Linux Mint 18.2 “Sonya” KDE – BETA Release

Written by Clem on Monday, June 12th, 2017 @ 12:01 pm | Main Topics

This is the BETA release for Linux Mint 18.2 “Sonya” KDE Edition.

Linux Mint 18.2 Sonya KDE Edition

Linux Mint 18.2 is a long term support release which will be supported until 2021. It comes with updated software and brings refinements and many new features to make your desktop even more comfortable to use.

New features:

This new version of Linux Mint contains many improvements.

For an overview of the new features please visit:

What’s new in Linux Mint 18.2 KDE“.

Important info:

The release notes provide important information about known issues, as well as explanations, workarounds and solutions.

To read the release notes, please visit:

Release Notes for Linux Mint 18.2 KDE

System requirements:

  • 2GB RAM.
  • 10GB of disk space (20GB recommended).
  • 1024×768 resolution (on lower resolutions, press ALT to drag windows with the mouse if they don’t fit in the screen).


  • The 64-bit ISO can boot with BIOS or UEFI.
  • The 32-bit ISO can only boot with BIOS.
  • The 64-bit ISO is recommend for all modern computers (Almost all computers sold since 2007 are equipped with 64-bit processors).

Upgrade instructions:

  • This BETA release might contain critical bugs, please only use it for testing purposes and to help the Linux Mint team fix issues prior to the stable release.
  • It will be possible to upgrade from this BETA to the stable release.
  • It will also be possible to upgrade from Linux Mint 18.1. Upgrade instructions will be published after the stable release of Linux Mint 18.2.

Bug reports:

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

Download links:

Here are the download links for the 64-bit ISO:

A 32-bit ISO image is also available at

Integrity and authenticity checks:

Once you have downloaded an image, please verify its integrity and authenticity.

Anyone can produce fake ISO images, it is your responsibility to check you are downloading the official ones.


We look forward to receiving your feedback. Many thanks in advance for testing the BETA!

38 Responses to “Linux Mint 18.2 “Sonya” KDE – BETA Release”

  1. Drayldan says:

    Nice news! But will there be dedicated graphics-tablet(Wacom, etc.) panel? 😮 It wasn’t included in Mint 18 series so far… :(((

  2. TecGeeks says:

    I really Like the name “Sonya” , lets call the Sonya home !!! 🙂

  3. luca says:

    when I try to drag and drop files to samba shares in dolphin i got an error message:

    Access denied.
    Could not write to .

    also copy and paste doesn’t work

  4. cusa says:

    I have a plate “gigabyte ax370 gaming 5”. The problem I have is the audio after the kernel (( linux-headers-4.10.1-041001-generic_4.10.1-041001.201702260735_amd64.deb ))

    error vector 07

  5. Zektor says:

    Neat, will be giving it a try; so far is the best looking of all linux distros.

  6. sanette says:

    like @Drayldan I would also like a wacom panel.

    But for now one can still use the panel from KDE4:

    qdbus org.kde.kded /kded loadModule wacomtablet
    kcmshell4 kcm_wacomtablet

    it works well for me (including keyboard shortcuts)

  7. sanette says:

    @Drayldan: I forgot to mention you need to download kde-config-tablet_2.0-2_amd64.deb from, and install it.

  8. Houge_Langley says:

    I have no idea if this Beta version could upgrade to stable version in the future ?

  9. wohlschies francis says:

    very good svc

  10. LinuxHostSupport says:

    Plasma 5.8 looks awesome!

    Sonya with KDE is definitely one of the best-looking distros.

  11. anubis2497 says:

    will the AMDGPU-PRO drivers be supported in this release?, If not then will more support for amd card’s be used in the amd open source driver?

  12. Florian says:

    Awesome! I am seriously considering to switch to the KDE edition (currently using Cinnamon) for my workstation. Too bad the KDE-PPA is still on Plasma 5.8. Plasma 5.10 on KDE Neon has some very, very great Improvements that I can’t hardly wait to see in Mint KDE.

    @cusa: You have to use Kernel 4.11 in order to get audio on Ryzen systems to work (e.g. with UKUU).

  13. aelfinn says:

    There seems to be a bug in Desktop Settings > Wallpaper: when you scroll down the list of images, the cursor jumps back up on its own.

  14. luca says:


    I can confirm

  15. Daniel says:

    The default desktop layout should be “Folder view” like in the latest version of KDE.
    This allows new users of Linux and KDE DE to quickly create folders and files on the desktop without having to figure out that they need to change a setting for this to be possible.
    The window with wireless networks, that appears when you click on the network icon in systray, should be taller, so you don’t have to scroll so much if there are many networks around you.
    Bluetooth start as turned on on my laptop (Acer 6935G), even though I don’t need/use it.
    Cannot create file or folder where you right-click on the desktop.
    The new item is always auto-arranged/aligned and I can’t find a way to turn this off and create them wherever I want them to be.
    Browsing to a common data partition (NTFS type) and trying to open a image shows a popup error windows with the title: “Ambiguous S… -Gwenview ?” and the content: “There are two actions (Cut, Delete) that want to use the same shortcut (Shift+Del).
    This is most probably a bug.
    Please report it in”
    The window is not resizable so I can’t see the full title, it looks to me that is truncated because of the”…”.
    Acknowledging the error by pressing the OK button shows the image normally.
    Connecting to a password protected wireless network, asks you twice for the password, once on the field below when you click on the connect button on the list of networks and the second time on a popup window with the title “password dialog – KDE Daemon”
    MP3 files cannot be played, Amarok (or how the default music player is called on KDE) doesn’t work, it requires multimedia plugins, which I couldn’t install.
    Ticking the checkboxes on the install column in the “Install multimedia plugins?” window and pressing the install button does nothing and reports nothing.

    Gparted and VLC not installed.

    Gparted was replaced by KDE partition manager, as far as I can tell.
    Working with partitions is extremely dangerous and I don’t trust anything else other than Gparted.
    I don’t get why should I use a program developed over a few weeks compared to years of development and bug fixing that Gparted has?

    VLC was replaces by Dragon Player for video files and Amarok for audio files.
    Both cannot play any media file without multimedia plugins (which cannot be installed) and both suck.
    I’m sorry to say this but this edition of Linux Mint gives me the biggest disappointment of them all.
    KDE is nice, it gives you a lot of customization options, but this selection of poorly developed programs that it comes with, instead of the more and better developed programs, just because of the not invented here syndrome, gives an awful default experience.

    BTW,there’s no virtual (on-screen) keyboard available and it’s very hard to write something when you have keys missing on you laptop’s keyboard, like I have.
    Thank you!

  16. Drayldan says:

    @sanette – thanks for tips, it works in general, but only temporarly (need to be called from terminal every time I want to change something). Wacom Tablet is not present in “devices” tab, anyway. 🙁
    I don’t why devs removed graphics-panel from MINT 18, but it is BIG mistake.

    BTW. “linuxwacom” project @sourceforge cannot be compiled and run under MINT18.x unfortunately…

  17. Lee Berry says:

    Fastest little beta I’ve used. Boots in seconds in compatibility mode. Some difficulties with the upgrade process. I tried a multi-boot disk partition using mint-Sandra18.0 on /sda1(16GB) & mint-Sonya-18.2 on /sda2 (14GB). The partition mgr became confused and couldn’t find any OS. I think because I split the disk & the partition table became corrupted however, The installer bricked my PC, so I could not finish with any “Other install” i.e. something else. I had to reboot and create a single partition. If I can figure out where in the upgrade process it went wrong I will file a bug report later. I also had the Dolphin (no copy/paste) on Mint-Sandra 18.0 after I updated the software. I think it’s a QT issue since software-mgr didn’t really update Dolphin-pkgs it just broke. Be careful if your using file-mgrs to copy data files, better to use the backup/restore files tool. P.S. thanks for all the hard work your doing! Looking good.

  18. sanette says:

    @Drayldan: exactly, I also think this is a big mistake to remove the
    tablet config module. I don’t know why they did this.

  19. zlaya says:

    Can’t install when select Serbian “Српски” language…
    So, I installed english variant and after I tried following:

    sudo apt install language-pack-kde-sr

    and I got the following (the same error when I tried to install with Serbian language):
    Errors were encountered while processing:
    E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)

    This started with last update for 18.1 (Plasma 5.8.7), where package ‘plasma-desktop-data’ could not be installed.
    For this I found workaround:

    sudo dpkg -i –force-overwrite /var/cache/apt/archives/plasma-desktop-data_4%3a5.8.7.1-0ubuntu1~ubuntu16.04~ppa1_all.deb
    sudo apt-get install -f

    Best Regards

  20. Fringe Wizard says:

    I have tried this out extensively now and I really don’t like it. The screencapping program that it comes with by default makes screencapping a very tedious and difficult process and I replaced it with gnome-screenshot and hotkeys. There are weird glitches with the desktop where folder view isn’t compatible with anything but an image or image slideshow background, the other stuff doesn’t work. There are very nice cursors and I don’t have to install inxi or add anything extra to make Krita to work but overall this sucks. I switched from Cinnamon because of the memory leaks but I find KDE unuseable. I also have some weird glitch where the audio is either on at 100% or off, anything from 1% to 100% on the scale doesn’t make a difference to the audio level.

    There are my specs:

    System: Host: fringe-XPS-7760-AIO Kernel: 4.8.0-53-generic x86_64 (64 bit gcc: 5.4.0)
    Desktop: KDE Plasma 5.8.7 (Qt 5.6.1) dm: sddm,sddm Distro: Linux Mint 18.2 Sonya
    Machine: System: Dell product: XPS 7760 AIO Chassis: type: 13
    Mobo: Dell model: 0P3KGF v: A01 Bios: Dell v: 1.0.2 date: 12/08/2016
    CPU: Quad core Intel Core i7-6700 (-HT-MCP-) cache: 8192 KB
    flags: (lm nx sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx) bmips: 27264
    clock speeds: min/max: 800/4000 MHz 1: 2553 MHz 2: 2548 MHz 3: 2590 MHz 4: 2565 MHz 5: 2588 MHz
    6: 2581 MHz 7: 2562 MHz 8: 2577 MHz
    Graphics: Card-1: Intel Sky Lake Integrated Graphics bus-ID: 00:02.0 chip-ID: 8086:1912
    Card-2: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD/ATI] Bonaire XT [Radeon R9 M280X]
    bus-ID: 01:00.0 chip-ID: 1002:6646
    Display Server: X.Org 1.18.4 drivers: ati,radeon,intel (unloaded: fbdev,vesa)
    Resolution: 3840×2160@60.00hz
    GLX Renderer: Mesa DRI Intel HD Graphics 530 (Skylake GT2)
    GLX Version: 3.0 Mesa 12.0.6 Direct Rendering: Yes
    Audio: Card Intel Sunrise Point-H HD Audio driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 00:1f.3 chip-ID: 8086:a170
    Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture v: k4.8.0-53-generic
    Network: Card-1: Intel Ethernet Connection (2) I219-LM
    driver: e1000e v: 3.2.6-k bus-ID: 00:1f.6 chip-ID: 8086:15b7
    IF: enp0s31f6 state: down mac: 14:b3:1f:0e:11:df
    Card-2: Intel Wireless 3165 driver: iwlwifi bus-ID: 03:00.0 chip-ID: 8086:3165
    IF: wlp3s0 state: up mac: 70:1c:e7:e5:52:ae
    Drives: HDD Total Size: 4000.8GB (0.6% used)
    ID-1: USB /dev/sda model: My_Passport_25E2 size: 4000.8GB serial: 575841314536363234394B5A-0:0
    Partition: ID-1: / size: 3.6T used: 8.8G (1%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda2
    ID-2: swap-1 size: 17.02GB used: 0.00GB (0%) fs: swap dev: /dev/sda3
    RAID: System: supported: N/A
    No RAID devices: /proc/mdstat, md_mod kernel module present
    Unused Devices: none
    Sensors: System Temperatures: cpu: 61.0C mobo: 27.8C gpu: 51.0
    Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A
    Info: Processes: 262 Uptime: 3:11 Memory: 4823.3/15899.3MB
    Init: systemd v: 229 runlevel: 5 default: 2 Gcc sys: 5.4.0
    Client: Shell (bash 4.3.481 running in konsole) inxi: 2.2.35

  21. Fringe Wizard says:

    Here is a video of me using it btw:

    Another problem I have is with Dolphin. When I click (once) on any image file, instead of selecting it, some error message comes up and it opens up. Only way for me to select files now is shift click or control click.

  22. eco2geek says:

    Here are two glitches I’m getting on a consistent basis:

    1. When bringing up a context menu on the desktop and choosing “Configure Desktop”, KDE brings up a dialog named “Folder View Settings.” When using that dialog to switch from Folder View layout to Desktop layout (and pressing the Apply button), or vice versa, the dialog box disappears. I have to bring it up again to use it.

    (Note: This is the same dialog that has the wallpaper thumbnails in it. However, the cursor is _not_ “jumping around” when I use it, unlike @13’s complaint above. 🙂

    2. When installing multimedia codecs, I reliably get a dialog box at the end that reads:

    “W: Can’t drop privileges for downloading as file ‘/var/cache/apt/archives/partial/libvo-aacenc0_0.1.3-1_amd64.deb’ couldn’t be accessed by user ‘_apt’. – pkgAcquire::Run (13: Permission denied)”

    (This is running from a USB thumbdrive.)

    Your KDE releases are always a class act. Keep up the good work.

  23. tdockery97 says:

    Performed a fresh install, replacing Mint 18.1 KDE. I have not experienced any of the glitches or errors mentioned above. It is running steady and smoothly for me so far.

  24. maxinboo says:

    sonya with kde not boot SATA(SOLIS STAT Internal Drive).
    Linux Mint 18.1 SATA(SOLID STAT DRIVE.Booooooooooooooot.

  25. Daniel says:


    Not a crash yet!
    Think i might like it better than Cinnamon!

    Dual boot with Windows 10 on SSD.

  26. Philipp says:

    I’m a little disappointed that this is still KDE 5.8 – I mean, we already had it in 18.1 and KDE 5.11 will be released soon.

  27. Norman says:

    I just installed Linux Mint 18.2 KDE-Beta on an acer laptop, dual-booting with the OEM Windows 10 and have worked out an relatively easy method that may help anyone else trying to do this.

    1) In Windows press the [Win+R] keys and type diskmgmt.msc in the Run Open box. (Ensure you’re logged on as a user with administrative privileges.) Right click on C: partition and select Shrink Volume in order to resize the partition, use a value best-suited for you, depending on your HDD size, on the amount of space to shrink MB field (minimum 20000 MB recommended) and hit Shrink button to start the process of resizing the partition. When the process finishes a new unallocated space will appear on the hard drive. Exit disk management. (H/T Tecmint) I used half the disk space allocated to the main Windows partition, as I have a large HDD.

    2) Right-click on the Start button and choose Command Prompt (Admin) from the pop-up menu. If you are prompted by the User Account Control asking if you want to allow this program to make changes to your computer, click Yes to proceed. In the Command Prompt window, type powercfg.exe /hibernate off and press the Enter key. Exit the Command Prompt window. (H/T Cnet) This will allow access to your unencrypted NTFS partition(s).

    3) Insert your Linux installation media and reboot your system, you may have to press F12, or the corresponding function key that allows you to choose where to boot from (F2, F10 depending on your board) in UEFI, choose your boot medium and then *Start Linux Mint…”.

    4) Once Linux Mint has loaded, click on the Install Linux Mint icon and follow the guided instructions until you get to “Installation Type” (partition editor) and choose “Do something else”, in the free space partition set a swap partition to be at the end of the free space at twice the size of your ram and then choose the remaining free space to install your ext4 partition and set the mount point to “/”. Then set the Device for Bootloader Installation to the partition labeled “efi” and continue with the installation.

    5) When the installation finishes and you go to reboot, you’ll need to access your BIOS, and in the case of my Acer, I had to set up an administrator password and reboot again before it would allow me to have it search for a new bootloader, Once I selected the linux bootloader (grub) I had to set it in the boot order ahead of the windows bootloader and reboot. These steps will be different on various machines so I’m just giving you the gist of it. Once it was all done and rebooted, the Grub bootloader came up and listed both the Linux Mint installation, as well as my Windows 10 OS in the boot menu, and both systems boot without any problems.

    I had to do a bit of research to work all of this out, as various posts gave a gamut of variations, some extremely difficult command line instructions, but I managed to piece together the above simplified, method, and it worked flawlessly for me.

    I hope this is helpful.

  28. jan says:

    Sonya KDE is freezing 20 sec. after boot. Testing it in LIVE mode all was fine network including. When I decided to installed it network stopped working and freezing started. Wondering Why ?

  29. Ahmed says:

    i tried mint 18.1 kde stable release but i could not connect to my hidden ssid wifi network on a live session i hope you fix this in the new release

  30. larsatmint says:

    just an noobish idea possibly
    mint so far always is the distro I fall back onto
    is there a chance of a “rolling arch based mint version”
    I really like the arch way, they already run the KDE 5.10
    and the pacman is awsome.
    only you need to know so many stuff before you can actually run enjoy arch
    but mint always does a great job on all these obsticals for us “normal” users
    So what’s up guys you can probably do it for us
    get a linux mint based on arch repos
    and tomorrow we sit in the first row


  31. Alex says:

    About When will 18.2= 32 bit be firmed up ?

  32. Andrius says:

    @Daniel. KDE Partition Manager was not developed over a few weeks. It is now 8 years old. Yes, it is slightly younger than GParted 12 years but not a few weeks vs a decade.

  33. Jacek says:

    It would be nice if blootooth devices discovery got fixed 🙂
    It’s not working in the current release either.

  34. aduy says:

    I’m live session user (I ran it on my usb)
    In my opinion, It’s the nice interface, I love it. However, some apps is not good at working.
    Such as:
    – Winzip or winrar were not work when I opened my rar or zip files
    – It is very inconvenient and has to update some apps for wacthing some general videos(mp4)
    – The new one did not find my printer but the old one(18.1) did.

    Would the linuxmint upgrade this cases for the LIVE SEESION USER, please.

  35. Maxmillan says:

    Will the plasma 5.10 be used? Any news about that? Or it will use only the 5.8 version?

  36. kaz says:

    I love the battery icon by changing color and warning me of low battery.

  37. Serg says:

    Where can I find the Update Manager?

  38. Andre says:


    I would like to know if this release of Mint already have native built in support for Displaylink USB3 in it?
    Last time I’ve tried I couldn’t get dual display to work properly with my Displaylink USB3 dock station. 🙁

    Best Regards

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