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Monthly News – July 2016

Written by Clem on Thursday, July 28th, 2016

News

Hello everybody. I hope you’re enjoying the summer and the recent releases of Linux Mint 18.

I’d like to say a big thank you to all the people who donated to us in June and in July (July donations will appear in the next Monthly News). Welcome back also to ThinkPenguin and thanks to all our sponsors. You’re making our life much easier and your help is very important to us.

The Xfce edition is almost ready. Some of the last bug fixes got in the repository today and we’re getting ready for a stable release.

An announcement will be made also, for Linux Mint 17.3 Xfce users, as soon as the upgrade path is open.

On the KDE front, things are progressing slowly. There are so many differences between KDE 4 and Plasma 5, we’ve had to work on this edition as if it was a brand new product, inheriting very little from the past and with each component being added one at a time. Most of the critical issues were fixed with the exception of some compatibility issues between the screensaver, the session and the display manager. Important decisions also haven’t been taken yet, such as whether to ship this edition with MDM or SDDM and whether to maintain or to delegate Plasma updates. In terms of timing though, we’re likely to see these issues solved rather quickly and so we should have a BETA release this August.

In August, we’ll also start the next development cycle. We already have a couple of implementations ready to go in, and many ideas were discussed and planned for Linux Mint 18.1.

A quick word to LMDE users: The major components present in Linux Mint 18 (Cinnamon 3.0, MATE 1.14, the XApps etc..) are already in LMDE 2 “Betsy”. Except for a few features (the Mint-Y theme, which requires GTK 3.18, for instance) the other components will be backported shortly.

We received a few questions this month after the Ubuntu forums were breached for the second time. As a precaution, all Launchpad users should change their password. We encourage people not to point the finger or find comfort in cheap explanations. The bigger the project, the bigger the target. Instead, people should assess the quality of their own passwords and their uniqueness from one website to another, since it is only a matter of time and effort before one of these websites get hacked. Our sympathy goes to Canonical. We’re at their disposal if what we learnt after our own attacks can help them in any way.

Finally, we are working with our friends at CompuLab to refresh the MintBox Mini. The new model should be as tiny as before, but with more memory and more processing power. Shipping with bluetooth and dual Ethernet connectivity, we’re hoping to show you pictures, pricing and detailed specifications very soon.

Sponsorships:

Linux Mint is proudly sponsored by:

Platinum Sponsors:
Private Internet Access
Gold Sponsors:
Linux VPS Hosting
Silver Sponsors:

Sucuri
Bronze Sponsors:
Vault Networks *
AYKsolutions Server & Cloud Hosting
7L Networks Toronto Colocation *
BGASoft Inc
David Salvo
Milton Security Group
Sysnova Information Systems
Community Sponsors:

Donations in June:

A total of $10354 was raised thanks to the generous contributions of 455 donors:

$200 (2nd donation), John Tiller Software, Inc.
$150 (18th donation), Ralph Siegler aka “ziggy
$125, Henrik P.
$111, Rohit Sharma aka “Rohit
$111, MetaService aka “Jeroen DC
$111, Renaud D.
$111, Ernst S.
$111, Walter Ebert
$108, Andre W.
$103, Patrick W.
$100 (2nd donation), Martin Langsholt aka “mlan”
$100, Alan F.
$100, Chance Constructor Corporation
$100, Keith N.
$100, David P.
$100, Using PayPal
$100, Eric J.
$71.28, Mark W.
$70, Dave K.
$61 (2nd donation), Francois E.
$61, Christoph H.
$61, Mihai G.
$61, Wolfgang R.
$58, Alex L.
$55 (2nd donation), Chema Cortés
$55 (2nd donation), Arnaud L.
$55 (2nd donation), Steve P
$55 (2nd donation), I REALLY like Linux Mint ! aka “Klaas Sijtsma”
$55, Dominique L.
$55, Vaidas B.
$55, Jorge V. H.
$55, Risto S.
$55, Calenge G.
$55, Arnd K.
$55, Matteo T.
$54, R.
$54, Eberhard K.
$54, Antero K.
$53, Jeffrey D. P.
$50 (11th donation), Anthony C. aka “ciak”
$50 (9th donation), Jaan S.
$50 (4th donation), Paul W.
$50 (3rd donation), Charles W. B. I.
$50 (3rd donation), Stephen A.
$50 (2nd donation), David K.
$50 (2nd donation), Stephen H.
$50 (2nd donation), Pierre R.
$50 (2nd donation), Stephen H.
$50, Michael C.
$50, Kha P.
$50, Paul T.
$50, Robert H.
$50, Phil P.
$50, Graham S.
$50, Shermanda E.
$50, Bennett D.
$50, Derrick S.
$50, Don P.
$50, Norman R.
$50, Paul M.
$50, Rolf T.
$50, Ventura Promotional Products, Inc.
$50, James W.
$50, Robert D.
$50, Rob U.
$50, Jeff B.
$50, C M.
$50, Neil E.
$50, Ramiro S.
$44, Laux Kältetechnik
$40 (3rd donation), Efran G.
$40 (3rd donation), Anthony L.
$40, Glenn Kim
$40, Roy T.
$40, Zulyn D.
$37, Schmitt R.
$35, Jeffrey M.
$33.25, Kiyofumi M.
$33 (76th donation), Olli K.
$33 (2nd donation), Zerlono
$33, Riccardo B.
$33, Anthony C.
$33, Damiano A.
$33, Fred W.
$33, Alexandre L.
$33, Michael T.
$32, Dimitar M.
$31 (6th donation), Dick B. aka “Dick”
$31, Markus S.
$30 (5th donation), James P.
$30 (3rd donation), Jung-Kyu Park aka “bagjunggyu
$30 (2nd donation), James A.
$30, Matthew D.
$30, Jason H
$30, Anzai N.
$30, David W.
$30, Chuan J.
$30, Harry A.
$30, Stephen A.
$30, Robert P.
$30, Robert L. Z.
$30, Martin D.
$29.1, DIY BCN
$28 (4th donation), Walter S.
$28 (3rd donation), Daniel L.
$28 (2nd donation), Michael S.
$28 (2nd donation), Ramona L.
$28, Jani L.
$28, Laszlo R.
$28, Karsten O.
$28, Pietro Q.
$28, Oliver S.
$28, Dieter H.
$27 (2nd donation), Roeland B. V. D. W.
$27, Robin R. aka “R²”
$27, Jürgen D.
$25 (59th donation), Ronald W.
$25 (14th donation), Peter D.
$25 (8th donation), Bill
$25 (6th donation), stewy aka “stewy”
$25 (3rd donation), Myron J.
$25 (2nd donation), Carl J.
$25 (2nd donation), Jack G.
$25 (2nd donation), Murray C.
$25, Robert S.
$25, Paul Q.
$25, James R.
$25, Scott O.
$25, Derek J.
$25, William S.
$25, Berea G.
$25, Richard C.
$25, Grant W.
$25, Scot O.
$25, Andrew Gouw
$25, Jeffery B.
$25, Rick D.
$25, Danny V.
$25, Steven S.
$25, David B.
$25, Joel W.
$24 (3rd donation), Dea Engineering s.r.l. aka “Andrea Tozzato
$24, Taisto O.
$22 (7th donation), Doriano G. M.
$22 (7th donation), Ross M aka “ro55mo”
$22 (4th donation), Julian M.
$22 (3rd donation), Olivier R.
$22 (2nd donation), Bertrand M.
$22 (2nd donation), Malte J.
$22, Christian G.
$22, Marcel W.
$22, Christian B.
$22, Zoltan B.
$22, Laszlo G.
$22, Erwin R.
$22, Marco M. aka “Mastrotux
$22, Peter K.
$22, Eric F.
$22, Laurent P.
$22, Siegbert D.
$22, Gérald F.
$22, Alain M.
$22, Alma K.
$22, Gottfried J.
$22, Gabriele G.
$22, Hugues L.
$22, Mange
$22, Martin S.
$22, John L.
$22, Jean-michel L. aka “jmfdl63
$22, Massimo P. S.
$22, Gérald F.
$22, Sylvie L. M.
$22, Nicole B.
$20 (21st donation), Utah B.
$20 (16th donation), Curt Vaughan aka “curtvaughan ”
$20 (8th donation), Matsufuji H.
$20 (7th donation), Kevin S.
$20 (3rd donation), Steve Schaller
$20 (3rd donation), Michael C.
$20 (3rd donation), Jim W.
$20 (3rd donation), Greg E.
$20 (3rd donation), Jung-Kyu Park aka “bagjunggyu
$20 (2nd donation), Matej V.
$20 (2nd donation), Vaughan B.
$20 (2nd donation), Daniel H.
$20 (2nd donation), Jinseok J. aka “JeonLab
$20, Robert L.
$20, Jeff S.
$20, Ken K.
$20, Tomasz K.
$20, Peter M.
$20, Claude C.
$20, Fabio F.
$20, Brian M.
$20, Richard H.
$20, Michael S.
$20, Thomas F.
$20, John B.
$20, Michael S.
$20, Ed M.
$20, Guillaume P.
$20, Jerry K.
$20, Benoit L.
$20, Matthew M.
$20, Robert O.
$19, Gilles L. aka “Gil-s”
$18 (7th donation), Anton W. aka “redant
$18 (5th donation), François P.
$17, Frank H.
$17, Moraru C.
$17, Aaron M.
$17, Will F.
$17, Julius P.
$15 (9th donation), Jobs Near Me aka “Jobs Hiring
$15 (6th donation), Andjelko Stojsin aka “Andjelko S.
$15 (5th donation), Doug B. aka “Doug B.”
$15 (3rd donation), Kok E. B.
$15 (3rd donation), Francois R.
$15 (2nd donation), Stephen G.
$15 (2nd donation), Hrishikesh D.
$15 (2nd donation), Charles W. B. I.
$15, Jeannot P.
$15, Will B M.
$15, Ruben D. V.
$15, Dmytro P.
$15, Aldo R.
$15, John A.
$15, Wpl T. S.
$14.73, Constantin M. aka “biliboc”
$14, Michael C.
$13 (2nd donation), Tim H.
$12 (63th donation), Tony C. aka “S. LaRocca”
$12 (2nd donation), Michael S.
$12 (2nd donation), Gifts from Maine
$12, Kasper G.
$12, Domenico D. B.
$12, Matteo A.
$12, Jean-pierre G.
$12, Rene S.
$12, Edward R.
$12, Jean-louis C.
$12, NeedToSellMyHouse
$12, Jose P. A.
$12, Fernando G. R.
$12, Jonas M.
$12, Dani R.
$11 (9th donation), Tomasz K.
$11 (7th donation), Gerard C.
$11 (5th donation), Theis F. Hinz
$11 (5th donation), Richard S.
$11 (5th donation), Joshua R.
$11 (3rd donation), Cales F.
$11 (2nd donation), Nicola C.
$11 (2nd donation), Joost H.
$11 (2nd donation), Cosimo I.
$11 (2nd donation), Michele M.
$11 (2nd donation), Daniel H.
$11, Andreas L.
$11, Robert P.
$11, Julien B.
$11, Paolo V.
$11, Alexander V. R.
$11, Gordon P.
$11, Laurent M.
$11, Moritz S. R.
$11, Rob V. D. S.
$11, Vladimir I.
$11, Gatis K.
$11, Jean P. C.
$11, Michael T.
$11, Maciej K.
$11, Sebastian N.
$11, Georgios V.
$11, Derek B.
$11, Michael O.
$11, Eric aka “Garvalf
$11, Pietro B.
$11, Hubert M.
$11, Farissi M.
$11, Andreas C.
$11, Fabre V.
$11, Vladislav S.
$11, Alexander P.
$11, Jukka W.
$11, Gianluca M.
$11, Paolo C.
$11, Marius R.
$11, Oprea M.
$11, Andrei A. B.
$11, Simone B.
$11, Lucas S.
$11, Nils S.
$10 (53th donation), Tsuguo S.
$10 (14th donation), Jt Spratley aka “Go Live Lively
$10 (9th donation), Mike C.
$10 (7th donation), Thomas C.
$10 (5th donation), John aka “Pbone”
$10 (5th donation), Masaomi Yoshida
$10 (5th donation), Dave B.
$10 (4th donation), Masaomi Yoshida
$10 (4th donation), Glover Electronics
$10 (3rd donation), Samarth M.
$10 (3rd donation), Dental Marketing Agency
$10 (3rd donation), Rolf V.
$10 (2nd donation), Jeri H.
$10 (2nd donation), Nomura K.
$10 (2nd donation), Dmitriy S. aka “mpolk”
$10 (2nd donation), Larry J.
$10 (2nd donation), Tri N.
$10 (2nd donation), Valentin B.
$10 (2nd donation), Richard W.
$10 (2nd donation), Dan L.
$10 (2nd donation), James F.
$10 (2nd donation), Bob Holderman
$10 (2nd donation), Samraj R.
$10 (2nd donation), Ole-andre J.
$10, André P.
$10, Steve C.
$10, Jens W.
$10, Nifantyev Evgeny
$10, Bruno D. A.
$10, Dohaeng L.
$10, Michal W.
$10, Vladimir U.
$10, Chung N.
$10, Sergey A.
$10, adminbannok.com
$10, Boguslaw Z.
$10, Anurag S.
$10, Peter M.
$10, Christopher M.
$10, Daniel L.
$10, Alexander R.
$10, Michael C.
$10, Fred D.
$10, Marcelo S.
$10, James H.
$10, Chad M.
$10, Nikos G.
$10, Alex A. D. C.
$10, Jared A.
$10, Lee B.
$10, Alan C.
$10, James F.
$10, Luke M.
$10, Gordon W.
$10, Rafał D.
$10, Jared A.
$10, Matthew S.
$10, Greg W.
$10, David K.
$10, Joseph C.
$10, 李 世亮
$10, Víctor R. H. M.
$10, Braam W.
$10, Carl A.
$9 (2nd donation), Wong H. Y.
$9, Samy S.
$8 (9th donation), Radim aka “myself42”
$7.74, 石 磊
$7 (2nd donation), Francois B. aka “Makoto
$7, Sweet Ice Cream Love
$7, 新井 耕平
$7, Anonymous
$6 (4th donation), Eugene T.
$6, Antti K.
$6, Idrissa A.
$6, Find and Fund aka “Crowdfunding
$6, Markus B.
$6, Manuel D.
$6, Chris K.
$6, aka “pierrocknroll”
$6, Ammar Ali
$6, Rudy P.
$6, Atleta Dormiente
$6, Plamen Gospodinov aka “Randb”
$6, Máximo F. R.
$6, Stefan K. aka “Puto”
$6, Michael G. aka “MYG”
$6, Aniculaiesei M.
$6, Nicolas B.
$6, Nadia C.
$5 (17th donation), Libertad Tecnologica
$5 (6th donation), Artur T.
$5 (6th donation), Todd A aka “thobin”
$5 (5th donation), Richard C.
$5 (4th donation), Michel B.
$5 (4th donation), Matthew B.
$5 (3rd donation), Clinton Aarts
$5 (3rd donation), Arkadiusz T.
$5 (3rd donation), Eugene M.
$5 (3rd donation), Matthew B.
$5 (2nd donation), Dennis B.
$5 (2nd donation), Stuart M.
$5, Mehdi A.
$5, Wong T. K.
$5, Ivanova A.
$5, Saurabh S.
$5, Mohammad M.
$5, Todd P
$5, Sigurd W.
$5, John O.
$5, Boris D.
$5, Guo H.Z
$5, Dennis N.
$5, Dane F.
$5, Edmar Bellorini aka “cabellorini”
$5, Robert C.
$5, Darren R.
$5, Vipin S.
$5, Robert M.
$5, Daniel P. V.
$5, Shuo L.
$5, Elijah T.
$5, UK Web Host Review
$5, David S.
$5, Ajan R.
$5, René C.
$5, Arturo S. G.
$5, Michael H.
$5, Michael Maurer
$5, AMS Resin aka “Harold”
$5, Felice A. P.
$5, Fernando M. S.
$4, Michal N.
$3.71 (2nd donation), VA3TDG
$3.13 (4th donation), Chetverikov K.
$3 (14th donation), RoDi – sprava IT
$3 (5th donation), elogbookloan
$3 (4th donation), PlasmaCutterPro
$3, Marko J.
$3, Marcin B.
$29.76 from 22 smaller donations

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

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Linux Mint 18 “Sarah” Xfce – BETA Release

Written by Clem on Wednesday, July 20th, 2016

This is the BETA release for Linux Mint 18 “Sarah” Xfce Edition.

Linux Mint 18 Sarah Xfce Edition

Linux Mint 18 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 XFCE“.

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 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:

  • This BETA release might contain critical bugs, please only use it for testing purposes and to help the Linux Mint team fix issues prior to the stable release.
  • It will be possible to upgrade from this BETA to the stable release.
  • It will also be possible to upgrade from Linux Mint 17.3. Upgrade instructions will be published after the stable release.

Bug reports:

  • Please report bugs below in the comment section of this blog.
  • When reporting bugs, please be as accurate as possible and include any information that might help developers reproduce the issue or understand the cause of the issue:
    • Bugs we can reproduce, or which cause we understand are usually fixed very easily.
    • It is important to mention whether a bug happens “always”, or “sometimes”, and what triggers it.
    • If a bug happens but didn’t happen before, or doesn’t happen in another distribution, or doesn’t happen in a different environment, please mention it and try to pinpoint the differences at play.
    • If we can’t reproduce a particular bug and we don’t understand its cause, it’s unlikely we’ll be able to fix it.
  • Please visit https://github.com/linuxmint/Roadmap to follow the progress of the development team between the BETA and the stable release.

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. Many thanks in advance for testing the BETA!

How to upgrade to Linux Mint 18

Written by Clem on Thursday, July 14th, 2016

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

It is now possible to upgrade the Cinnamon, MATE and Xfce editions of Linux Mint 17.3 to version 18.

The upgrade instructions are available at: https://community.linuxmint.com/tutorial/view/2316

Upgrade for a reason

“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”.

Linux Mint 13 is supported until 2017 and Linux Mint 17, 17.1, 17.2 and 17.3 are supported until 2019.

You might want to upgrade to Linux Mint 18 because some bug is fixed or because you want to get some of the new features. In any case, you should know why you’re upgrading.

As excited as we are about Linux Mint 18, upgrading blindly for the sake of running the latest version does not make much sense, especially if you’re already happy and everything is working perfectly.

Make sure to read the release notes and to know about the new features so you have all the information you need before deciding whether you want to upgrade.

Make sure also to try Linux Mint 18, in live mode, to know if it works well with your hardware.

Take your time

Read all the instructions and take the time to understand them, ask for help if you’re stuck.

The instructions will ask you to make backups and to try Linux Mint 18 in live mode. Don’t rush into upgrading and do not take shortcuts.

Don’t panic

If you’re stuck or wondering about something don’t hesitate to ask for help:

  • You can post here in the comments section.
  • You can ask for help in the forums.
  • You can connect to the IRC (from within Linux Mint, launch Menu->Internet->Hexchat). If you’re new to IRC, please read this tutorial.