Upgrading LMDE (from UP8 to “Betsy”)

Written by Clem on May 17th, 2015

The upgrade path is now open. LMDE 1 “Debian” users can upgrade to LMDE 2 “Betsy” by following this tutorial:


As always, make sure to read everything and don’t hesitate to connect to the IRC while performing the upgrade.

One important note among the warnings: Make sure to disable Romeo prior to upgrading. Cinnamon 2.6 and MATE 1.10 will hit it very soon, they’re not fully stable yet. If you want to test them, it’s better to enable Romeo post-upgrade so they don’t interfere with the upgrade.

Monthly News – April 2015

Written by Clem on May 7th, 2015

Apologies for posting late this month. LMDE 2 “Betsy” was released. I know many LMDE 1 users are eagerly waiting for us to announce an upgrade path to Betsy so I’ll keep these news short and go back to working on that :)

MATE 1.10 is being labeled as we speak and should be released very shortly.

Cinnamon 2.6 will reach feature-freeze mid-May and become stable at the end of the month. It’s already full of improvements and new features but there are a couple of very important sub-projects we wanted to put in it: The ability for users to change whether Cinnamon works with consolekit or logind without recompiling, a queue for file operations in Nemo so they can be performed one after the other, actual screensavers in cinnamon-screensaver (we’ve got support for xscreensaver and webkit screensavers already, we need to work on the configuration UI)… etc.

Linux Mint 17.2 “Rafaela” is planned for the end of the June, with an RC release mid-June.

Many thanks to our sponsors and to all the people who donated to us. Special thanks also to the artists who answered our call for help last month.


Linux Mint is proudly sponsored by:

Platinum Sponsors:
Private Internet Access
Gold Sponsors:
Linux VPS Hosting
Silver Sponsors:
Bronze Sponsors:
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AYKsolutions Server & Cloud Hosting
7L Networks Toronto Colocation *
BGASoft Inc
David Salvo
Michael Sartain
Milton Security Group
Sysnova Information Systems
Community Sponsors:

To become a sponsor or to see the full list of Linux Mint sponsors, please visit: http://www.linuxmint.com/sponsors.php

Donations in March:

A total of $6,849 were raised thanks to the generous contributions of 356 donors:

$200 (17th donation), Ralph Siegler aka “ziggy
$128.25, Jørgen R.
$100 (10th donation), Jordan S.
$100 (2nd donation), Lu G.
$100, Fidel Q.
$100, Jaroslaw L.
$100, Simon Edwards
$100, Alexander G.
$100, Timothy M.
$75 (7th donation), Jon Espenschied aka “xeno”
$66, Cevad OZTUG
$59.59, Klaus K.
$59.59, Stefan K.
$59.59, Luis P.
$59.59, Markus B.
$59.59, E M. K.
$51.3 (2nd donation), Michel D. W. aka “NicNac”
$51.3 (2nd donation), Novica aka “Novica”
$51.3, Henk B.
$51.3, Andreas Z.
$50 (59th donation), Matthew M.
$50 (58th donation), Matthew M.
$50 (6th donation), Samson S. aka “Samtastic”
$50 (6th donation), Peter D.
$50 (2nd donation), Torben C.
$50 (2nd donation), Paul L.
$50, Carlos R.
$50, Gervais R.
$50, Brent B.
$50, Winston T.
$50, Robert E.
$43.09, Aubert (Holdup)
$42.42, Pierce H.
$42, Martin K.
$41.71, Giuseppe V.
$41.04 (3rd donation), Claus F. B.
$35.91 (10th donation), Frank Bechstein
$35.75 (61th donation), Olli K.
$35.75 (2nd donation), Martin W.
$35.75, Juha L.
$35.75, Philipp E.
$35.75, Kjartan H.
$30.78 (15th donation), Orlando M. M.
$30.78, Jean-paul R.
$30.78, Mario R.
$30.78, Andreas R.
$30.78, David B.
$30.78, Karoly T.
$30 (2nd donation), Murray C.
$30, Mike S.
$30, Jean P. O. O.
$30, Mj F.
$30, Gordon L.
$30, Brian S. G.
$30, Keith K.
$30, Art D. aka “darkruby”
$29.79, Helmut S.
$29.79, Sascha L.
$27.41, Julien C.
$25.65 (6th donation), Henk van C.
$25.65 (3rd donation), Carsten Wehner
$25.65, Karolien aka “Lina
$25.65, Iris W.
$25.65, Christoph R.
$25.65, Krzysztof G.
$25.65, Klaus J. O. E.
$25.65, Chaz C. aka “utopia”
$25 (42th donation), Ronald W.
$25 (4th donation), Scott L.
$25 (3rd donation), Charles R. H.
$25 (3rd donation), John H.
$25 (2nd donation), Justin F.
$25 (2nd donation), Phillip Z. T. and Silver Gallery
$25 (2nd donation), David T.
$25 (2nd donation), Louis P. aka “BikeLouP”
$25, Dave K.
$25, David S. A.
$25, T. L. K.
$25, R Biz LLC
$25, Richard R.
$25, Stephen M.
$25, Jaan S.
$25, Raymond L.
$25, Eugene H.
$25, James W.
$25, Jay J.
$25, J R. L.
$25, Matt G.
$24 (3rd donation), Don R.
$23.83 (3rd donation), Ky LMDE
$23.83 (2nd donation), Steverj aka “Somerset Scrumpy”
$23.83 (2nd donation), Joe T. aka “The Tekkie
$23.83 (2nd donation), Peter L.
$23.83, Peter J. C.
$23.83, Dusko K.
$23.83, Michel M.
$23.83, Anthony M.
$23.83, Daniel R.
$23.83, Peter W.
$23.83, Yan O.
$23.83, Wolfgang W.
$23.83, Francesca P.
$23.83, Ørnulv A.
$23.59, Matthias K.
$23 (2nd donation), Lael B.
$20.52 (3rd donation), Darek P.
$20.52 (2nd donation), CySoTec
$20.52, Peter N.
$20.52, Ueli L.
$20.52, Joel G.
$20.52, Daniel H.
$20.52, Toni P.
$20.52, Richard B.
$20.52, Johannes K.
$20.5, Bernard K.
$20 (7th donation), Thomas M.
$20 (4th donation), Arrowhead Computer Consulting, LLC aka “Jim (JR)
$20 (3rd donation), Alex N.
$20 (3rd donation), Ian M.
$20 (2nd donation), Ivan F. D. S.
$20 (2nd donation), James S.
$20 (2nd donation), Doug Person aka “Doug
$20 (2nd donation), Kanapat T.
$20 (2nd donation), John L.
$20 (2nd donation), CapraJack
$20, Peter G.
$20, Ronnie A.
$20, Gregory C. &. A.
$20, James N.
$20, Alexis C.
$20, Andrew M.
$20, Fredy A.
$20, Marvin H.
$20, Paul O.
$20, William N.
$20, Bruce M.
$20, Christopher A.
$20, Kevin M.
$20, Kirk C.
$20, Christine J. R.
$20, Layton N.
$20, John T.
$20, Christophe A.
$20, Alan W.
$20, Ronald R.
$20, Curt Vaughan aka “curtvaughan ”
$20, John Correa aka “JohnC”
$18, Dmitry K.
$17.87, Achim K.
$17.87, David C.
$17.87, Holger F.
$17.87, Aleksejs B.
$15.39 (2nd donation), Hamilton B.
$15.39, Clurow C.
$15.39, Luis B.
$15.39, Michael P.
$15.39, Xabier S. S.
$15.39, Thomas S.
$15, Robert R.
$15, Rajesh Hazari aka “Rajesh
$15, Eduardo B.
$15, Ricardo M.
$15, Nestor E. aka “eltolo”
$15, Paul T. aka “Tabo”
$14.5 (10th donation), Dominik K. aka “doke
$14.3, Martin C.
$11.91 (2nd donation), Alex A.
$11.91, Vladimir F.
$11.91, Andrea F.
$11.91, Christopher F.
$11.91, Pierre-gilles L.
$11.91, Aleksandar S.
$11.91, Eberhard R.
$11.91, Ollie J. aka “Ojay”
$11.91, Gopal P.
$11.91, Francisco U. R. R.
$11.91, Sven Lange aka “zven
$11.91, Lisette J.
$11.91, Michele C.
$11.91, Christian S.
$11.91, Harald G.
$11.91, Patrick D.
$11.91, Graham M.
$11.91, Sebastian K.
$11.91, Danilo S.
$10.26 (19th donation), Raymond E.
$10.26 (5th donation), Matúš L.
$10.26 (4th donation), Daniel P.
$10.26 (2nd donation), Hans H.
$10.26 (2nd donation), Alessandro L. aka “Armido”
$10.26 (2nd donation), Dmytro K.
$10.26, Robbieka
$10.26, Mladen A.
$10.26, Tom B.
$10.26, Peter J.
$10.26, Joachim K.
$10.26, Dmytro K.
$10.26, Kelvin D.
$10.26, David W.
$10.26, Mauro M.
$10.26, Florian H.
$10.26, William H.
$10.26, Andy G.
$10 (48th donation), Tony C. aka “S. LaRocca”
$10 (4th donation), Kouji Kobayashi
$10 (4th donation), Rodolfo D. N.
$10 (4th donation), Robert L.
$10 (4th donation), Wilson G.
$10 (4th donation), Tom M.
$10 (3rd donation), Snorri G.
$10 (3rd donation), Libertad Tecnologica
$10 (2nd donation), Carlos C.
$10 (2nd donation), Steven P.
$10 (2nd donation), Robert S.
$10 (2nd donation), Chris Mospaw aka “Mospaw
$10 (2nd donation), sure chap
$10 (2nd donation), Люблев Н.
$10 (2nd donation), Steve Jain
$10 (2nd donation), Bjørn A.
$10 (2nd donation), Larry J.
$10 (2nd donation), Donald K.
$10, George B.
$10, Jens E. D.
$10, Levent Ö.
$10, David G.
$10, Ramkumar I.
$10, Scott W.
$10, Erik L.
$10, Avi H.
$10, Luis H.
$10, Michael H.
$10, René López Caballero aka “renelc
$10, Dariusz B.
$10, Sumit B.
$10, Mihir D.
$10, Caleb J.
$10, Henry R.
$10, Jörg A.
$10, Alex P.
$10, Michael D.
$10, Долгасов И.
$10, Mikael V.
$10, Steven M. C.
$10, Kyle H.
$10, Shahnewaz Maqbul Ahmed aka “Shahnewaz”
$10, Dan M.
$10, Chris K.
$10, Rowen C.
$10, Masaomi YOSHIDA
$10, Cyril W.
$10, Anthony B.
$10, Victor S.
$10, Yano Y.
$10, Pedro P. J. C.
$10, Mark C.
$10, Todd H.
$10, Piotr B.
$9.23 (4th donation), Tomasz K.
$8.34, Кучма Р.
$8.2 (2nd donation), Rachael N.
$8, Curtis R.
$7.7, Wladimir M. aka “Wlad
$7.18, John G.
$7.14, Hugo M.
$7 (2nd donation), Jimmy M.
$7, Deaugustene D.
$6 (2nd donation), Robert M.
$6, Rajiv Gunja aka “GGR”
$5.95 (6th donation), Joanna Z. aka “GreenCatX”
$5.95 (2nd donation), Daniel G. aka “Ghedevil”
$5.95 (2nd donation), Liviu B.
$5.95 (2nd donation), Michael P.
$5.95, Stefan V. B.
$5.95, Dominik W.
$5.95, Tim H.
$5.95, Ocke K.
$5.95, narrow
$5.64, Jeffrey H.
$5.26, Laurent M.
$5.13 (9th donation), anonymous
$5.13 (3rd donation), Mario G.
$5.13, Stefan P.
$5.13, Patrick S.
$5.13, Mark L.
$5.13, Tiny W.
$5.13, Klaus Z.
$5.13, Sven W.
$5.13, Piotr K.
$5.13, Francisco A. V.
$5.13, Matthias S.
$5.13, Ivo K. aka “Rijia”
$5.13, Daniel L. D.
$5.13, Iraklis G.
$5.13, ebay
$5.13, Ruben C. V.
$5.1, Shamoun M.
$5.1, Andre K.
$5 (9th donation), Thomas F.
$5 (6th donation), frisky
$5 (4th donation), Michael E. aka “West”
$5 (3rd donation), Gonzalo M. D. O.
$5 (3rd donation), Harold F.
$5 (3rd donation), Andreas L.
$5 (3rd donation), Ahmed I. aka “Dr. King”
$5 (2nd donation), Jorge Contreras aka “jorgcon
$5 (2nd donation), Ivo S.
$5 (2nd donation), Thomas L.
$5, Ernest G.
$5, Y. S. Chung
$5, Chad G.
$5, Philip B.
$5, Fernando O.
$5, Arie & Michell U.
$5, Thomas F.
$5, Joshua P.
$5, Bryan A.
$5, Timi A.
$5, Martin K.
$5, Dean S.
$5, Robert E.
$5, Alexandra P. aka “Alex
$5, Juwon L.
$5, Nebula D. E. L.
$5, ac repair las vegas
$5, Todd A.
$5, Ivanov M.
$5, Patrick S.
$5, Jorge Contreras aka “jorgcon
$5, David J.
$4.76, Luca P.
$4.2 (9th donation), Maple Leafs
$4.1, Θεόδωρος Μ. aka “theodoreippon
$4.1, Lukas H.
$4, Dolev R.
$4, Decentralized Domain Names aka “PeerName
$3.97 (2nd donation), Aleksandr K.
$3.57, Ritvars P.
$3 (3rd donation), RoDi – sprava siete
$3, Sravan K. N.
$2.38, Oliver K.
$2.05, Dimitri S.
$2 (3rd donation), Ian E.
$2, Terri A.
$13.93 from 13 smaller donations

If you want to help Linux Mint with a donation, please visit http://www.linuxmint.com/donors.php


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PrivateInternetAccess becomes Linux Mint’s main sponsor

Written by Clem on April 14th, 2015


I’m happy to announce that PrivateInternetAccess is now the primary sponsor for Linux Mint.

PrivateInternetAccess, PIA, is one of the world’s­ leading VPN providers. The company has been praised for their policy to never log data and for offering some of the lowest subscription prices available. PIA offers 3,180 servers and 16 countries to choose from as well as unlimited bandwidth and up to 5 devices per customer account.

Many of our in-house developers and marketing staff utilize Linux Mint as a desktop.  It is great because everything just works.
We’re big fans of open source and sponsor quite a bit of projects as well as other types of organizations that fight for privacies, civil liberties, etc.  Since some of us were already using Linux Mint, it made sense!

Among other Open Source projects, PIA also sponsors Freenode and GNOME.

We’re proud to welcome PIA as our new sponsor and very grateful for the financial help they’re giving us.