Linux Mint 17.1 “Rebecca” Cinnamon released!

Written by Clem on Saturday, November 29th, 2014 @ 12:21 pm | Main Topics

The team is proud to announce the release of Linux Mint 17.1 “Rebecca” Cinnamon.

Linux Mint 17.1 Rebecca Cinnamon Edition

Linux Mint 17.1 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 17.1 Cinnamon“.

Important info:

There is some important info in the Release Notes:

  • Keybindings migration
  • Issues with Skype
  • DVD Playback with VLC
  • HiDPI
  • EFI Support
  • Misconfigured swap when using home directory encryption
  • Solving freezes with some NVIDIA GeForce GPUs
  • Booting with non-PAE CPUs
  • Issues with KDE apps
  • Other issues

Make sure to read them to be aware of known issues and known solutions 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).
  • 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

Upgrade instructions:

  • If you want to upgrade from Linux Mint 17.1 RC, simply launch the Update Manager and install any Level 1 update available.
  • If you want to upgrade from Linux Mint 17, please wait for a few days while we release a new version of the Update Manager to you. In the meantime, you do not need to download or to reinstall anything. We’ll make announcements next week when this is ready.


Md5 sum:

  • 32-bit: d1a9474f4f48c3a2220ddd1ff57f76b3
  • 64-bit: 0307ffcd5046c176599904193899426e


HTTP Mirrors for the 32-bit DVD ISO:

HTTP Mirrors for the 64-bit DVD ISO:

Alternative downloads:

No-codecs images:

Distributors and magazines in Japan, USA and countries where distributing media codecs is problematic can use the “No Codecs” ISO images.  These images will be made available next week, for both the MATE and Cinnamon edition in 32-bit and 64-bit at the following address:

OEM images:

Manufacturers can pre-install Linux Mint on their computers using the OEM installation images. These images will be made available next week, for both the MATE and Cinnamon edition in 64-bit at the following address:


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

159 Responses to “Linux Mint 17.1 “Rebecca” Cinnamon released!”

  1. Happy anon says:

    Congratulations! Downloading and installing right now 😀

  2. amikkwe says:

    Loving it, but I am missing software sources since upgrade. I looked in the software manager and I see mintsources, which I assume is the correct package to have software sources in my menu, but it says if I install it it will remove software-properties-common. Not sure if software sources was removed or not, I can’t imagine that it would be as it was designed by the mint team and do not see anywhere that it was to be removed. Does anyone know if how to get it back, is it safe to install mintsources package and is it the correct one? Other than that small thing 17.1 is beautiful and responsive, everything I hoped it would be! Thanks for all the hard work!

    Edit by Clem: Hi, mintsources is the right package indeed (software-properties-common isn’t part of Linux Mint by default).

  3. Paarthurnax says:

    Thank you for the efforts put in this release. I’m looking forward to install it in the next couple of hours.

  4. Bloodnut says:

    Alright!! I will be waiting for that update through Update Manager.

  5. fortran says:

    You really are great. Warmest greetings and loves.

  6. Mintkatze says:

    hi together,

    thanks for these hints in the release-notes. They helped me to get digikam running in MATE-Desktop (including installation of half of the KDE-Desktop 😀 )

    Now Digikam works for me. Thanks!

    And again thanks so much for getting us the Emerald-Theme-Manager working in MATE-Desktop. I love that now and my screen has turned into a wonderful Christmas-Scene…Here You have a screenshot from my Christmas-World:

    This is my Christmas-World. I hope you like it. This screenshot shows the Christmas-Time Emerald-Theme with caja-filemanager and the Terminal. The Icons are the zoncolor-silver Icons. They are available via ppa-repository.


  7. Zorro says:

    Thanks for keeping desktop linux alive!

  8. jeffrey says:

    have linux mint 32 bits, how can i update to 17.1?

  9. Daniel4x says:

    That was very fast indeed. Congratulation! I’ll definitely install new version tonight or tomorrow.

  10. Pjotr says:

    Great! Thanks! This is the best Linux Mint ever: LTS and an easy upgrade from 17. Polished and fine-tuned like no other Linux distro. 🙂

  11. MHassan says:

    I installed it on my HP Laptop and it works very well thank you for providing us this amazing OS.

  12. Leo says:

    Yeahhhhh!! Thanks a lot for your work Mint Team 🙂
    Now I will decide if I will download the ISO or wait to upgrade 🙂

  13. angus says:

    hi clem. i upgraded my linux mint 17 cinnamon 64 bit over the terminal with sudo sed -i s/qiana/rebecca/g /etc/apt/sources.list.d/* && sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get dist-upgrade. i had all updates installed and kernel upgrade to 17.1 went with no errors. but right on the first start i found out, some of the startup programs dont load. on my system, comodo antivirus and update manager, both in startup applications, do load. the other entries, that are guake and ctrl-alt-backspace, dont load and therefore dont work. hope this gets fixed soon.

  14. Derek says:

    Thank you for the great work

  15. Daniel says:

    Very nice,

    when upgrading from RC, is it nessesary to remove the apt-priority

    “Package: *
    Pin: release o=LP-PPA-gwendal-lebihan-dev-cinnamon-nightly
    Pin-Priority: 700”
    in “/etc/apt/preferences.d/official-extra-repositories.pref”?

    Edit by Clem: No, you don’t need to edit that file.

  16. Boumali says:

    when i want to execute
    sudo apt-get update i have

    758 ko réceptionnés en 60s (12,4 ko/s)
    W: Impossible de récupérer 404 Not Found

    W: Impossible de récupérer 404 Not Found

    W: Impossible de récupérer 404 Not Found

    W: Impossible de récupérer 404 Not Found

    E: Le téléchargement de quelques fichiers d’index a échoué, ils ont été ignorés, ou les anciens ont été utilisés à la place.

    I used mint-17.1

  17. Steven Liao says:

    Hi. Clem.

    One issue to report.
    Although the LiveDVD does not seem to have any problem,
    I am not able to boot through the bootable USB created by UNetbootin.
    The screen became black and frozen while trying to boot from USB.
    (My computer for LM is Lenovo Thinkpad X131e, and no problem for LM17.)
    This have not happened before and I have tried 3 different USB drives.
    However, I can still install LM17.1 through DVD and it worked fine!
    Thanks again for the excellent system!

    Best Regards,

  18. SeventhReign says:

    Its really a shame this one had to be named Rebecca … cuz it might be the best release ever…

  19. Vally says:

    Great news! Desperately waiting for the new Update Manager…

  20. Will B says:

    The live version looked pretty good, but when trying to install on my secondary hard-disk, it fails (grub won’t install on primary hard-disk). Will keep at it and try customized disk partitioning…

  21. david says:

    any chance of supporting lxde again?

  22. Pandu Aji says:

    Finally, Congratulations thanks for make it happen 😀

  23. Carlos Felipe says:

    Best linux distro ever, by the first time I’m using Cinnamon and loving it. Next step, try to improve the artwork to something flat design and compatible with 4k, 5k, 8k

  24. erclair says:

    Sorry, I’m new in mint. Can I have some quick guide to upgrade from Qiana 64 to Rebecca 64 without reinstalling?

  25. damn_gnome says:

    “The Cinnamon desktop now starts with a zoom animation”

    Nnnooooooooooooo!…. I’ve been trying to disable it in Gnome for months before leaving it for Cinnamon and now it’s back 🙁

    Edit by Clem: You can disable it in “System Settings”->”Effects”.

  26. Rebecca says:

    Downloaded and installing right now, in the latest version of Fusion, as a VM.

    Unfortunately… I’ve had two messages – an icon theme and debconf templates not being right. I’ve told it to skip these so I can see what happens and I’ll pay more attention on the next VM I make…..

    Shame – as I do tell a lot of contacts and clients about Mint… although if I remaster it, I may not see these issues… that’s next to play with!

    Btw – downloaded via torrent…. and so far, the errors I encountered haven’t caused any obvious problems. Just about to make it look like a Mac…. and then we’ll see what else this version can do!

  27. ubyegon says:

    Hi! How I upgrade from 17 bit to 64 cinnamon 17.1 from? Iso written memory stick. Rather I should wait until it will be upgraded to the 17 terminal?

  28. Жекосик says:

    Отличная работа ! Спасибо вы лучшие ! Жаль у вашего дистрибутива есть один недостаток, …. когда запускаешь какуето програму с ярлыка нету обратной связи с пользователем ((( бастро ты нажал , запустил или нет (( неизвестно. Если вы прочитаете это сообщение то исправте это недоразумение. Вы лучшие !!!

  29. fathoni says:

    Thanks for making best linux desktop so far! Gonna wait patiently for 17.1 via update manager 🙂

  30. Eima says:

    Wow u are really fast guys, Mint team really does care about it’s users! Don’t keep us waiting for too long! really cool release! u made really a great job! thank you!

  31. Aiden says:

    This project gives me hope. Your exceptional product is surely a result of exceptionally hard work. Thank you for all your time and effort!

  32. davcri says:

    Reading the “new features” page I found out that this release introduces “configurable compositing” and “option to undirect windows”, what does this mean ? 🙂

    Anyway, downloaded and seeding 24h a day until Linux Mint 17.2 🙂

  33. Baum says:

    I can’t wait to upgrade from 17 =)

  34. Will B says:

    Now that I have it installed, this seems like a really great release. I will be keeping an eye on the issues I had before (icons disappearing from system tray, etc), but so far, I’m really liking what I see!

    Thanks Clem and friends! You do good work! 😀

  35. Bape says:

    I testing 17.1 64bit with Cinnamon and have problem with play *.wmv file. The same problem is with Mint 17 Cinnamon. (SIGSEGV also with VLC) With Mate worked 17 and 17.1 fine. Please what fixed this Cinnamon problem.

  36. Kiwi says:

    Quick question. Will there be a separate User Guide pdf for 17.1 or are the changes small enough that the one from 17.0 applies?

  37. Jessie says:

    I tried 17.1 via usb flash drive but I got an error due to it seems like the usb port is not working everytime I tried to run it. But virtual box session seems to be working just fine the downside is that my bluetooth again is not working.

  38. Michael McCullough says:

    I can’t wait till I can upgrade from Mint 17 through Update Manager. Great work, Clem and the team!

  39. rcfraser says:

    For my sins I purchased an HP 15 laptop. But I think most manufacturers make them with built-in issues.
    Congratulations to the development team for such wide ranging compatibility with most of what is on the market and what users have at home.
    I have a problem with wifi. A lot of people seem to have a problem with it. When starting the installation the installer software recognises the Realtek wifi card but when I try to type in my lengthy ASCII style password the UK keyboard layout is not compatible with what I start to type in – so I proceed without internet access. But when I have the full installation the wifi card is locked out. I can still see the wifi network but I can’t get access to it.
    Otherwise the system is in line with your usual high standards – excellent. I’m 80 years old so I can’t really be a***d jumping through hoops again but I will keep trying – life is too short!

  40. Bhaskar says:

    Linux Mint Team is alway awesome!!!…… I m so happy to see 17.1 ver…. You team done a Great Job…

  41. suresh babu says:

    Sir I am from India . I am so happy to see the growth of cinnamon desktop . Thanks for the greate work.
    Sir I cannot Install open shot , unetbootin correctly some assossiated packages missing. I can install it correctly later. Other one some meta packages that working in ubuntu are not working , such as ubuntu edu packages etc. Thanks for updated regional settings. Sorry for my bad English.

  42. roj says:

    Did a fresh install of 17.1 Cinnamon on my test box.

    First impressions:


    Thank you so much for a superlative Christmas present.

  43. roj says:

    A couple nits:

    StarkMenu and Configurable Menu applets both broken (can’t drag the former to where it should be on the Taskbar and the latter occasionally has text missing from the menus). Cool Analog Desktop Clock desklet also problematic (sometimes shows config menu and sometimes doesn’t). One case of desktop zoom stopping working and requiring a reboot.

    Other than that, it’s faster and gives a more solid feel to it especially when swapping USB flash drives.

  44. roj says:

    Additional odd behavior:

    On a reboot, desktop zoom won’t “wake up” if already zoomed until an application (for example nemo) is started. The all is well and zooming in and out behaves as normal.

  45. roj says:

    Make that “won’t zoom at all unless an application – any application – is running on the desktop”. I exited nemo and zooming stopped. i started firefox and zooming resumed.

  46. dan says:

    desklets seems to have a problem too. if you move your desklet right after restarting computer (its not showing if you use alt+f2->r) then the desklet will move to 0,0. i’ve tryed with the clock desklet (since i thought its my desklet that has problems) but it seems its behaving the same for all desklets.
    another problem with the desklets is that when drag them around the desktop you’ll not be able to put it where you want it too. it will move back where the green “shadow/window” froze on the screen while moving the desklet.

  47. rizal ardiyantoro says:

    good job… nice… =)

  48. Ajith says:

    Linux mint 17.1 is just stunning… Wallpapers are cool.. You guys have done a brilliant job… I just want to bring to your attention that screen locker in linux mint 17.1 cinnamon is ineffective, it’s not working…

  49. tom says:

    When are we getting the instructions on how to upgrade from 17?

  50. lotharjade says:

    Your post doesn’t seem to list how people can upgrade from a previous version of Linux. Specifically I am referring to “Clem’s Guide” on how to upgrade from a prior version.

    Regarding Clem’s guide, while it is a great resource, there are a few spots that need addressed.

    The Clem’s Guide Upgrade page doesn’t seem to address what you need to do if your previous Linux install has multiple users. I ended up doing a backup of each separate users home folder. You should either specify that people need to backup each user separately, OR show a way to back them all up at once (that would be nice).

    Also, I found that when I went directly to the backup tool via the menu it wasn’t as effective as typing in “sudo mintbackup” from each particular login. Otherwise it didn’t ignore trash and thumbnails directly, and had other issues. You might want to specify that in the guide, or address it somehow.

    Lastly, some of the directions in the “Backup Your Data” section seem to refer to things in a much older version of the backup tool. You should update that area to specify options that exist in the current tool.

  51. rpr says:

    Hi! On I read:

    If you’re experiencing keyboard or mouse freezes, please check the following bug report:

    But it seems the Ubuntu bug 1270445 does not relate to any keyboard or mouse freezes.

  52. sayeed abullah says:


  53. roj says:

    How to reproduce the desktop zoom problem:

    If desktop icons are turned off in System Settings, desktop zoom will not work unless another application is running. It will remain zoomed at whatever degree of zoom was last used when an app was running and not change until you have another app running. I like a clean desktop so I turned desktop icons off. If I do that, log out and then log back in, zoom doesn’t work until I start an app. If I leave the desktop icons on in System Settings, everything works normally.

    Please fix this. 🙂

  54. Minter says:

    The release version of 17.1 cinnamon 64 bit: straightforward, beautiful, smooth, fast, and consistent. The rework of keyboard shortcuts, including shortcuts to bring up the menu, is spot on.

    A couple of very minor glitches:

    Using the built-in launchers for web browser and email client results in firefox and evolution windows not receiving focus on launch. I have to click the windows to give them focus. Custom shortcuts I made for ‘firefox’ and ‘evolution’ do not have this problem.

    When configuring the menu, the highlight button seems not to work.

    Fantastic release! Thank you for it.

  55. john says:

    holy cow !
    are we really getting this for free.
    can’t believe it.
    this is the best linux distro.

  56. NG says:

    I don’t know how you did it but I just updated from Mint 16 to Mint 17.1 and it feels as if I bought a new computer! It’s so fast and smooth I can’t even believe I am working on the same computer…Amazing amazing! I will be installing 17.1 in all other machines I have access to as soon as possible!

    I have never congratulated you because I always had small complaints…this time you did it absolutely right…

    An updated System Monitor would be nice (Win XP had more options more than 10 years ago 😉 )…I had to made a complaint didn’t I?

  57. T-Khan says:

    New Cinnamon but same old awful desktop font antialiasing

  58. Tony says:

    As mentioned by Ajith, the Screen Locker has a problem. It works fine if you use “Lock the computer when inactive”, but if you use “Lock the computer when the screen turns off” then it does not lock the computer after the screen blanks out (I tested with ‘turn screen off after 5 mins’ and ‘lock 15 secs after screen turned off’).

  59. Tony says:

    A PS to the post about Screen Locker. Although “Lock the computer when inactive” does show a “Locked” message, it does not actually lock. No password needed to get access. Manually locking with CTRL ALT L does work correctly however. I have logged this in

  60. Jon Bishop says:

    Dear Linux Friends I am reasonably new to Linux (still finding my way around the features)and just lately because of internet crime/hackers I keep a constant eye on updates, Is it possible that at some future date that,where the update icon is, that maybe it would/could flash to tell us when a really important update is available? My other question is, I noticed 17.1 is now out, Is it a complete new OS or will my mint 17 automatically update to 17.1 ?
    I’d appreciate your advice please
    Many thanks

  61. Kirk M says:

    @T-Kahn (55) I don’t have a problem with font anti-aliasing with Linux Mint 17.1 (either Cinnamon or MATE) on two very different machines. Nor have I ever had a problem with font anti-aliasing with the past several versions of Mint.

    Could possibly provide a screen-shot of what you’re seeing?

  62. Bill says:

    I have Mint Cinnamon 17.1 64 bit with all the updates installed and after running firefox and then chrome I am currently using 1.27 GiG of RAM. There is still some kind of memory leak. This is not happening with Mint Cinnamon 17. It never goes over about 730 of RAM. I am afraid I will not be able to use Mint Cinnamon 17.1 on this computer which is a quad core with 16 gigs of RAM. I’ll stick with 17 for now.

  63. T-Khan says:

    @Kirk (58) Just look closely at screenshot on the very top of this page.
    Another example is screenshot posted on DistroWatch

    In other DE’s like KDE or MATE you can achieve same effect (but not only on desktop) by setting wrong subpixel order (Blue-Green-Red).

    P.S. I tried some other wallpapers provided with Mint. With dark (or at least not ligth as much as default one) ones fonts look pretty nice but still…

  64. Trevor says:

    Is there a way to upgrade from 17 to 17.1? Can anyone help me please?

  65. Patrick says:

    Trevor, the Mint team will release a new version of the update manager (hopefully in the next few days) which will offer the possibility to update from 17 to 17.1 without much hassle.

  66. Tony says:

    Trevor @64, there will shortly be a package released that will allow you to update from 17 to 17.1 – just need to wait for it.

    Edit by Clem: Yes. Its development was finished yesterday. We’re testing it as much as possible at the moment and waiting on a few translations (so it’s as stable as possible for you and hopefully fully translated in your language too).

  67. Kris says:

    Thx Dear Mint team, you guys are amazing ! I’m looking forward to this new update manager.

  68. knuckle says:

    Clem wrote
    Yes. Its development was finished yesterday. We’re testing it as much as possible at the moment and waiting on a few translations (so it’s as stable as possible for you and hopefully fully translated in your language too).

    good deal looking forward to it

  69. chris says:

    Overall, 17.1 is awesome. I just have one minor complaint/suggestion. I like that you have implemented a wallpaper slideshow feature, and the included wallpapers are pretty nice, but it is not quite what I am looking for. In 17 and earlier, I would set up the slideshow in dconf, which would also cause a change to the cinnamon wallpaper picker. This doesn’t seem to work anymore. What made dconf better for me was that I could choose a folder and then check recursive. I liked this because I have a thousand wallpaper images. Not keeping them organized would be insanely cumbersome.

  70. Avinash G A says:

    Such a wonderful linux flavor from such an awesome community. Love you Mint…………..

  71. Bnna says:

    I have no idea whether this is an actual bug or a questionable design decision but the panel is painfully small. (Sorry if posting in wrong place).

    I had set the panel size to 45px in Petra, but there seems to be only a slider now. The maximum is just acceptable for me on a Full HD monitor (23″), and it’s still smaller than standard Windows 7 size.

    Is there any way to get the size beyond the ‘maximum’? I’d really like to hear someone elses opinion on that. The panel is barely readable for me in its default configuration.

  72. Colin says:

    I am a very happy user of Mint 17.0 and keen to upgrade to the new 17.1 version.

    However I have a vision problem, in that I can only read the screen using a dark background.

    In Mint 17.0 I was able to set the Nemo background colour from white to dark by editing the gtk-main.css file in the /usr/share/themes/Mint-X/gtk-3.0/ folder. Additionally I was able to change other applications [terminal] backgrounds and font colours using gnome-color-chooser.

    Please can anyone confirm that it is still possible to do these things with Mint17.1.

    Many thanks Colin

  73. Colin says:

    PS. I forget to add that I use the Mint 17.0 Cinnamon Version

  74. sheldon says:

    Cinnamon takes far less resources in 17.1! I have tested it against Mate and it is comparable. This is the very best OS I have ever tried. Microsoft can take lessons from you and I am a MS development partner. Eeeesh! GREAT work!!!!!!!

  75. Michael says:

    Awesome update. Fresh install at university which is nice and fast on a mechanical drive. Just waiting to upgrade from 17 on my home workstation now!

  76. fernando martinez says:

    Guys, in the forum told me to report the bugs here is it true..

    any ways, i am using the new 17.1 cinnamond and i saw that the majority of the cinnamond extensions are not working… (i wonder if someone else had this problem)

    best regards and thanks for such a nice distro
    (i kicked windows thanks to you guys)


  77. ChineseSausage says:

    Hello Clem,

    I’ve already installed this version of Linux Mint Cinnamon and it does feel speedier y more aesthetic. By any chance will Linux Mint 17 Xfce be able to update to 17.1 Rebecca?

    Many thanks!

  78. CupidsHelper says:

    Hi. Thanks and congratulations to Clem and the Linux Mint Dev Team! 😀 I shall just wait for the update download, to go to the LM 17.1 versions of Cinnamon and MATE. Love all the fixes and features added to the new release. Cheers.:)

  79. Trey says:

    Will it be possible to upgrade to 17.1 from the commandline using apt-get?

    The reason I ask is that I messed up my Mint Update Manager and it won’t launch anymore.

  80. Mazlan says:


    I was on the Rebecca 17.1 and performed an update, using the update manager. After doing so, my system looks very different. I cant change the wallpaper, the icons revert back to brown theme, and i cant change them back. Ctrl + alt + delete doesn’t do anything, and the battery icon is no longer in the bottom bar.

    Everything was okay until a few hours ago, and i performed the update, and restarted my comp.

    How should i proceed?

  81. Mazlan says:

    P.s. Print Screen doesn’t work either. Neither does volume/brightness control using the keyboard.

    I would like to avoid reinstalling the OS all over again, so please let me know.

  82. Elias says:

    Thanks so much guys!

    I’m using mint 17.0 64bits in a production machine. I’m waiting for the 17.1 from update manager.

  83. Shirish Kamath says:

    Just upgraded to Linux Mint 17.1 via apt, and everything went smoothly. Looks great! 🙂
    Thanks for your efforts and hard work, Clem and team!

  84. Heli Gschwandl says:

    thanks so much you make my life much easier !

  85. Esprit says:

    Question: reading the release notes it says that if your home folder is encrypted that it will not set up the SWAP correctly on upgrade. So should I not upgrade if my home drive is encrypted? Any idea when this will be fixed?


    Edit by Clem: No, that only affects new installations. If your SWAP is already set and working fine, this won’t affect it.

  86. Esprit says:

    Obrigado Clem!!

  87. jackson says:

    During Update from 17.0 to Rebecca, the download stalled at about 3/4
    of programs, I continued with the remaining packages, and the update later
    continued with the programs that were left ,

    Beautiful !


  88. Paul says:

    After doing update I only can choose from Rebecca and Qiana wallpapers but those other one from past releases aren’t there.

  89. FJOSba says:

    Congratulation for Linux Mint Team. I have successfully upgraded from 17 with new version of Update Manager without any issues. 🙂 Well done!

  90. Kaufhof says:

    I’ve just done the same without any real problems (yet?). It all seemed painfully slow and nerve-wracking – no doubt because this system of upgrading was absolutely new to me!!

    I echo the “well done” and will take a rest before making any substantial alterations. Many thanks to all the developers!

  91. lakotahope says:

    I’ve installed Rebecca at the expense of 2 USB sticks that have reverted to 2.25 megs from 4 gigs. Looking at how to recover them as well, but my problem is after rebooting, my screen will eventually freeze. It works fine when I reinstall and all functions appear to work, but when I reboot to set the system in stone, hell freezes over. Is this the GeForce issue I’ve recently heard about? Any ideas why my USB sticks succumbed to the dark side? Thanks!

  92. Gerry says:

    Very nice job lads.
    System is working great 🙂

    An additional bonus is that Firefox has updated to version 34,
    so now I can open
    and “request the html5 player” instead of using the “default player” which uses Flash which sometimes crashes my Nouveau driver.

    Thanks to all those that put in the long hours!

    Edit by Clem: I thought that was already the case with Firefox 28.. I thought I remembered we worked the details with ffmpeg to get that working for the 17.0 release. I might be wrong though, I can’t remember exactly.

  93. BristolBill says:

    Hi team
    Have just successfully upgraded from 17 to 17.1 using the update manager on a 64bit (dell Latitude d430) and a 32bit (Latitude d610) machine. (both with MATE desktop).
    Is this likely to become the standard way to upgrade to future editions?
    Thanks for all your efforts.

  94. Joe G says:

    mint 17.1 is super fast and miles ahead of (Windooze). Keep up the super work!

  95. BrunoMiranda says:

    Upgraded to Mint 17.1 smoothly and surprisingly quickly! 😀

    Just one minor thing: I had to look around inside the Upgrade Manager in order to find the upgrade option.

    When I got the new MintUpdate package update, I knew 17.1 was here and ready to install!

    I have installed the new version of MintUpdate and refreshed it. Nothing new showed up! The system was updated! Could it be that after all, this wasn’t the time to upgrade yet?

    Ran a sudo apt update && sudo apt dist-upgrade. Nothing new to update and no mentions to upgrade!

    Went to the Linux Mint website, visited THIS page, and there’s no mention of the upgrade being ready to install. I strongly suspected the upgrade was ready because I’ve read on the RC release page (?) that there would be an upgrade option via MintUpdate, and the presence of a new version gave me a firm believe this was it.

    Went around the Menu on the MintUpdate tool and found the Upgrade option pronto, and from there all was smooth.

    Congratulations Clem & Team for making the Upgrade easy, reliable, smooth and surprisingly fast!
    Thank you!

    Suggestion: Make the option to upgrade to Linux Mint 17.1 a little bit more easier and explicit to find, and announce it clearly on the Linux Mint page.

  96. Gerry says:

    I think Mozilla only recently got the Media Source Extensions to work with Youtube.
    Clicking the HTML5 player before Firefox 34, in my experience, would still see Firefox try and play the Flash version. If you changed the user agent string to Chrome it would play the vp9 (html5 version)). You had to install an add-on called “YouTube All HTML5 2.1.3” to play the html5 version.
    But version 34 has fixed that, its a pity Mozilla and YouTube still require you to turn on the HTML5 player…More than likely YouTube’s fault, but who cares, at least it works now.

  97. Rusty says:

    Thank you Mint team! Fantastic OS.

    Upgraded from mint 17. There was no prompt or obvious pop-up. In the update manager went to:

    edit>upgrade to Linux Mint 17.1 Rebecca

    After installing I rebooted, refreshed the update manger, installed the kernel and rebooted.

    The performance enhancement is very noticeable. Everything I normally run works nicely. I love that flash is opening full-screen on my secondary monitor in youtube and such (I could never figure that out in 17). I could go on but try it for yourself.

    Please keep up the excellent work!

  98. HPMC says:


    THANK YOU! I’ve been waiting since update manager updated to upgrade to 17.1. I thought that it would (and I feel that it should) hit me in the face when the upgrade was available. Never thought to look around for it.

    Thanks again

  99. Andy Lego says:

    I just upgraded from mint17 to mint 17.1 with the new updater. I’m amazed. No issues. Nothing. it just worked. I can see the system was updated. I see the new tools. This is great. This is genuinely first rate. Thank you.

  100. whiteEagle says:

    Update completed without problems EXCEPT my virtual machines are aborted in VirtualBox 4.3.18 Even importing a backup does not resolve the problem. Any suggestions?

  101. whiteEagle says:

    even creating a “new” virtual machine aborts

    I’m going to uninstall VirtualBox, reinstall a downgraded version and import my backups

  102. Tommi Waydelich says:

    Hello Clem and Mint Team,
    I used the new update manager to upgrade from 17 to 17.1 yesterday and everything worked perfect without problems!

    … and… shhhh… don’t tell it to my wife…


    Awesome work guys! I am working with computers for around 30 years now and I think this is the best OS I ever had.

    Thank you so much 🙂

  103. whiteEagle says:

    VirtualBox problem resolved!

    Mint Update installed VirtualBox 4.3.18 (and guest_additions)

    When there’s a mismatch between newer and older guest_additions (mine were 4.3.12rc2), virtual machines may abort when started.

    LinuxMint may wish to look at installing a newer guest_addition by default (and, by that, I mean the “internal” guest_additions.iso)

    For me, I simply installed the latest 4.3.20 from Synaptic (via the Ubuntu VirtualBox PPA) Once I launched my VMs, it updated the quest_additions, and everything worked fine.

  104. RichardG says:

    Great update !
    Magnificent job done by the Mint team !.

    Found 1 glitch still there : if I open system monitor and open the resources tab everything looks fine.
    Then when I move the mouse out of the window and back in the graphs lose there scales (background grid).
    Window focus mode makes no difference.

    Anyone else seeing this ?
    I’ve got a NVidia GTX 260 with prop. driver (recommended version).
    Logged this as well during the RC but then only one of the grids disappeared.

    This is not a showstopper in any way !
    If this is the level of ‘bugs’ we have to squash then it tells you everything about the rest, which is absolutely great !


  105. NChewie says:


    I agree with your comment about the magnificent release.

    Your bug does not present on my (cheap and nasty) setup.
    I am on a Toshiba Satellite C650-191 using the mighty ‘Intel Corporation Mobile 4 Series Chipset Integrated Graphics Controller’.

  106. PiterOo says:

    Everything perfect except one important thing – lack of information, that servers change to defaults is needed. I’ve waited whole week till something struck me to do it. Besides – beautiful:)

  107. ptrendx says:


    I upgraded to 17.1 from 17 Cinnamon and found 1 problem: I had (and still have) guake set in cinnamon-session-properties as my startup application and it worked in 17 (it started after boot) but now it does not and needs to be started separately. Removing and adding entry did not solve it.

    Also, although this is really a problem of package maintainer (but hopefully it will be helpful to somebody upgrading), if you have package dmdc-mdm-html5-themes installed, then upgrade fails (fortunately at the very end), and you need to use dpkg to resolve issue between this package and mint-mdm-themes-html (SpaceRace is in both). Fortunately this is at the very end of upgrading and system works great afterwards.

    Thanks for great release!

  108. ptrendx says:


    I looked into .xsession-errors and I see this:
    Cjs-Message: JS LOG: About to start Cinnamon
    Traceback (most recent call last):
    File “/usr/bin/guake”, line 1429, in
    if not main():
    File “/usr/bin/guake”, line 1373, in main
    instance = Guake()
    File “/usr/bin/guake”, line 660, in __init__
    glib.GError: GDBus.Error:org.freedesktop.DBus.Error.UnknownMethod: Brak interfejsu “org.freedesktop.Notifications” w obiekcie w ścieżce /org/freedesktop/Notifications

    So it seems that it is trying to use interface that is not correctly initialized yet. Setting delay to 5 seconds in cinnamon-session-properties makes it work.

  109. RichardG says:


    I’ve got a Dell laptop @work with a NVidia 4200M using the same drivers and have no problems either…
    So maybe it’s really specific h/w and not Mint/Cinnamon related.

    Oh well, it’s not like this is any kind of real issue, just an observation.

    Got the SystemMonitor applet running as well for any first indication if something smelly is hitting the fan (which barely happens anyway) so System Monitor is hardly ever used.

    Mint along ! Nothing to see ! 🙂


  110. ding ding says:

    how can i setup XBMC 13.2

  111. Alex Takitani says:

    Awesome release, smooth upgrade, excelent job, Mint team!

    Just to complete @whiteEagle’s answer, to make my VirtualBox Vms work again, I had to install the extension pack from here

    I was using 4.12 previously.

  112. MikeH says:

    Very nice release. Only problem I’ve seen is extensions and desklets not loading. I guess the creators of those will have to update for newer Cinnamon version.

  113. WinterTroubles says:

    Great release, on the whole very happy..

    One potentially troubling issue though. myself and at least one other user cannot change the mirror in use for ‘Base (trusty)’ in software sources. Clicking the appropriate button results in either window closure or the next window failing to open.

    There is a thread on the forums, , with possibly relevant terminal outputs from running software sources in terminal.

  114. Bill M says:

    The site ‘’ will crash Linux Mint 17.0-17.1
    Firefox or Chromium
    When using an Intel GM965 or 82G965 Graphics Controller.
    It seems any Intel Graphics Controller with the number 965.
    All others I have tried work, 945GM, 945GSE, 915GM

    Toshiba Satellite M205 notebook
    cpu 1.66 ghz core2duo 64-bit
    Intel Mobile GM965/GL960 Integrated Graphics Controller (1280×800)

    Dell Dimension DM061 tower
    cpu 1.8 ghz core2duo 64-bit
    Intel 82G965 Integrated Graphics Controller (1024×768)

    Is there a fix or workaround?

  115. ernie_07 says:


    Cutting a file or folder and pasting to different parent folder with cause the date time stamp to be altered to the time of the transaction.


    Move To will accomplish the desired result.

  116. Douglas Jenkins says:

    Clem and dev team,

    As 17 was performing just fine, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to go with 17.1. However after adding Cinnamon 2.4.4 and it worked so well, I thought, ‘why not add the rest?’
    I don’t have any stats or times to show any differences, and I haven’t checked out all the tweaks and changes offered in 17.1, but I can say this … easiest upgrade in Mint, ever! Everything is working fine.
    Acer Aspire S3, hybrid drive. 17.1 w/Cinnamon 64bit.

    Thanks again, Clem and team!

  117. Bnna says:

    I have updated and faced the following issues (all of them being about design):

    1. The default font used by applets and the menu can not be changed. It looks very weird now, like the letters are being pressed together… I have tried to change it in the system font settings but none of the 5 choices will do this. Choosing the “cinnamon” theme brings back the previous font. Any legacy theme out there?
    2. Is there any way to make the frames around nemo icons disappear?

    Two little drawbacks on an otherwise impressive OS. Finally, the instant shutdown by pressing physical button works!

  118. Bnna says:

    So the Noto Sans font in /usr/share/themes/Linux Mint/cinnamon/cinnamon.css seems to do this. Now that I changed to Sans it’s back ^^

    @dev Maybe it’d be a good idea to make a GUI solution for editing themes like this. I usually don’t like manually writing things into config files, and I chose Mint because I hope Linux can let this shameful past behind.

  119. Jin Sun says:

    Love it!!!!!!!

  120. MYKHx says:

    On MATE version I have trouble with the screenshot action.. when I press printscreen on my keyboard always freezing…
    same thing happen when I open screenshot app manually..

    I hope this version would be better than 17.1 MATE

  121. Owen says:

    I have just upgraded from 17 to 17.1 via mint update everything went well and really quick. Brilliant.

    I have noticed a small bug, clicking on the base mirror in software sources does not work; the button goes grey when clicked but that is it. The Main mirror works perfectly. I see this had been reported before so I hope it gets fixed soon.

  122. PAYload says:

    Network browsing in caja fails (doesn’t show any computers on network) in 17.1 MATE but it works on 17.0 MATE..

    3 different boxes does the same. tested on 2 virtual boxes and the same thing happens.. Thats sad. Any ideas what might go wrong here?

  123. shubf says:

    Hi, after upgrading from 17.0 to 17.1, the on/off button on my lenovo thinkpad yoga doesn’t work anymore. pressing it for some seconds will still shut it down immediately but pressing it once won’t open the shutdown dialogue.

    acpi_listen recognizes an event:

    button/power PBTN 00000080 00000000

    In the power management settings under ‘when the power button is pressed’ i’ve set ‘Ask’ … everything like I had it set before the update.

    I know that there are some issues implementing all the special events the thinkpad yoga delivers (accelerometer, rotation-lock …) but I think this may be unintended.

    anyway, thanks for the update, I like it

  124. Dorian says:

    I confirm the don’t work the “Base (trusty)” selection in mintsources (software sources) ver. 1.3.7 for choosing alternate server, in Linux Mint 17.1. Maybe Mintsources ver. 1.3.7 has a bug.

    Sorry for my bad English.

    “WinterTroubles Says:
    December 5th, 2014 at 12:09 pm
    Great release, on the whole very happy..

    One potentially troubling issue though. myself and at least one other user cannot change the mirror in use for ‘Base (trusty)’ in software sources. Clicking the appropriate button results in either window closure or the next window failing to open.

    There is a thread on the forums, , with possibly relevant terminal outputs from running software sources in terminal.”

  125. Curtis says:

    Hi Clem,

    Thank you for your teams hard work.

    I have 2 harddrives on my computer. Using Linux Mint 16 downloaded the iso file for 17:1. Made a bootable usb stick with the iso. Install 17.1 on second harddrive. No problems, installed perfectly.

    Thanks again for a wonderful distro.

  126. Eric says:

    Hello Linux Mint team!

    I just upgraded to 17.1, however I encountered a very small problem using Cinnamon

    I cannot set buttons F6 or F8 as custom keyboard shortcuts.

    Please let me know if there is a fix to this, otherwise I will have to use an xmodmap workaround 😛

  127. Bill M says:

    Linux Mint 17.1 Cinnamon 64-bit
    USB Image Writer

    Tried to write the iso to a USB drive.
    The UI froze…
    can not click anywhere, clock stopped
    The write finished successfully.
    Bill M

  128. Vladimir says:


    +1 for post 127
    And progress bar doesn’t work (LM17.1 Cinnamon and Mate).

    Otherwise, very nice job, congratulations!

  129. LMUser says:

    Great update. However, I have one concern: Why are we now forced to remove other packages when we try to remove Firefox add-ons that are included by default, such as Stylish?

  130. Jacob says:


    In Linux Mint 17.1 64bit Cinnamon my mouse once in a while ‘jumps/skips’ to a new location (about 200 pixels); even when the I’m not doing anything.

    It’s a HP Pavilion 15-P033CL touchscreen laptop, with ATI Radeon HD 8610G graphics.

    For comparison I’ve booted to 17 64-bit Cinnamon Live DVD and the mouse works without any jumps/skips.

    Comment #51 mentions ‘freezes’ by my mouse does not freezes, it jumps.

  131. Geri H. says:

    My freshly installed Cinnamon 17.1 keeps crashing at random. It is comletely freezing, and the “Num-Lock” light keeps blinking. What is going on? How to fix it? I’d love to Keep Mint, but this is quite annoying, as it did not happpen with Quiana.

  132. FLOWxp says:

    Great work everyone involved!
    words are not enough to express my love and gratitude for this Linux.
    So I will donate again.
    Linux Mint is becoming what Windows should have been all along.
    But with less people, less time and way less money and it’s f. free !!
    Please stay this course, it’s bullet proof.
    One suggestion : it would be nice for Nemo to have the option to change the background from white to grey (easier on the eye).
    I am proud to be somewhat a part of this team.
    One last thing, the small things make the difference and Linus Mint know it.
    Thank you again Clem & team.

  133. Stefan says:

    Keyboard layout issue

    I am using a wireless keyboard from Logitech (K520). For some reasons MDM is not using the configured German keyboard layout but is falling back to the american layout. This is actually not a new issue, it was also the case with Mint 17.0, 16 and 15. In the past I was always able to workaround this by adding ‘/usr/bin/setxkbmap de’ to /etc/mdm/Init/Default as described here:

    Unfortunately this workaround is not working for 17.1. Any suggestions on this are highly appreciated. 🙂

    P.S. I love Mint. It is again a wonderful distro. You guys rock!

  134. angus says:

    @ptrendx: you saved my life, buddy. setting a 5 second delay in startup-applications makes them run again in 17.1 cinnamon whether they didnt run before. many, many thank a lots! 🙂

  135. Lukonin says:

    Shift+PrtSc don’t work sometimes after upgrade 17 to 17.1.

  136. nkoropoff says:

    I have also been seeing Cinnamon lock up as described by others. The mouse moves but all else is frozen. It always seemed to happen to me when I attempted to use a panel applet. I did not encounter this during the RC 17.1 (which I installed as soon as it became available) but only in the past 3 days. I could still get to a terminal to restart things. I have since upgraded to the 3.13.0-40 kernel and have not had a freeze yet.

    Other than this, the release is operating just fine and is terrific to use.

  137. Vernie says:

    The Cinnamon version of Linux Mint 17.1 not only install fast, it also runs fast on Asus X550DP AMD® APU A8-5550M Processor with AMD Radeon® HD 8550G + Radeon® HD 8670M Dual Graphics with 2GB DDR3 VRAM and INTEL SSDSC2CW180A3 (400i) 180GB SSD.

    The Linux Mint 17 can also be installed on the same hardware but won’t run X until upgraded but Linux Mint 17.1 install without a problem and a lot faster. Thank you so much for all the effort, Linux Mint is my work and home desktop again.

    For those with the same hardware, just stick with the updates that are tested by Linux Mint with 1 and 2 Level update description on Update Manager and you’ll be fine.

  138. Bill M says:

    I have written that using Firefox to access ‘’ will crash LM 17.0-17.1 if the computer uses an Intel 965 graphics controller.

    There was a suggestion to disable hardware acceleration in Firefox but that did NOT work for me.

    @Sam wrote:
    In Firefox you’ll need to enter “about:config” in the address bar.
    Then search for “webgl.disabled”
    and switch it to “true” and restart the browser.

    For me… changing “webgl.disabled” to “true” was sufficient.

    I can leave hardware acceleration is enabled
    and there is no problem with “”

  139. Seb T says:

    @118 Bnna

    Thanks for the tip, I’ve also been struggling with these squashed noto fonts and am happy to get the old look ‘Sans’ font back for the Cinnamon panels and Menu.

    For anyone else, changing Cinnamon fonts back to Sans (or other) the cinnamon.css file that needs to be edited is in:

    /usr/share/themes/Linux Mint/cinnamon

    and not


    I’d suggest taking a backup copy of this file before making changes. Also, changes don’t take effect until Cinnamon is restarted.

  140. Seb T says:

    @Bill (62)

    1.27G used with Firefox/Chrome (and I’m assuming some open tabs) is not unreasonable on a machine with 16G RAM. I have 2 SSD’s that I’ve swapped with an identical copy of Mint 17, with the second SSD updated to 17.1, and on my system (with 8G RAM) the memory usage of 17.1 is almost identical to 17. For example I’m running chromium right now with 16 tabs (8 suspended) and System Monitor reports 1.3G memory used; when I close chromium, that comes down to around 550M.

    Quite honestly using System monitor to gauge memory use/leaks etc. is a non-starter. You’re better to use top (or even better atop) and inspect the RSIZE/RES column (real memory) per process. For both top/atop hit ‘M’ to view detailed memory stats.

    I think there *may* be a small memory leak with Cinnamon. Over time I tend to do stuff, then close everything down to a clean desktop with nothing running except a terminal. Upon first running the desktop and opening a few Nemo’s, settings etc. then back to ‘clean’, cinnamon is using 130-140M. Over time, that seems to creep up to 166M and counting (12 hours in). It’s difficult to tell whether cinnamon is just caching stuff so it’s too early to be sure; I tend to suspend my system each night and rarely reboot so I’ll keep an eye on this and see if it keeps creeping up or whether it stabilises over time.

  141. Francesco says:

    On Linux Mint 17 Cinnamon, I was able to do a screenshot pressing the “Print” key on the keyboard.
    The same feature is not enabled by default in Linux Mint 17.1 Cinnamon.
    Is it a bug or a developers’ choise?
    How to restore it?

  142. Jacob says:

    This is a follow up on my comment #130. The mouse skipping/jumping got fixed after a reboot (it’s amazing what a reboot can do). I think the skipping/jumping started after some update, so I still think there’s something weired going on with an update that needs a reboot (which shouldn’t happen since we’re using Linux).

    Then I was getting whole computer freeze for 1 second at exactly 30 second intervals. Long story short, the freezes occurred only when my laptop lid was closed (I’m using external monitor/mouse/keyboard). It turns out that when I close the lid fully, the touchpad gets deactivated (notice on my monitor). Some process that is run every 30 seconds causes the laptop to freeze; maybe Mint is trying to find the touchpad? This occurs both in 17 & 17.1 64bit cinnamon.

  143. Francesco says:

    Linux Mint 17.1 Cinnamon stopped to boot [with a blank screen] after replacing xserver-xorg-video-nouveau with nvidia-331 in the Driver Manager, on HP Pavilion Entertainment PC DV6.

    The same driver replacement didnt give me any problem on the same laptop on the previous Linux Mint 17 Cinnamon.

  144. Jacob says:

    2nd Follow up.

    It seems when the lid is closed the laptop freezes due to the Migration process; and during the freeze Migration has an increased CPU usage. Using top, there a few migration processes running (migration/0, migration/1, migration/2, migration/3).

  145. S.A.J.W. says:

    Awesome release. Just installed it (the cinnamon release), everything went fine (clean install). Impressive new logon screen, love the slideshow.

  146. NChewie says:

    I’ve been using this for work for 3 days now and all is well…

    Thanks to the development team on such an outstanding release.

  147. Col. Panek says:

    Millions of us are still waiting for the update…………….???..
    ….but I reinstalled, and now Cinnamon doesn’t lock up any more!!!

  148. I Heart Linux Mint says:

    I love, love, love Linux Mint 17.1. Updated smoothly from 17, everything works beautifully and there’s some uber cool new features.

    When I win the lottery, half of it’s going to the Linux Mint crew 🙂

  149. Kovacs-G. Gyorgy says:

    Confirming crashing on visiting Google sites, both Firefox and Chromium with Intel Mobile GM965/GL960 Integrated Graphics Controller !


  150. NChewie says:


    My Update Manager is set to default: always show security updates & always select and trust security updates.
    I have the default of only level 1, 2 and 3 updates as safe and visible, but…
    this morning I am being offered 5 updates at level 4 of which only one is a security update, and 2 updates at level 5, only 1 of which is security.

    Are the recent changes to Update Manager now going to show security updates as a batch of updates, only one of which shows the (!) marker, but all of which are needed?
    i.e. is it safe to install all the offered updates, or is this a bug?

  151. Steve Quinn says:

    I installed handbrake via software sources and I can’t locate it. How do I open up the app?

  152. Seb T says:

    @148 Nchewie

    It seems that if the “visible” column has been selected at some point for level 4/5 and “always show security updates” is checked, update manager will show waiting level 4/5 updates whether or not they are security.

    Smells like a bug…

  153. NChewie says:

    @Seb T

    Thanks. I think I will select the security updates and unselect the rest to see if they vanish when there are no security updates flagged.

  154. NChewie says:

    @Seb T
    Re my earlier comment 150…
    Just to confirm: when I unselected all the level 4 and 5 updates, then selected only the two security updates and installed, the update operation succeeded and presented a “Your system is up to date” message, without re-presenting those unwanted level 4 and 5 updates.

    BTW: a further press of “Refresh” then went on to offer a level 1 mint-backgrounds update, as it should.

    I will class it as a bug: potentially unsafe as I could have inadvertently updated level 4 and 5 changes, but no harm done because I noticed and manually unselected the unwanted changes.

  155. M Briffa says:

    Why is ‘Date and Time’ under language and not under region? The old way made more sense.

  156. SallyK says:

    Thank you very much for the latest version – it looks like you’ve solved the problem of older NVIDIA cards causing regular lock ups, that forced me away from Cinnamon since 2.0 was released. 🙂 I’m so pleased to be able to return to my favourite desktop.

  157. ChuckE says:

    Hy guys, I am trying Rebecca 17.1 and find that the mouse cursor won’t highlight an icon and it won’t single click. I am presently using Mint 16.0 and the mouse highlight and single click works OK there.

    Thanks for all of the hard work

  158. Seb T says:


    I took a look into this and found a bug in mintUpdate, which I’ve fixed. Clem’s incorporated the fix into v4.7.9 which you should have installed by the time you read this 🙂

  159. Seb T says:

    @ChuckE 157: Did you try Mint 17 (ie. not 17.1)? It will help to know if the problem is related to Cinnamon 2.4 specifically or the Mint 17 base.

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