Monthly News – August 2014

Written by Clem on September 8th, 2014

News:

  • Many thanks to our sponsors and to the 300 people who donated to us. 7 developers received funds in August as the result of the work they performed to improve our distribution. Development was extremely varied and a lot of fun. The team came up with some really cool ideas, one of which I’ll describe below.
  • The upcoming release of the new LMDE was codenamed “Betsy” and given version “2″. Although the release is planned for November, a lot of work went into it already, the repositories were set up, cinnamon 2.2 was ported and many improvements are being added to the installer.
  • A new project was started to improve the quality and access to documentation in Linux Mint. The “Official User Guide” is now automatically generated to various formats such as PDF, ePUB, HTML, translated in various languages on Launchpad and integrated within the OS as a Yelp DocBook guide. In Linux Mint 17.1 you should therefore see it in your own language by just press F1. We’re also tying various parts of the OS with the help system to give better contextual help. Pressing F1 in the Update Manager for instance will show the appropriate relevant paragraph on Software Updates.

Development preview:

The team focused on making folder navigation more fun.

Going forward, Linux Mint will ship with multiple colors. For those who don’t like green, you’ll be able to switch your icons and controls to blue, grey, pink..etc.

We’re adding emblems support to Nemo, so you’re able to add little emblem icons to files and folders:

… and to change the color of individual folders:

Finally, the Nemo toolbar and its path bar were re-designed to look better and integrate well with other themes (This is visible on the 2nd and 3rd screenshots).

In MATE, Caja already features emblems support and it will also receive the ability to color individual folders.

For more details on these new features, please visit Segfault at http://segfault.linuxmint.com

Sponsorships:

Linux Mint is proudly sponsored by:

Platinum Sponsors:
Gold Sponsors:
VMware Cloud Hosting
Silver Sponsors:
ThinkPenguin.com
Bronze Sponsors:
Vault Networks *
AYKsolutions Server & Cloud Hosting
7L Networks Toronto Colocation *
compute.ch gmbh
David Salvo
Gutscheindrache.de Coupons
Michael Sartain
Milton Security Group
Sysnova Information Systems
Community Sponsors:

To become a sponsor or to see the full list of Linux Mint sponsors, please visit: http://www.linuxmint.com/sponsors.php

Donations:

A total of $7350 was raised thanks to the generous contributions of 300 donors:

  • $400, Spencer F.
  • $208.19, KDC Marfond
  • $150, Joanna R.
  • $144.57, Karl-heinz F.
  • $130.12 (7th donation), Goran A.
  • $100, Vishal P.
  • $100, Jan-erik Ö.
  • $100, Dennis B.
  • $97.59, Eoin S. aka “Thanks to Clem and users like path57 for a great Linux “
  • $93, Guenter W.
  • $78.07, Bernhard E.
  • $75, Mark C.
  • $75, Tomo P.
  • $65.06 (2nd donation), Carlos M. S.
  • $65.06, Mueller & Mueller GmbH
  • $65.06, Thomas G.
  • $65.06, David M.
  • $65.06, Claude G.
  • $65.06, Lothar S.
  • $65, Udo S.
  • $65, Christian S.
  • $60, Scott W.
  • $52, Les W.
  • $50 (53th donation), Matthew M.
  • $50 (3rd donation), Mike M.
  • $50 (2nd donation), Timothy W.
  • $50 (2nd donation), Carlos H. G. C.
  • $50 (2nd donation), Zerksis U.
  • $50 (2nd donation), Thomas N.
  • $50, Page Progressive, LLC
  • $50, Mary M.
  • $50, Hugh T.
  • $50, Bruce N.
  • $50, Kevin B.
  • $50, Igor Petrov
  • $50, ReadyGo, Inc.
  • $50, Daniel A.
  • $50, Ryan J.
  • $50, Michael H.
  • $50, Patrick H.
  • $50, Dave B.
  • $50, Rudolf A.
  • $45.63, Janet J.
  • $43 (5th donation), Ion B.
  • $40 (3rd donation), Jason S.
  • $40 (2nd donation), Govind C.
  • $40, Darlynne V.
  • $40, Alberto Ridolfi
  • $39.04, Ferdinand S.
  • $39 (54th donation), Olli K.
  • $39, Jörg H.
  • $39, Cornel R.
  • $39, Vicenç Gómez
  • $32.53 (2nd donation), Jonathan M.
  • $32.53 (2nd donation), Ky LMDE
  • $32.53, Richard L.
  • $32.53, Mark S.
  • $32.53, Arvi O.
  • $32.53, Frédéric B.
  • $32.53, Thomas L.
  • $32.53, Tamás P.
  • $32.53, Willem V. D. K.
  • $31, iwis
  • $30 (2nd donation), Arnaldo S.
  • $30 (2nd donation), PulpKult
  • $30 (2nd donation), Pierre M.
  • $30 (2nd donation), Amy W. aka “Desert Catmom”
  • $30, Todd W.
  • $30, Ronald R.
  • $30, William C.
  • $26.02 (3rd donation), Richard
  • $26.02 (2nd donation), Mark J. L.
  • $26.02, Daniel H.
  • $26.02, Oliver P.
  • $26.02, J M. H. W.
  • $26.02, Vittorio B.
  • $26.02, Petr M.
  • $26.02, Aminah B.
  • $26.02, Pavel H.
  • $26.02, Davide A.
  • $26.02, Roland S.
  • $26.02, Jose C. C. D.
  • $26.02, Georg K.
  • $26.02, Martin K.
  • $26.02, Taiwo J.
  • $26 (2nd donation), Edward D.
  • $26, Conal W.
  • $26, Campbell W.
  • $25 (35th donation), Ronald W.
  • $25 (20th donation), John M.
  • $25 (6th donation), Ion B.
  • $25 (5th donation), Kevin Safford
  • $25 (3rd donation), Rodolfo D. N.
  • $25 (3rd donation), Dean P.
  • $25 (3rd donation), Christopher A.
  • $25 (2nd donation), Sean H.
  • $25 (2nd donation), Guillaume C.
  • $25 (2nd donation), Kendall G.
  • $25, Jonathan S.
  • $25, Tate F.
  • $25, Marcelo C. Pinto aka “marcelop6″
  • $25, Arnold L.
  • $25, Dennis B.
  • $25, Antz
  • $25, Cleve L.
  • $25, Joanne M.
  • $25, John G. D.
  • $25, trekmode
  • $20 (38th donation), Tsuguo S.
  • $20 (10th donation), Robert H.
  • $20 (5th donation), Uncle Geek
  • $20 (3rd donation), Widar H.
  • $20 (3rd donation), Larry Jones aka “LarryJ2
  • $20 (2nd donation), Howard Rogers aka “Dizwell
  • $20 (2nd donation), Eric V.
  • $20 (2nd donation), Michael G.
  • $20 (2nd donation), Joseph V.
  • $20, Greg W.
  • $20, John M. D.
  • $20, S.O. Computer Services,Inc
  • $20, Michael G.
  • $20, Periasamy R.
  • $20, Scott G.
  • $20, Clinton D.
  • $20, Andriy K.
  • $20, Jens I. N.
  • $20, Семенов А.
  • $20, Rav G.
  • $20, Pascal S.
  • $20, Todd H.
  • $20, Jerry K.
  • $20, Peter L.
  • $20, Uros S.
  • $20, Kwan L.
  • $20, Mark W.
  • $20, Orkan O.
  • $19.93, Edward D.
  • $19.52 (2nd donation), George S.
  • $19.52, Stephan S.
  • $19.52, Robbie M.
  • $17, David K.
  • $16.35, Kimya J.
  • $15.61, Leon R.
  • $15 (5th donation), Gerald G.
  • $15 (3rd donation), Srikanth B.
  • $15 (3rd donation), Better2morroW
  • $15 (2nd donation), Andreas S.
  • $15 (2nd donation), Timothy C.
  • $15 (2nd donation), Wray H. aka “Whammer”
  • $15, Felipe L. D. S.
  • $15, David W.
  • $15, Pierre B.
  • $15, Timothy C.
  • $15, Andries V. D. E.
  • $15, Ludwig H.
  • $15, John M.
  • $15, Mr R. P.
  • $15, Eric B.
  • $15, Bruce M.
  • $13.29, Sebastian G.
  • $13.01 (13th donation), Mark W.
  • $13.01 (2nd donation), Ruud de Bruin
  • $13.01 (2nd donation), Luca R.
  • $13.01, Andy W.
  • $13.01, Lodovico Settembrini
  • $13.01, Laurent D.
  • $13.01, Marco S.
  • $13.01, Willi F.
  • $13.01, Thomas S.
  • $13.01, Andrew E.
  • $13.01, Vincent M.
  • $13.01, Lukasz A.
  • $13.01, Ireneusz W.
  • $13.01, Oliver W.
  • $13.01, Pablo E. L.
  • $13.01, Régis C.
  • $13.01, Andre P.
  • $13.01, Donald B.
  • $13.01, Marcin S.
  • $13.01, Samir D.
  • $13.01, Enzo S.
  • $13.01, Matteo C.
  • $13 (8th donation), Robert K.
  • $13 (2nd donation), Ravi R.
  • $13, Ulf K.
  • $13, Georgios A.
  • $10.41, Gregory F.
  • $10 (41th donation), Tony C. aka “S. LaRocca”
  • $10 (11th donation), Jerry Jones
  • $10 (9th donation), Dan Jackson
  • $10 (6th donation), Mark C.
  • $10 (4th donation), Richard G.
  • $10 (4th donation), Trey H. aka “Ubuntaur”
  • $10 (4th donation), Darlan P. C.
  • $10 (3rd donation), Maxweis1 C.
  • $10 (3rd donation), Dadykin A.
  • $10 (3rd donation), Kristian O.
  • $10 (2nd donation), Maxweis1 C.
  • $10 (2nd donation), Luis M. L.
  • $10 (2nd donation), Sivavinan S.
  • $10 (2nd donation), John aka “PBONE”
  • $10, Brent R.
  • $10, Randall V. D.
  • $10, William H.
  • $10, Gregory H.
  • $10, Milenko S.
  • $10, Saul G.
  • $10, Alan J. W.
  • $10, John aka “PBONE”
  • $10, Kuroki A.
  • $10, Jens M.
  • $10, James H.
  • $10, Paul P.
  • $10, Wayne H.
  • $10, Japie S.
  • $10, Michael C.
  • $10, Mark G.
  • $10, David W.
  • $10, Phillip D.
  • $10, Graham M.
  • $10, Stephane L.
  • $10, Estêvão V.
  • $10, Sergio W.
  • $10, Jeffrey T.
  • $10, Prakhar Prasad
  • $10, Japie S.
  • $10, Dominique D.
  • $10, lufayo co.
  • $10, William W.
  • $10, Luca S.
  • $10, Trisha V.
  • $9.11 (7th donation), Ion B.
  • $9, Saurabh A.
  • $9, Tilak P.
  • $7 (2nd donation), Yevgeniy A.
  • $6.64, Alfonso G. M.
  • $6.64, Jutta G.
  • $6.51 (5th donation), Jörn G.
  • $6.51 (3rd donation), Dirk S.
  • $6.51 (2nd donation), Fabian G.
  • $6.51, Jonathan K.
  • $6.51, Bernard G.
  • $6.51, Matias P. D.
  • $6.51, Holger B.
  • $6.51, Finlay M.
  • $6.51, Luca S.
  • $6.51, Kenneth G.
  • $6.51, Nora-louise M.
  • $6.51, Tim R.
  • $6.5 (2nd donation), Stijn D.
  • $6.5, Krzysztof H.
  • $6.5, Peter K.
  • $6.5, Rachael N.
  • $5.86, Davide M.
  • $5 (14th donation), Mein Lenovo aka “LinuxMint
  • $5 (11th donation), Paul B. aka “Dude”
  • $5 (5th donation), The Leafs Nation
  • $5 (4th donation), Ronnie K
  • $5 (3rd donation), Ernesto D.
  • $5 (2nd donation), Richard R.
  • $5 (2nd donation), Cody S.
  • $5 (2nd donation), Toronto Virtual Offices
  • $5, Paul O.
  • $5, Farly D.
  • $5, Stanislaus S.
  • $5, Preeda P.
  • $5, Lucas C.
  • $5, Christopher I.
  • $5, Davit G.
  • $5, James M. aka “Ranger Jay”
  • $5, Steven L. W.
  • $5, Jayadevan C. R.
  • $5, Wellnessly
  • $5, Jean-Olivier B.
  • $5, Giancarlos P.
  • $5, Total Computer Care
  • $5, Elvia L.
  • $5, Juan M.
  • $5, Soongsak P.
  • $5, Toronto Virtual Offices
  • $5, Andras S.
  • $5, David B.
  • $5, Go-Parts.com
  • $4.61, Garrett B.
  • $4.17, Garrett B.
  • $4, Siew Thim L.
  • $4, Cameron C.
  • $4, Katarzyna C. aka “Diamondo_Shop
  • $3.9 (12th donation), Raymond E.
  • $3.9, Michele A.
  • $3, Hector P. G.
  • $7.2 from 9 smaller donations

If you want to help Linux Mint with a donation, please visit http://www.linuxmint.com/donors.php

Rankings:

  • Distrowatch (popularity ranking): 2886 (1st)
  • Alexa (website ranking): 5710th

Monthly News – July 2014

Written by Clem on August 7th, 2014

Sponsorships:

Linux Mint is proudly sponsored by:

Gold Sponsors:
VMware Cloud Hosting
Silver Sponsors:
ThinkPenguin.com
Bronze Sponsors:
Vault Networks *
AYKsolutions Server & Cloud Hosting
7L Networks Toronto Colocation *
compute.ch gmbh
David Salvo
Gutscheindrache.de Coupons
Michael Sartain
Milton Security Group
Sysnova Information Systems
Community Sponsors:

To become a sponsor or to see the full list of Linux Mint sponsors, please visit: http://www.linuxmint.com/sponsors.php

Donations:

A total of $8341 was raised thanks to the generous contributions of 307 donors:

  • $1000 (7th donation), Ian M. aka “bcc4foss
  • $398.56 (2nd donation), Frank Z.
  • $150, Dwight B.
  • $132.85, Nils B.
  • $132.85, Wolfgang B.
  • $132.85, Marco L.
  • $100 (4th donation), Jackson T. B.
  • $100 (2nd donation), Philip W.
  • $100 (2nd donation), Peter D.
  • $100, Clayton H.
  • $100, RD Technical Solutions
  • $100, George A.
  • $79.71 (11th donation), Raymond E.
  • $66.43 (2nd donation), Le bretzel
  • $66.43 (2nd donation), Matthias P.
  • $66.43, Ruurd T.
  • $66.43, Brian E.
  • $66.43, Angus L.
  • $66.43, Arnulf O.
  • $66.43, Gilles B.
  • $66.43, Jean D. N.
  • $53.14 (2nd donation), Sebastian B.
  • $53.14, Yves G.
  • $50 (52th donation), Matthew M.
  • $50 (51th donation), Matthew M.
  • $50 (14th donation), Wolfgang P.
  • $50 (2nd donation), Anthony C.
  • $50 (2nd donation), Amanda H.
  • $50, Lester B.
  • $50, John aka “xargs”
  • $50, Joe C.
  • $50, Carl S.
  • $50, Alex G Doll Consulting Ltd
  • $50, Stephen T.
  • $50, Kenny H.
  • $50, Bernd M.
  • $50, Deague B.
  • $50, C Bailey
  • $50, Steven B.
  • $50, Marie S.
  • $46.5 (3rd donation), Reinhard W.
  • $45.17 (4th donation), Ion B.
  • $43.84, Holger L.
  • $42 (2nd donation), Greg R.
  • $41.18 (2nd donation), George M.
  • $40, James G.
  • $39.86 (53th donation), Olli K.
  • $39.86 (4th donation), Steve Guard aka “SteveG”
  • $39.86 (2nd donation), Antonio B.
  • $39.86 (2nd donation), Kevin W.
  • $39.86, Christian P.
  • $39.86, SPY ITALY srl aka “SPY
  • $39.86, Tomi K.
  • $39.86, Frank V.
  • $39.86, Brigitte E.
  • $39.86, Leonidas E.
  • $35, Jeffrey S.
  • $33.21 (5th donation), LD114
  • $33.21 (5th donation), Robert P.
  • $33.21, Robert D. aka “Wilbobob”
  • $33.21, John T.
  • $33.21, Patrick M.
  • $33.21, Si B.
  • $30 (2nd donation), Robert E.
  • $30, Bernard C.
  • $30, Christopher S.
  • $30, Michael H.
  • $30, Motalia Ltd
  • $26.57 (4th donation), Intars Students aka “mobix
  • $26.57 (4th donation), Dick B. aka “Dick”
  • $26.57 (2nd donation), Erwin O. aka “DJNightchild”
  • $26.57, Logan M.
  • $26.57, Gerhard H.
  • $26.57, Andre C.
  • $26.57, Pascal G.
  • $26.57, DeanO
  • $26.57, Manfred W.
  • $26.57, home
  • $26.57, Christian W.
  • $26.57, Herbert M.
  • $26.57, Peter M.
  • $26.57, Miguel V.
  • $26.57, Nicolas M.
  • $26.57, Stefan L.
  • $26.57, Peter M.
  • $26, Glen G.
  • $25 (34th donation), Ronald W.
  • $25 (9th donation), Robert H.
  • $25 (4th donation), Steve T.
  • $25 (3rd donation), Rudolph C.
  • $25 (3rd donation), Brendan M.
  • $25 (2nd donation), Permacycle
  • $25 (2nd donation), Jon G.
  • $25, Patrick M.
  • $25, Bob M.
  • $25, Jerry T.
  • $25, Jason S.
  • $25, Nutu T.
  • $25, James B.
  • $25, Michael S. aka “Mickey6″
  • $25, James N.
  • $25, Todd L.
  • $25, Roland H.
  • $25, Chris C.
  • $25, Daryl L.
  • $21.26, Thomas L.
  • $20 (36th donation), Tsuguo S.
  • $20 (36th donation), Tsuguo S.
  • $20 (5th donation), David M.
  • $20 (4th donation), Gene C.
  • $20 (3rd donation), Ian B.
  • $20 (2nd donation), Zombiedude
  • $20 (2nd donation), Cristiano S.
  • $20 (2nd donation), Dennis H.
  • $20 (2nd donation), Sven A.
  • $20 (2nd donation), Pierre J.
  • $20 (2nd donation), Tony V.
  • $20 (2nd donation), Dave G.
  • $20 (2nd donation), Amer K.
  • $20, Shakeel A.
  • $20, Gary N.
  • $20, Neil A.
  • $20, Rohan V. D.
  • $20, Karl S.
  • $20, Ian M.
  • $20, Jeffrey T.
  • $20, Peter P.
  • $20, Shane H.
  • $20, David T.
  • $20, Johnny F.
  • $20, William M.
  • $20, Jackie O
  • $20, Michael D.
  • $20, Digital Creatures Studio
  • $20, Hemant P.
  • $20, Larry P.
  • $20, Patrick D.
  • $20, Carleton S.
  • $20, Robert E.
  • $20, Кузнецов А.
  • $20, John W.
  • $20, Lampshade
  • $20, Michael T.
  • $20, Ray H.
  • $20, Dave E.
  • $19.93, Andreas V.
  • $19.93, Bertrand W.
  • $19.93, Florian B.
  • $19.93, Jean J. S.
  • $19.93, Tobias S.
  • $17.27 (2nd donation), Kamaljit S.
  • $17, Jacob V. C.
  • $15.94, Peter C.
  • $15 (3rd donation), Benjamin G.
  • $15, Colin C.
  • $15, Linden R.
  • $15, Francisco Y.
  • $15, Daniel P.
  • $14.61 (3rd donation), Tomasz K.
  • $13.29 (12th donation), Mark W.
  • $13.29 (7th donation), Jens-uwe R.
  • $13.29 (3rd donation), Hans P.
  • $13.29 (3rd donation), Alrik S.
  • $13.29 (2nd donation), Holger B.
  • $13.29 (2nd donation), Francois G.
  • $13.29 (2nd donation), Toni C.
  • $13.29, Andrzej S.
  • $13.29, Jakisa T.
  • $13.29, Steven S.
  • $13.29, Marius B.
  • $13.29, Nicola V.
  • $13.29, Michael E.
  • $13.29, Stoyan N.
  • $13.29, Ondrej V.
  • $13.29, James B.
  • $13.29, Stefán J.
  • $13.29, James S.
  • $13.29, Veronika H.
  • $13.29, Eugen S.
  • $13.29, Derek L.
  • $13.29, Petr S.
  • $13.29, Luuk V. ‘. H.
  • $13.29, Thomas C. aka “3dBloke”
  • $13.29, Matteo A. C.
  • $13.29, Janis E.
  • $13.29, Benjamin R.
  • $13.29, Wolfgang M.
  • $13.29, Arthur V. A.
  • $13.29, Sergiy R.
  • $13.29, Kevin M.
  • $13.29, Wawanta R.
  • $13.29, Jan C.
  • $13.29, Ralf O.
  • $12.82, Stephen G.
  • $12.24, Taeyuun M.
  • $11 (6th donation), Randolph K.
  • $10 (40th donation), Tony C. aka “S. LaRocca”
  • $10 (11th donation), Charlie Robinson
  • $10 (5th donation), Mark C.
  • $10 (3rd donation), Antoine T.
  • $10 (3rd donation), Vincent C.
  • $10 (3rd donation), Robert L.
  • $10 (2nd donation), Hubert P.
  • $10 (2nd donation), S. Falcão
  • $10 (2nd donation), Wilson G.
  • $10 (2nd donation), Andrei R.
  • $10, Ivo S.
  • $10, Cristiano de Oliveira
  • $10, Thomas L.
  • $10, Ailson O.
  • $10, Steven L.
  • $10, Evan M.
  • $10, ROG. FER.FOLIENI
  • $10, Mercedes R. O.
  • $10, Robert B.
  • $10, Charles P.
  • $10, Hermanus B.
  • $10, Debra B.
  • $10, Robert S.
  • $10, Jared W.
  • $10, Jesper L.
  • $10, Carlos E. P. M.
  • $10, Toshihiro K.
  • $10, Raul C.
  • $10, Theis H.
  • $10, 2N COMPANY
  • $10, Chen C.
  • $10, Heikki L.
  • $10, Denton D.
  • $10, Tihonov V.
  • $10, Rafael M. A.
  • $10, Roger K.
  • $10, Paul W.
  • $10, Justin M.
  • $7.97 (2nd donation), Jaime C.
  • $7, Best Electronic Place
  • $6.64 (6th donation), anonymous
  • $6.64 (2nd donation), Mario G.
  • $6.64 (2nd donation), Etienne N.
  • $6.64 (2nd donation), Jouni S.
  • $6.64, Manuel C. aka “Manel
  • $6.64, José V.
  • $6.64, Peter W.
  • $6.64, Laurence W.
  • $6.64, Pavel D.
  • $6.64, Alan S.
  • $6.64, Sebastian D.
  • $6.64, Antonella M.
  • $6.64, Athauda M.
  • $6.3, Cao W.
  • $6 (6th donation), Nicolás Costa de la Colina aka “NCosta”
  • $5 (11th donation), Carlos W.
  • $5 (8th donation), Randy R. aka “MonkeyMint”
  • $5 (7th donation), Randy R. aka “MonkeyMint”
  • $5 (6th donation), Randy R. aka “MonkeyMint”
  • $5 (5th donation), Randy R. aka “MonkeyMint”
  • $5 (4th donation), Jh B.
  • $5 (4th donation), Rockford C.
  • $5 (3rd donation), Ronnie K
  • $5 (2nd donation), frisky
  • $5 (2nd donation), Graham A.
  • $5 (2nd donation), Matthew L.
  • $5 (2nd donation), Pikavippi
  • $5 (2nd donation), William Menezes
  • $5, David H.
  • $5, Robert L.
  • $5, Christopher S.
  • $5, Agus S.
  • $5, Marcelo A. R. S.
  • $5, Yano K.
  • $5, Sean H.
  • $5, Peter Nielsen aka “PeterN
  • $5, John Wilson
  • $5, Leandro R. P. Beock
  • $5, Bo H.
  • $5, Eugen L.
  • $5, Gianluigi M.
  • $5, Unknown
  • $5, Davis P.
  • $5, Jan N.
  • $5, Marco O.
  • $5, Johanna R.
  • $5, Elton B.
  • $5, Angela C.
  • $4.64986, Andrew O. C.
  • $3.99, Domenico E. L. N.
  • $3.99, Jaroslav V.
  • $3.99, Gonzalo T. M.
  • $3, Chetverikov K.
  • $3, Rodrigo R. aka “Akira Kazama”
  • $22.4 from 17 smaller donations

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News and summary:

  • Many thanks to all the people who have sent us donations and to all our sponsors.
  • New features for Linux Mint 17.1 are being developed and described on the Segfault blog as they near completion. Lately, the Update Manager received an improved kernel selection screen as well as richer and localized package descriptions.
  • After a long reflection and many discussions the decision was made to switch Linux Mint Debian Edition (LMDE) from its current snapshot cycle to a Debian Stable package base. The transition from Update Pack 8 to Debian Jessie should be smooth and similar to a traditional UP upgrade, in sync with the upstream Jessie freeze planned for November this year.

Monthly News – June 2014

Written by Clem on July 14th, 2014

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Donations:

A total of $9941 was raised thanks to the generous contributions of 398 donors:

  • $500, Daniel G.
  • $265.71, Jörg S.
  • $200, Neil S.
  • $132.85, Oliver S.
  • $132.85, Ute M.
  • $100 (8th donation), Anonymous
  • $100 (4th donation), Jon Espenschied aka “xeno”
  • $100 (2nd donation), Saha S. K.
  • $100, Duncan G. aka “catraeus
  • $100, Lee R.
  • $100, Michael P.
  • $100, Lu G.
  • $100, Matthew D.
  • $100, webby-books.com
  • $100, Zhatkin A.
  • $99, David O.
  • $79.71, Hans-georg T.
  • $75 (14th donation), Ralph Siegler aka “ziggy
  • $75, Michael M.
  • $71.74 (3rd donation), Ion B.
  • $66.43 (2nd donation), Michiel aka “Zonnevuur”
  • $66.43, David R.
  • $66.43, Fabio Q.
  • $66.43, Didier H.
  • $66.43, Uwe K.
  • $66.43, Silvio R.
  • $66.43, Roeland B. V. D. W.
  • $66.43, Augusto P.
  • $66.43, Richard S.
  • $60, Stuart S.
  • $57.13 (2nd donation), Ion B.
  • $53.14, hogliux
  • $51.28, K A. S.
  • $50 (8th donation), Robert H.
  • $50 (5th donation), Marcus M.
  • $50 (2nd donation), David P.
  • $50, Alan S.
  • $50, Alassane S.
  • $50, Bruce M.
  • $50, Krister P.
  • $50, Valter E.
  • $50, Dr.Sam Bledsoe aka “sam”
  • $50, Simon H.
  • $50, Permacycle
  • $50, Bradford H.
  • $50, Richard D.
  • $50, Kirby S.
  • $50, Richard C.
  • $50, Nathan S.
  • $50, Neil K.
  • $50, Kevin K.
  • $50, Arthur A.
  • $40 (12th donation), Philippe W.
  • $40 (7th donation), Andrew M.
  • $40, Ramon S. I.
  • $40, Braeburn Inc.
  • $40, Paul C.
  • $40, Charles P.
  • $40, Sheila S.
  • $40, Robert Y.
  • $39.86 (52th donation), Olli K.
  • $39.86 (3rd donation), Gordon T.
  • $39.86 (2nd donation), Klaus G.
  • $39.86, Daniel N.
  • $39.86, Bernard R. aka “Beer4661″
  • $35.87, S. Bisseswar aka “shailin”
  • $35 (2nd donation), Leonardo Frazao aka “Leoninx
  • $33.21 (6th donation), Joachim M.
  • $33.21 (6th donation), J J. V. K.
  • $33.21 (3rd donation), John K. aka “jbrucek”
  • $33.21 (2nd donation), Mixso QLD
  • $33.21 (2nd donation), R.S.
  • $33.21 (2nd donation), Fabio C.
  • $33.21 (2nd donation), Frank B.
  • $33.21, Albert B.
  • $33.21, Ron M.
  • $33.21, David R.
  • $33.21, Francesco C. aka “cimux”
  • $33.21, Cjm V. D. W.
  • $33.21, Bjørn J. N.
  • $33.21, António B.
  • $33.21, Armin F.
  • $31.34, Clemens H.
  • $30 (3rd donation), Brooke Dukes aka “BandonRandon
  • $30 (3rd donation), Anne-christine U.
  • $30 (2nd donation), Steve Schaller
  • $30 (2nd donation), Raymond C.
  • $30, Gilles B.
  • $30, chasmodo
  • $30, Arnaldo S.
  • $30, Doug Z.
  • $30, James D.
  • $30, Bret M.
  • $30, Lennart J.
  • $30, Neil W.
  • $27, Rosalea R.
  • $26.57 (13th donation), Orlando M. M.
  • $26.57 (2nd donation), Derry H.
  • $26.57 (2nd donation), Laurent M. aka “lolomeis”
  • $26.57 (2nd donation), Rob Mimpriss
  • $26.57 (2nd donation), Nathan H.
  • $26.57 (2nd donation), David aka “RedWarrior
  • $26.57 (2nd donation), Stephan S.
  • $26.57, Markus L.
  • $26.57, Markus F.
  • $26.57, Santi
  • $26.57, Karl S.
  • $26.57, Ihor H.
  • $26.57, Peter H.
  • $26.57, Lars E.
  • $26.57, Stefan B.
  • $26.57, Iván B.
  • $26.57, Greg H.
  • $26.57, Manuel A. M.
  • $26.57, Pep C. F.
  • $26.57, Primeford L.
  • $26.57, Albrecht S.
  • $26.57, Michael S.
  • $26.57, Matt L.
  • $26.57, Grigore G.
  • $26.57, Clemens B.
  • $26 (2nd donation), Geoff_P
  • $25.24, Tetsu S.
  • $25 (33rd donation), Ronald W.
  • $25 (19th donation), John M.
  • $25 (7th donation), Peter T.
  • $25 (3rd donation), Richard W.
  • $25 (2nd donation), Joseph G.
  • $25 (2nd donation), Ryan K.
  • $25 (2nd donation), Michael Z.
  • $25, Ron W.
  • $25, Vi B.
  • $25, Berardino D. P.
  • $25, Frank J.
  • $25, Christopher K.
  • $25, Torstein F.
  • $25, Stephen A.
  • $25, Kiril Z.
  • $25, James M.
  • $25, Tomas P. aka “pechyx”
  • $25, Brad E.
  • $25, Rebecca G.
  • $25, Robert W.
  • $25, Guillaume C.
  • $25, Reijo V. J. R.
  • $23.02, aka “WalterCD”
  • $20 (35th donation), Tsuguo S.
  • $20 (16th donation), Maarten E.
  • $20 (13th donation), Utah B.
  • $20 (6th donation), Phillip H.
  • $20 (4th donation), David M.
  • $20 (4th donation), Uncle Geek
  • $20 (3rd donation), Paul C. aka “pacman67″
  • $20 (3rd donation), Gregg L.
  • $20 (2nd donation), David W.
  • $20 (2nd donation), Bryant L.
  • $20 (2nd donation), Craig W.
  • $20 (2nd donation), Bryan F.
  • $20 (2nd donation), Patrick C.
  • $20 (2nd donation), Mikael S.
  • $20 (2nd donation), Michael C.
  • $20, Bakthavatchalam R.
  • $20, Steven R.
  • $20, Seth C.
  • $20, Craig E.
  • $20, Tim W.
  • $20, Larry J.
  • $20, Steven C.
  • $20, Automated Applications
  • $20, David R.
  • $20, IVA
  • $20, Infinitely Mystical
  • $20, Akelas B.
  • $20, Andrew P.
  • $20, Anthony S.
  • $20, George M.
  • $20, Brian F.
  • $20, Jeremy K.
  • $20, Stephen L.
  • $20, Peter E.
  • $20, Uğur Ata
  • $20, Manuel Kehl aka “mank319
  • $20, Brian G.
  • $19.93 (5th donation), Frederic S.
  • $19.93 (4th donation), Kirk P.
  • $19.93 (4th donation), Francisco L. D. A.
  • $19.93 (3rd donation), Stoyan N.
  • $19.93 (2nd donation), Daniel P.
  • $19.93 (2nd donation), Patrick M.
  • $19.93 (2nd donation), Richard
  • $19.93, Roy W.
  • $19.93, Todor Hristov
  • $19.93, Prcasher@gmail.com
  • $19.93, Roger A. H.
  • $17 (7th donation), Nate Schmolze aka “Nate
  • $17, Mr S. D.
  • $17, K Soulsby
  • $16.61, Steven S.
  • $16 (3rd donation), wb
  • $15.94, J M. aka “JM0804″
  • $15.94, Jan K.
  • $15 (3rd donation), Vjaceslavs L.
  • $15, Pascal L.
  • $15, Bonita R.
  • $15, Yamandu P.
  • $15, Derric F.
  • $15, DvW informatiemanagement en advies
  • $13.29 (11th donation), Mark W.
  • $13.29 (10th donation), Raymond E.
  • $13.29 (7th donation), Jean-michel A.
  • $13.29 (4th donation), Francesco Galgani
  • $13.29 (3rd donation), Isidro P. A.
  • $13.29 (3rd donation), Gabriel T.
  • $13.29 (3rd donation), Tom M.
  • $13.29 (2nd donation), Henry G.
  • $13.29 (2nd donation), Edward F.
  • $13.29 (2nd donation), Armin F.
  • $13.29 (2nd donation), Stefan M.
  • $13.29 (2nd donation), Mikko M.
  • $13.29 (2nd donation), Antonios P.
  • $13.29 (2nd donation), Stephan M.
  • $13.29 (2nd donation), Andrew N.
  • $13.29, Xeodek Aloptec Andreas Wendel Manufaktur
  • $13.29, Cristian P.
  • $13.29, Eduard H.
  • $13.29, Bruno P.
  • $13.29, Lukas F.
  • $13.29, Alfred G.
  • $13.29, Mikkel S.
  • $13.29, Waldemar K.
  • $13.29, Srdjan B.
  • $13.29, Rein D. V.
  • $13.29, Exec IT
  • $13.29, Gerard F. F.
  • $13.29, Bartosz W.
  • $13.29, Power-on.at
  • $13.29, Шардинов В.
  • $13.29, Torsten M.
  • $13.29, Olly Bolly
  • $13.29, Günter W.
  • $13.29, kalfasyan
  • $13.29, Frank F.
  • $13.29, Lu F.
  • $13.29, Bernhard M.
  • $13.29, Juergen F.
  • $13.29, Francis R.
  • $13.29, David L.
  • $13.29, John E.
  • $13.28 (2nd donation), Doriano G. M.
  • $13.28, Philipp H.
  • $12 (2nd donation), Omar J. A. C. aka “Sanedrak”
  • $12, Vanessa M.
  • $12, John W.
  • $10.63, Harri
  • $10 (39th donation), Tony C. aka “S. LaRocca”
  • $10 (8th donation), Christopher R.
  • $10 (7th donation), Hartmann Maier aka “hkmle”
  • $10 (5th donation), Neb Radojkovic
  • $10 (5th donation), Theis Hinz
  • $10 (4th donation), Michal Narecki
  • $10 (4th donation), Gabriele G.
  • $10 (4th donation), Mark C.
  • $10 (4th donation), Alexander Grigoriev
  • $10 (3rd donation), Hormis K.
  • $10 (2nd donation), Shinichi Tagashira
  • $10 (2nd donation), Glen C.
  • $10 (2nd donation), Vincent C.
  • $10 (2nd donation), Jaroslav L.
  • $10 (2nd donation), Gil W.
  • $10 (2nd donation), John C.
  • $10 (2nd donation), Jack M.
  • $10 (2nd donation), Mikael J.
  • $10 (2nd donation), Peter B.
  • $10 (2nd donation), Evgeny Z. aka “rus-fan”
  • $10, Hernán P. A.
  • $10, Elraul R. M.
  • $10, Michel C.
  • $10, Sarkis B.
  • $10, John M.
  • $10, Bennie R.
  • $10, Lindsey H.
  • $10, Mikhail A.
  • $10, S K.
  • $10, Patrick Moran aka “Cynyster”
  • $10, Justin H.
  • $10, Wilson G.
  • $10, William P.
  • $10, L R.
  • $10, Marek z Klodzka
  • $10, Jae M. P.
  • $10, Andy W.
  • $10, Steven W.
  • $10, Игитханян Г.
  • $10, PHOENIX UNICOM INTERESTS
  • $10, Matty P.
  • $10, James D. B.
  • $10, Stig P.
  • $10, James K.
  • $10, Elizabeth M.
  • $10, Samet E.
  • $10, Matheus D. M.
  • $10, Ievgen K.
  • $10, Jorge L. V.
  • $10, Matthew A.
  • $10, Antonio B.
  • $10, Raymond M.
  • $10, David H.
  • $10, Randy M.
  • $10, Nicolae M. V.
  • $10, Robert S.
  • $10, Franck D.
  • $10, Stephen S.
  • $10, Bernard S. E.
  • $10, Piotr S.
  • $10, Nathaniel H.
  • $7.97 (2nd donation), Tomasz K.
  • $6.64 (5th donation), anonymous
  • $6.64 (2nd donation), Javier V. B.
  • $6.64 (2nd donation), Jose A. D. F.
  • $6.64 (2nd donation), Ivy
  • $6.64, Endijs L.
  • $6.64, Karl-heinz P.
  • $6.64, Hilario G. M.
  • $6.64, Mr D. K. C.
  • $6.64, Robert E.
  • $6.64, Christian O.
  • $6.64, Sebastian K.
  • $6.64, Ruggero S.
  • $6.64, Ralf H.
  • $6.64, solidorbit
  • $6.64, Stijn D.
  • $6.64, Srđan K.
  • $6, Sarah B. T.
  • $5.31 (2nd donation), Larimar Media aka “Larimar Media
  • $5 (10th donation), Edward S.
  • $5 (10th donation), Carlos W.
  • $5 (8th donation), Mordi K. aka “Mordik”
  • $5 (7th donation), Roman Nikolaevitch aka “rv82″
  • $5 (4th donation), Stuart K.
  • $5 (4th donation), Randy R.
  • $5 (3rd donation), Jimmy R. W.
  • $5 (2nd donation), Sonmez S.
  • $5 (2nd donation), John V. D.
  • $5 (2nd donation), Mauricio Hernández aka “Wicho”
  • $5 (2nd donation), Ernesto D.
  • $5, Michael L.
  • $5, Peter B.
  • $5, Thomas B.
  • $5, Dorian F.
  • $5, Howard S.
  • $5, www.nyttigbras.dk
  • $5, Lukman Anwar Arifin aka “locco81″
  • $5, Jh B.
  • $5, Emīls S.
  • $5, Remi M.
  • $5, Yevgeniy A.
  • $5, Graham A.
  • $5, Camilo T.
  • $5, ranger6
  • $5, Michael E.
  • $5, Mark W.
  • $5, Pikavippi
  • $5, Benjamin C.
  • $5, Sonoran S.
  • $5, David D.
  • $4.91, Franklin Herrera
  • $3.99 (2nd donation), Vitali D.
  • $3.99, Christiaan D.
  • $3.99, Nathan J.
  • $3.5, Alan O. M. V.
  • $3 (5th donation), Thomas F.
  • $3, Atif A.
  • $3, Matias T.
  • $3, Krisanapol P.
  • $2.66 (12th donation), Javier Guijarro aka “chejofan
  • $2.66 (11th donation), Javier Guijarro aka “chejofan
  • $2.66 (2nd donation), Gabrielyan A.
  • $2.66, Jeroen P.
  • $2.66, Pedro J. G. G.
  • $25.98 from 19 smaller donations

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Events:

News and summary:

  • Many thanks to all the people who have sent us donations and to all our sponsors. I say it every month but it’s worth repeating: you empower us a lot and we’re really grateful.
  • All editions of Linux Mint 17 were released. Some important bugs were identified during the RC of the KDE and Xfce editions so the decision was taken to respin the ISOs of the Cinnamon and MATE editions.
  • Linux Mint 17 was the first release of the 17.x series and it opens a new era for our project and a very important cycle for us. During the next 2 years, popular applications will be backported to 17.x and the team will continue to bring improvements and newer desktop environments with each new release. Security updates will also be served until 2019. Whereas the team would normally focus on the next release, this time around the next release is 17.1 and it shares the exact same base. So although 17.1 will be a distinct release and users will opt-in to upgrade to it, that upgrade path will be trivial and both releases will be fully compatible and represent the same development target. Never in the past did Linux Mint invest so much focus in its base. For the release of Linux Mint 17, attention to detail spanned to new areas and the scope of the project got a little bigger… more upstream components were patched and bugs were tackled immediately without waiting for the fixes to be applied by Debian or Ubuntu. When the base was only used for 6 months, it didn’t always make sense to invest too much into it and fixing something often meant making sure it was being tackled in the next base to come. Using the base for 2+ years means we can improve future releases while better supporting existing ones and our level of expectation can raise to a point where part of what was considered upstream before now also falls under our own responsibility.
  • This new strategy is already very successful and not only will it make it easier for us to release 17.1 and allow us to focus more on the development side of things, it already benefited the 17 release greatly. The same strategy could be applied to LMDE by basing it on Debian Stable, essentially migrating it from a snapshot cycle to a frozen one, like in Linux Mint. The two distributions would then be more similar to each others. LMDE would gain in quality and attention to detail while requiring less maintenance. The pros and cons are being assessed at the moment. Don’t hesitate to use the section below if you want to comment on this or share your ideas with us.
  • RAR 5.0x support was added to file-roller, MATE components were upgraded to 1.8.1 and additional fixes are coming in the days to come for Cinnamon 2.2. All of these are published as level 1 updates in your Update Manager.
  • A lot of feedback and ideas were gathered and we’re getting ready to open the new development cycle. If you want to follow us don’t hesitate to keep an eye on the roadmap and on the Linux Mint Github repositories. Keep an eye out on Segfault also where we’ll try to cover new developments.