Monthly News – August 2015

Written by Clem on August 31st, 2015

News

All editions for Linux Mint 17.2 were released and the team is now fully focused on development again.

Cinnamon was the first project to receive attention. Its power applet now shows vendor and model information, box pointers look better, and multi-monitor support was further improved: When switching workspaces, the workspace name now appears on all relevant monitors, output names (i.e. plug names) are shown alongside monitor names (in the screenshot below that allows us to distinguish two identical Dell monitors via the name of their display port).

Output names are also relevant when using xrandr or in the MDM configuration tool, to tell the login screen what monitor to use, and that’s another area we’ve been focusing on.

On Segfault, I explained how to manually set up the MDM login screen when using multiple monitors. In this development cycle we’ll also consider different ways to automate this configuration or to provide ways to generate it easily.

We’re also working on other things in Cinnamon and there are exciting plans for the other desktops and cross-desktop tools, but that’s not finished yet so I’ll talk about it another time :)

If you’ve been donating to us, sponsoring us or helping us in any way, thank you very very much. This is the time during the release cycle when we make the most of the freedom you’re giving us, with all the releases out, no funding or commercial aspects to worry about, all the equipment we need and a full cycle in front of us. Many thanks to you all. We’ll continue to post about new features and improvements as they get ready.

Poll of the month:

In 2013 Linux Mint created a new blog called “Segfault”, dedicated to cover technical news and stories from the development team.

Here are the reasons why it was separate from the Linux Mint blog:

  • So technical and development stories could be shared with Linux enthusiasts without getting in the way of official blog posts read by everybody
  • So developers could express themselves on a blog that was more casual and less official

95 posts later, we’d like to get your opinion on Segfault and how you think we can improve things. Don’t hesitate to vote and to comment.

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$250, Brett H. R.
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$100 (10th donation), Anonymous
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Linux Mint 17.2 “Rafaela” Xfce released!

Written by Clem on August 7th, 2015

The team is proud to announce the release of Linux Mint 17.2 “Rafaela” Xfce.

Linux Mint 17.2 Rafaela Xfce Edition

Linux Mint 17.2 is a long term support release which will be supported until 2019. It comes with updated software and brings refinements and many new features to make your desktop even more comfortable to use.

New features at a glance:

For a complete overview and to see screenshots of the new features, visit: “What’s new in Linux Mint 17.2 Xfce“.

Important info:

To be aware of issues and read about explanations and possible solutions related to this release, visit: “Release Notes for Linux Mint 17.2 Xfce

System requirements:

  • 512MB RAM (1GB recommended for a comfortable usage).
  • 9GB of disk space (20GB recommended).
  • Graphics card capable of 800×600 resolution (1024×768 recommended).
  • DVD drive or USB port.

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 in the last 10 years are equipped with 64-bit processors).

Upgrade instructions:

  • If you want to upgrade from Linux Mint 17.2 RC, simply launch the Update Manager and install any Level 1 update available.
  • If you want to upgrade from Linux Mint 17 or Linux Mint 17.1, please follow the instructions at http://blog.linuxmint.com/?p=2871.

Download:

Md5 sum:

Torrents:

HTTP Mirrors for the 32-bit DVD ISO:

HTTP Mirrors for the 64-bit DVD ISO:

Enjoy!

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


Linux Mint 17.2 “Rafaela” KDE released!

Written by Clem on August 7th, 2015

The team is proud to announce the release of Linux Mint 17.2 “Rafaela” KDE.

Linux Mint 17.2 Rafaela KDE Edition

Linux Mint 17.2 is a long term support release which will be supported until 2019. It comes with updated software and brings refinements and many new features to make your desktop even more comfortable to use.

New features at a glance:

For a complete overview and to see screenshots of the new features, visit: “What’s new in Linux Mint 17.2 KDE“.

Important info:

To be aware of issues and read about explanations and possible solutions related to this release, visit: “Release Notes for Linux Mint 17.2 KDE

System requirements:

  • 2GB RAM
  • 10GB of disk space (20GB recommended).
  • Graphics card capable of 800×600 resolution (1024×768 recommended).
  • DVD drive or USB port.

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 in the last 10 years are equipped with 64-bit processors).

Upgrade instructions:

  • If you want to upgrade from Linux Mint 17.2 RC, simply launch the Update Manager and install any Level 1 update available.
  • If you want to upgrade from Linux Mint 17 or Linux Mint 17.1, please follow the instructions at http://blog.linuxmint.com/?p=2871.

Download:

Md5 sum:

Torrents:

HTTP Mirrors for the 32-bit DVD ISO:

HTTP Mirrors for the 64-bit DVD ISO:

Enjoy!

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