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The GoblinX Project announced the release of the new stable g:Mini distribution. The g:Mini 3.0 is released. The g:Mini formerly known as ‘GoblinX Mini Edition‘ is the son of GoblinX and contains only XFCE as the windows manager and GTK/GTK2 based applications. The edition is ideal for those users whose want to remaster the distribution.

This g:Mini edition includes the lastest Xfce 4.6 which brought several improvements and new features. Xfce-session now offers hibernate and suspend options. It has a new notification system with themes managed by Xfce-notifyd. Xfce-power-manager to help laptop users set up a power profile for two different modes “on battery power” and “on ac power”. Gigolo to manage connections to remote filesystems using GIO/GVFS. A better Control Center and more. Below there is a list with the most important changes since the latest release candidate rc01.

Another major change is the release of different images, one full distribution without remove any files including all locales (internationalization files), and a second customized image only with default english language and without man pages, documentation, headers (.h), some themes and files.


  • Upgraded several packages and libraries.
  • Fixed some errors and bugs.
  • Added Ucview, a video image capture application.
  • Changed the panel clock to display date and time.
  • Added few more changes to the Xfce panel to improve usability.
  • Added new bootsplash theme and new 800×600 theme for small displays.
  • Added support for xz packages, new Slackware package format.
  • Added a script and interface to help everyone install Adobe’s Flash Player.
  • And more few changes.

Errors & Mistakes:

  • Hal troubles. Hal is not designed to work with root account. If you are using G:Mini logged as root, stop the Thunar Volman or HAL to avoid errors.
  • Install does not start. The installer script is /usr/bin/gtki.sh. It first try mounts your partitions, this can be slow and even not work propertly. You can start the installer using a terminal, just type: sudo /usr/bin/gtkHDInstall. Or try use the installer as root. You need to have already formatted and partitioned your harddisk.