Beware of hacked ISOs if you downloaded Linux Mint on February 20th!

Written by Clem on February 21st, 2016

I’m sorry I have to come with bad news.

We were exposed to an intrusion today. It was brief and it shouldn’t impact many people, but if it impacts you, it’s very important you read the information below.

What happened?

Hackers made a modified Linux Mint ISO, with a backdoor in it, and managed to hack our website to point to it.

Does this affect you?

As far as we know, the only compromised edition was Linux Mint 17.3 Cinnamon edition.

If you downloaded another release or another edition, this does not affect you. If you downloaded via torrents or via a direct HTTP link, this doesn’t affect you either.

Finally, the situation happened today, so it should only impact people who downloaded this edition on February 20th.

How to check if your ISO is compromised?

If you still have the ISO file, check its MD5 signature with the command “md5sum yourfile.iso” (where yourfile.iso is the name of the ISO).

The valid signatures are below:

6e7f7e03500747c6c3bfece2c9c8394f  linuxmint-17.3-cinnamon-32bit.iso
e71a2aad8b58605e906dbea444dc4983  linuxmint-17.3-cinnamon-64bit.iso
30fef1aa1134c5f3778c77c4417f7238  linuxmint-17.3-cinnamon-nocodecs-32bit.iso
3406350a87c201cdca0927b1bc7c2ccd  linuxmint-17.3-cinnamon-nocodecs-64bit.iso
df38af96e99726bb0a1ef3e5cd47563d  linuxmint-17.3-cinnamon-oem-64bit.iso

If you still have the burnt DVD or USB stick, boot a computer or a virtual machine offline (turn off your router if in doubt) with it and let it load the live session.

Once in the live session, if there is a file in /var/lib/, then this is an infected ISO.

What to do if you are affected?

Delete the ISO. If you burnt it to DVD, trash the disc. If you burnt it to USB, format the stick.

If you installed this ISO on a computer:

  • Put the computer offline.
  • Backup your personal data, if any.
  • Reinstall the OS or format the partition.
  • Change your passwords for sensitive websites (for your email in particular).

Is everything back to normal now?

Not yet. We took the server down while we’re fixing the issue.

Who did that?

The hacked ISOs are hosted on and the backdoor connects to

Both lead to Sofia, Bulgaria, and the name of 3 people over there. We don’t know their roles in this, but if we ask for an investigation, this is where it will start.

What we don’t know is the motivation behind this attack. If more efforts are made to attack our project and if the goal is to hurt us, we’ll get in touch with authorities and security firms to confront the people behind this.

If you’ve been affected by this, please do let us know.

Monthly News – January 2016

Written by Clem on January 28th, 2016



Hello everyone! Before I start with the news, I’d like to share a few words about the donations we received in December. You sent us an unprecedented number of donations for an all-time high total of $16,736! We had to check the stats twice to make sure this wasn’t a mistake. This follows the release of Linux Mint 17.3, so not only does it help our funding, it’s also extremely gratifying and motivating for us. Many many thanks to the 714 people who supported us, and to our partners and sponsors for being here for us.

Look and feel

In the comments section of last month’s news I mentioned a “new look and feel” and I noticed this scared some of you a little bit. Let me clarify this. We know who we are, we know what you like and we can tell from your feedback what you expect and whether or not you enjoy something after we release it or how likely you’ll be to enjoy it before we do. We’re also very conservative and very demanding in the way we do things. We know what we want from the OS and if something doesn’t fit we adapt it, replace it or rewrite it. Our vision doesn’t change easily, it remains more or less the same, we’re just constantly refining it. I’ve been at the heart of the MATE project since its beginning and we’ve invested a huge amount of efforts in the Cinnamon project. That was a commitment not to change the desktop paradigms, when GNOME 2 wasn’t available to us any longer we worked around it so that Linux Mint could go on being Linux Mint. We also embraced an LTS strategy and that’s a sign that we’re focused on the long term, we’re not “experimenting”.

We’ve all witnessed the rise of the iPad and the iPhone. This was attributed to iOS somehow and it started a new trend with various projects trying to replicate Apple’s success, inventing new formulas and radically changing their own goals, focus or identity in the process. We’ve seen a new artistic trend called “flat”, with bright colors, no gradients and minimalistic widgets, taking these projects by storm. You don’t see us at the forefront of all that. We do keep a close eye on it, without any intention to jump into it, but rather to learn from it and to see if it can help us improve what we’re already doing.

People who enjoyed Linux Mint years ago still enjoy it nowadays. If you enjoy it now, chances are you’ll enjoy it still for a long time. You’re here because you enjoy it right now, we know that, we enjoy it too, and we’ve no intention of being anything else. So, in the context of that “new look and feel”, we’re not trying to reinvent ourselves. We’re talking about icons and GTK themes here. We’re also committed to supporting Mint-X, so with a click of a mouse you’ll be able to make Mint 18 look just like the way Mint 17 did. Regarding the new themes, we’re working on something that looks more modern without looking minimalistic, professional and with subtle hints of colors without looking flashy. It’s a bit hard to describe, but ideally we want something that conveys the same feeling Mint-X did when it was introduced (years ago), while looking different (because we will ship both themes) and modern.


Work started on Linux Mint 18. One important aspect is GNOME 3.18 (the project and all its components, not just the desktop environment), which includes GTK and many applications used primarily by Cinnamon, but also Xfce and to a lesser extent MATE. A lot has changed between version 3.10 (used in Linux Mint 17) and version 3.18. GTK itself and many of the GNOME applications now integrate better with GNOME Shell and look more native in that environment. The bad news, is that they now look completely out of place everywhere else. To make matters worse, Unity, the flagship product of Ubuntu, relies heavily on GTK, GNOME applications and the GNOME environment itself, so we’re not dealing with the upstream version of 3.18 here, but with a collection of patches which bring their own issues (one example is that Ubuntu reintroduces menubars and titlebars in applications but without rewriting their headerbar.. so you sometimes see all three of them).

In the past, this issue was present but it wasn’t as important. We solved it by downgrading apps (Linux Mint 17 uses gedit 2.30 for instance), patching GNOME (GTK and various GNOME apps) and using alternatives (mostly in MATE and Xfce). This worked well in the short term.

From a long term point of view, we knew this would become more and more of an issue but it was decided early that Cinnamon would not get its own applications, because it represented too much work and there were too few differences in application needs between Cinnamon, MATE and Xfce. It just made no sense to invest time in making “Cinnamon applications”. For similar reasons we invested very little time in developing MATE applications.

The idea of working on apps which would be generic, perfectly suited to run in both Cinnamon, MATE and Xfce (and possibly other desktop environments) made more sense. It’s an idea we’ve had for a while and with the start of a new Mint 18.x series the timing was right to get this project started.

X-Apps will be a collection of generic GTK3 applications using traditional interfaces which can be used as default desktop components in Cinnamon, MATE and Xfce. In Mint 18, the “X apps” will allow us to maintain a native look and a good level of integration because they will be used in replacement of GNOME applications which now look foreign (using headerbars and a distinctive layout). Long-term, the X-App project will allow us to innovate and to develop new features and improvements in the applications themselves (this is something we couldn’t do via patches, temporary forks or DE-specific forks like the MATE apps because it was too costly).

Here’s an example of an X-App. This is, xedit, the text editor:

And here’s how xedit helps us:

  • It’s based on Pluma, so if you’ve been using pluma (or gedit 2.30) you’ll feel right at home. It looks the same and it works the same way.
  • It uses GTK3 so it supports HiDPI.
  • It’s a generic application called “Text Editor” so it looks native in Cinnamon, MATE and Xfce (this was already the case for GNOME and MATE applications within Linux Mint thanks to adjustments, here it’s part of the application’s purpose to be generic).
  • Underneath the hood, it doesn’t depend on GNOME/MATE or tie in with their preferences or lockdown systems like gedit/pluma do.
  • We no longer need to freeze gedit, so GNOME users can install gedit 3.18 from the repositories.
  • It’s an application we can develop not only for us but for other distributions and not only for one desktop but for many, therefore working on it improves many of our editions and the Linux landscape around us. We expect the same level of help and interest we have with Cinnamon. We also have ideas on how to improve these apps (anyone familiar with sublime-text’s search/replace bar?) and thanks to these advantages we can invest resources into implementing them.


After the success of the MintBox Mini, our long time partner CompuLab recently unveiled a new computer called the “Airtop“.

The new design is extremely impressive. This is a top-range unit which takes advantage of CompuLab’s expertise with passively cooled mini-computers and delivers very high performance and specifications. As usual, this is unique and surprising and we’re very excited about it 🙂

Phoronix thinks it’s “one of the coolest Linux-friendly PCs ever”:

Side by side, the MintBox Mini, the MintBox 2 and the Airtop-G respectively score 605, 1228 and 9155 with GL-Mark2.

Congratulations to our friends at CompuLab 😉

For more info on the Airtop visit


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To become a sponsor or to see the full list of Linux Mint sponsors, please visit:

Donations in December:

A total of $16,736 were raised thanks to the generous contributions of 714 donors:

$500 (2nd donation), Michael Sartain aka “mikesart”
$234.42 (5th donation), Greg R.
$224, Etzel V. A.
$200 (2nd donation), Cristian M.
$200, Honda H.
$168, Stephan Z.
$150 (11th donation), Jon Espenschied aka “xeno”
$120, Eric A.
$112 (5th donation), Frederic L. aka “”nofrog””
$112 (3rd donation), Stuart Tilley
$112 (2nd donation), Michael P.
$112, Sebastian A.
$112, Ewald M.
$112, Pieter S.
$112, Petri H.
$112, Ernst G. aka “Gulmi”
$100 (5th donation), Philip W.
$100 (4th donation), Jack W. S. aka “kundalinijack”
$100 (4th donation), Nono W.
$100 (3rd donation), aka “Caturix
$100 (3rd donation), Ross W. aka “Roscoe_Oz”
$100 (3rd donation), Jiri B.
$100 (2nd donation), Alfred W.
$100 (2nd donation), Michael H.
$100, Jerome S.
$100, John B.
$100, Carl N.
$100, Jonathan H.
$100, Young L.
$100, Nataliia P.
$100, Полянский И.
$89, Jean-françois H.
$75 (2nd donation), Christophe Caillé aka “KKY”
$75, J W. H.
$70, Adam T.
$67 (3rd donation), André L.
$60, Mark O.
$56 (10th donation), Joachim M.
$56 (3rd donation), Volker P.
$56 (3rd donation), More Linux
$56 (3rd donation), Antonio A. T.
$56 (3rd donation), Peter W.
$56 (2nd donation), Pekka P.
$56 (2nd donation), Stefan K.
$56 (2nd donation), Markus Z.
$56, Sarah W.
$56, Jody O.
$56, Viktor S.
$56, Ueli H.
$56, Stefan K. aka “radi1962”
$56, Michael S.
$56, SC Alternative IT
$56, Antoine L.
$56, Rolf S.
$56, Tobias H.
$56, Isik E.
$56, Carsten E.
$56, Christiane F.
$56, Klopfenstein T.
$56, F J. B.
$56, Fabien G.
$53, Jens P.
$53, Mikko F.
$53, Roger S.
$50 (5th donation), Justin Peterson
$50 (4th donation), Warren A.
$50 (4th donation), Bjørn A.
$50 (2nd donation), Lisa R.
$50 (2nd donation), Nick D.
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$50 (2nd donation), Neil K.
$50 (2nd donation), Urban R.
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$50, Jason Straight
$50, Mark S.
$50, Thomas P.
$50, Cephus J.
$50, Joseph C.
$50, Christopher S.
$50, Cecil H.
$50, Felipe C.
$50, Robert B.
$50, Robert H.
$50, Michael S.
$50, Francois D.
$50, Robert K.
$50, Basic I. I.
$50, Christiano da Silva
$50, Charles G. J.
$50, J D. S.
$50, Walter W.
$50, Stefan S.
$50, James S.
$50, Yoshihiro T.
$50, Craig B.
$50, Chris C.
$50, Marcus D.
$50, Kenneth T.
$50, Remington F.
$47.07 (7th donation), Ky LMDE
$45, Manuel Y. O. S.
$42, Martin K.
$40, Christopher T.
$40, Martin R.
$40, Regan S.
$40, Rupert G.
$39, Bernd S.
$38, Stefan V.
$36, Gary T.
$35, William H.
$35, Timothy S.
$34 (70th donation), Olli K.
$34 (17th donation), Pasi K.
$34 (4th donation), Matthias M.
$34 (2nd donation), Florian K.
$34 (2nd donation), Rolf N.
$34 (2nd donation), Philippe G.
$34, Daniel S.
$34, Luciano C.
$34, Andreas M.
$34, Alonso C.
$34, Heinrich S.
$34, Romano S.
$34, Derk H.
$34, Alois P.
$34, Ian W.
$30 (14th donation), Philippe W.
$30 (4th donation), Tony H. aka “TonyH1212”
$30 (3rd donation), James P.
$30 (2nd donation), Russell G.
$30 (2nd donation), Juha L.
$30, John H.
$30, Larry P.
$30, Serge C.
$30, Larry B.
$30, Herb S.
$30, Alan A.
$30, Howard S.
$30, Dudley T.
$30, Thomas B.
$29.46 (4th donation), Real F.
$28 (5th donation), Anno K.
$28 (2nd donation), Robert D. aka “Wilbobob”
$28 (2nd donation), Michael W.
$28 (2nd donation), Pieter van de Ven
$28 (2nd donation), Victoria Holland aka “TheWebaholic
$28 (2nd donation), Diego G.
$28 (2nd donation), Andreas E.
$28, Martin H.
$28, Dieter H.
$28, Martin I.
$28, Stephan E.
$28, Florian G.
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$28, Till S.
$28, Matthias V.
$28, Jonathan D.
$28, Frank J.
$28, Alain B.
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$28, Johan M.
$27 (2nd donation), Matthias H.
$27, Anatoli K.
$27, Karin B. A.
$25 (52th donation), Ronald W.
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$25 (24th donation), John M.
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$25 (2nd donation), Trevor P.
$25, Mark P. aka “Juno
$25, Edward C.
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$25, Philipp M.
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$24 (3rd donation), Pavel B.
$22 (5th donation), Gordon T.
$22 (4th donation), Bill Metzenthen
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$22 (3rd donation), Hosting 96
$22 (2nd donation), Alexander D. aka “Sandy11”
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$22, devana open source browser game
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$22, Alexander D. aka “Sandy11”
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$21 (17th donation), Orlando M. M.
$21 (5th donation), Ross M.
$21 (3rd donation), anonymous
$21 (2nd donation), Karl M. H.
$21 (2nd donation), Kinatomic
$21, Alexander K.
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$20 (20th donation), Utah B.
$20 (10th donation), Curt Vaughan aka “curtvaughan ”
$20 (5th donation), Ian B.
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$20 (5th donation), Matsufuji H.
$20 (4th donation), Jon M. aka “
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$20 (3rd donation), Patrick D.
$20 (3rd donation), Michael A. aka “one of 2programmers”
$20 (3rd donation), Anthony S.
$20 (2nd donation), Steven C.
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$20 (2nd donation), Harold M.
$20 (2nd donation), Jaime Salinas Fernandez aka “nartan”
$20, Larry B.
$20, Jonathan E.
$20, Andrzej C.
$20, Sumit H.
$20, Edward F.
$20, J. M. G.
$20, Shawn L.
$20, Chris L.
$20, Gary P. S.
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$20, Elgan P.
$20, Marius C.
$20, Robert O.
$20, Jerry R.
$20, Adam T.
$20, Rob Hawkins
$20, Jeff M.
$20, Cristian M.
$20, Jan H. R.
$20, David B.
$20, Matt B.
$20, Bernard K.
$20, Jeffrey W.
$20, Matthew D.
$20, David M.
$20, S S.
$20, Craig M.
$20, Howard T.
$20, Jody B.
$20, Lou K. aka “z31fanatic”
$20, Henrik J.
$20, David M.
$20, Edmund N.
$20, Erwin K.
$19 (11th donation), Dominik K. aka “doke
$17.3 (4th donation), François P.
$17 (5th donation), Laurent M. aka “lolomeis”
$17 (4th donation), L. Mikkel
$17 (2nd donation), Ignacio C.
$17 (2nd donation), Eric S.
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$17 (2nd donation), Roman J.
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$17 (2nd donation), U. Flad aka “Duc Racer”
$17 (2nd donation), Jean-marc B.
$17, Danylo R.
$17, Alfred H.
$17, Torsten B.
$17, Max G.
$17, Michael G.
$17, Peter H.
$17, V A. L. A.
$17, Thierry S.
$17, Martin J.
$17, Achillefs C.
$17, Paul M.
$17, Oliver T.
$17, Hans-dieter S.
$17, Sven W.
$17, Oskar W.
$17, Nigel T.
$15 (4th donation), David W.
$15 (4th donation), Raman V.
$15 (3rd donation), Jobs Hiring aka “Jobs Near Me
$15 (3rd donation), Steve O aka “stratus_ss”
$15 (3rd donation), Brian H. aka “Brian36”
$15 (3rd donation), Matthew M.
$15 (2nd donation), Khaelenmore Thaal aka “Silverwing”
$15 (2nd donation), A. K.
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$15 (2nd donation), Marek G.
$15, Luca D. M.
$15, Peter T.
$15, Edgar H.
$15, Noah M.
$15, Benjamin J.
$15, BanjoCraft
$15, William S.
$15, Matthew B.
$15, Derrick H.
$15, Kunitsyn A.
$15, Быстров М.
$13, Bjørn M. J.
$12 (57th donation), Tony C. aka “S. LaRocca”
$12 (3rd donation), Artur H.
$12, Thomas K. W.
$12, Визирякин А.
$11 (9th donation), Jens-uwe R.
$11 (7th donation), Tomasz K.
$11 (6th donation), Hector Richart P.
$11 (5th donation), Luca D.
$11 (5th donation), Roy S.
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$11 (4th donation), Nikita G. aka “Ni El Go”
$11 (4th donation), Henry G.
$11 (3rd donation), Jan J.
$11 (3rd donation), Jean-françois E. aka “Jeff
$11 (3rd donation), Dave B.
$11 (3rd donation), Meiko M.
$11 (3rd donation), Anonymous aka “MrNiceGaay”
$11 (2nd donation), Joshua R.
$11 (2nd donation), Tomi P.
$11 (2nd donation), Rüdiger K.
$11 (2nd donation), Darren W.
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$11 (2nd donation), Theodore S.
$11 (2nd donation), Michael P. aka “
$11 (2nd donation), Tomas S.
$11, Francisco J. D. G.
$11, Elias K.
$11, Dirk B.
$11, Pablo M.
$11, Aretinskiy S.
$11, Michael R.
$11, Florian J.
$11, Alexander C.
$11, Cédric B.
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$11, Jürgen M.
$11, Jasmin Jessich Ing.
$11, Mark L.
$11, Jiri U.
$11, Mike A. aka “peppermint86”
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$11, Peter L.
$11, Alexander B.
$11, Raul motoraul aka “motoraul”
$11, Martin V.
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$11, Ghislaine P. L.
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$11, Martian aka “ozweb”
$11, Piotr C.
$11, Ap
$11, Jens-peter S.
$11, Dmitrijs R.
$11, Christian L.
$11, Anton I.
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$11, Daniel M.
$10 (21st donation), Carlos W.
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$10 (14th donation), Kouji K.
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$10 (8th donation), Jt Spratley aka “Go Live Lively
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$10, Chris C.
$10, Harold M.
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Linux Mint 17.3 “Rosa” KDE released!

Written by Clem on January 9th, 2016

The team is proud to announce the release of Linux Mint 17.3 “Rosa” KDE Edition.

Linux Mint 17.3 Rosa KDE Edition

Linux Mint 17.3 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:

This new version of Linux Mint contains many improvements.

For an overview of the new features please visit:

What’s new in Linux Mint 17.3 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 17.3 KDE

System requirements:

  • 2GB RAM
  • 9GB of disk space (20GB recommended).
  • Graphics card capable of 800×600 resolution (1024×768 recommended).
  • DVD drive or USB port.


  • 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 in the last 10 years are equipped with 64-bit processors).

Upgrade instructions:

  • To upgrade from the BETA, simply launch the Update Manager and install any Level 1 update available.
  • To upgrade from Linux Mint 17, 17.1 or 17.2, please follow the instructions at

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