Mint is "compatible with Ubuntu Hardy and its repositories." So you can download packages for Hardy (8.04) without problem.
craigvanaman wrote:can I add ubuntu repositories to the mint source list?
They are already there, in your sources.list (some are enabled by default, for others you must remove the '##' before the address of the repos)
e.g see here
for an example of a default sources.list
K.I.S.S. ===> "Keep It Simple, Stupid"
"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication." (Leonardo da Vinci)
"Everything should be made as simple as possible, but no simpler." (Albert Einstein)