxbox better then Gnome? Run Mint 8 main now, but am curious if switching to this release is worth the effort?

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  20. Just switched from Xubuntu 9.10 (new-ish laptop) to Helena Xfce (new desktop). Very nice, and mintConfig is excellent!

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