Monthly News – May 2015

Written by Clem on May 28th, 2015

Many thanks to all the people who donated to Linux Mint. Donations are lower than last year but they’re still pretty high. We also have more developers than before (which is great) so we adjusted our budget accordingly to ensure they wouldn’t see a drop. This budget is there thanks to your efforts to support our distribution, so a big big thank you to all the people involved in funding us, donors, sponsors and also to our partners.

A preview of the MintBox Mini was posted on Segfault at The mini-computer is very cute and surprisingly small in size :)

MintBox Mini

Beta-access to Cinnamon 2.6 was given last week to Rebecca and Betsy users via the Romeo repositories. Many of you took the initiative to help us test the new desktop environment and thanks to your feedback many bugs were fixed early. If you want to join them, please visit

In the next couple of days Cinnamon 2.6 will be released officially and it will then reach the Betsy and Rafaela repositories. Its list of new features will also be announced. I know some people were excited by the new look and feel of the settings when testing it, but there’s much more than initially catches the eye, so we’ll detail all of that :)

An example of the new Cinnamon settings

MATE 1.10 is almost completely labeled upstream but still not officially released. Packaging started and we’re planning to add a couple of things in time for it to join Betsy and Rafaela as well.

Work continues on MDM. The display manager is now able to unlock sessions via both consolekit and logind (and does it more smoothly than before), to display avatars on systems using encrypted home directories and to work with infinality fonts.

Work is also planned on the Mint tools. We gathered a lot of bug reports and great ideas from you on many of them, so we’ll try to make as many improvements as we can there as well.


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Donations in April:

A total of $6,542 were raised thanks to the generous contributions of 295 donors:

$500, Am33r
$105 (8th donation), Goran A.
$105 (4th donation), Frederic L. aka “”nofrog””
$105, Juergen W.
$105, DeMus aka “DeMus”
$100 (2nd donation), Nono W.
$100, Mike G.
$100, Louis Ayotte
$100, Eugene H.
$100, Sunshine Elevator Products, Inc
$100, Bo D.
$75, Patricia L.
$60 (4th donation), Gabriel D.
$52 (2nd donation), David Barrow aka “barrowd”
$52, Garikoitz L. C.
$52, Ulrich H.
$52, Bernd P.
$52, Sybren H.
$52, Adri R.
$51.3, Lorenzo N.
$51.3, Thorbjorn W.
$51.3, John G. aka “newlinuxuser”
$50 (60th donation), Matthew M.
$50 (7th donation), Marcus M.
$50 (6th donation), James S.
$50 (5th donation), Anthony C. aka “ciak”
$50 (3rd donation), Roy B.
$50 (2nd donation), Meta N.
$50, Gerard D.
$50, Michael D.
$50, Carl T.
$50, William S.
$50, Wong Y.K.
$50, Eric K.
$50, Gary H.
$50, Joel W.
$50, Matthew D.
$50, David W.
$50, Daniel S.
$50, Boyd W.
$50, Kristopher D.
$42, Felix W.
$37.5, A B Custom
$36 (4th donation), Reinhard W.
$35 (2nd donation), Yang C. C.
$35, Mohammad R.
$35, Alan B.
$31 (7th donation), LDW
$31 (2nd donation), Michele B.
$31, Ludwig E.
$31, Carsten M.
$31, Giovanni N.
$31, Paul H.
$30.78 (62th donation), Olli K.
$30.78, Antonio R.
$30.7 (4th donation), Ole P.
$30.7, Zerlono
$30, Stephen B.
$30, Timothy, A. C.
$30, Daniil K.
$30, Paul R.
$30, Iain U.
$30, Peter D.
$30, Dirk M.
$29, Ian D.
$26 (2nd donation), Michał M. aka “Zaraki
$26 (2nd donation), Peter J.
$26, Timm A. M.
$26, Slavisa K.
$26, Massimiliano I.
$25.6, Alberto M. P.
$25 (43th donation), Ronald W.
$25 (5th donation), Scott L.
$25, Bill S.
$25, Paul S.
$25, ANV
$25, Jason N. aka “IggyNelix”
$25, amicus usa
$25, Bruce N.
$21 (12th donation), Robert D B.
$21 (3rd donation), Ostap M.
$21 (3rd donation), Manfred
$21 (3rd donation), David M.
$21 (2nd donation), Johannes F.
$21, Per W.
$21, Anthony S.
$21, Daniel M.
$21, Norbert V. D. aka “Norvan
$21, Christian F.
$21, Robert W.
$21, Antti B.
$21, Patrick V.
$21, Mattia P.
$21, Felix B.
$21, Tommaso P.
$21, Konstantin C.
$20.5 (3rd donation), Daniel W.
$20.5 (3rd donation), Laurent M. aka “lolomeis”
$20.5, Marcel K. aka “Emsik88”
$20.5, Javier D.
$20.5, Rainer B.
$20 (18th donation), Utah B.
$20 (17th donation), Utah B.
$20 (9th donation), Henry W.
$20 (7th donation), David Kelly aka “Daveinuk”
$20 (3rd donation), Jaroslav L.
$20 (3rd donation), Viktor V.
$20 (2nd donation), William H.
$20 (2nd donation), Anthony S.
$20 (2nd donation), Curt Vaughan aka “curtvaughan ”
$20 (2nd donation), Stephen H.
$20 (2nd donation), Jan P.
$20, Efran G.
$20, Daniel C.
$20, Kim S. M.
$20, Ross C.
$20, Kiran K. aka “iKare
$20, 末次 英.
$20, Roger K.
$20, Carlos U.
$20, Dana M.
$20, Lewis E. D.
$20, Stephen C.
$20, Simon
$20, Wombatacus
$20, Bradley B.
$20, Phil aka “peileppe
$20, Dr. H. D. S.
$20, Garry W.
$20, Sean S.
$20, Gary I.
$20, Chris S.
$20, Russell P.
$16, Mathias W.
$16, Hermann G.
$16, Tim M.
$16, Felipe H. M.
$16, Martin S. aka “stancikcom
$15.62, Doug B.
$15.39, Marijn V.
$15, Sascha L.
$15, Briely M.
$15, Shawn C.
$15, Сергеев А.
$15, Andrew A.
$15, Paul S.
$15, Yuri M.
$15, Rodney L.
$15, David R.
$12, Simon B.
$11.5, Troyce B.
$11.39 (7th donation), Rufus
$10.5 (18th donation), Mark W.
$10.3, Linkevich K.
$10.26 (5th donation), Christian B.
$10.26 (3rd donation), Lionel aka “Kinobi
$10.26 (2nd donation), Dirk K.
$10.26 (2nd donation), Roberto S.
$10.26 (2nd donation), Reginaldo M. D. S. aka “re4397
$10.26 (2nd donation), Renate J.
$10.26, Hans-peter G.
$10.26, Alexandre G.
$10 (49th donation), Tony C. aka “S. LaRocca”
$10 (43th donation), Tsuguo S.
$10 (6th donation), Kouji Kobayashi
$10 (5th donation), Kouji Kobayashi
$10 (4th donation), Nicholas T.
$10 (4th donation), Jobs Near You aka “Find Jobs
$10 (3rd donation), Günther K.
$10 (3rd donation), Stefan M.
$10 (3rd donation), Toronto Virtual Office
$10 (3rd donation), Robert L.
$10 (2nd donation), Georg K.
$10 (2nd donation), Chalermpon K.
$10 (2nd donation), Marcelo G.
$10 (2nd donation), Tuna aka “Tunafish”
$10 (2nd donation), Anonymous user
$10 (2nd donation), Pasquale A.
$10 (2nd donation), Galileo M.
$10, Raul S.
$10, Sam D.
$10, Philip W.
$10, Дмитрий С.
$10, Garry C.
$10, Colin A.
$10, Peter H.
$10, Michel44 aka “Michel44”
$10, John D.
$10, Joao D.
$10, Raynald
$10, Ricardo T.
$10, Carlos N.
$10, Anastasios N.
$10, John W.
$10, Michael O’C.
$10, Giulio T. P.
$10, Evgeny T.
$10, idomath
$10, Jessie B.
$10, Joseph G.
$10, Graham P.
$10, Jean-Francois T.
$10, Stu B.
$10, Cheng K.
$10, Paul E.
$10, Jacob A.
$10, Global Conference Call, Inc.
$10, Darksky
$10, Johan G.
$10, Yehezkiel L. R.
$10, Petar Ž.
$10, Ben C.
$10, Dinresh K.
$10, Aleksandrs O.
$10, John A. C.
$10, Ard B.
$10, Magnon D.
$10, Jorge Canaan
$10, Robert S.
$10, Philippe TEMESI aka “NpLUG
$10, Eric M.
$6 (4th donation), Snorri G.
$5.13 (2nd donation), Rik aka “rik”
$5.13, satan64
$5.13, Michael L.
$5 (17th donation), Mein Lenovo aka “LinuxMint
$5 (7th donation), frisky
$5 (7th donation), frisky
$5 (5th donation), Knut E. E. aka “Animoy”
$5 (4th donation), Crusader
$5 (3rd donation), Crusader
$5 (2nd donation), Earl H.
$5 (2nd donation), Marko R.
$5 (2nd donation), David G.
$5 (2nd donation), Ryan L.
$5 (2nd donation), Steven M. C.
$5 (2nd donation), Sascha H.
$5 (2nd donation), Frank R.
$5, Domagoj M.
$5, Oscar P.
$5, Chris Quedado
$5, Christian O.
$5, Bruno B.
$5, William V. P.
$5, Alex C.
$5, Kevin D.
$5, Crusader
$5, Tobias R.
$5, Matthias W.
$5, Ihab R.
$5, Andrew K.
$5, Michael B.
$5, Crusader
$5, Itshak M.
$5, Andre T.
$5, Joel N.
$5, Randle L.
$5, Gregg M.
$5, Иванов Д.
$5, Sean B.
$4 (7th donation), Nicolás Costa de la Colina aka “NCosta”
$4, Jannik T.
$4, Francisco G. R.
$3.98, Chen Liang-Yu aka “Andymememe”
$3.31 (2nd donation), Taeyuun M.
$3.15 (2nd donation), Peter F.
$3.07, Jofre P. C.
$3 (4th donation), RoDi – sprava siete
$3 (3rd donation), Ankur R, Kerala, India
$3 (2nd donation), Ankur R, Kerala, India
$3, Rey aka “Software Download
$3, Alexandros C.
$3, Ilpo J.
$3, Nima C.
$26.84 from 20 smaller donations

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LMDE 1 will reach EOL on January 1st 2016

Written by Clem on May 27th, 2015

The first release of Linux Mint Debian, i.e. LMDE 1 “debian”, will reach End Of Life on January 1st 2016.

If you are using LMDE 1, please upgrade to LMDE 2 “Betsy” by following the instructions at

Alternatively, you can switch to the following long term support releases, via a fresh installation:

  • Linux Mint 13 “Maya”, supported until 2017.
  • Linux Mint 17 “Qiana” or 17.1 “Rebecca”, supported until 2019.

Upgrading LMDE (from UP8 to “Betsy”)

Written by Clem on May 17th, 2015

The upgrade path is now open. LMDE 1 “Debian” users can upgrade to LMDE 2 “Betsy” by following this tutorial:

As always, make sure to read everything and don’t hesitate to connect to the IRC while performing the upgrade.

One important note among the warnings: Make sure to disable Romeo prior to upgrading. Cinnamon 2.6 and MATE 1.10 will hit it very soon, they’re not fully stable yet. If you want to test them, it’s better to enable Romeo post-upgrade so they don’t interfere with the upgrade.