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Re: Linux Mint 8 "Helena" KDE released!

Postby Ranković on Tue Feb 09, 2010 9:27 am

I took a look at the new KDE edition, although I could never bring myself to use any distro with KDE, but this is a really fine job! This is the CD that I will be recommending to my friends who are considering trying Linux for the first time.
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Re: Linux Mint 8 "Helena" KDE released!

Postby syamkumar.tpl on Tue Feb 09, 2010 1:41 pm

what is the difference between Helena with KDE and Kubuntu..?
And how can i upgrade KDE 4.3.4 to 4.4 ?
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Re: Linux Mint 8 "Helena" KDE released!

Postby tonyric on Tue Feb 09, 2010 2:36 pm

syamkumar.tpl wrote:what is the difference between Helena with KDE and Kubuntu..?
And how can i upgrade KDE 4.3.4 to 4.4 ?


To upgrade from 4.3.4/5 to 4.4 you need to enable the ppa repositories just like you were using Kubuntu 9.10 and it will work fine.
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Re: Linux Mint 8 "Helena" KDE released!

Postby speedyx on Tue Feb 09, 2010 3:43 pm

syamkumar.tpl wrote:what is the difference between Helena with KDE and Kubuntu..?
And how can i upgrade KDE 4.3.4 to 4.4 ?


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Re: Linux Mint 8 "Helena" KDE released!

Postby elijahm on Tue Feb 09, 2010 9:47 pm

Linux mint is amazing, after switching from windows, my eyes were opened to the truth.

THANKS LINUX TEAM!
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Re: Linux Mint 8 "Helena" KDE released!

Postby verizon123 on Wed Feb 10, 2010 1:28 am

After trying other buggy Linux versions, I have been pleasantly surprised by Mint8.
PROS
1. The installation goes well: Hardware is detected and the Net works right away. (Setup a home network as in Windows, i.e. identify the shared Linux folder as \\LinuxComputerName\Folder, then right-click the folder to set permissions!)
2. After a bit of customization, it looks really quite nice. (The "feel" is a bit sluggish, e.g. menus and screens "fade" open gradually).
CONS
1. It seems that the DivX people stopped working on DivX6.1.1 for Linux. Pity.
2. Linux Midi is an absolute disaster: There is no midi player like Winamp, Windows Media Player or Quicktime, and getting sound from a sequencer like Rosegarden is a nightmare (just go to their site). Couldn't a General Midi sound patch be made available in Mint to provide immediate access for media players and midi-sequencers?
3. I gather games in Wine-Doors work. Winamp5, Irfanview and Sketchup 7 failed for me.
OVERALL: EXCELLENT. With DivX support, a Linux version of Google Sketchup and simple Midi support, Linux Mint becomes a REAL contender against Windows! I am really quite surprised at how mature Mint8 is. Congratulations to the developers.
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Re: Linux Mint 8 "Helena" KDE released!

Postby paulwakfer on Wed Feb 10, 2010 2:23 am

I have been using Mint 8 as Gnome and would very much like to try the KDE version (Kubuntu would not work on my system), but how do I burn a 1.1 GB CD?
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Re: Linux Mint 8 "Helena" KDE released!

Postby mick55 on Wed Feb 10, 2010 2:40 am

@verizon123

To get the "irfanview32" installer to run you need to put the file "mfc42.dll" in wine's windows\system32 directory.
You can find it in your winxp\system32 directory or or the internet.

Irfanview will not install without it being there.Also,during the irfanview install
select the option to put "i_view32.ini" in the irfanview directory.Then delete the "i_view32.ini"
file before you run irfanview for the first time.It will then be recreated correctly the
first time you run irfanview.

Now the fun part.When you go to the wine menu to browse the "C" you will get an error.

The launcher named "Browse C:\ Drive" executes the command
Code: Select all
xdg-open ~/.wine/drive_c

The command should be
Code: Select all
xdg-open ~/.wine/dosdevices/c:

you can run the above command in a terminal to get you to the "C" drive, or you
can modify the menu.

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Re: Linux Mint 8 "Helena" KDE released!

Postby zektor on Wed Feb 10, 2010 3:16 pm

I just wanted to comment on how absolutely gorgeous this release is! I have been running Gnome based distros for a few years now (with most recently Linux Mint 8 ) and haven't touched KDE for I don't know how long. I decided to download and test this release, and it didn't take very long for me to switch over completely for a few reasons.

First, my extra internal drive is recognised and mounted immediately after install. While I realise this does not initially sound so amazing, but NONE of the Gnome based distros I have tried will do this. They all require me to create a folder in /media or the like and link the drive to it by editing the fstab. I always found that quite annoying. I mean, why would I NOT want a drive that resides inside of my system automounted in the first place? Anyway, I was overjoyed to see it right away in Dolphin. Just super!

Another small reason is for the excellent "Acquire Images" application included. I recently purchased a Brother multi unit (MFC-495CW....props to Brother for supplying driver install DEBs on the website!) and I really couldn't stand the XSane graphical app included in the Gnome distro. It would crash often, not save settings all of the time...yuck. The scanner app included in this release works perfectly and is simple. Again, just a small thing but worth noting.

Everything else runs smooth as butter on this end. I remember trying KDE a long time ago (maybe on Suse a decade ago) and I remember not liking it so much. I was a little reluctant to try this, but I am very glad I did. I read so much about how people do not like the "new" KDE, but to me it seems quite cut and dry simple. For someone that has not used it in many years, I was able to jump right in and fine tune it to my liking in a matter of minutes.

Anyway, just blabbing now. I just wanted to thank all involved for such a fine release!
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Re: Linux Mint 8 "Helena" KDE released!

Postby verizon123 on Wed Feb 10, 2010 11:43 pm

[quote="mick55"]@verizon123

Thank you Mick for your time and advice. Trying to install Irfanview was just a test of Wine-Doors - which should automatically take care of the steps you outlined. I know of someone who got Google Sketchup to work in Ubuntu. My point is that Mint8 is close to being a complete OS to rival Windows XP if it addresses missing items such as CAD (get Sketchup 7 to install easily), DivX support and MIDI support (a simple midi player and a midi sequencer that does not require jumping through hoops like the JACK server). Also, the constant need to use code in the Terminal to configure commonplace issues is a serious impediment to its widespread adoption: WIndows very rarely requires a DOS command. (BTW, today I installed XUbuntu 9.1.0 besides Mint8 to prepare for help with Sketchup. I could not set up a home network - something that Mint8 did automatically. So I deleted the XUbuntu folder and lost the dual-boot code so I had to reinsall Mint8!)
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Re: Linux Mint 8 "Helena" KDE released!

Postby gravelbay on Thu Feb 11, 2010 8:31 am

paulwakfer wrote:I have been using Mint 8 as Gnome and would very much like to try the KDE version (Kubuntu would not work on my system), but how do I burn a 1.1 GB CD?

Welcome to the forums, Paul.
The quick answer to your question is that you don't. You burn a 1.1 GB DVD.

Another option, if you have a large enough USB thumb drive and the ability to boot from a USB device is to put it on a bootable thumb drive. I just tried that and it was a piece of cake. If you're running Mint Gnome, use Synaptic to search for and install UNetbootin. Works great and it's faster than CD or DVD.
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Re: Linux Mint 8 "Helena" KDE released!

Postby demag on Thu Feb 11, 2010 9:51 am

Hello,

I just installed this distro from a magazine dvd and its running quite nice. No probs as of yet. I tried to install Mint 7 Gloria last year but had some strange graphics problems which eventually stopped my computer booting.

This version is now installed on a brand new 500ghz hard drive and it is a nice experience. Thankyou.
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Re: Linux Mint 8 "Helena" KDE released!

Postby deusex on Thu Feb 11, 2010 5:12 pm

I've been running LM8 KDE (kernel 2.6.32) now for about a week, and I must complement you with this fine edition of the OS, team!
Linux Mint 8 KDE seems to be another step forward. And its speed - I was pleasantly surprised.
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Re: Linux Mint 8 "Helena" KDE released!

Postby gravelbay on Sat Feb 13, 2010 2:57 pm

Got it! Installed it! Lovin' it!! It's great to finally have my gorgeous KDE desktop back after the sojourn with Gnome.

I did have a minor issue with getting dual monitors working with my nvidia card, but muddled my way through that and am alternating between using it, installing the apps I blew away during installation, and configuring it.

Well done Boo and everyone else!! :mrgreen:
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Re: Linux Mint 8 "Helena" KDE released!

Postby ajt007 on Sat Feb 13, 2010 8:20 pm

clem wrote:
The team is proud to announce the release of Linux Mint 8 “Helena” KDE Community Edition. 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 [...]


Read more: http://www.linuxmint.com/blog/?p=1265

Clem


Very,very nice!
My normal installation drill is: burn a disk-install-install the nvidia driver, mstt fonts, Adobe tools, secure the libdvdcss, navigate, read, 32-codecs, dragon player or another player. Install java run-time, Firefox, special tools for xine, vlc, Google and Mozilla. I think that is it. With this KDE addition I burned the disk and installed it. End of process. That was it! Great job everyone. This is superior to any other Linux Distro. Thank all of you.
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Re: Linux Mint 8 "Helena" KDE released!

Postby holadebob on Sat Feb 20, 2010 7:35 pm

Hello - Just finished getting the wrinkles out of my Mint 8 Gnome install, and now want to install Mint 8 KDE. Can I install Mint 8 KDE seamlessly as an upgrade, or do I need to format my system file partition again?
Thank you - Bob
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Re: Linux Mint 8 "Helena" KDE released!

Postby Mad_Sunday on Mon Feb 22, 2010 2:45 pm

newonlinux wrote:After several attempts over the years,here I am again trying this linux feeling...hope I will not punch my monitor in the "face",like i did with suse,fedora, ubuntu.(vga driver issues)
Linux Mint 8 "Helena" KDE
Installed it, runs fine. BUT...still no sound in Firefox flash (youtube). Amarok runs fine.



Same issue here, tried the alsamixer suggested but still no joy. System was working fine with Helena Gnome (for weeks) but I wanted KDE. The youtube app works fine but in firefox picture but no sound? So I'm guessing it's firefox/flash plugin problem.

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Re: Linux Mint 8 "Helena" KDE released!

Postby hinto on Mon Feb 22, 2010 6:40 pm

Mint 8 KDE (and 64 bit) made me revisit KDE 4 (KDE 4 moved me to Gnome). Mint 8 KDE is fantastic. So I tried other KDE 4 distros, too. But nothing beats the out of the box experience that the Mint guys provide. Thanks for your hard work.
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Re: Linux Mint 8 "Helena" KDE released!

Postby Truthfinder on Mon Feb 22, 2010 11:32 pm

been using Mint 8 KDE since it's initial release. I'm really impressed. Great Job. Thank You....
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Re: Linux Mint 8 "Helena" KDE released!

Postby mrpold on Wed Feb 24, 2010 9:06 am

HEY GUYS I REALLY NEED YOUR HELP ON A PROBLEM I BOUGHT 3 LAPTOPS LAST MONTH.
running win Vista...loaded on my lovable Mint8 on them however, i can get the WiFi to work in Mint on any of them. It work well on the vista but just wont turn on in Mint...
Laptops am Using is a Compaq Presario CQ60 (all 3 of them) 2GB Memory, 260HD,Webcam, DVDWR/LS.
What could be the Problem guys....?? cus i really hat having to use the slow Ethernet all the time when the WiFi signal is Superfast...
any one elsy having this problem???? that can hellp..
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