Note to Mint 6 RC1 users

Written by Clem on Saturday, December 6th, 2008 @ 6:51 pm | Main Topics

A little bit more than 8% of you are currently running Linux Mint 6 RC1 and you’re probably wondering how “stable” it is and how to upgrade it to the upcoming stable version. Well here’s some good news, it’s very stable and you can upgrade it with only two commands.

How stable is RC1?

RC1 is fit for usage. If you’ve got it installed, you don’t need to wait for the final release, you can already consider your system stable.

What’s missing in RC1 is the new Windows installer “mint4win” which only makes a difference for the liveCD, and a few bug fixes which you can get by “upgrading to stable”.

How to upgrade from RC1 to stable?

Install the following package:

  • gtk2-engines-ubuntulooks

Upgrade the following packages to their latest version:

  • mint-artwork-gnome
  • mintassistant
  • mintbackup
  • mintdesktop
  • mintinstall
  • mintmenu
  • mintnanny
  • mintupdate
  • mintupload

This can be achieved by running the following command in a terminal:

apt update; apt install gtk2-engines-ubuntulooks mint-artwork-gnome mintassistant mintbackup mintdesktop mintinstall mintmenu mintnanny mintupdate mintupload

Eventually restart X and you’re all set.

69 Responses to “Note to Mint 6 RC1 users”

  1. Old Marcus says:

    I’m liking this post. 🙂

  2. Libor says:

    great news guys 🙂
    will it be possible to install mint via its windows installer on a machine where already two OS’s are – WinXP as a default OS and ubuntu installed via wubi? I mean, will installations of ubuntu and mint work side by side on one machine without problems?

  3. Tim says:

    I saw today the new files and right now all running smuth 🙂
    And I love the name ‘Felicia’ 😉
    Thanks a lot for this nice new Mint

  4. Daniel aka knuckles says:

    Thank, i’m now running Felicia with the Server-Kernel (PAE-enabled, i have 8gb-ram), everything works very fine. But i will be happy when Felicia64 come out.

  5. Lisa says:

    You guys have made this all SO simple, even for a newbie like me! I’ve ALMOST made the full conversion to Linux thanks to Mint.

  6. merlwiz79 says:

    @ Libor
    I haven’t tested an ubuntu and mint install using wubi and mint4win.
    I’ll test it tonight or tomorrow.

  7. Grizwald says:

    Great work getting these updates out as well as attending to your non-linux activities.

    Maybe I need to download/install RC1 again as I still have no audio with Skype and the name Felicia is still missing from the bottom left of my main window. I have the word “menu” [without the quotes], instead.

    The rest appears to be working perfectly. Sorry about the negatives, don’t want to spoil the great work but I assume you realy want to know.



  8. merlwiz79 says:

    @ Libor

    Ok I have install Xubuntu with wubi and Linux Mint XFCE CE with mint4win.
    It did install ok, but the last one to be installed removes the other entry in windows boot manager.
    You can edit the menu.lst to add the other install and both will work.

    If you uninstall one of the 2 it removes the entry from Windows boot loader and you can’t boot into the one still installed.

    For XP you can it’s simple to restore it to the boot manager.
    I’m not sure how with vista though.

  9. merlwiz79 says:

    lol long day.
    “For XP you can it’s simple to restore it to the boot manager.”
    Should read as.
    For XP it’s simple to restore the entry for the boot manager.

  10. Libor says:

    thanks merlwiz, so if I understand it correctly, neither wubi nor mint4win does not take in account that there could be already another OS installed (except from win xp), so you have to edit boot menu by hand to add/remove ubuntu/mint

  11. Saleem says:

    I’ve been using Felicia Rc1 for couple weeks now and its awesome.
    I had some problem here and there but made my ways on ggl to get my answers.

    sometime its happens that some programs just freeze for couple seconds and its kind of irritating me. any idea of how to clean up and maintain a clean mint at all time? i do a lot of trial of different packages. the one i don’t like, i delete them and i want to know how to completely delete them.

    Thanks for this great os. I run VMware workstation at works flawlessly.

  12. changturkey says:

    And now for the KDE edition…

  13. Joe Sixpack says:

    Wait so people can upgrade to Felicia from RC1, and yet Felicia is not actually released? I take it it’s coming out ridiculously soon then? Sure hope so…

  14. Alan says:

    I installed it Mint 6 last night on a cousin’s computer, then I HAD to come home and put it on mine! WOW, a big THANKS to the Mint developers!

  15. MUFFE says:

    When is the full release of Felicia coming out?

  16. Roberto says:

    I have no hurry.
    I will wait for the final release (iso) though i consider this RC1 stable and very functional. Upgrade done.
    In my opinion some bugs (minor ones) remain and need to be fixed.

    Well guys, i do not want to spoil the party but i am not interested
    in this new upgrade tool – mint4win but i am sure many Linux Mint
    users will love it. I prefer a new fresh (clean) install.
    Of course i hope without the using of this mint4win tool. A normal
    installation by option.


  17. merlwiz79 says:

    @ Roberto
    mint4win allows you to install Linux Mint in Windows on a virtual hard drive.
    No need to repartition, format and it’s automatic after you set it up in Windows.

    Only thing is that it’ll be slower than using an actual hard drive.

  18. phonic says:

    Whoopiieee!!! (did i say that out loud?)

  19. friedsonjm says:

    OK… and for those of us not yet on RC1, running Mint 5, a similar set of commands would be ????

  20. mintlover62 says:


    I’m pretty sure it’s supposed to say “Menu” instead of Felicia in this release.

    I was going to install RC1, but I was discouraged by a message stating that it wasn’t suitable for daily use 🙁 I understand, though.

    Good job, Clem and the Mint team!

  21. Besieger says:

    friedsonjm +1
    The same question: is there any way to upgrade Elyssa to Felicia RC1? Is it possible using command set posted above? THX)

  22. Paul says:

    The same question as Besieger…. any command for upgrade from Elyssa?

  23. aaron says:

    whats the time frame the the stable release i know you say the rc1 is stable but i want to be have the fully done 6 release just give us a time frame is all i ask dont care if the time frame is a month away or 4 months

  24. Ghost says:

    i tried the “upgrade” on mint 5, and no it doesnt work 🙁 too bad..

  25. Sypher says:

    I’m wondering the same thing as Besieger.
    Would love to upgrade to Felicia!

  26. Jack Danya Kemplin says:

    riedsonjm +1, I upgraded from Elyssa to Felicia last week. I burned the Mint6 RC1 CD, put back into my drive, restarted into live, then did the install, I told it to do a manual install, then told it to but the root directory over my previous one & NOT to reformat, then it asked me if I wanted to import Firefox & GAIM(Pidgin) settings, I told it yes, then it took less then 5 minutes to install, & when I took out the disk & rebooted my system was Mint6 with all of my Mint5 settings & most of my Mint5 programs. I then did these commands upgrading my system to Mint6 final. So I am very happy 🙂 .

  27. ricky says:

    i was wondering the same thing as well.

  28. sean jean says:

    So if I understand correctly…. Linux mint 6 RC1 IS stable and ONLY missing gtk2-engines-ubuntulooks plus the mint tools….. What about all the “bugs” listed in the LM6RC1 bug thread???

    Or is it just safe to download the RC already and consider it stable since there wont be anymore major changes?

  29. Michael says:

    Thanks guys 🙂 Linux MINT great. Keep up the good work…

  30. sean jean says:

    “a few bug fixes which you can get by “upgrading to stable”.”… hmm i think that answered my question… :XD

  31. bashar says:

    well, you can change the repository ( /etc/apt/sources.list ) from elyssa to felicia, and then do:
    aptitude update
    aptitude dist-upgrade
    and pray

    This is just an idea, untested 🙂

  32. Roberto says:


    Thanks! You are a gentleman.

    Explanations about mint4win in details
    It is possible that my previous post was a little confused.

    @ Roberto

    Only thing is that it’ll be slower than using an actual hard drive.

    – Yep, it’s true.

    @Roberto – mint4win allows you to install Linux Mint in Windows on a virtual hard drive.
    No need to repartition, format and it’s automatic after you set it up in Windows.

    – Like Wubi for Ubuntu

    – I know that. Like Wubi for Ubuntu. (i did not like it) and i must confess i am not a fan of the using of Virtual Machines and installations through them. We don’t have a good mensuration of the
    product we are speculating (here talkin’ about linux distros). All we can know is new features or anything else but the real performance, stability, installation, bugs etc., we can have a better approach to them with an installation on the hard drive. It is a personal opinion. Use of VMs for developers, enterprises, so on – OK!

    Yep, i think mint4win is a value tool for Linux Mint and many users will really like it and another possibility of making linux Mint more known among windows users and tempt them to give to the linux Mint a chance. – mint4win will be better than Wubi, I beleive in you guys.


  33. Eoghan says:

    Hi guys, I installed a fresh Felicia a few days ago and everything is ok so far, but I’m getting a weird pause between when my wallpaper appears and my gnome-panel appears and the timer thingy gets stuck for a few seconds, not sure what’s causing it, anyone else have this?

    I installed bootchart but I can’t really make heads or tails of the results! :p

    Thanks for a killer OS! 😀

  34. Andres Monge says:

    I’m suprised that I’m frome the few 8% who tested the RC1; witch by the way it is really stable for me. You’ve done a great job. Gratz

    PD I want to participate in the linuxMint project, how can I help?

  35. Shippou says:

    Kudos to the Linux Mint community.

    I just have a request though: is it possible to upgrade to Felicia 64-bit (if any) from Elyssa 32-bit without a fresh install? I really appreciate it if it’s possible.

    Once again, thank you all for the hard work! 🙂

  36. SarahMarieNC says:

    Sweet, working on that right now! I’m so glad that I don’t have to do a clean install. Not that I would mind now that I have my stuff partitioned properly (with the help of the wonderful mint community!) Love this place, love this distro. So thankful for all your hard work.

    A happy Mint Cheerleader! (LOL!)

  37. legaci says:

    To Grizwald :

    To change “Menu” to “Felicia”

    Right click on Menu
    choose Preferences
    (sorry my language is French, so it could be another word)
    Main Button
    Text for Main Button
    change “Menu” to “Felicia”
    That’s it !

  38. Martin says:

    I can’t believe how easy it has been to get Felicia up and running. I have been using it for several weeks now without a problem. I am a long time user of Linux and a fairly recent convert to Mint. I used Gentoo for years but Mint Linux is just light years ahead. I learnt a lot using Gentoo, however, these days I just want a stable workhorse and Mint is certainly that. Lots of great applications including multimedia and a great interface. Thanks for all the effort.

  39. Npap says:

    Using Mint 6 for a while. Great job, Clem.:)
    Upgraded to Mint 6 final as per your instructions. Everything runs very
    Best wishes,

  40. friedsonjm says:

    Bashar, I love your idea… but don’t dare try it on my box [off of which I make my living!] until at least ‘someone’ else has lead the way. Any takers?

    “well, you can change the repository ( /etc/apt/sources.list ) from elyssa to felicia, and then do:
    aptitude update
    aptitude dist-upgrade
    and pray”

  41. Besieger says:

    Jack Danya Kemplin, it’s fantastic!!! I’ll try this way of “over-install upgrade”, it seems more safe than Bashar’s. THX for the experience, Jack and Bashar!

  42. noharddrive says:

    Well… How good is this Mint 6 RC1..?? I will tell you… Excellent.!!
    My hard drive totally died on me last week so I looked for a live cd with all the codecs n plugins n flash already installed. This will see me through until I can afford a new one.
    I have not had one problem with it since I popped the cd in the drive and booted it up.
    Nice work very stable.

  43. insane74 says:

    i’m running RC1 since two weeks and i MUST say: works great!
    good job guys! thumbs up!

  44. Brett says:

    What about the issues with the wifi drivers and certain Dell computers that were fixed in Mint5, but broken again in Mint6? I know they are bugs that have come down from Ubuntu, but I’m wondering if they are fixed in the final release of Mint6.

  45. Brett says:

    @ Libor and merlwiz79:

    Vista uses this beast of a command line utility to edit the boot manager. There is a GUI tool out there that graphically allows an admin to update the boot manager. It is not possible to directly edit the boot manager file since in Vista it is now encrypted, for whatever reason. Stupid Microsoft.

  46. AdrianO says:

    And were are those bugs fixes you promised Clem?! I really had an awfull experience with RC1, and in my opinion the choise to stick closer to Ubuntu was a mistake…to many bugs…especially in For me Felicia is UNUSABLE!!! Big disappointment after such a great distro Elyssa was…

  47. fearghal says:

    I have been using Ubuntu from 7.04 through to 8.04 without any major problems. I discovered Mint last month. I have been using it without any issues at all for four weeks or so. Great distro, best around.

    I am using Mint on a Dell Inspiron 6400 and have not had any issues with drivers at all. Sound, wireless, graphics etc all work ‘Out of the box’.
    Clem and co have done an excellent job with this distro…there are another few people at work intending to install very soon, word is spreading.

  48. Maxim Soloviev says:

    Thanks a lot for continuous upgrade of Mint. I’m running Mint since first days it appeared publicly – RC1 is a great step. Special note on great hardware compartibility and automatic recognition – network, video, sound etc. Among other L’xes I’m running (Mandriva 2009 PWP, Ubuntu 8.10, KNOPPIX, Solaris – I’m managing a Zoo) this is the one I’m using for my day-by day office and home work. I stopped using MS W’s a year ago at all and senced a difference. I’m free!

  49. nicklas says:

    so, this means that mint 6 final will not be released? if it will be released, any news on when it will be released?

  50. Besieger says:

    Jack Danya Kemplin, thanks, your method is really working)

  51. CONSTANTINOS692 says:

    I had MINT 5 before and two weeks ago i started running mint 6. I works fine but it still has a few minor or not bugs. Unfortunately i have a DELL laptop and I can’t control the brightness of the computer without having problems (CPU at 100% and ….). I believe that it is the power management but it needs to be fixed.
    Good job Clem and the Mint team, and I hope that the last few bugs will be fixed. Good job.

  52. Ravi Thapaliya says:

    A new noob in town. That’s me.
    But it didn’t take long to fall in love with mint.I don’t like mint flavor in food, but linux, superb.

    Installed RC1 – and found that it’s far more stable than any other stable linux distro. Fast, stable, sensible, oh, it just needs more words to be spread around!

    Wishlist: program to sync to handhelds, easier way to add mirror (could add Australian Internode – but that’s not as easy as, for example, with Ubuntu), ….
    Congratulation to Minteam

  53. hhcwyx says:

    I used the command to upgrade to final and mintupdate isn’t starting anymore on boot. How do I fix this?

  54. Miach says:

    I made the switch to Linux from Windows about 4 months ago. I have no Windows partitions at all. I am totally switched over to Linux Mint and have loved every minute of it. Now I have gone from Mint 5 to Mint 6 and the backup tool is simply amazing. I backed everything up to an external drive, did a clean fresh load of Mint 6, and wow the restore of my backup worked perfectly. Windows never could do that, NEVER! You guys are awesome! Thanks for the good work!

  55. Old Marcus says:


    This ‘upgrade’ is for Felicia users only.

  56. Rob says:

    You mentioned running Felicia on the server-kernel. Does that mean you installed mint onto the Ubuntu server edition? How does one go about doing that? Thanks.

  57. jinki says:

    can’t wait the KDE edition 🙂
    great works as always 🙂

  58. friedsonjm says:

    Bashar, what about changing the default Ubuntu repositories?

    “well, you can change the repository ( /etc/apt/sources.list ) from elyssa to felicia, and then do:
    aptitude update
    aptitude dist-upgrade
    and pray”

  59. Brett says:

    @ fearghal:

    Yeah, it isn’t every Dell that has a problem, but some of the laptops do. I’m running an Inspiron 1720 and with Mint4 my video, sound, wireless, and (if I remember correctly) my wired LAN didn’t work right. I had to wait for Mint 5 to fix this stuff. In the RC1 release, I was noticing that folks with the same hardware I have were having the same issues as we did in Mint 4 again. I know it traces back to Ubuntu and from there I believe it goes back to new changes in the 2.6.27 kernel that this version is using. I just know I’m not willing to upgrade to either Ubuntu 8.10 or Mint 6 until I know those problems are fixed. I’d be more willing to stay on Mint 5 and upgrade the Minttools and wait for Mint 7 than risk destabalizing the laptop that I use for all my school work (hell, it’s become my primary system since I put Mint 5 on it).

  60. friedsonjm says:

    OK, built Mint 5 in Virtualbox in my relatively new [and now secondary!] HP Vista laptop, then changed the repositories in Intrepid and changed to the new Mint 6, did
    aptitude update
    aptitude dist-upgrade
    and it took a long time [most of the day] but so far… it works!
    Will try on my production box over the weekend, where I just have too much custom stuff [webcam driver, virtualbox with XP etc installed] to want to do a from-scratch fresh install and start over unless I absolutely have to…
    Wish me luck!

  61. SarahMarieNC says:

    #48 AdrianO Says:
    December 10th, 2008 at 9:11 pm

    And were are those bugs fixes you promised Clem?! I really had an awfull experience with RC1, and in my opinion the choise to stick closer to Ubuntu was a mistake…to many bugs…especially in For me Felicia is UNUSABLE!!! Big disappointment after such a great distro Elyssa was…”


    Hope you have submitted a detailed bug report on the forum so they know you are having issues.


  62. GHOSTDOG says:


  63. Kangarooo says:

    i was [xubuntu] user and i think ill be again if olny one BIG bug wont be removed/solved in [LinuxMint]
    i just put [Mint Linux] and did all updates to be ready for maximum stable using of it
    and now im installing again couse in [Control Center] in [Simple CompizConfig] when i in [Accesability] pushed checkbox [Area Zoom] whole sistem chashed and no more starting
    i did tryd again in Minux live pushing that again and whole sistem again crashed
    so now im 3time in Lintux live and hoping to get answer in morning.. now its night here in latvia from where i am
    Maybe i put better Mintux 5 ? Maybe Thats stable?
    Withc version is mine? Milintux 6 RC1

  64. Roger says:

    The upgrade worked well for me on my HP G6000 laptop.
    RC1 was fine and I only needed to install the bcm driver for wireless when I was prompted after I had installed all the updates on a wired LAN.

  65. jj says:

    I know what ure talking about. Please wait for either rc2 or if that doesn’t come, Stable. Then you need to just put your Ubuntu install on another Windows install or switch to one, then just burn your disk and then install Gnome-Mint(LINUX-MINT.main)b with mint/win.#
    Well the same with my Ubuntu and LinuxMint fresh, “mint” install. I just had to enable wl or Broadcom STA wireless adapter.

  66. alphatrose says:

    Around a month ago I switched from Ubuntu Intrepid to Mint6-Felicia-RC1 Gnome for about 2 weeks with no problems. (Even Installed it on my daughter’s laptop after she saw it on my desktop).

    I changed to a fresh install of Felicia-kde RC1 last week and still no problems. I am mighty impressed with the great work that the Mint team are producing.

    A couple of Q’s
    1. When can we expect kde-stable?
    2. Is there going to be a usb-creator for Mint soon?


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