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Linux 8 Helena: Update Manager

Posted: Sat Dec 21, 2013 9:46 am
by Dzvera
Hello guys,

I was looking for a linux mint that was lower than 700mb, so I could record it on a CD disk and use it on older devices and Linux 8 Helena seemed to be the best pick. I have a problem though. When I install it and I start the update manager and it finds updates for it, I get this summary window: http://prikachi.com/images/33/6872033X.png
No matter what I choose after that, I get the following error message... http://prikachi.com/images/39/6872039y.png

Is this version of Linux Mint not supported anymore? If nothing can be done, is there a different version with installation lower than 700mb that I could use. Please do say if you know anything about the problem. Thanks!

Re: Linux 8 Helena: Update Manager

Posted: Sat Dec 21, 2013 12:36 pm
by cwsnyder
As far as I am aware, only Mint Maya, Nadia and Petra are still supported with updated packages, with Olivia supported until the end of January 2014. See http://www.linuxmint.com/oldreleases.php

If the older machine has 512M or more RAM memory, but no DVD drive, you could probably use something like the Plop Boot Manager http://www.plop.at/en/bootmanager/intro.html to allow boot from a USB drive (thumb, CD/DVD or HDD) where the BIOS/EFI does not support boot from a USB drive.

If your older machine has less than 512M, you are looking at the specialty distributions like Tiny Core Linux (32M or greater for a GUI with few applications), DamnSmallLinux (64M or greater for GUI and working desktop with apps), Puppy Linux (100M or greater for full system), Lubuntu (minimum 128M for full system) or other examples of specialty, old hardware distributions.

There are even distributions to run on 486 hardware, albeit without much of a GUI.

Re: Linux 8 Helena: Update Manager

Posted: Sat Dec 21, 2013 12:49 pm
by Monsta
Mint 9 Isadora fits on CD and still gets some updates via Ubuntu repositories (and will get them until April 2015). It's not supported by Mint project anymore, but the server edition of Ubuntu 10.04 is still supported. That means some packages get updates while some don't: for example, you'll get kernel updates, Java Runtime updates - but not Firefox updates.

But I'd just throw away that prehistoric CD drive that doesn't support DVDs and get a new one :)

Re: Linux 8 Helena: Update Manager

Posted: Sun Jan 19, 2014 11:33 am
by nunol
I used to install Mint 12 LXDE because it's light and is available as CD. It's also easy to upgrade to Mint 13 with LXDE however, in your case using Plop is probably the best option as long as you can select a light enough recent Mint edition.

Re: Linux 8 Helena: Update Manager

Posted: Sun Jan 19, 2014 11:56 am
by Pierre
Gloria was nicer than Helena - me thinks :?
but yes - it's repo is offline, - as stated in your pic.

- even Mint 9 LTS is losing some stuff, - recently.

even so, you could try that, but you won't get all of the updates.
- update FF manually though.