Linux Mint 7 x64 RC1 released!

The team is proud to announce the release of Linux Mint 7 x64 Gloria RC1.

Quick steps:

Introduction to Linux Mint 7 x64:

This x64 edition of Linux Mint 7 is almost identical to the Main Edition but compiled for 64 bit processors (Intel Core 2 Duo, Intel Core 2 Quad, AMD Athlon X2 64 and all x86-64 compliant processors). It comes with all the improvements featured in Linux Mint 7 Gloria Main Edition.

System requirements:

An X86_64 64 bit processor (Intel Core 2, AMD X2 64, etc…) .

A minimum of 512MB of RAM is recommended. Once installed the system works fine with as low as 256MB RAM. The installation process deals with 2.5GB of data compressed on a 700MB CD and it can hang or fail on systems with less than 512MB RAM. If you have between 256MB and 512MB RAM you may have to try to install several times.

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.

The upgrade path from Linux Mint 6 x64 will be finalized for the stable release.

Feedback and bug reports:

Please report any bug you may find via the Linux Mint 7 x64 RC1 Bug Thread and give us your feedback on this release by posting a comment right here on the blog.

Download Linux Mint 7 x64 RC1:

You can download Linux Mint 7 x64 RC1 via torrent or via HTTP:

Size: 694MB LiveCD
MD5Sum: 2bbef299edcdbdc17f9ace19b5f8d24d

Torrent download:
HTTP 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. You’re still working, I see. πŸ™‚ Congratulations! Can we expect a comparison benchmark between the 32-bit and the 64-bit Gloria editions? It would be nice to know if there are performance differences because more and more people have 64-bit processors and these platforms get more mature over time.

  2. Wonderful! I love your distro, but have been spoiled by the speed of 64-bit Ubuntu compared to 32-bit Mint. This is the best of both worlds!

  3. Mark, they already had Linux Mint 6 in 64 bit versions… I’m using it and it’s pretty stable and it has the same good things we love about Mint (32 bit, I mean).


  4. agree on releasing 64-bit first… 32-bit is old hat and is now for legacy systems… you guy’s are great!… cheers!!!

  5. Thank you so much. I have been waiting for this since the release of the 32-bit RC1. Cannot wait ’til the final is out.

  6. While benchmarks would be nice, in general performance benefits will be minimal for most desktop apps. The 64bit version will show it’s best in activities that involve a lot of CPU number-crunching, so heavy (production) multimedia creation, and some scientific apps will show improvement. In my experience, the “performance” of 64 bit vs 32 bit for a desktop has been minimal.

    But of course, I’ve still got to have it.. πŸ˜‰

    I’m trying to decide between the 32bit and 64bit to replace my aging openSUSE 11.1 desktop. I’m running Mint 7 on my MSI Wind and liking it a lot. I’m planning on using it as my desktop OS-while I’m testing the next release of openSUSE (sorry, Mint is great (I call it “Ubuntu done right!”), but I’m not a convert… πŸ™‚ ).

    Though I should mention, Mint 7’s multi-monitor support (for Intel integrated gfx) is not nearly as good as raw Ubuntu Jaunty. Strange, since I assume they use the same Xorg version/config…

  7. Awesome, I’ve been looking forward to this it’s like xmas in june. I’m also interested in testing but I too would like to know if there will be an upgrade path offered from mint 7 x64 rc1 to upgrade to mint 7 x64 stable? Or should I wait?

  8. Just installed the 64-bit version on my computer for the first time. Wondering about a weird little kernel issue at boot. In the GRUB, it has two kernel options: 2.6.28-12 and 2.6.28-11. It’s set by default to boot from the first, but when attempting to it ends in a black screen with flashing cursor and nothing else. Booting from -11 works just fine.

    Wondering if there’s some obvious reason for this? Or would it be hardware-related?

  9. Thanks for all the effort you guys/(girls?) put into this. I love the mint concept and the green theme. I was using Mint 6 x64. It was good, but too many crashes, mainly with firefox every 4-5 hrs or when inactive, led me to try Mint 7 x86 which for me was bit more stable, still having firefox crashes, and a hard crash today, but was noticeably slower on everything, even opening programs, on my new phenom 2 triple core. Hopefully, I’ll be upgrading tonight!

  10. Woooooooooooooooohooooooooooooo!!!!!! I’ve been waiting for the x64 ever since Gloria was still released. Great job guys!

  11. Great to see the 64 bit version so soon after the main release. I realize it is only a rc but its better then nothing! Thanks!

  12. Okay. I’ll remove that option from GRUB then. Could be because I didn’t have the installer format the partition, although it was from Mint Main edition I was installing over, so I don’t quite see the link there.

  13. Just installed MInt 7 64bit running well on system with 4 gig mem and 1TB HDD. But I was previously installing the 32 bit onto my system and it wouldnt run, I couldnt get the Keyboard or the mouse to work (I tried everything from usb PROBS TO hAL.). I was installing the system to 1 hard drive and the boot loader was on my boot up drive. when I formatted everything on a single drive (my boot drive) and ran the system totally from one Hdd THE SYSTEM STARTED NO PROBS. and the Keyboard/mouse problem disappeared. go figure, maybe this is one of the problems people have been missing when faced with this Keyboard/Mouse problem and that the system should be installed and booted from the 1st partition.

  14. Thank you very mutch guys!!! I’m looking forward the final version… This is the best OS, YES
    A happy mint user from Hungary

  15. I actually downloaded it a few days ago.

    Freaking brilliant!

    Everything works *perfectly* on a Dell Studio 15 laptop, even the ATI driver which has given me fits with other distros. I can’t find a single hiccup, and I’ve been trying!

    Great work folks!

  16. Excuse me, I used Cassandra once, but it was quite long time ago. At time, my HDD broken, and now I’m returning to the ‘other OS’.

    Btw, I’m sorry if this is a stupid question, but can I use normal 32-bit apps in this x64 Release? I have a Pentium D that is said to have sort of 64-bit technology in it, so I hope I can optimise my CPU by using 64-bit version of mint, without losing in touch with many application written for 32-bit version.

    Thank you very much, and please pardon my English. πŸ™‚

  17. Way to go Mint team! Been using live cd of Mint7-x32… will definitely install Mint7-x64 upon final release. Everyone’s right, x64 is probably the most useful platform and should be considered the PRIMARY edition. Way to go Mint team, way to go!!!

  18. I don’t go for 64-bit edition. The Main is enough for me. Any way congratulations for this team effort !

  19. Sorry to ask such a question with all this good news.. but will there be a 64bit mint kde this time around?

    I’m currently using kubuntu 9.04, and i love it, but i know a “mint” edition will be smoother, and just all around “better”

    just wondering..GREAT work everyone

  20. Mint 7/64 boots up really fast,pity I cannot get my MFC990CW driver to work, supposedly the 32 bit drivers can be tweaked to work but I havent managed it yet.any help gladly accepted

  21. Huuurrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrraaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyy…!
    What a surprise.. really great news ever! Thanks to all…
    But, I’ll wait for the final release πŸ™‚
    * dari indonesia nih *

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  23. Hey,

    I was just about to install 32-bit Gloria, but will wait until 64-bit goes final. I’m running Jaunty 64-bit right now.

  24. OHH YEAH!!! its 9.04 mint style finally compability meets ext4 i cant wait to try this the core ubuntu 9.04 was lightning fast but the wireless driver support and wine loader was really something to feel dissapointed in.

  25. AWSOME!!! For the issues I had with Mint 7 32bit on my machine, they are gone. I have been running this all week now and not a simgle problem! I found my new home! Great work ya’ll!

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  28. I installed Mint 7 (32 bit) on one partition and then Mint 7 (64 bit version) on another partition. Mint 7 worked fine until I installed the 64 bit version then the Grub menu just forgot about the previous 2 “ext 4” distributions I had installed (Ubuntu 9.04 and Mint 7).

    I worked around this by booting onto a live CD that was able to locate each partition and then opened the partition containing the last complete working grub menu.lst before the 64 bit install.

    I then saved it to a USB stick so that I could paste the two missing ext 4 selections back into the grub menu.

  29. Been using the live cd on my dell studio 17 for a few days now trying to find something to crash or not work but alas, no. Everything running sweet as a nut and noticabley faster than 32bit.
    Great distro guys, waiting for the final to use on my hard drive

  30. A KDE version of MINT 7 64bit would be perfect. With all GNOME distributions i face an annoying issue on playing back video files. Anyway, great job and thank you!

  31. Mint7(32bit) installed on my new HP Touchsmart as dual boot with Vista Home Premium(64bit)

    All runs well except can’t get Sound to work! Would Mint7(64bit) possibly solve this problem?

    Mint is such a great OS, well done guys!

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  33. Hi, I’m new here, now I can install LinuxMint 7 64bit RC1. I have problem with sound when playing video. Any software is not working. Mp3 sound is in order. In Ubuntu this is not a problem.
    > zamΔ›nit

  34. Have it working since the 10th.
    Great, faster than the 32.
    And there are till now, people loading it down via torrent.
    Same for the main edition.

    I let deluge seeding till there isn’t any body.

  35. Thank you…atm using 32bit….Cant wait until final 64bit relase. Good work guys. I was using ubuntu before, but thinks Mint is easier for a nabb cake of a noob linux user. Keep up the good work!

  36. Sorry a bit fast there.. i meant “but thinks Mint is easier for a nabb cake of a noob linux user like me :)”

  37. Please Linux mint don’t need Netbook Remix edition,Moblin Linux will dominate in netbooks no reason for that.Linux mint should pay more attention on 64-bit platform.Cmon who needs 32-bit?Mintinstall on 64 should also be more updated with latest packages.
    I spread the word about mint to all my friend all uses 64-bit platform,ubuntu have some issues in 64-bit edition and mint can take advantage on this issues.I hope the best for you and this distro!

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  39. I have athlon x2 running on 2gb ram, is this config idle for a 64 bit version of linux mint? i have not permanently installed on the system, stil running the live version. someone please advice.

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