The team is proud to announce the release of Linux Mint 6 RC1. Congratulations and thanks to all the people who contributed to this release, to all the translators, to the upstream developers and projects which made this possible and above all to the development team for their continuous support.

Introduction to Linux Mint 6 and new features:

Based on Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid Ibex, Linux 2.6.27, Gnome 2.24 and Xorg 7.4, Linux Mint 6 “Felicia” comes with a brand new “Software Manager”, FTP support in mintUpload, proxy support and history of updates in mintUpdate, tabbed browsing in Nautilus and a lot of other improvements. For a complete list of new features read: What’s new in Felicia?

System requirements and known issues:

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.

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.

Translations, feedback and bug reports:

The testing will last for 2 weeks. Please report any bug you may find via the Linux Mint 6 RC1 Bug Thread and give us your feedback on this release by posting a comment right here on the blog.

Mint tools are being actively localized. Make sure to check that your language is supported by all the Mint tools. If it isn’t, please participate in the translating effort taking place on our forums.

Release schedule:

After these 2 weeks, we will prepare for a stable release (or a second RC if important changes were to be introduced), including the Linux Mint 6 User Guide, the finalized Software Portal, a desktop tour of Felicia and an Universal Edition ISO (which will replace the previously called “Light Edition” and feature support for all major languages on a live DVD).

The x64 edition will follow shortly after. In fact it was our initial purpose to release Main, Universal and x64 editions all at the same time. I had to deviate from that plan due to personal reasons and so this RC release only features the Main edition, but there is still a chance that all three editions could go final and be released as stable at the same time.

We’re also planning to release an upgrade tool which will automate the process of upgrading from Linux Mint 5 Elyssa to Linux Mint 6 Felicia.

Download Linux Mint 6 RC1:

You can download Linux Mint 6 RC1 via torrent or via HTTP:

Size: 662MB LiveCD
MD5Sum: ad4b630889b53aeba99aaa82d7b4bb41

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.

* News about Mint

Intrepid has been released and work has started to produce Mint 6 Felicia

We will use another approach than earlier and make the production more scripted  which will make the editions a bit more like each other

Some of the news in Felicia have been presented earlier in the blog. This includes the new features in Intrepid and a bunch of Mint specific news
– MintUpdate 3 (see blog for list of improvements)
– MintInstall 5 (see blog..)
– MintUpload 2 (FTP support)
– MintNanny (see blog..)
– command line improvements (especially the new search command added to mintSystem)
– an upgrade tool (which will be released AFTER Mint 6)
– easy file-sharing within same network via integrated Giver
– upstream: multi-tabs in Nautilus and multiple Gnome 2.24 improvements
And more….
* News about Linux

Ubuntu Intrepid Ibex (8.10) was released Desktop Server

Ubuntu Linux: 8 Million Users and Growing

Dell developer joins Ubuntu Core Development Team

Shuttleworth: Ubuntu developer Canonical may need 3-5 more years of funding

Microsoft invited the Samba Team to it’s home campus for a week of hands on testing with their engineers

Mac, Linux, BSD open for attack according to Kaspersky

Mark Shuttleworth on GNOME usability hackfest

Linux to Ship on More Desktops than Windows

What is PackageKit? It’s gaining support

Linus Thorvalds on GPL and Richard Stallman

Linux Hater’s Blog closed 🙂

The latest news about the kernel is always found here

* News about IT

Internet Watch foundation for reports on Child sexual abuse content hosted worldwide

EuroPriSe -the European Privacy Seal for IT Products and IT-Based Services

Google Book Search comes to an agreement with authors and publishers.

Google Web Server ranks #3 in the Netcraft Web Server Survey, with 5.76% of all domains

Google guarantees 99.9% uptime for Google Apps

Google abandons deal with Yahoo

Yahoo’s Yang says Microsoft deal still best option

The end of an era – Windows 3.x – On 1 November Microsoft stopped issuing licences

Microsoft has introduced Office web applications

Windows Live ID Commits to Support OpenID (and so does Google)

Check Your Passwords Against Brute Force Attacks

Student charged after alerting principal to server hack

6 nabbed for Sarkozy hack

French Senate passes bill to disconnect filesharers

BD+, the Blu-ray copy protection system that was supposed to last 10 years, has now been solidly broken

Click Fraud Increasingly Driven by Botnets

OpenOffice Multiple Vulnerabilties and Security Issue

Microsoft Blue Hat: Researcher Demos No-Hack Attack

Delayed Java update finally ships

Microsoft to open up ‘M’ language

Only hours after Microsoft released an emergency patch the hole in Windows was being abused

Sinowal Trojan May Be One of the Worst Crimeware Ever Created

McCain pulls ahead in pharmaceutical spam

* Hardware news

Scientists build world’s smallest storage device Major breakthrough in quantum computing

A new technique may result in much smaller electronics as well as optical storage using  quantum plasma oscillations

VIA Announces the ‘Global Mobility Bazaar’ Program

More details of AMD 45nm CPU lineup revealed

Intel phases out first 45 nm processors

Asus asks public for notebook designs

PC makers move closer to a post-Windows world

EU concerned by airport full-body scanners

Flash data recovery technology needed

House key copied from photo

* Trivia and other links
Found a really funny signature in the Ubuntu forums used by “ooobuntooo”

The Day Microsoft make something that doesn’t suck…is the day they make Vacuum cleaners.

Intelsat Retires the Oldest Commercial Communications Satellite in Space after 32 Years of Service

* More about Linux Mint

How to donate

You find the Wallpaper of the Month in the Blog

Home page

Blog The planet Wiki Forum

* Editors comment

As always – if you find something I’ve missed in the newsletter please tell me – you can post a comment.

Enjoy life


Linux Mint is proud to announce the release of Linux Mint 5 Elyssa Fluxbox Community Edition.

This edition, maintained by Shane Joe Lazar, brings you the best and most essential tools from the Main and XFCE editions on top of an extremely thin desktop and the lightweight Fluxbox window manager.

For a complete list of features please read the following Release Notes:

System requirements:

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.

Download Linux Mint 5 Fluxbox:


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Order Linux Mint 5 Fluxbox  on CD:

You can order Linux Mint 5 Fluxbox on CD from our partner

Tell us what you think:

This is our very first stable release for this edition and a Fluxbox desktop. Please send us your feedback, tell us what you like about it and what you’d like to see improved.

Upgrade Instructions:

If you’re currently running Linux Mint 5 Fluxbox CE RC1 you can upgrade to the stable version by following these instructions: