Monthly News – July 2017

Written by Clem on July 30th, 2017

Many thanks to all the people who donated to us. Thank you for your support.

I hope you enjoyed the recent release of Linux Mint 18.2 and the upgrades in LMDE.

The development cycle for Linux Mint 18.3 was started and some really exciting improvements landed already.

The software sources tool was ported to GTK3 and now supports HiDPI.

Cinnamon gained support for HybridSleep.

The login screen is more configurable than before. Options were added for automatic login as well as the ability to hide the user list and enter user names manually (this is useful for LDAP users). Panel indicators can be enabled/disabled and now show tooltips. And last but not least, the Slick greeter now supports numlockx.

Although app stores already existed in Android and iOS and similar concepts had been developed in PCBSD at the time, Linux Mint was one of the first distributions to introduce a Software Manager. This manager is still really good but it needed attention. A huge amount of work went into revamping it, making it look modern and polishing it to give a better user experience.

We’re still working on it at the moment but I can already tell you the following:

  • The user interface looks more modern and its layout is inspired by Gnome Software. Its simpler, more consistent than before and it makes the application look much cleaner.
  • The software manager no longer uses Webkit. The only toolkit used is GTK and the entire application was ported to GTK3, to bring support for HiDPI.
  • The software manager launches 3 times faster than before. Browsing categories and apps is almost immediate.
  • The backend was ported to AptDaemon and the Software Manager now runs in user mode. Consequently you do not need to enter any passwords to browse applications, and if you enter a password to install or remove an app, the authentication is remembered for a little while so you can install or remove other apps without having to enter that password again.

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Donations in June:

A total of $8,477 were raised thanks to the generous contributions of 434 donors:

$217 (4th donation),
$200, Lee B. aka “FlipSide”
$163 (2nd donation), Jack B.
$109 (2nd donation), Udo J.
$105 (16th donation), Jon Espenschied aka “xeno”
$100 (2nd donation), John M.
$100, Edward M.
$100, Nicholas W.
$100, Tan M.
$100, Jan-olof S.
$100, John F.
$100, Tord H.
$100,
$100, Frank S.
$71, kend
$60 (4th donation), Thomas E.
$54 (7th donation), Claude M.
$54 (4th donation), Stefan K. aka “radi1962”
$54 (4th donation), Stefan K.
$54 (2nd donation), Kai-Uwe S.
$54 (2nd donation), Paul S. E. aka “Paul”
$54, Hendrik S.
$54, Michael L.
$54, Galliker S.
$54, Michael R.
$54, Thomas D.
$54, Philippe P.
$54, Roland G.
$54, Axel E.
$50 (19th donation), Anthony C. aka “ciak”
$50 (5th donation), Hans J.
$50 (5th donation), Jackson T. B.
$50 (5th donation), Stephen A.
$50 (5th donation), Jason H
$50 (3rd donation), Thomas T. aka “FullTimer1489”
$50 (3rd donation), David P.
$50 (3rd donation), John aka “xargs”
$50 (2nd donation), John V.
$50 (2nd donation), Shermanda E.
$50 (2nd donation), Dwight B.
$50 (2nd donation), Tony Ricciotti aka “Tony”
$50 (2nd donation), Billy Ray Nix Jr.
$50 (2nd donation), Bruce M.
$50, Cecil B.
$50, Julian B.
$50, Peter B.
$50, John B.
$50, eurekatech
$50, Gabriel G.
$50, Farsheed P.
$44 (2nd donation), Tom Van Dyck
$43 (5th donation), Tomas S.
$43, Peter U.
$40, P Reynolds
$33 (88th donation), Olli K.
$33 (3rd donation), Radomír Č.
$33, R. Albert Greig III
$33, Luigi Z.
$33, VVV
$33, Eric P.
$33, Manuel López
$33, Erkki J.
$33, Clifford C.
$33, Jacky M.
$30 (4th donation), Jeff S.
$30 (3rd donation), jowind
$30 (2nd donation), Donald H.
$30, Chungkuan T.
$30, David R.
$30, Jamie W.
$30, Bart T.
$30, Fukai T.
$30, Borisov G. aka “method
$28, Martin Sladecek aka “Slaado”
$27 (12th donation), Dr. R. M.
$27 (2nd donation), Vincent S.
$27, Andrea J.
$27, Gerhard A.
$27, Cees B.
$27, Daniel B.
$27, Bart V. R.
$27, Gunter S.
$27, Kenneth A.
$27, Rosa A.
$25 (71th donation), Ronald W.
$25 (27th donation), Curt Vaughan aka “curtvaughan ”
$25 (9th donation), Bill S.
$25 (8th donation), Mathieu D.
$25 (5th donation), Martin Langsholt aka “mlan”
$25 (4th donation), John C.
$25 (3rd donation), Michael K. S.
$25 (3rd donation), Bruce R.
$25 (2nd donation), Juan O.
$25 (2nd donation), Ian M.
$25 (2nd donation), John W. G.
$25, Paul S.
$25, Diana M.
$25, William C.
$25, Wayne B.
$25, Joeseph B.
$25, Carl C.
$25, Jonathan B.
$25, Jeffry J. P.
$25, Lyle D.
$25, Einar Ó.
$25, Ralph D.
$23 (4th donation), William C. aka “N4ES”
$22 (9th donation), Ross M aka “ro55mo”
$22 (4th donation), Michal W.
$22 (3rd donation), Carlos N.
$22 (3rd donation), Pete E.
$22 (3rd donation), Bernard D.
$22 (3rd donation), Christian D.
$22 (3rd donation), Frank H.
$22 (2nd donation), Erwin v K. aka “Erwin vK”
$22, Christer L.
$22, Charles L.
$22, Owen D.
$22, Matthias W.
$22, S L. A.
$22, Laurent G.
$22, Matthew O.
$22, Johann K.
$22, Christoph B.
$22, Svend M.
$22, Ulrich M.
$22, Andreas H.
$22, Stefan O.
$22, Fabien aka “fabien85”
$22, Sean R. B.
$22, Kevin H.
$22, Vytautas M.
$22, Manolis V.
$20 (8th donation), Matej V.
$20 (5th donation), Brent S. aka “AFineMan”
$20 (4th donation), Lars Händler
$20 (3rd donation), D. B. .
$20 (3rd donation), Dave V. aka “Dave”
$20 (3rd donation), Mike H. aka “sloan”
$20 (3rd donation), John W.
$20 (2nd donation), Lennart J.
$20 (2nd donation), Borisov G. aka “method
$20 (2nd donation), T. P. .
$20 (2nd donation), David H.
$20 (2nd donation), Gary A.
$20 (2nd donation), Ike
$20 (2nd donation), Marius G.
$20, Larry R.
$20, Ernst M.
$20, Michael W.
$20, Michael A.
$20, Scott M.
$20, Robert S.
$20, Duncan M.
$20, Chris P.
$20, George T. L.
$20, Michael R.
$20, Johannes M.
$20, Uglyduckling81
$20, Chrissi W.
$20, David C.
$20, Israel Hanukoglu
$20, Roberto O. L.
$20, Jeff B.
$20, Mike P.
$20, João D. P.
$20, Scott H.
$20, Sergey Starosek aka “star”
$20, Christian C.
$20, Elvis
$20, GH FG
$19.99, Aleksandr K.
$16 (3rd donation), Jim P
$16, Sebastian B.
$16, Patrick F.
$16, Henrik N.
$16, Andrew W.
$15, Brodie F.
$15, Valeria C.
$15, Sylvain L.
$15, Radosław S.
$15, Vanja V.
$15, Jerry K.
$15, Charles W.
$15, Graham H.
$14.84, Yuri H.
$13 (14th donation), Anonymous
$13 (2nd donation), Linuxgamer
$13, Edward A.
$12 (75th donation), Tony C. aka “S. LaRocca”
$12 (21st donation), JobsHiringnearMe
$12 (6th donation), Raymond M. (retired)
$12 (2nd donation), Stephen R.
$11 (5th donation), Jan P.
$11 (5th donation), Johann J.
$11 (4th donation), Jeffrey R.
$11 (4th donation), Elsukov V.
$11 (3rd donation), Sebastiano L.
$11 (3rd donation), Ian P.
$11 (3rd donation), Peter B.
$11 (3rd donation), Alexander Lang
$11 (3rd donation), André S.
$11 (2nd donation), Roger H.
$11 (2nd donation), Eberhard R.
$11 (2nd donation), Davide A.
$11 (2nd donation), Miguel R.
$11 (2nd donation), Abdulkadir H.
$11 (2nd donation), Chris W.
$11, Stefano F.
$11, Muradashvili A.
$11, Stefan S.
$11, Raymond L.
$11, Hans H.
$11, Harald G.
$11, Andreas F.
$11, Alin S.
$11, J. H. .. V. W.
$11, Antti M.
$11, Lee S. aka “fleamour”
$11, John R. A.
$11, Herbert E.
$11, Roman N.
$11, Carlo S.
$11, Andreas M.
$11, Rok V.
$11, Günter W.
$11, Kan C.
$11, Joachim E.
$11, Brigitte L. aka “tortoischen”
$11, Konstantin O.
$11, Jose Luis Pascual aka “jlpascualgomez”
$11, Wesley C.
$11, Johannes W.
$11, Uwe J.
$11, Joss S.
$11, Madarasz E.
$11, Eduard D.
$11, Adrian K.
$11, Nico M.
$11, X-CA (Jens Trach)
$11, Iwan aka “Hopka”
$11, Colin L.
$11, Peter J.
$10.01, Michael A.
$10 (19th donation), Thomas C.
$10 (15th donation), Larry J.
$10 (14th donation), Julie H. aka “Kjokkenutstyr
$10 (10th donation), Paul O.
$10 (10th donation), Frank K.
$10 (9th donation), RentalCarsnearMe
$10 (6th donation), Peter K.
$10 (6th donation), Dinu P.
$10 (6th donation), Jannik T.
$10 (5th donation), Aliki K.
$10 (5th donation), Andreas S.
$10 (5th donation), Gary P.
$10 (5th donation), John M.
$10 (4th donation), Terrance G.
$10 (4th donation), Sven A.
$10 (4th donation), Rick R.
$10 (3rd donation), Ash T.
$10 (3rd donation), Jerome A.
$10 (2nd donation), Nilson O.
$10 (2nd donation), Andrej K.
$10 (2nd donation), Ramon S. I.
$10 (2nd donation), Philip Stephens aka “Phandrens”
$10 (2nd donation), Laurencio G.
$10 (2nd donation), K S.
$10, Johan H.
$10, Vincent L.
$10, M. B.
$10, Wendy M.
$10, Jimmy K.
$10, Stephen F.
$10, Gary L.
$10, Marcelo G. P.
$10, Ed L.
$10, Bertrum B.
$10, Brent H.
$10, Avshalom L.
$10, T.s.eggleston
$10, Maarten E.
$10, Gordon M.
$10, Goh A.
$10, Kenneth W.
$10, Sunil K. K.
$10, Michael O.
$10, Cesar Biondo aka “Biondo”
$10, Rafael A. D. S.
$10, Pablo B.
$10, Peter N.
$10, שון מורוז
$10, James L.
$10, Christian Peyrusse
$10, Ricardo F.
$10, Abdulkarim Malkadi
$10, David C.
$10, Luciano Pucciarelli aka “zalza13
$10, Brenton P.
$10, Cristobal V.
$10, DaveW
$10, Ethan H.
$10, Jorge Leon
$9, Omar Q.
$8, Borisov M.
$7 (11th donation), CV Smith
$7, Julien T.
$7, Ashraf H.
$5 (14th donation), Eugene T.
$5 (14th donation), CB750
$5 (13th donation), Todd A aka “thobin”
$5 (7th donation), Jim A.
$5 (6th donation), Korneliusz M. aka “audiokor
$5 (6th donation), Bhavinder Jassar
$5 (6th donation), David Y.
$5 (5th donation), Niko K.
$5 (5th donation), Vyacheslav K. aka “veZuk”
$5 (5th donation), Dmitry P.
$5 (5th donation), Зайцев П.
$5 (5th donation), Kouji aka “杉林晃治
$5 (5th donation), Peter H.
$5 (3rd donation), Tomasz U.
$5 (3rd donation), Marcelo S.
$5 (3rd donation), Suleyman K.
$5 (3rd donation), NAGY Attila aka “GuBo”
$5 (2nd donation), J. S. .
$5 (2nd donation), Pierre-marie R.
$5 (2nd donation), Alex Luton aka “Starcross
$5, Gerardo H. V.
$5, Peng K.
$5, Edmilson F.
$5, Douglas K.
$5, Marcos B.
$5, Jeremy D.
$5, Vitaliy T. aka “doktor.vit”
$5, Andreas S.
$5, Fernando A.
$5, Jozsef P.
$5, Jose Ortiz aka “bandaangosta”
$5, Sven J.
$5, Markus G.
$5, Lars G.
$5, Jhon C.
$5, Ботнев А.
$5, Csaba D. V.
$5, Ermanio C. M. Jnr
$5, Sam E.
$5, Kiryl L.
$5, Arvids Dane
$5, Albin S.
$5, Mark S.
$5, Mark D.
$5, Michael P. K.
$5, Riccardo L.
$5, Alexis S.
$5, Giacomo P.
$5, Leandro F.
$5, Lambertus A. V.
$5, Alfred E.
$5, Mirosław G.
$5, Elite Miner
$5, Rodrigo T. M.
$5, Christophe J.
$5, Grégoire A.
$5, Douglas C.
$5, Renato S.
$5, Chen Y.
$5, M F. M.
$5, Florian L.
$4 (5th donation), Alessandro S.
$3 (2nd donation), N. V. .
$3 (2nd donation), Bongoville
$3 (2nd donation), Stefan B.
$3, Romulo F. D. Q.
$3, Nicholas J. C.
$3, 孙 吉.
$3, Simon K.
$3, Cristiano C.
$3, Scott M.
$3, Pascal L.
$3, Ключников С.
$3, A O.
$3, aka “Windshield Repair Albuquerque
$3, Nelson E. S. T.
$2 (6th donation), Marcin S aka “KotFryc
$2 (4th donation), Maciej G. aka “Jodator”
$2 (3rd donation), Klaus Heckenbach
$2 (2nd donation), П. Д. .
$2 (2nd donation), Илья Кругликов aka “Ilis”
$2 (2nd donation), J. G. G. .
$2, Mohamamd W.
$2, Milos B. aka “bOSKE”
$2, Ben M.
$2, Janusz W.
$2, พิชัย เลิศวชิรกุล
$2, Caio L. M. J.
$2, Danny O.
$2, GotKimZua aka “GotKimZua
$2, Luiz H. R. C.
$36.95 from 35 smaller donations

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

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How to upgrade to Linux Mint 18.2

Written by Clem on July 3rd, 2017

It is now possible to upgrade Linux Mint 18 and 18.1 to version 18.2.

If you’ve been waiting for this I’d like to thank you for your patience.

Upgrading to 18.2 is relatively easy.

In the Update Manager, click on the Refresh button to check for any new version of mintupdate and mint-upgrade-info. If there are updates for these packages, apply them.

Launch the System Upgrade by clicking on “Edit->Upgrade to Linux Mint 18.2 Sonya”.

Follow the instructions on the screen.

When asked whether to keep or replace configuration files, choose to replace them.

Once the upgrade is finished, reboot your computer.

Additional info

  • Although Linux Mint 18.2 features a newer kernel, this upgrade does not change the kernel on your behalf. This is a decision only you should take.
  • Same goes for the choice of display manager or the software selection. Brasero won’t be removed and MDM won’t be switched for LightDM on your behalf. You can decide to make these changes, but you certainly don’t have to.
  • It is recommended to disable the screensaver before upgrading. If the screensaver activates during the upgrade and you’re unable to log back in, switch to console with CTRL+ALT+F1, log in, and type “killall cinnamon-screensaver” (or “killall mate-screensaver” in MATE). Use CTRL+ALT+F7 or CTRL+ALT+F8 to get back to your session.

How to switch from MDM to LightDM

Warning: This is not recommend for novice users.

First, install LightDM by typing the following commands in a terminal:

  • apt install slick-greeter lightdm lightdm-settings apparmor

When asked to select a default display manager, select LightDM.

Then, remove MDM and reboot by typing the following commands in a terminal:

  • apt remove mdm
  • sudo reboot

Linux Mint 18.2 “Sonya” KDE released!

Written by Clem on July 2nd, 2017

The team is proud to announce the release of Linux Mint 18.2 “Sonya” KDE Edition.

Linux Mint 18.2 Sonya KDE Edition

Linux Mint 18.2 is a long term support release which will be supported until 2021. It comes with updated software and brings refinements and many new features to make your desktop even more comfortable to use.

New features:

This new version of Linux Mint contains many improvements.

For an overview of the new features please visit:

What’s new in Linux Mint 18.2 KDE“.

Important info:

The release notes provide important information about known issues, as well as explanations, workarounds and solutions.

To read the release notes, please visit:

Release Notes for Linux Mint 18.2 KDE

System requirements:

  • 2GB RAM.
  • 15GB of disk space (20GB recommended).
  • 1024×768 resolution (on lower resolutions, press ALT to drag windows with the mouse if they don’t fit in the screen).

Notes:

  • The 64-bit ISO can boot with BIOS or UEFI.
  • The 32-bit ISO can only boot with BIOS.
  • The 64-bit ISO is recommend for all modern computers (Almost all computers sold since 2007 are equipped with 64-bit processors).

Upgrade instructions:

  • If you are running the BETA, simply use the Update Manager to apply the available updates.
  • Announcements will be made shortly with instructions on how to upgrade from Linux Mint 18 and Linux Mint 18.1.

Download links:

Here are the download links for the 64-bit ISO:

A 32-bit ISO image is also available at https://www.linuxmint.com/download_all.php.

Integrity and authenticity checks:

Once you have downloaded an image, please verify its integrity and authenticity.

Anyone can produce fake ISO images, it is your responsibility to check you are downloading the official ones.

Enjoy!

We look forward to receiving your feedback. Thank you for using Linux Mint and have a lot of fun with this new release!