Linux Mint 8 “Helena” KDE RC1 released!

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

Quick steps:

  • Download the ISO or the torrent.
  • While it’s downloading look at the overview of the new features in Linux Mint 8 KDE CE, read the User Guide and make sure to quickly go through the known issues.
  • After the ISO is downloaded verify the MD5 (as described in the user guide).
  • Burn the ISO at low speed and enjoy testing Linux Mint 8 KDE RC1.
  • Report bugs on the dedicated forum thread.

Introduction to Linux Mint 8 KDE:

The KDE Community Edition aims to provide a version of Linux Mint which uses the KDE desktop.

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

System requirements:

A minimum of 4GB of free space and 256MB RAM are needed. For a comfortable experience we recommended to have at least 512MB RAM and 10GB of free space.

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 KDE RC1 Bug Thread and give us your feedback on this release by posting a comment right here on the blog.

Download Linux Mint 8 KDE RC1:

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

Size: 1.1GB LiveDVD
MD5Sum:  011e30de612adeccaa555da16c4ff0c6

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.