Linux Mint 16 “Petra” Xfce RC released!

Written by Clem on Tuesday, December 10th, 2013 @ 4:54 am | Main Topics

The team is proud to announce the release of Linux Mint 16 “Petra” Xfce RC.

Linux Mint 16 Petra Xfce Edition

Xfce is a lightweight desktop environment which aims to be fast and low on system resources, while still being visually appealing and user friendly. This edition features all the improvements from the latest Linux Mint release on top of an Xfce 4.10 desktop.

New features at a glance:

For a complete overview and to see screenshots of the new features, visit: “What’s new in Linux Mint 16 Xfce“.

Important info:

  • Recommended packages and 32-bit libraries
  • DVD playback
  • EFI Support
  • PAE required for 32-bit ISOs
  • mint4win

Make sure to read the “Release Notes” to be aware of important info or known issues related to this release.

System requirements:

  • x86 processor (Linux Mint 64-bit requires a 64-bit processor. Linux Mint 32-bit works on both 32-bit and 64-bit processors).
  • 384 MB RAM (1GB recommended for a comfortable usage).
  • 5 GB of disk space
  • Graphics card capable of 800×600 resolution
  • DVD drive or USB port

Bug reports:

  • Please report bugs below in the comment section of this blog.
  • Please visit https://github.com/linuxmint/Roadmap to follow the progress of the development team between the RC and the stable release.

Download:

Md5 sum:

  • 32-bit: f14e182a2238d6f42cc1accee4e27734
  • 64-bit: 10e1d878789d46e9d624528406177ec2

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 testing the release candidate!

93 Responses to “Linux Mint 16 “Petra” Xfce RC released!”

  1. Arnold wasilwa Says:

    hi team,
    whenever the screen locks after a period of unuse i am unable to get the log in screen back. i am using a toshiba l300 laptop with pentium dual core and 2 gb ram

  2. AlephAlpha Says:

    Thanks. When will the stable edition release?

    Edit by Clem: Hopefully before Christmas.

  3. MOJE Says:

    Big THX LM XFCE is my favorite -_+

  4. Jose Manuel Says:

    Congratulations Linux Mint Team !!!!

  5. bagjunggyu Says:

    Thanks Mint Team ^__^

  6. Giulio Says:

    I’m using mint 15 xfce on my main notebook and i really like it, and this 16 is even better! Great work!

    Just a suggetion: whisker menu button on the lower left of the panel is imho a bit too little, and menu categories imho should be placed on the left (e.g. if i clickr iirc internet, it shows related programs like firefox on the left, i think internet should be on the left side and when i click on it i should see e.g. firefox on its right, at least in western countries it’s by far more natural!)

    Also unfortunatly i have tried it also on a notebook with a nvidia cards (mx440 ) and it’s unusable due to a know bug :( : https://bugs.freedesktop.org/show_bug.cgi?id=51477

    Edit by Clem: Good idea about the categories on the left. I would suggest to ask the whisker menu devs upstream at https://github.com/gottcode/xfce4-whiskermenu-plugin/

  7. fxo Says:

    Congratulations for another XFCE release! Please keep up the good work. :)

  8. hmm Says:

    crumble broken fonts/text on all mint 16 releases

    Edit by Clem: I need more info if we’re to look into this.

  9. Harry Says:

    This time again, same as in Release 15 Olivia, either the image file is corrupted or the MD5 checksum is bad.

    Edit by Clem: Which mirrors? what MD5 do you get? how many downloads did you try?

  10. Pjotr Says:

    Thanks! I just love the Xfce edition, and Mint 16 Xfce is even better than Mint 15 Xfce. Keep up the good work!

  11. MraMaria Says:

    @ (9) Harry
    … or none of above?
    How about wrong computer architecture, download issue, recording software not properly set, recording hardware malfunction, installation media problem, etc, etc or… just the user.
    32 an 64 Bits here installs as it should.

    Thanks devs for another good release ;)

    MM

  12. Liviu Says:

    Wenwhenever y connect a external monitor, the screen flickers y get a system crash.
    I assume its some kind of graphics driver issue, but i don’t know how to evaluate this.
    My sis eeepc 1000h intel atom
    cpu n270
    RAM 1.0 GiB
    GRAPHICS CARD 945GSE

  13. Yuri Says:

    Thanks! I looked forward this XFCE version.

  14. Tim Says:

    Does this require PAE, If so, maybe you could find a way to get rid of that RETARDED standard, who the heck needs 4 gigs on a 32 bit CPU?

    Anyway, yeah, I’ve got an old laptop I’d just LOVE to run mint on, but it does not support PAE, and why would it?

    I hope you can find an easy way to fix that!

    Edit by Clem: Hi Tim, check the release notes. Long story short, the decision was made upstream in Ubuntu so until/unless we maintain our own package base or our own set of linux kernels, it will be the same in Linux Mint. We did make sure our latest LTS (Linux Mint 13) was compatible with non-PAE CPUs though.

  15. Maicon Says:

    AWESOME! Mint is the best!

  16. Nicor Says:

    First time testing XFCE edition. The first thing that I noticed is that the icons on the desktop have black font…and when I use a dark background I don’t see the text, how can I fix that?

  17. Néstor Londoño B. Says:

    Thanks for a wonderful O.S. In Cinnamon Petra the Free cad shut of when I charge a file that works very well with the Free CAD 12. For this I back to the Cinnamon Olivia 32.

  18. Mark Says:

    @Harry: Worked fine for me, as did the LM15 ISOs.

  19. Petr Says:

    I am running it from VirtualBox, USB flash drive. So far so great, BUT it seems there is something wrong with apt, aplitude commands:

    petr@petr-VirtualBox ~ $ aptitude
    Ouch! Got SIGSEGV, dying..
    Segmentation fault
    petr@petr-VirtualBox ~ $ apt-cache search wine
    Segmentation fault
    petr@petr-VirtualBox ~ $ apt search wine
    Segmentation fault

  20. Petr Says:

    Also Software manager does not open at all

    Edit by Clem: Hi Petr, it looks like a corrupted download or installation. Alternatively it could be a problem with the repositories (check with “inxi -r”).

  21. Hinto Says:

    Fantastic!!
    Anyone try Gala with it?

  22. Baboot Says:

    Thx, guys for a great job. It’s a best linux distro for me.

  23. jediafr Says:

    Congrats goes to the Team for this release !

    To answer Tim : some people do need the PAE Kernel 32bits, are loaded with ram (due in my case to some key apps which are not 64 bits stable yet).

    As usual, i’ll stay on LTS and will jump ship with LM17 !

  24. saxomal Says:

    16. Nicor….

    Light fonts for the desktop icons:

    http://community.linuxmint.com/tutorial/view/1146

    Tried this yesterday – works a treat.

    Really pleased that XP is being sidelined by MS – this has finally got me to commit to Linux on my netbook and LM xfce works brilliantly.

  25. cCc Says:

    Looking forward to update my Mint 15 to Petra, after this release becomes stable.

    I have a decent laptop, but you just can’t beat the feeling of superior performance when using a XFCE edition.

    I hope that Clem and the team will manage to maintain 5 editions simultaneously, and to continue to improve Cinnamon version as well (which will eventually just outperform any other edition with its features imho)

  26. Harry Says:

    @Mra Maria (11) & Mark (18) – i don’t know – maybe it’s because of application i am using to test it (MD5 Checksum tool V 3.1 for Windows) – downloaded od my company’s notebook Samsung RV510-S02-PL with win7x64, both Olivia (downloaded 3 times to different folders from different mirrors in 3 different networks) and Petra XFCE checksum was bad, however, the Maya LTS Iso XFCE checksum was fine – and this version is installed on my home PC. I don’t know why i’ve encountered problems with running some apps (skype, kadu, some menu apps) and messages was i.e. “wrong instruction” – it’s a long story (old PC with sempron cpu), but on Maya it works and it looks like it’s faster than release 15. However, 15 (haven’t try 16 yet) has some few very useful improvements that i miss on 13 (i.e. whisker menu, which i cannot find to download separately). Maybe problems comes also from fact, that i haven’t use linux for about 7 years and nowe it’s a “come back” to business, and it’s only config problem.

  27. ali Says:

    Hello,
    Which server is proper for 64bit Linux mint? my download stops at 99.99% in many download manager applications.

  28. Lee Says:

    Anyone know how up to date the packages are on this? It has been a couple months since the Ubuntu that this is based on came out. In that time there must have been quite a few updates of the Ubuntu packages. Are all those updates included in this XFCE distro as of sometime in December or will there be two months of updates to download after install? Not sure how this works. Thanks.

    Edit by Clem: No, we’re very conservative when it comes to this. We don’t ship updates by default unless they fix bugs identified as being release blockers.

  29. MraMaria Says:

    @ Harry, better if you post your issues on the forum or IRC so someone could help you interactively on that, in case you really want to install Mint on that computer – as you said ” (old PC with sempron cpu)”, maybe by installing a base system and then the needed metas and other packages.

    @ (27) ali, select the mirror near by or, better, search on this page by “torrent”. This goes for everyone who have any problem downloading it.

    @ (28) Lee, the ISO is up-to-date at the time of release. In any case, as with all distributions, you’ll need to update it after installation (packages are updated often – in a general sense).
    Use the Update Manager or, in terminal, ‘ $ sudo apt-get update ; sudo apt-get upgrade ‘

  30. dart Says:

    I’m having a problem with my keyboard. When i press some keys, instead of letters, appears numbers and other symbols.

    For example: when i press o a 6 appears instead.

    I’m using an Acer laptop, model Aspire 4739z.

    Edit by Clem: Hi Dart, that’s because of numlockx. Look on your laptop for a LED and a key combination to disable NUM LOCK. The numlock activation is configurable in MDM 1.4 but one side-effect is that numlock gets activated by default at installation time. We’ve taken note of that and we’ll improve that in MDM 1.6.

  31. Andy Says:

    Thanks Clem! Mint XFCE is my favorite distro.

  32. Mr. A Says:

    Issues found so far:

    gnome-disks should have resizeable sub-windows SMART and performance test

    gnome-disks lacks an icon

    the new xfce4-display-settings are just great, but when started via hotkey on notebooks “mirror” should really use a resolution based on greatest common pixelcount

    black font on desktop icons is still a problem

    help buttons…

    smb: just works just great, but no browsing for me

    Afar from these nitpicks, Petra Xfce looks very polished and professional. This will be a great release!

  33. sebastien Says:

    installed gftp (2.0.19): using drag&drop to copy from remote to local is ok for a file but does not work for a directory

    Same behaviour in Xubuntu 13.10

    installed cairo-dock (3.3.1): not working at all at first run. It failed over maintenance mode so I was able to uncheck all plugins and it is working now. It still have some strange behaviour at launch though. Did not try to start it up at boot so far. Not really reliable I guess…

    Did not experienced this kind of issue for cairo-dock in Xubuntu 13.10

    I also tried to install Mint16/XFCE using full LVM encryption. Did not work: it asks for password but says the password is not good. So I have to re-installed without disk encryption.

    Note that I installed both Xubuntu 13.10 and Min16/Xcfe in VirtualBox 4.3.4. (which might be a pb for LVM ecryption, don’t know, never tried before)

    @Andy (31) – I’m sure it will be mine too ;-) !

    Cheers,

  34. Harry Says:

    Yeah, it will be better when i post the thread, i’ve already done this on Polish official support, but i see there is a lot better feedback here :)

    By the way:

    @Dart (30) – just a guess, but it looks like numlock on Your keybord is turned on (maybe automatically) – especially if it is a notebook without the num keyboard section, then enabling numlock causes the “normal” keys to work like that.

  35. MraMaria Says:

    @ (30) dart,
    1- Menu | Language Support ; check if they are correct. If not, use “Install / Remove Languages” for your needs then “Apply System-Wide”. Look at “Regional Formats” tab and see if the settings are correct. Click “Close”.
    2- Menu | Settings | Keyboard – Layout
    Uncheck “Use system defaults” ; On “Keyboard model” drop down list select near the top – “Acer Laptop” – Click on “Close”
    3- Reboot (Log out and Log in again might not be enough)
    If this don’t solve the issue post this matter on support Forum or IRC because you might need some commands in a terminal.

    It happens, indeed, I had the exact same issue on an Acer Laptop on the day of the official release (I am already “testing” Petra from a while back, in 2 computers). I’m not sure though if that was due to any packages update or some remote desktop I was testing at that time.
    I solved it by using this sequence of terminal commands and corresponding settings: ” dpkg-reconfigure locales ” , ” update-locale LANG=en_US.UTF-8 ” and ” dpkg-reconfigure keyboard-configuration “. You’ll need to have access to the computer remotely (SSH for example) or using a “virtual keyboard” (which might be difficult to install it since you’ll have a hard time to find the correct keys for yourt password when asked for it.
    I’ve extended a bit myself on this matter because it’s in fact a bad and serious issue since the user it’s unable to correctly use the keyboard.

  36. Jay LaCroix Says:

    I love the release but found a pretty big bug. Where is the best place to report it?

    Basically what happens is when installing Mint 16 XFCE RC but retaining a home partition, (basically formatting / and keeping /home as it was) I end up with a broken XFCE desktop. It asks me if I want to use a single panel, and then gives me an unthemed desktop that has no themes applied.

    To manually resolve, I copied the contents of /etc/skel to ~ and then logged in again, all was well.

    This is a HUGE bug because Mint doesn’t contain upgrade functionality, so many people will need to be able to reinstall while keeping their /home and this needs to work. :/

  37. Ken Says:

    Hi,
    Just tried live usb on ACER one D270 netbook,1gb DDR3 ram,Intel Atom N2600 1.6 ghz cpu .
    Everything working great,even brightness widget(not working with Mate)
    Sound recording perfect.
    Brilliant job, thanks can’t wait till final release.
    Will be installing on all netbooks.
    Got to try Desktop next
    Thanks again for hard work.

  38. Walter Proof Says:

    Still using Mint Fluxbox 9 on my 11 year old / P4 / Ram 500Mo PC. And it’s really fast! Any chance of having a new LTS Fluxbox edition next year? I tried last xfce LTS edition, but it is soooo sloooooowwwwww…

  39. Sebastien Says:

    @Jay(36) – Yes, I now recall I experienced this with Min15. I did not pay much attention to this cause it was just a try (in case I have to). But now you mention it, it’s kind of annoying cause I do plan to keep my home for the next upgrade.

  40. Sebastien Says:

    @walter(38) – Seems that #9 realease was brillant; Isadora Gnome is still running on my previous netbook; it’s so perfect that I couldn’t make up my mind to upgrade so far ! Note that I put Maya/Xfce onto the exact same model of netbook and it works like a charm too. But my 2 configs are much higher than yours (only 6 year old for me) ;-)

  41. @Nicor Says:

    Copy&Paste (overwrite existing text) the following in :
    /home/yourUserName/.gtkrc-xfce

    And you will have imprinted font with semitransparent background .

    style “xfdesktop-icon-view” {
    XfdesktopIconView::label-alpha = 150

    base[NORMAL] = “#FFE5A9″
    base[SELECTED] = “#FFC559″
    base[ACTIVE] = “#FFC559″

    fg[NORMAL] = “#2F2F2F”
    fg[SELECTED] = “#2F2F2F”
    fg[ACTIVE] = “#2F2F2F”

    XfdesktopIconView::shadow-x-offset = 1
    XfdesktopIconView::shadow-y-offset = 1
    XfdesktopIconView::shadow-color = “#ffffff”
    XfdesktopIconView::selected-shadow-x-offset = 1
    XfdesktopIconView::selected-shadow-y-offset = 1
    XfdesktopIconView::selected-shadow-color = “#ffffff”
    }
    widget_class “*XfdesktopIconView*” style “xfdesktop-icon-view”

  42. AlephAlpha Says:

    Backgrounds are much better than Olivia.

  43. Jay LaCroix Says:

    @Sebastien – Glad I’m not the only one. Since Mint has no upgrade option, being able to retain your home directory is crucial. If this isn’t fixed, I won’t be able to recommend Mint to anyone.

  44. omegan Says:

    GRUB is big problem, ERROR

  45. dale f Says:

    @ walter proof post #38 — If you want fluxbox, you can install it yourself. I did this on my Dell Inspiron 8200 (P4 mobile 2.2ghz with 600 megs of ram). I installed LM16 MATE version on the laptop, booted it up, installed all the updates after the install, the laptop ran fine on MATE and fluxbox.

    I hope this helps…

  46. Sebastien Says:

    @Jay – Don’t worry, it will works. Cause Mint team always give the best for their users. Now that they are aware of, the issue will be considered and solve. That’s why we are so many sticking to Mint.

  47. Jay E Says:

    only issue I have had is the power manager is faulty as in the do nothing command when closing lid does not work computer always goes to standby which in itself isn’t bad but gets frustrating as hell when I want to close lid and leave it doing downloads overnight as I can’t do that anymore have this issue on both laptops running this bloody annoying.

  48. John Says:

    MAJOR graphical issue with mint 16 xfce

    using alt+f8 to resize windows causes intense stuttering/lag in mint16 xfce.

    this does not happen in mint15 xfce.

    programs most affected are -> transmission, gnumeric, abiword, and audacious (using the gtk interface)

    i think the culprit is xfwm…as using “openbox –replace” within an xfce session fixed the graphical issues I am reporting.

    i switched back to mint15 xfce and am not experiencing it anymore, for the time being.

    Edit by Clem: Sorry about this… I’m not sure that’s something we can fix unfortunately. Not for stable anyway. That said we experienced some stuttering in Muffin as well, so maybe this is related to GTK 3.8, which we pin… so there’s a bit of hope.

  49. Elias Says:

    LM 16 Petra is awesome!! Design,performance,visual effectes EVERYTHING <3

  50. Csabesz Says:

    Hi!
    I have a problem with Linux Mint. In my computer the flash player not working.
    Processor : AMD Athlon(tm) XP
    Frequency : 1250,00MHz
    Memory : 507MB (162MB used)
    Video card: ATI Radeon.
    (with better computer no problem with it) Thank You

  51. Elias Says:

    ‘Super’ button does not open whisker menu.

  52. MraMaria Says:

    @ All the fuss about upgrading and /home partition

    (36) Jay LaCroix Says: … This is a HUGE bug because Mint doesn’t contain upgrade functionality, so many people will need to be able to reinstall while keeping their /home and this needs to work. :/
    (42) … Since Mint has no upgrade option, being able to retain your home directory is crucial. If this isn’t fixed, I won’t be able to recommend Mint to anyone.
    (39) Sebastien Says: …it’s kind of annoying cause I do plan to keep my home for the next upgrade.

    >> How to upgrade to a newer release: http://community.linuxmint.com/tutorial/view/2

    Release Notes for Linux Mint 16 Xfce: http://www.linuxmint.com/rel_petra_xfce.php
    Forums: http://forums.linuxmint.com/
    Web IRC Chat: http://www.mibbit.com/chat/ ( On the “Connect” field click on “Server” and paste/write: irc.spotchat.org ; On the “Channel” field paste/write: #linuxmint-help ; Write a NickName in “Nick”. Click on “Connect”.

    Just do not go over a command line upgrade, with repository sources change and ‘apt’ maneuvers, if the system was never incrementally and needed updated while used; from release 15 (Jul-2013) (which needs about 300 packages to be updated if installed today) you’ld need more/about 1400 packages to upgrade to 16 (Petra). And by my experience on a virtual machine, you will get into serious issues to properly making the system reliable(?).

    ps:
    (43) omegan Says: GRUB is big problem, ERROR

    Until now and with the lack of information it seems like it’s only a problem on your installation.

  53. Geoff Says:

    what’s the difference between this and Xubuntu 13.10?
    I’m actually running the later. I’ve been experiencing minor bugs – maximize window shortcut not being remembered, touchtap being turned off after every reboot, and 2-3 error messages after every boot. Moreover, thunar often opens instead of nemo, which is a little annoying.

    Edit by Clem: I’m sorry Geoff… I’ve no idea. We use Ubuntu as a package base, but we design Mint based on the previous Mint release and the feedback we get from the community. What I’ve noticed in regards to Xubuntu when working on Linux Mint 16 is that its EFI installation is probably broken, that its systemd version features runtime dirs collisions which leads to crashes/freezes, that the Ubuntu sound indicator only works in Unity, that the Pulse audio improvements we featured in this release were already present in past Xubuntu versions. Now, I could be wrong about all of this, because I didn’t actually run Xubuntu, these observations were made from the packages present in Saucy, maybe they patched things on top of Ubuntu or spun ISOs with updates.. I really don’t know. I noticed Dedoimedo was happy with Xubuntu so I guess they did a good job and worked around these as well. In regards to what the differences are compared to Mint Xfce, I’m sorry, I really can’t say. As you can see from what I say here, there are things the Xubuntu devs fixed before we did, and there are things we noticed in Mint which weren’t fixed in Ubuntu… so even though the base is the same, bugs can vary from one distribution to the next. On top of that I guess configuration and software selection might be different as well.

  54. Tartandon Says:

    It may be stormy outside, but indoors I have a really smooth OS – Linux Mint 16 Petra – to make my work a pleasure. I am ready to leave Windows behind, thankfully! Well done and congratulations.

  55. Juan Pablo Lozano Says:

    Not think ever make a global menu for Cinnamon? at least in an applet… that large, less consideration for users :(

  56. babette Says:

    Just learning as I go along with the different things you can do and you cant do with the different places you go to on the computer.

  57. karlen Says:

    This RC seems pretty much as stable and well thought-out as Xfce 14 – a rock. The only oddity I’ve run across this weekend is the screensaver options; there was only one, and the packages it recommended are not available in the repo. Looks like this will be my main distro until next summer.

  58. omegan Says:

    I recently got an error message “Error unknown filesystem grub rescue” when booting up my laptop. Can someone help me do that please? Thanks!

  59. nell Says:

    I have Linux Mint 14 and I am having problems with updating software. Something to do with repositories. Would this be something that could be resolved upgrading to Mint 16? I was having some issues with Windows so my cousin installed Mint and took away Windows, I’m not computer savvy.

  60. sebastien Says:

    @MraMaria (52) – >> How to upgrade to a newer release: http://community.linuxmint.com/tutorial/view/2

    well, I did read this. I just thought I could save the heavy 200GB data backup/restore process just remounting /home at the right place (at least the restore part cause I sure will backup anyway).

  61. sebastien Says:

    @Geoff (53) – The default file manager in Xfce is Thunar (and I’m glad it is). Mate uses Nemo as default I think. You might want to use Petra Mate instead of Petra Xfce then. Or maybe you can install nemo an play with update-alternatives to set nemo as default (not sure here, just guessing). In my opinion Thunar is better.

  62. Bruce R Says:

    Congratulations, installed “Bruce’s Way” on a SanDisk Cruzer USBkey, the 32bit XFCE RC release seems to be a lot better than the MATE or Cinnamon formal releases with respect to VLC Player and Kaffeine DVB-T stable operation. As I post this triple virtual desktops are working well, with Handbrake-GTK working on one, Kaffeine DVB-T on the second and this Firefox session operating on the third.
    I’m still having to use Nvidia-173 to get lower than native resolutions without Overscan Correction capability so will continue using 32bit Mint Maya Cinnamon for HDMI connection to SmartTV large displays, but well done team!

  63. MraMaria Says:

    To whom upgrades

    There is this new command line tool from Tony George’s PPA, ‘ aptik ‘ , which is very useful on getting different levels of packages and PPAs listings, backing up and restoring, among other options. Install PPA ( https://launchpad.net/~teejee2008/+archive/ppa ) and type ‘ $ aptik ‘ to see the options.

  64. Do Trinh Says:

    wow great! i love linux, I am feeling 16 ver.
    Thank team so much!

  65. Tor Martin Says:

    Testing this on an asus eee 1005p trying to get some more life out of it.

    The system is very responsive and I like it alot.

    Bug 1: Had trouble with screen brightness after install. Had to edit /etc/default/grub to get it to work properly. Found fix online

    Bug 2: I can’t install updates via update mangager. Update manager reports available updates and I can select updates, but it crashes when I try to insall them.

    Updating in terminal is working fine.

    Thanks for a very fine distro!

    Best regards

    Tor M

    Edit by Clem: It crashes… how? what happens?

  66. Jay LaCroix Says:

    @MraMaria: I don’t think you were really paying attention to the issue I presented.

    Edit by Clem: Hi Jay. I understand the issue, it’s a limitation due to us using /etc/skel vs defining system-wide default settings. I’ll look into this and see whether we can change this in time for the stable release or whether it will be addressed in Mint 17.

  67. tdockery97 Says:

    I’ve also run into the bug involving “messed up” desktop if you try to install keeping old /home partition. I even deleted ALL config/hidden files so that all that was left were the folders with my personal data. It didn’t help. Had to do a complete fresh install formatting BOTH / and /home partitions for it to work. This required me to recopy all of my data into the /home again. This problem doesn’t exist with either MATE or Cinnamon.

  68. shaun Says:

    I’ve run into a bug when trying to open firefox web browser. It refuses to open unless I run firefox as root in terminal.

  69. mister.zhou Says:

    very good

  70. david Says:

    Best of luck with Petra XFCE RC. Will wait for the stable release as VERY pleased with Mint 13 LTS which has been my mainstay for some time. How long to wait for the next XFCE LTS? Rumours are sometime in 2014.

  71. Jay LaCroix Says:

    @Clem: Thanks, hopefully it will get sorted in time. As long as I’ve been using Linux, manually copying from /etc/skel is not a HUGE problem for me personally but I only worry for the less-knowledgable out there.

    If there’s anything I can do to assist, let me know.

  72. dd Says:

    clem

    please open a new thread about cinnamon 2 for mint 13!!

  73. Ted L Says:

    Seeing as how Linux Mint is using Cinnamon & MATE as the “default” desktops, is there any danger that KDE & Xfce may eventually become unsupported, like LXDE is now? Seeing that the Debian Editions are now only supporting Cinnamon/MATE, I’m just wondering if we will see this trend happen more with subsequent versions…

    Edit by Clem: There’s a risk, but the decision would be motivated by a lack of demand not by a top to bottom decision to cut support on particular desktops. KDE is a great example of that because it’s a DE we really enjoy. I’m personally delighted with its quality and with the quality of our KDE edition. The only reason we’d stop shipping it would be if the number of people using it dropped and it made no sense for us to spend the resources on something few people were using. Is there a risk of this happening? Yes. You can compare the torrent stats between the 4 editions or even the number of comments here on the announcement posts. Are we pushing for it not to happen? Definitely. We’re doing our best to make great editions for all 4 desktops and to get them out as quickly as we can.

  74. ken Says:

    Hi,
    Problem with log in greeting box, caps lock indicator persists,when returning to lowercase.
    Can’t get bluetooth headphones audio to stream, works ok with Maya xfce.
    Other-wise the best os for my ACER ASPIRE ONE D270 netbook.

  75. Sergio Says:

    I think cinnamon and Xfce can coexist very well. I tried to install cinnamon on top of XFCE and vice-versa. Both options worked fine. I’m actually running XFCE on the cinnamon edition now!
    Maybe a “CinnamonX” is the future? Users could easily choose DE at login.
    I think this would add less than 100Megs to cinnamon itself…

  76. Bruce R Says:

    Sadly I spoke too soon at Comment 62.
    Use of Kaffeine DVB-T to watch an hour long Freeview programme or of VLC Player to watch a recorded video results in a screen freeze after about 30 minutes, so back to Mint13 for me.

  77. Bruce R Says:

    Further to Comment 76, some very good news as far as I am concerned !
    See my Comment 37 re Backporting Petra Cinnamon as the improvements to Maya Cinnamon seem to be combining the superior stability and old OverScan Correction capability of Maya with the new features of Petra !
    I guess that it’s all down to the older kernel/drivers so I’ll be sticking with Maya whilst waiting for next Spring’s new Mint release.

  78. Stuart Says:

    Yes, Kaffeine DVB-T in Mint 13 seems the only option at present. Main releases 14, 15 & 16 don’t work for me (and even Ubuntu 12.04 on which 13 is based fails for Kaff DVB-T. Why is that that?)

    But now I’m torn – I need vgaswitcheroo to turn off discrete graphics but that seems to be broken in the Mint 13 kernel, from what I can fathom?

    So it’s either Mint 14, 15 or 16 for a cool laptop but no Kaffeine DVB-T, or use Mint 13 for TV with a hot laptop!

    Can’t have everything I guess.

    Ditto comment #77 – will have to wait for Mint 17 and hope Kaffeine is fixed by then. Love Mint all the same though ;’)

  79. linuxlover Says:

    I really love this distro. I installed it as my only OS on my netbook with 1GB RAM (Intel Atom processor). Runs really fast and stable.
    Actually the comment by Clem @73 for L Ted inspired me to write this comment. I am a long time user with linux mint LXDE from 9 th edition and then XFCE once LXDE stopped. I mainly follow distrowatch site for latest linux releases. I never realized that not leaving a comment means less popular the distro is. But I left few comments for LXDE on the forum with some issues and never left a comment for XFCE as it worked OOTB flawlessly for me all the time.
    I will make a note to myself that I should leave some sort of impression that I am using an XFCE distro otherwise the chance of me using it in the future is less.

    BTW, I am using LM XFCE on my laptop with 1GB RAM but dual core for about three years now. No problem in any sense whatsoever. Afraid of using this on my netbook that it would not properly as it is with Intel Atom. But found this week that it works best on this even compared to Bodhi OS on this before.
    Thanks Clem for this wonderful distro.

    Edit by Clem: Thanks. The number of comments is just one indicator though, we look at as many metrics as we can.

  80. ridgerunner Says:

    @Sergio #75 above – I was not successful trying to install and run XFCE on top of LM Petra Cinnamon edition … would it be possible to post a brief how-to delineating the specific steps to accomplish this. Thank you!

  81. ElectroescadaS Says:

    This release will be my firt atempt to use Linux instead of Windows (7) in my desktop computer. After testing many distros in Virtualbox (Windows) i think im prepared to take the first step in evolution. I hope as a Gamer this distro bring me the joy of gaming and work…

    Lets see how it goes…

  82. Christos Koulaxizis Says:

    I installed it two days ago, i’ve done everything i usually do with my computer and everything seems fine! Thank you for another quality release Mint team!

  83. Rob Mimpriss Says:

    I use Mint Mate on my work laptop and XFCE on an 8 gigabyte Asus EEE. I’m very happy to see this new release.

  84. Christos Koulaxizis Says:

    I’ve got a small problem to report…

    Wine worked perfectly on Mint 15 XFCE but doesn’t work on Mint 16 XFCE.

  85. Christos Koulaxizis Says:

    False alarm about Wine. Seems like the Win executables were corrupted! I re-downloaded them and everything is fine… Please delete these two comments about Wine.

  86. DirtyWindows Says:

    Thank you for actual Xfce RC !
    I’m waiting for final Xfce. I hope it will be released before Christmas. . .
    Or will it be arrive beyond Xmas ?

  87. AlephAlpha Says:

    But where is the beautiful steampunk login screen in Olivia?

  88. Steve Says:

    This is great. The best Mint yet :o )

    I’ve tried Cinnamon, then Mate and now it looks like LXDE is THE desktop I need for my daughter’s (2nd-hand :o )) laptop.

    It’s so much faster to run on this low powered machine and it’s easier for for her to understand (it has to be “similar” to use, like the Windows laptops at her school…)

    Because I’m hoping to set this up for her as a Christmas present; if I set up her laptop with the RC, will a simple apt-get dist-upgrade bring it up to match the final release, or should I do a re-install while she’s asleep one night ;o)

    But, I must say, Santa’s Elves have been busy getting Mint out – so thank you very much :o )

  89. elmiserycollego Says:

    how to enable the hot corners …. is it removed or what to do ??

  90. Tuxor Says:

    Hi friends!

    I cannot start the instalation process in my Samsung Q330. It loads the countdown screen where you can choose how to load linuxmint xfce, but choosing the preselected option results on a black screen.

    Congratulations for your efforts! :)

  91. Chris Says:

    Have been enjoying LM Xfce 16 on a Acer Aspire One. Issues are answering Skype calls, despite pressing green answer button, Skype program quits requiring ringing person back, so some annoying instability. Otherwise XFCE Petra 16 is very good. Thanks !

  92. Elias Says:

    When I try to copy a number on the calculator the menu is magnified for some reason.

  93. anthony xxx Says:

    thanks i down load everything on a windows seven and built a computer and was woundering i downloaded it on my windows seven how i make a boot up disk for it where i just put disk in and turn computer off then back on and it boots off disk


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