Clement Lefebvre and the community behind the Linux Mint project announced a few minutes ago on their official blog that Linux Mint 8 (Helena) operating system will reach end-of-life on April 29th, 2011.
Announced almost 18 months ago and dubbed Helena, the Linux Mint 8 operating system was based on Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic Koala) and it brought interesting features, such as Linux kernel 2.6.31, EXT4 filesystem, X.Org 7.4, GNOME 2.28.1, Upload manager utility, new artwork and lots of other improvements.
Today we are sorry to announce that starting with April 29th, 2011, the Linux Mint 8 (Helena) operating system will no longer be supported with security or critical fixes, and software updates. This comes right after the EOL (end-of-life) announcement for Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic Koala), issued by Canonical at the end of March.
"Repositories will remain open for another while but no more updates or security fixes will be made available. Users of Linux Mint 8 Helena are asked to migrate to Linux Mint 9 LTS Isadora (Long Term Release which will be supported until April 2013)." - said Clement Lefebvre in the official announcement.
Linux Mint 8 (Helena) was based on Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic Koala) and it was the 8th release of the popular Linux Mint operating system.
Therefore, we strongly recommend upgrading your Linux Mint 8 machine(s) to the current version, the Linux Mint 10 (Julia) operating system. Upgrade instructions can be found in this tutorial.
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What is Linux Mint? Linux Mint is an elegant, easy-to-use, up-to-date, 100% free and comfortable Linux desktop distribution based on the very popular Ubuntu operating system. It offers paid commercial support to companies and individuals. Also, free community support is available from the forums and the IRC channel.
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