Linux Mint 17.1 “Rebecca” Xfce released!

Written by Clem on Sunday, January 11th, 2015 @ 4:59 am | Main Topics

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

Linux Mint 17.1 Rebecca Xfce 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 Xfce“.

Important info:

  • Issues with Skype
  • DVD Playback with VLC
  • Bluetooth
  • Compiz in Virtualbox
  • EFI Support
  • Misconfigured Swap when using home directory encryption
  • Solving freezes with some NVIDIA GeForce GPUs
  • Issues with KDE apps
  • Booting with non-PAE CPUs
  • Other issues

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).
  • 512 MB RAM (1GB recommended for a comfortable usage).
  • 10 GB of disk space
  • 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 when this is ready.

Download:Md5 sum:

  • 32-bit: 5b2d4eac9c0505ed36c2e50ecb9fcce0
  • 64-bit: b053518aa6e9f33391251a3c521462d3


HTTP Mirrors for the 32-bit DVD ISO:

HTTP Mirrors for the 64-bit DVD ISO:


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

46 Responses to “Linux Mint 17.1 “Rebecca” Xfce released!”

  1. Larnada says:

    Un grand MERCI Clem

  2. Brian Wharton says:

    Works a treat, but I can’t restore my old Ubuntu files to /Home: no network option shown in restore from… dialogue

  3. hmm says:

    Thanks clem and mint team upgrade went great no problems
    using update manager thanks for a great os mint 17.1 xfce

  4. fortran says:

    This is a very nice job. I congratulate Clem and the entire team. Greetings.

  5. Gordon says:

    Will there be a GNOME edition as well?

    Edit by Clem: No.

  6. Felippe HD de Castro says:

    Muito obrigado Clem, equipe do Linux Mint, equipe do Xfce, colaboradores e a todos que tornaram isso possível! Vou instalar mais tarde no meu EeePC 😀
    Thank you very much Clem, the Linux Mint team, Xfce team and everyone who made this possible! I will install on my EeePC later 😀

  7. Jeroen says:


    Thanks for another great release!
    I tried getting compiz to work but so far I am unsuccessful. The window decorations are not supported for some reason. The result is no window borders. I tried setting the theme directly via gsettings (gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.wm.preferences theme Mint-X) which worked on Arch Linux with XFCE, however it had no effect. It is already set to Mint-X by default but Adwaita also has no effect.

    The default settings got erased after I switched back to xfwm (why?). I set it back manually (cd .config/compiz-1/compizconfig/ && mv mint.ini Default.ini).

    A side note, under window decoration please replace “/usr/bin/gtk-window-decorator” with “/usr/bin/gtk-window-decorator –replace”.

  8. BillWho says:

    Linux Mint xfce 17.1

    I tried to remove some keyboard shortcuts
    but on returning to the Keyboard settings
    they remain set to the defaults.

    + Settings > Window Manager > Keyboard
    + select an action
    + click Clear (the action looks to be cleared)
    + close Window Manager
    + Settings > Window Manager > Keyboard
    + the action is NOT cleared

  9. Chris Whelan says:

    I too cannot get Compiz to work, and also lose window decorations.

    Edit by Clem: Make sure you’ve GPU acceleration working (with inxi -Gx). If this isn’t the case you need to use software rendering (for instance with LIBGL_ALWAYS_SOFTWARE=1 compiz –replace).

  10. Chinese Sausage says:

    Thank you for this long awaited release and what is probably IMHO the best version of Linux Mint.

    Best regards,

  11. Brandon says:

    @Gordon, there is the MATE edition, which I describe as a fork of GNOME2. There is also the Cinnamon Edition, which started out as a fork of the GNOME Shell. The good thing about Linux distros is you can choose to download additional desktop environments and choose which one you want to use. Be aware that by doing that, you’ll often end up with cluttered menus since the desktop environments tend to bring in their own programs and show on all your desktop environments, and some of these programs may be redundant.

  12. Carlos Felipe says:

    obrigado (thank you)

  13. CupidsHelper says:

    Thanks for all your efforts to release LM 17.1 Xfce & KDE.:) In regards to my post from LM 17.1 Xfce RC, I did a fresh install of LM 17.1 Cinnamon and I am still having the same issue with the USB Image Writer. The whole desktop “locks up”, except mouse pointer and USB “flashing” (it is being written to, but no indicator showing). When USB stops flashing ~1min, then I must “Ctrl+Alt+Backspace to “unlock”, go to the login screen. Anyone else having this issue?

  14. scotchandry says:

    Tried running 17.1 KDE on a P4 2.4mhz 2 gig ram…no go, but17.1 XFce
    is working well…really well for me and fast…thanks

  15. Kishand says:

    Hi. After I upgraded from xfce 17 to xfce 17.1, my title bar disappeared when maximizing or sometimes went behind my top panel. I’ll stick to xfce 17.

  16. Terry Towling says:

    I upgraded from 17 this morning. Totally painless and appears to have sorted out the lag I was getting with Firefox. Graphics/colour looking better on my netbook. Great work. Thank you all in the Mint Team working on these great distros.

  17. BillWho says:

    re: USB Image Writer. The whole desktop ‘locks up’
    This happens for me with Linux Mint 17.1 both Cinnamon and Xfce but it is not a full lockup, AFTER the image is written (will take several minutes), the UI returns.

  18. Martha says:

    Nice work! Thanks a lot.

  19. delta37 says:

    from 13 up is hard for me with dvb [DiBcom 7000pc]

  20. Dan says:

    I had previously installed 17.1 RC in XFCE. Does the kernel it ship with also the same with the final release? It’s a level 5.

    Edit by Clem: Yes.

  21. Carl says:

    What should I do when integrity check finds errors with 4 files in unbiquity on bootable usb?

    Edit by Clem: Check the MD5 of the ISO file, if it’s wrong re-download, if it’s correct, re-burn the ISO to USB.

  22. Gordon says:


    Cinnamon is based on an old GNOME3. The most recent GNOME3 is much different.

    Edit by Clem: Mint developed MGSE, a desktop layer on top of GNOME 3.2, for Linux Mint 12. Six months later MGSE and GNOME 3.4 were used to give birth to a new DE called Cinnamon which was featured in Linux Mint 13 LTS. Since then both GNOME and Cinnamon went their very separate ways and differentiated more and more every 6 months with each new respective release. Nowadays GNOME 3.2 looks like an antique version of the current GNOME 3.14 and Cinnamon 2.4 provides a very different experience. From a technology point of view though, under the hood, a lot of things are similar in all the DEs which originated from GNOME (including GNOME 2, MATE, GNOME 3, Cinnamon, the Ubiquity backend etc..) but they’re all evolving differently.

  23. Piotr says:

    As some others had written before, I’m also having trouble with getting Compiz to work (loosing window decorations).

    my gfx is:
    $ inxi -Gx
    Graphics: Card: Intel 3rd Gen Core processor Graphics Controller bus-ID: 00:02.0
    X.Org: 1.15.1 drivers: intel (unloaded: fbdev,vesa) Resolution: 1600×900@60.0hz
    GLX Renderer: Mesa DRI Intel Ivybridge Mobile GLX Version: 3.0 Mesa 10.1.3 Direct Rendering: Yes

  24. Chinese Sausage says:

    Hello Clem, I am having issues with the USB Image Writer and USB Stck Formatter on both the 64-bit and 32-bit. When I first load the OS and the restart after removing some panel icons, those programs do not work anymore. When I change to another user session, both programs do work.

    I have already tried uninstalling and reinstalling back USB Image Writer and reinstalling the OS several times (always to an external HDD drive, it did not gave me issues with previous versions of Mint).

    Please help me with this issue.
    Best regards,

    Edit by Clem: Hi, it doesn’t sound like it’s related to mintstick… I’d suggest you troubleshoot the panel shortcuts created instead and see what’s in them and why they don’t launch properly.

  25. Gordon says:

    @Clem. I see your point. Have you considered to rebase cinnamon to a newer GNOME? Besides most Linux distros even FreeBSD use GNOME 3.14.

    Edit by Clem: We need diversity and it’s great for projects to experiment with new paradigms. Enlightenment has been doing that for a few years and more recently GNOME 3 and Unity tried to explore different ways of using the desktop. With that said, that’s great for people who are looking for new exciting things and want to test new theories but that’s not what we’re doing here. Our main goal is to produce an OS which works in a comfortable manner. When looking at the past we don’t see bad things that need to be changed radically, we see great things which need to improve slightly. Now, from a technical point of view and a skill set point of view, there are things the GNOME developers do better than us and there are things we do better than them. It’s important for us to identify parts which should be delegated (and many are already, apps for instance) and parts which would benefit from a rebase (for instance recently cjs was rebased on a newer gjs, and we’re also planning to bring muffin and mutter closer to each other as Wayland compatibility in Cinnamon would benefit Wayland/GNOME/Cinnamon alike).

  26. Bruce R says:

    As a user of ‘wot works’ I had high hopes for the 32bit Xfce version but haven’t yet found a version since 32bit Quina MATE V2 that is viable. The latter, installed BrucesWay within an 8GiB (8.6GB) ext4 partition on a USB2+ USBkey performs very well, but this latest Xfce release, whilst performing well with xserver-xorg-video-nouveau and better with nvidea-331 driver and added kaffeine for DVB-T use simply fails to offer ‘Open With’ capabilities and so doesn’t work with added Exaile etc.
    Also like other folk I couldn’t get Compiz effects to work.
    This won’t stop me trying Updating to 17.1 etc but so far ‘no cigar’.

  27. Bruce R says:

    Please ignore most of Comment 25 because I had made an installation mistake, leaving out adding LAME.
    This latest 32bit Xfce release is now working for added Exaile etc and looks like becoming my favourite ‘LinuxMint on a Stick’ for use with older hardware, which I will next be checking out.

  28. Acrophobic says:

    Awesome! I’ve been waiting it for so long. Good work and thanks for this release

  29. Chinese Sausage says:

    Hi Clem,

    I tried running USB Stick Formatter from the terminal. It gives me this result:

    esr@ESR-Portable ~ $ mintstick -m format

    (process:3221): Gtk-WARNING **: Locale not supported by C library.
    Using the fallback ‘C’ locale.
    Traceback (most recent call last):
    File “/usr/lib/mintstick/”, line 526, in
    MintStick(iso_path, usb_path, filesystem, mode, debug)
    File “/usr/lib/mintstick/”, line 58, in __init__
    locale.setlocale(locale.LC_ALL, ”)
    File “/usr/lib/python2.7/”, line 579, in setlocale
    return _setlocale(category, locale)
    locale.Error: unsupported locale setting

    Any idea what may be causing this?

    I am also having the same issue with Ubuntu Tweak.

  30. Tony says:

    Hello Clem
    As an XP user, I had been considering changing to a Linux system for some time, then when support for XP was withdrawn, I downloaded Linux Mint 17 a few months ago. Very impressive, much quicker than XP and music sounds much, much better too. No nasty kernel mixing, I assume?
    I did the upgrade to 17.1 yesterday, and my system is even quicker. Sound still great, so much so that I am thinking of using my computer as an entertainment centre. In fact, my dual-core desktop machine is 8 years old now, quite old for a computer, and it has a new lease of life.
    I am very happy to be free from Microsloth and I hope that many more people will change to Mint when they discover that it is so easy to use, you don’t have to be an expert, and it has long term support.
    Thanks to everyone who has put in their time and expertise, and made my computing experience far less stressful. I will be sticking with you from now on.
    Best Wishes

  31. CupidsHelper says:

    re: USB Image Writer
    Thanks for your response. It does sound like a “bug” to me. At least your desktops do return, that is something.

  32. above & beyond says:

    Proud to be the only one at my workplace who uses Mint.. Everything just flies!

  33. BillWho says:

    > @BillWho
    > re: USB Image Writer
    > Thanks for your response. It does sound like a “bug” to me.

    Yes, I consider this a `bug`.
    `USB Image Writer` worked in Mint 17.0

  34. delta says:

    my problem with DVB card[yuan mc7700a or dibcom 7000pc] already solved and I came to this

  35. Roger Parmenter says:


    In previous versions of Linux Mint using cinnamon window manager, I
    got very used the applet that allowed me to suspend my environment and
    it would shutdown my computer. Then hitting the keyboard next time restore my session.

    With Mint 17.1 using window manager Xfce there is no applet for the
    above feature. Several people on the web have made suggestions and
    indicated that you must add a small application to get the above
    feature working.

    Here is the URL for the person who solved the problem.

    The bad news is that your repository does not have the required
    application to install it.

    Please read the above link and see if you can add this small
    application into the repository so that the “suspend” feature
    can be implemented when using the Xfce window version of
    Mint 17.1

    Thanks in advance

    Roger Parmenter

  36. BillWho says:

    Today I used `USB Image Writer` and it seemed to work well.
    The progress bar was displayed and updated regularly.
    The USB drive mounted and ran Mint.

    Something in a recent update?

    Edit by Clem: The percentage progress showing in the titlebar (and thus the window list in the panel) yes.. somebody requested it and it was implemented for 17.1. Other than that no… I mean, we did work on aligning the end of the partition table and adding the boot flag but although that’s implemented (in github) that wasn’t packaged in Linux Mint yet (i.e. that will be featured in 1.2.3, but we shipped 1.2.2.. we want to do more testing on this before delivering it).

  37. Dave says:

    So I’ve been trying to get Mint 17.1 up for days now and I regret even bothering.

    After I run the install it doesn’t restart by itself and it will just hang there with a black screen with a cursor flashing and nothing more…

    Even over night. I burned another copy from someone elses machine and exactly the same thing.

    I had linux Mint 15 and had no issues now I have a boat anchor for a computer with 17.1. Unless I use the Live CD.

    All I wanted to do was a clean install with a new OS that I can get updates but and up to date software.

    I guess that means I’ll be going back to Ubuntu.. Hate the name and hate saying it but it works.

    Edit by Clem: There’s 2 two things I don’t understand here. 1. You’re switching OS because of 1 single issue? If you’re not ready to do any research at all when faced with a problem I’d recommend Mac OS (they control their hardware so unsurprisingly over there “it works”) 2. Why would you “hate” Ubuntu? and even less understandable.. assuming you’ve reasons to, why you would decide to run something you don’t like? I’ve 3 suggestions: 1. In Mint remove modemmanager (it’s known to create shutdown delays/freezes on certain hardware) 2. Give Mac OS a try (I wouldn’t use it on a daily basis personally, but I don’t “hate” it, it’s just a question of taste) 3. Look more into Ubuntu, maybe you don’t like Unity? maybe you don’t like their update policy, maybe it’s something else, or maybe you misjudged them? In any case I don’t understand how you can “hate” them?

  38. Dave. says:

    To clem.. Instead of going on the defensive and assume that I did no research maybe you could do some research yourself and see how many people are having the same issue.

    I read that Nvidia cards give people troubles with mint..Why would that be? Nvidia is the one of the most common out there. Mint 15 gave me none of these issues why does 17.1?

    I never said I hated ubuntu I said I hated the NAME ubuntu..I also don’t like what ubuntu has become with it’s desktop. “Unity”

    I don’t need to use a mac thank you very much I’ve been running linux since 2005 as my primary machine, I wasn’t born last night.

    You tell me to remove the mode manager but on shutdown it said it couldn’t find the mode manager and there was no option of adding or removing while I attempted an install 6 times. I just want to install an operating system I don’t want to redevelop the operating system.

    You also did not address the issue but instead bring up red herrings and say you don’t understand why I’m switching OS..Hello? did you read the first part?

    Excuse me for being frustrated but to try to install this on my PC which isn’t that old over and over again would be a sign of insanity..

    I have NEVER had this problem with Ubuntu from release 5.5 until I switch to linux mint 15.. then support ran out and now All I wanted to do was start fresh.. I should have stayed with Mint 15 I guess.. How dare I want to update..

    Written from my old PC running ubuntu..the last of the gnome desktop releases.

    Edit by Clem: Please accept my apologies if I offended you.

  39. Bruce R says:

    Further to earlier Comments I can report useful progress.
    Having found that Xfwm (or Marco) is the actual default that needs changing with Desktop Settings plus a Restart in order to invoke Compiz, I have overcome Kaffeine DVB-T (Freeview) video ‘freezes’ or ‘glitches’ by using Clonezilla to transfer the configured and added to installation from a 18Mbps ‘USB2+’ device to a 36Mbps ‘USB3’ device which also avoids the need for an accelerated graphics driver like Nvidia-331, although appending vm.swappiness=5 to /etc/sysctl.conf instead of using a SwapFile also helps overall responsiveness of ‘Linux Mint on a Stick’.

  40. Chinese Sausage says:

    Hello Clem. I am still having issues with mintstick. I’ve installed the 64-bit version of 17.1 on my ultrabook. I ran mintstick from the terminal. Again, here is what it shows:

    esr@ESR-Ultrabook ~ $ mintstick -m format

    (process:2345): Gtk-WARNING **: Locale not supported by C library.
    Using the fallback ‘C’ locale.
    Traceback (most recent call last):
    File “/usr/lib/mintstick/”, line 526, in
    MintStick(iso_path, usb_path, filesystem, mode, debug)
    File “/usr/lib/mintstick/”, line 58, in __init__
    locale.setlocale(locale.LC_ALL, ”)
    File “/usr/lib/python2.7/”, line 579, in setlocale
    return _setlocale(category, locale)
    locale.Error: unsupported locale setting

    I am surprised I am the only one having this issue. When a user is created, I can use both USB Image Writer and USB Stick formatter. Please let me know if I am doing something incorrect.


    Edit by Clem: This is easy to fix, I just need a little more information from you though. Can you type “locale” in a terminal and paste the result?

  41. Greg says:

    Downloaded the zip from this site of the linux mint 17.1 made a disk image and burnt the same to dvd. Made partion for the same and rebooted computer Win 7 ultimate running currently. Point is my computer doesnt go to the dvd rather continues to load win7. Normally the autorun in the files kicks in or the diskdefines file ? Is this not so? Please advise trying to get this to work as I am sick of windows-waiting to clunk my world. Thanks

    Edit by Clem: The image is bootable as is (and isolinux is what takes over). The autorun (if any) isn’t relevant. The diskdefines is there to identify the disk. but it’s not used by the BIOS, it’s used later by the OS to identify the release.

  42. Greg says:

    Is this the equivalent for the autorun only linux. Totally new to this please accept the mutterings of a total lamer.

    #define DISKNAME Linux Mint 17.1 “Rebecca” – Release i386
    #define TYPE binary
    #define TYPEbinary 1
    #define ARCH i386
    #define ARCHi386 1
    #define DISKNUM 1
    #define DISKNUM1 1
    #define TOTALNUM 0
    #define TOTALNUM0 1

    Edit by Clem: Hi Greg, the file is an ISO. It’s the image of the DVD itself (or of the USB stick if you decide to install it that way). You shouldn’t decompress it yourself and you shouldn’t copy it to the DVD, you should use an image burner. These two links might help and Once burnt the DVD should contain directories and files… but these shouldn’t be copied manually, there’s more to the image than just meets the eyes, that’s why it needs to be burnt as an image. Also make sure your BIOS is set to boot from DVD and not directly from the HDD.

  43. Greg says:

    Thanks Clem. I downloaded the zip file and decompressed it giving me several folders and two external files. I didnt have an original ISO file from Linux. I made an image file and burnt that but it was identical to the contents of the zip file. I know this is not an image file i copied the reccomendations from here:, faithfully. Only needed to change the bios when booting from a usb drive using the additional software unibootin.exe.
    Will attempt to use your valuable help thanks.

  44. Chinese Sausage says:

    Hello Clem:

    Sure thing. Here it is:

    esr@ESR-Ultrabook ~ $ locale
    locale: Cannot set LC_ALL to default locale: No such file or directory


    Edit by Clem: Why are there \ signs in front of the quotes? Can you use mintlocale to re-select en_US and see if that solves it?

  45. Chinese Sausage says:

    The issue was resolved by changing the locale and then back (without pressing the “Apply System-Wide” button.

    What I initially did right after Linux Mint installation, I changed the local region because it was in “Spanish; Castilian”. I change it to “English, United States” and I also pressed the “Apply System-Wide” button. That was the reason after restarting the system, I could not use the USB tools anymore, I am not sure if this is normally supposed to happen, but for sure it did not happen in Linux Mint 17.

    Anyway, that is only a very minor glitch to a truly GREAT distribution, and I thank you very much for your quick support. I hope this helps others who may have had the same issue.

    Best regards!

    Edit by Clem: Applying the locale system-wide should have no incidence on your own locale. For troubleshooting purpose you can check /etc/default/locale though.

  46. Mow says:

    Can i upgrade from petra?

    Edit by Clem: Yes, using apt-get. If you’re not experienced with APT, make sure to make a system image so you can restore your OS in case something goes wrong and you’re not sure how to solve it.

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