Monthly News – July 2014

Written by Clem on August 7th, 2014

Sponsorships:

Linux Mint is proudly sponsored by:

Gold Sponsors:
VMware Cloud Hosting
Silver Sponsors:
ThinkPenguin.com
Bronze Sponsors:
Vault Networks *
AYKsolutions Server & Cloud Hosting
7L Networks Toronto Colocation *
compute.ch gmbh
David Salvo
Gutscheindrache.de Coupons
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:

A total of $8341 was raised thanks to the generous contributions of 307 donors:

  • $1000 (7th donation), Ian M. aka “bcc4foss
  • $398.56 (2nd donation), Frank Z.
  • $150, Dwight B.
  • $132.85, Nils B.
  • $132.85, Wolfgang B.
  • $132.85, Marco L.
  • $100 (4th donation), Jackson T. B.
  • $100 (2nd donation), Philip W.
  • $100 (2nd donation), Peter D.
  • $100, Clayton H.
  • $100, RD Technical Solutions
  • $100, George A.
  • $79.71 (11th donation), Raymond E.
  • $66.43 (2nd donation), Le bretzel
  • $66.43 (2nd donation), Matthias P.
  • $66.43, Ruurd T.
  • $66.43, Brian E.
  • $66.43, Angus L.
  • $66.43, Arnulf O.
  • $66.43, Gilles B.
  • $66.43, Jean D. N.
  • $53.14 (2nd donation), Sebastian B.
  • $53.14, Yves G.
  • $50 (52th donation), Matthew M.
  • $50 (51th donation), Matthew M.
  • $50 (14th donation), Wolfgang P.
  • $50 (2nd donation), Anthony C.
  • $50 (2nd donation), Amanda H.
  • $50, Lester B.
  • $50, John aka “xargs”
  • $50, Joe C.
  • $50, Carl S.
  • $50, Alex G Doll Consulting Ltd
  • $50, Stephen T.
  • $50, Kenny H.
  • $50, Bernd M.
  • $50, Deague B.
  • $50, C Bailey
  • $50, Steven B.
  • $50, Marie S.
  • $46.5 (3rd donation), Reinhard W.
  • $45.17 (4th donation), Ion B.
  • $43.84, Holger L.
  • $42 (2nd donation), Greg R.
  • $41.18 (2nd donation), George M.
  • $40, James G.
  • $39.86 (53th donation), Olli K.
  • $39.86 (4th donation), Steve Guard aka “SteveG”
  • $39.86 (2nd donation), Antonio B.
  • $39.86 (2nd donation), Kevin W.
  • $39.86, Christian P.
  • $39.86, SPY ITALY srl aka “SPY
  • $39.86, Tomi K.
  • $39.86, Frank V.
  • $39.86, Brigitte E.
  • $39.86, Leonidas E.
  • $35, Jeffrey S.
  • $33.21 (5th donation), LD114
  • $33.21 (5th donation), Robert P.
  • $33.21, Robert D. aka “Wilbobob”
  • $33.21, John T.
  • $33.21, Patrick M.
  • $33.21, Si B.
  • $30 (2nd donation), Robert E.
  • $30, Bernard C.
  • $30, Christopher S.
  • $30, Michael H.
  • $30, Motalia Ltd
  • $26.57 (4th donation), Intars Students aka “mobix
  • $26.57 (4th donation), Dick B. aka “Dick”
  • $26.57 (2nd donation), Erwin O. aka “DJNightchild”
  • $26.57, Logan M.
  • $26.57, Gerhard H.
  • $26.57, Andre C.
  • $26.57, Pascal G.
  • $26.57, DeanO
  • $26.57, Manfred W.
  • $26.57, home
  • $26.57, Christian W.
  • $26.57, Herbert M.
  • $26.57, Peter M.
  • $26.57, Miguel V.
  • $26.57, Nicolas M.
  • $26.57, Stefan L.
  • $26.57, Peter M.
  • $26, Glen G.
  • $25 (34th donation), Ronald W.
  • $25 (9th donation), Robert H.
  • $25 (4th donation), Steve T.
  • $25 (3rd donation), Rudolph C.
  • $25 (3rd donation), Brendan M.
  • $25 (2nd donation), Permacycle
  • $25 (2nd donation), Jon G.
  • $25, Patrick M.
  • $25, Bob M.
  • $25, Jerry T.
  • $25, Jason S.
  • $25, Nutu T.
  • $25, James B.
  • $25, Michael S. aka “Mickey6″
  • $25, James N.
  • $25, Todd L.
  • $25, Roland H.
  • $25, Chris C.
  • $25, Daryl L.
  • $21.26, Thomas L.
  • $20 (36th donation), Tsuguo S.
  • $20 (36th donation), Tsuguo S.
  • $20 (5th donation), David M.
  • $20 (4th donation), Gene C.
  • $20 (3rd donation), Ian B.
  • $20 (2nd donation), Zombiedude
  • $20 (2nd donation), Cristiano S.
  • $20 (2nd donation), Dennis H.
  • $20 (2nd donation), Sven A.
  • $20 (2nd donation), Pierre J.
  • $20 (2nd donation), Tony V.
  • $20 (2nd donation), Dave G.
  • $20 (2nd donation), Amer K.
  • $20, Shakeel A.
  • $20, Gary N.
  • $20, Neil A.
  • $20, Rohan V. D.
  • $20, Karl S.
  • $20, Ian M.
  • $20, Jeffrey T.
  • $20, Peter P.
  • $20, Shane H.
  • $20, David T.
  • $20, Johnny F.
  • $20, William M.
  • $20, Jackie O
  • $20, Michael D.
  • $20, Digital Creatures Studio
  • $20, Hemant P.
  • $20, Larry P.
  • $20, Patrick D.
  • $20, Carleton S.
  • $20, Robert E.
  • $20, Кузнецов А.
  • $20, John W.
  • $20, Lampshade
  • $20, Michael T.
  • $20, Ray H.
  • $20, Dave E.
  • $19.93, Andreas V.
  • $19.93, Bertrand W.
  • $19.93, Florian B.
  • $19.93, Jean J. S.
  • $19.93, Tobias S.
  • $17.27 (2nd donation), Kamaljit S.
  • $17, Jacob V. C.
  • $15.94, Peter C.
  • $15 (3rd donation), Benjamin G.
  • $15, Colin C.
  • $15, Linden R.
  • $15, Francisco Y.
  • $15, Daniel P.
  • $14.61 (3rd donation), Tomasz K.
  • $13.29 (12th donation), Mark W.
  • $13.29 (7th donation), Jens-uwe R.
  • $13.29 (3rd donation), Hans P.
  • $13.29 (3rd donation), Alrik S.
  • $13.29 (2nd donation), Holger B.
  • $13.29 (2nd donation), Francois G.
  • $13.29 (2nd donation), Toni C.
  • $13.29, Andrzej S.
  • $13.29, Jakisa T.
  • $13.29, Steven S.
  • $13.29, Marius B.
  • $13.29, Nicola V.
  • $13.29, Michael E.
  • $13.29, Stoyan N.
  • $13.29, Ondrej V.
  • $13.29, James B.
  • $13.29, Stefán J.
  • $13.29, James S.
  • $13.29, Veronika H.
  • $13.29, Eugen S.
  • $13.29, Derek L.
  • $13.29, Petr S.
  • $13.29, Luuk V. ‘. H.
  • $13.29, Thomas C. aka “3dBloke”
  • $13.29, Matteo A. C.
  • $13.29, Janis E.
  • $13.29, Benjamin R.
  • $13.29, Wolfgang M.
  • $13.29, Arthur V. A.
  • $13.29, Sergiy R.
  • $13.29, Kevin M.
  • $13.29, Wawanta R.
  • $13.29, Jan C.
  • $13.29, Ralf O.
  • $12.82, Stephen G.
  • $12.24, Taeyuun M.
  • $11 (6th donation), Randolph K.
  • $10 (40th donation), Tony C. aka “S. LaRocca”
  • $10 (11th donation), Charlie Robinson
  • $10 (5th donation), Mark C.
  • $10 (3rd donation), Antoine T.
  • $10 (3rd donation), Vincent C.
  • $10 (3rd donation), Robert L.
  • $10 (2nd donation), Hubert P.
  • $10 (2nd donation), S. Falcão
  • $10 (2nd donation), Wilson G.
  • $10 (2nd donation), Andrei R.
  • $10, Ivo S.
  • $10, Cristiano de Oliveira
  • $10, Thomas L.
  • $10, Ailson O.
  • $10, Steven L.
  • $10, Evan M.
  • $10, ROG. FER.FOLIENI
  • $10, Mercedes R. O.
  • $10, Robert B.
  • $10, Charles P.
  • $10, Hermanus B.
  • $10, Debra B.
  • $10, Robert S.
  • $10, Jared W.
  • $10, Jesper L.
  • $10, Carlos E. P. M.
  • $10, Toshihiro K.
  • $10, Raul C.
  • $10, Theis H.
  • $10, 2N COMPANY
  • $10, Chen C.
  • $10, Heikki L.
  • $10, Denton D.
  • $10, Tihonov V.
  • $10, Rafael M. A.
  • $10, Roger K.
  • $10, Paul W.
  • $10, Justin M.
  • $7.97 (2nd donation), Jaime C.
  • $7, Best Electronic Place
  • $6.64 (6th donation), anonymous
  • $6.64 (2nd donation), Mario G.
  • $6.64 (2nd donation), Etienne N.
  • $6.64 (2nd donation), Jouni S.
  • $6.64, Manuel C. aka “Manel
  • $6.64, José V.
  • $6.64, Peter W.
  • $6.64, Laurence W.
  • $6.64, Pavel D.
  • $6.64, Alan S.
  • $6.64, Sebastian D.
  • $6.64, Antonella M.
  • $6.64, Athauda M.
  • $6.3, Cao W.
  • $6 (6th donation), Nicolás Costa de la Colina aka “NCosta”
  • $5 (11th donation), Carlos W.
  • $5 (8th donation), Randy R. aka “MonkeyMint”
  • $5 (7th donation), Randy R. aka “MonkeyMint”
  • $5 (6th donation), Randy R. aka “MonkeyMint”
  • $5 (5th donation), Randy R. aka “MonkeyMint”
  • $5 (4th donation), Jh B.
  • $5 (4th donation), Rockford C.
  • $5 (3rd donation), Ronnie K
  • $5 (2nd donation), frisky
  • $5 (2nd donation), Graham A.
  • $5 (2nd donation), Matthew L.
  • $5 (2nd donation), Pikavippi
  • $5 (2nd donation), William Menezes
  • $5, David H.
  • $5, Robert L.
  • $5, Christopher S.
  • $5, Agus S.
  • $5, Marcelo A. R. S.
  • $5, Yano K.
  • $5, Sean H.
  • $5, Peter Nielsen aka “PeterN
  • $5, John Wilson
  • $5, Leandro R. P. Beock
  • $5, Bo H.
  • $5, Eugen L.
  • $5, Gianluigi M.
  • $5, Unknown
  • $5, Davis P.
  • $5, Jan N.
  • $5, Marco O.
  • $5, Johanna R.
  • $5, Elton B.
  • $5, Angela C.
  • $4.64986, Andrew O. C.
  • $3.99, Domenico E. L. N.
  • $3.99, Jaroslav V.
  • $3.99, Gonzalo T. M.
  • $3, Chetverikov K.
  • $3, Rodrigo R. aka “Akira Kazama”
  • $22.4 from 17 smaller donations

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

Rankings:

  • Distrowatch (popularity ranking): 3186 (1st)
  • Alexa (website ranking): 5313rd

News and summary:

  • Many thanks to all the people who have sent us donations and to all our sponsors.
  • New features for Linux Mint 17.1 are being developed and described on the Segfault blog as they near completion. Lately, the Update Manager received an improved kernel selection screen as well as richer and localized package descriptions.
  • After a long reflection and many discussions the decision was made to switch Linux Mint Debian Edition (LMDE) from its current snapshot cycle to a Debian Stable package base. The transition from Update Pack 8 to Debian Jessie should be smooth and similar to a traditional UP upgrade, in sync with the upstream Jessie freeze planned for November this year.

Monthly News – June 2014

Written by Clem on July 14th, 2014

Sponsorships:

Linux Mint is proudly sponsored by:

Platinum Sponsors:
Gold Sponsors:
VMware Cloud Hosting
Silver Sponsors:
ThinkPenguin.com
Bronze Sponsors:
Vault Networks *
AYKsolutions Server & Cloud Hosting
7L Networks Toronto Colocation *
compute.ch gmbh
David Salvo
Gutscheindrache.de Coupons
MBCEStore Mexico
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:

A total of $9941 was raised thanks to the generous contributions of 398 donors:

  • $500, Daniel G.
  • $265.71, Jörg S.
  • $200, Neil S.
  • $132.85, Oliver S.
  • $132.85, Ute M.
  • $100 (8th donation), Anonymous
  • $100 (4th donation), Jon Espenschied aka “xeno”
  • $100 (2nd donation), Saha S. K.
  • $100, Duncan G. aka “catraeus
  • $100, Lee R.
  • $100, Michael P.
  • $100, Lu G.
  • $100, Matthew D.
  • $100, webby-books.com
  • $100, Zhatkin A.
  • $99, David O.
  • $79.71, Hans-georg T.
  • $75 (14th donation), Ralph Siegler aka “ziggy
  • $75, Michael M.
  • $71.74 (3rd donation), Ion B.
  • $66.43 (2nd donation), Michiel aka “Zonnevuur”
  • $66.43, David R.
  • $66.43, Fabio Q.
  • $66.43, Didier H.
  • $66.43, Uwe K.
  • $66.43, Silvio R.
  • $66.43, Roeland B. V. D. W.
  • $66.43, Augusto P.
  • $66.43, Richard S.
  • $60, Stuart S.
  • $57.13 (2nd donation), Ion B.
  • $53.14, hogliux
  • $51.28, K A. S.
  • $50 (8th donation), Robert H.
  • $50 (5th donation), Marcus M.
  • $50 (2nd donation), David P.
  • $50, Alan S.
  • $50, Alassane S.
  • $50, Bruce M.
  • $50, Krister P.
  • $50, Valter E.
  • $50, Dr.Sam Bledsoe aka “sam”
  • $50, Simon H.
  • $50, Permacycle
  • $50, Bradford H.
  • $50, Richard D.
  • $50, Kirby S.
  • $50, Richard C.
  • $50, Nathan S.
  • $50, Neil K.
  • $50, Kevin K.
  • $50, Arthur A.
  • $40 (12th donation), Philippe W.
  • $40 (7th donation), Andrew M.
  • $40, Ramon S. I.
  • $40, Braeburn Inc.
  • $40, Paul C.
  • $40, Charles P.
  • $40, Sheila S.
  • $40, Robert Y.
  • $39.86 (52th donation), Olli K.
  • $39.86 (3rd donation), Gordon T.
  • $39.86 (2nd donation), Klaus G.
  • $39.86, Daniel N.
  • $39.86, Bernard R. aka “Beer4661″
  • $35.87, S. Bisseswar aka “shailin”
  • $35 (2nd donation), Leonardo Frazao aka “Leoninx
  • $33.21 (6th donation), Joachim M.
  • $33.21 (6th donation), J J. V. K.
  • $33.21 (3rd donation), John K. aka “jbrucek”
  • $33.21 (2nd donation), Mixso QLD
  • $33.21 (2nd donation), R.S.
  • $33.21 (2nd donation), Fabio C.
  • $33.21 (2nd donation), Frank B.
  • $33.21, Albert B.
  • $33.21, Ron M.
  • $33.21, David R.
  • $33.21, Francesco C. aka “cimux”
  • $33.21, Cjm V. D. W.
  • $33.21, Bjørn J. N.
  • $33.21, António B.
  • $33.21, Armin F.
  • $31.34, Clemens H.
  • $30 (3rd donation), Brooke Dukes aka “BandonRandon
  • $30 (3rd donation), Anne-christine U.
  • $30 (2nd donation), Steve Schaller
  • $30 (2nd donation), Raymond C.
  • $30, Gilles B.
  • $30, chasmodo
  • $30, Arnaldo S.
  • $30, Doug Z.
  • $30, James D.
  • $30, Bret M.
  • $30, Lennart J.
  • $30, Neil W.
  • $27, Rosalea R.
  • $26.57 (13th donation), Orlando M. M.
  • $26.57 (2nd donation), Derry H.
  • $26.57 (2nd donation), Laurent M. aka “lolomeis”
  • $26.57 (2nd donation), Rob Mimpriss
  • $26.57 (2nd donation), Nathan H.
  • $26.57 (2nd donation), David aka “RedWarrior
  • $26.57 (2nd donation), Stephan S.
  • $26.57, Markus L.
  • $26.57, Markus F.
  • $26.57, Santi
  • $26.57, Karl S.
  • $26.57, Ihor H.
  • $26.57, Peter H.
  • $26.57, Lars E.
  • $26.57, Stefan B.
  • $26.57, Iván B.
  • $26.57, Greg H.
  • $26.57, Manuel A. M.
  • $26.57, Pep C. F.
  • $26.57, Primeford L.
  • $26.57, Albrecht S.
  • $26.57, Michael S.
  • $26.57, Matt L.
  • $26.57, Grigore G.
  • $26.57, Clemens B.
  • $26 (2nd donation), Geoff_P
  • $25.24, Tetsu S.
  • $25 (33rd donation), Ronald W.
  • $25 (19th donation), John M.
  • $25 (7th donation), Peter T.
  • $25 (3rd donation), Richard W.
  • $25 (2nd donation), Joseph G.
  • $25 (2nd donation), Ryan K.
  • $25 (2nd donation), Michael Z.
  • $25, Ron W.
  • $25, Vi B.
  • $25, Berardino D. P.
  • $25, Frank J.
  • $25, Christopher K.
  • $25, Torstein F.
  • $25, Stephen A.
  • $25, Kiril Z.
  • $25, James M.
  • $25, Tomas P. aka “pechyx”
  • $25, Brad E.
  • $25, Rebecca G.
  • $25, Robert W.
  • $25, Guillaume C.
  • $25, Reijo V. J. R.
  • $23.02, aka “WalterCD”
  • $20 (35th donation), Tsuguo S.
  • $20 (16th donation), Maarten E.
  • $20 (13th donation), Utah B.
  • $20 (6th donation), Phillip H.
  • $20 (4th donation), David M.
  • $20 (4th donation), Uncle Geek
  • $20 (3rd donation), Paul C. aka “pacman67″
  • $20 (3rd donation), Gregg L.
  • $20 (2nd donation), David W.
  • $20 (2nd donation), Bryant L.
  • $20 (2nd donation), Craig W.
  • $20 (2nd donation), Bryan F.
  • $20 (2nd donation), Patrick C.
  • $20 (2nd donation), Mikael S.
  • $20 (2nd donation), Michael C.
  • $20, Bakthavatchalam R.
  • $20, Steven R.
  • $20, Seth C.
  • $20, Craig E.
  • $20, Tim W.
  • $20, Larry J.
  • $20, Steven C.
  • $20, Automated Applications
  • $20, David R.
  • $20, IVA
  • $20, Infinitely Mystical
  • $20, Akelas B.
  • $20, Andrew P.
  • $20, Anthony S.
  • $20, George M.
  • $20, Brian F.
  • $20, Jeremy K.
  • $20, Stephen L.
  • $20, Peter E.
  • $20, Uğur Ata
  • $20, Manuel Kehl aka “mank319
  • $20, Brian G.
  • $19.93 (5th donation), Frederic S.
  • $19.93 (4th donation), Kirk P.
  • $19.93 (4th donation), Francisco L. D. A.
  • $19.93 (3rd donation), Stoyan N.
  • $19.93 (2nd donation), Daniel P.
  • $19.93 (2nd donation), Patrick M.
  • $19.93 (2nd donation), Richard
  • $19.93, Roy W.
  • $19.93, Todor Hristov
  • $19.93, Prcasher@gmail.com
  • $19.93, Roger A. H.
  • $17 (7th donation), Nate Schmolze aka “Nate
  • $17, Mr S. D.
  • $17, K Soulsby
  • $16.61, Steven S.
  • $16 (3rd donation), wb
  • $15.94, J M. aka “JM0804″
  • $15.94, Jan K.
  • $15 (3rd donation), Vjaceslavs L.
  • $15, Pascal L.
  • $15, Bonita R.
  • $15, Yamandu P.
  • $15, Derric F.
  • $15, DvW informatiemanagement en advies
  • $13.29 (11th donation), Mark W.
  • $13.29 (10th donation), Raymond E.
  • $13.29 (7th donation), Jean-michel A.
  • $13.29 (4th donation), Francesco Galgani
  • $13.29 (3rd donation), Isidro P. A.
  • $13.29 (3rd donation), Gabriel T.
  • $13.29 (3rd donation), Tom M.
  • $13.29 (2nd donation), Henry G.
  • $13.29 (2nd donation), Edward F.
  • $13.29 (2nd donation), Armin F.
  • $13.29 (2nd donation), Stefan M.
  • $13.29 (2nd donation), Mikko M.
  • $13.29 (2nd donation), Antonios P.
  • $13.29 (2nd donation), Stephan M.
  • $13.29 (2nd donation), Andrew N.
  • $13.29, Xeodek Aloptec Andreas Wendel Manufaktur
  • $13.29, Cristian P.
  • $13.29, Eduard H.
  • $13.29, Bruno P.
  • $13.29, Lukas F.
  • $13.29, Alfred G.
  • $13.29, Mikkel S.
  • $13.29, Waldemar K.
  • $13.29, Srdjan B.
  • $13.29, Rein D. V.
  • $13.29, Exec IT
  • $13.29, Gerard F. F.
  • $13.29, Bartosz W.
  • $13.29, Power-on.at
  • $13.29, Шардинов В.
  • $13.29, Torsten M.
  • $13.29, Olly Bolly
  • $13.29, Günter W.
  • $13.29, kalfasyan
  • $13.29, Frank F.
  • $13.29, Lu F.
  • $13.29, Bernhard M.
  • $13.29, Juergen F.
  • $13.29, Francis R.
  • $13.29, David L.
  • $13.29, John E.
  • $13.28 (2nd donation), Doriano G. M.
  • $13.28, Philipp H.
  • $12 (2nd donation), Omar J. A. C. aka “Sanedrak”
  • $12, Vanessa M.
  • $12, John W.
  • $10.63, Harri
  • $10 (39th donation), Tony C. aka “S. LaRocca”
  • $10 (8th donation), Christopher R.
  • $10 (7th donation), Hartmann Maier aka “hkmle”
  • $10 (5th donation), Neb Radojkovic
  • $10 (5th donation), Theis Hinz
  • $10 (4th donation), Michal Narecki
  • $10 (4th donation), Gabriele G.
  • $10 (4th donation), Mark C.
  • $10 (4th donation), Alexander Grigoriev
  • $10 (3rd donation), Hormis K.
  • $10 (2nd donation), Shinichi Tagashira
  • $10 (2nd donation), Glen C.
  • $10 (2nd donation), Vincent C.
  • $10 (2nd donation), Jaroslav L.
  • $10 (2nd donation), Gil W.
  • $10 (2nd donation), John C.
  • $10 (2nd donation), Jack M.
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  • All editions of Linux Mint 17 were released. Some important bugs were identified during the RC of the KDE and Xfce editions so the decision was taken to respin the ISOs of the Cinnamon and MATE editions.
  • Linux Mint 17 was the first release of the 17.x series and it opens a new era for our project and a very important cycle for us. During the next 2 years, popular applications will be backported to 17.x and the team will continue to bring improvements and newer desktop environments with each new release. Security updates will also be served until 2019. Whereas the team would normally focus on the next release, this time around the next release is 17.1 and it shares the exact same base. So although 17.1 will be a distinct release and users will opt-in to upgrade to it, that upgrade path will be trivial and both releases will be fully compatible and represent the same development target. Never in the past did Linux Mint invest so much focus in its base. For the release of Linux Mint 17, attention to detail spanned to new areas and the scope of the project got a little bigger… more upstream components were patched and bugs were tackled immediately without waiting for the fixes to be applied by Debian or Ubuntu. When the base was only used for 6 months, it didn’t always make sense to invest too much into it and fixing something often meant making sure it was being tackled in the next base to come. Using the base for 2+ years means we can improve future releases while better supporting existing ones and our level of expectation can raise to a point where part of what was considered upstream before now also falls under our own responsibility.
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Qiana “v2″ ISO respins

Written by Clem on June 29th, 2014

The ISO images for the Cinnamon and MATE editions of Linux Mint 17 “Qiana” were updated and labelled “v2″. All the links were updated on the website and in the announcements to point to the new ISOs.

If you’re already running Linux Mint 17, you don’t need to reinstall.

The new ISO images provide fixes for the following issues:

MDM crash with non-xrandr compatible GPUs

On SIS cards or cards which were not compatible with xrandr, mdm crashed when scanning the available monitors and booting Linux Mint 17 resulted in a black screen.

Dangerously ambiguous label could lead people to mistakenly wipe their hard drive

In the installer, when other operating systems were detected, the option to wipe the hard drive was ambiguously labelled “Replace $OS and install Linux Mint”. Although this option warned about removing data, it led people to believe it would only delete partitions and data associated with the mentioned operating system.

Driver Manager didn’t handle missing firmwares correctly

The driver manager incorrectly assumed the user was running a manually installed driver when in presence of a device which required the installation of “linux-firmware-nonfree”.

Corrupted APT sources when / partition wasn’t formatted

In the case where Linux Mint was installed over an existing / partition and this partition was not formatted, the installer used to call apt-clone and this resulted in corrupting the APT sources.

Skype and some WINE or Steam games didn’t work well out of the box

Better out of the box experience for Steam, Wine, Skype, LibreOffice-base 

A few additional packages were selected and installed by default, such as ia32-libs, libgl1-mesa-dri/glx,  libreoffice-sdbc-hsqldb, to make it easier to run Steam or Wine games in 64-bit, to get better support in 32-bit applications such as Skype or to provide better support for LibreOffice Base.

All level 1 updates were added

All the level 1 updates and bug fixes published since the official release a month ago were added to the new ISO images.

Note to existing users

Although all these changes provide a smoother experience to newcomers. If you already installed Linux Mint and applied all level 1 updates, you do not need to reinstall it.

Note also that the KDE and Xfce editions won’t get respins as these issues either do not apply to them or were already fixed in time for their stable releases.