Monthly News – April 2015

Written by Clem on May 7th, 2015

Apologies for posting late this month. LMDE 2 “Betsy” was released. I know many LMDE 1 users are eagerly waiting for us to announce an upgrade path to Betsy so I’ll keep these news short and go back to working on that :)

MATE 1.10 is being labeled as we speak and should be released very shortly.

Cinnamon 2.6 will reach feature-freeze mid-May and become stable at the end of the month. It’s already full of improvements and new features but there are a couple of very important sub-projects we wanted to put in it: The ability for users to change whether Cinnamon works with consolekit or logind without recompiling, a queue for file operations in Nemo so they can be performed one after the other, actual screensavers in cinnamon-screensaver (we’ve got support for xscreensaver and webkit screensavers already, we need to work on the configuration UI)… etc.

Linux Mint 17.2 “Rafaela” is planned for the end of the June, with an RC release mid-June.

Many thanks to our sponsors and to all the people who donated to us. Special thanks also to the artists who answered our call for help last month.


Linux Mint is proudly sponsored by:

Platinum Sponsors:
Private Internet Access
Gold Sponsors:
Linux VPS Hosting
Silver Sponsors:
Bronze Sponsors:
Vault Networks *
AYKsolutions Server & Cloud Hosting
7L Networks Toronto Colocation *
BGASoft Inc
David Salvo
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:

Donations in March:

A total of $6,849 were raised thanks to the generous contributions of 356 donors:

$200 (17th donation), Ralph Siegler aka “ziggy
$128.25, Jørgen R.
$100 (10th donation), Jordan S.
$100 (2nd donation), Lu G.
$100, Fidel Q.
$100, Jaroslaw L.
$100, Simon Edwards
$100, Alexander G.
$100, Timothy M.
$75 (7th donation), Jon Espenschied aka “xeno”
$66, Cevad OZTUG
$59.59, Klaus K.
$59.59, Stefan K.
$59.59, Luis P.
$59.59, Markus B.
$59.59, E M. K.
$51.3 (2nd donation), Michel D. W. aka “NicNac”
$51.3 (2nd donation), Novica aka “Novica”
$51.3, Henk B.
$51.3, Andreas Z.
$50 (59th donation), Matthew M.
$50 (58th donation), Matthew M.
$50 (6th donation), Samson S. aka “Samtastic”
$50 (6th donation), Peter D.
$50 (2nd donation), Torben C.
$50 (2nd donation), Paul L.
$50, Carlos R.
$50, Gervais R.
$50, Brent B.
$50, Winston T.
$50, Robert E.
$43.09, Aubert (Holdup)
$42.42, Pierce H.
$42, Martin K.
$41.71, Giuseppe V.
$41.04 (3rd donation), Claus F. B.
$35.91 (10th donation), Frank Bechstein
$35.75 (61th donation), Olli K.
$35.75 (2nd donation), Martin W.
$35.75, Juha L.
$35.75, Philipp E.
$35.75, Kjartan H.
$30.78 (15th donation), Orlando M. M.
$30.78, Jean-paul R.
$30.78, Mario R.
$30.78, Andreas R.
$30.78, David B.
$30.78, Karoly T.
$30 (2nd donation), Murray C.
$30, Mike S.
$30, Jean P. O. O.
$30, Mj F.
$30, Gordon L.
$30, Brian S. G.
$30, Keith K.
$30, Art D. aka “darkruby”
$29.79, Helmut S.
$29.79, Sascha L.
$27.41, Julien C.
$25.65 (6th donation), Henk van C.
$25.65 (3rd donation), Carsten Wehner
$25.65, Karolien aka “Lina
$25.65, Iris W.
$25.65, Christoph R.
$25.65, Krzysztof G.
$25.65, Klaus J. O. E.
$25.65, Chaz C. aka “utopia”
$25 (42th donation), Ronald W.
$25 (4th donation), Scott L.
$25 (3rd donation), Charles R. H.
$25 (3rd donation), John H.
$25 (2nd donation), Justin F.
$25 (2nd donation), Phillip Z. T. and Silver Gallery
$25 (2nd donation), David T.
$25 (2nd donation), Louis P. aka “BikeLouP”
$25, Dave K.
$25, David S. A.
$25, T. L. K.
$25, R Biz LLC
$25, Richard R.
$25, Stephen M.
$25, Jaan S.
$25, Raymond L.
$25, Eugene H.
$25, James W.
$25, Jay J.
$25, J R. L.
$25, Matt G.
$24 (3rd donation), Don R.
$23.83 (3rd donation), Ky LMDE
$23.83 (2nd donation), Steverj aka “Somerset Scrumpy”
$23.83 (2nd donation), Joe T. aka “The Tekkie
$23.83 (2nd donation), Peter L.
$23.83, Peter J. C.
$23.83, Dusko K.
$23.83, Michel M.
$23.83, Anthony M.
$23.83, Daniel R.
$23.83, Peter W.
$23.83, Yan O.
$23.83, Wolfgang W.
$23.83, Francesca P.
$23.83, Ørnulv A.
$23.59, Matthias K.
$23 (2nd donation), Lael B.
$20.52 (3rd donation), Darek P.
$20.52 (2nd donation), CySoTec
$20.52, Peter N.
$20.52, Ueli L.
$20.52, Joel G.
$20.52, Daniel H.
$20.52, Toni P.
$20.52, Richard B.
$20.52, Johannes K.
$20.5, Bernard K.
$20 (7th donation), Thomas M.
$20 (4th donation), Arrowhead Computer Consulting, LLC aka “Jim (JR)
$20 (3rd donation), Alex N.
$20 (3rd donation), Ian M.
$20 (2nd donation), Ivan F. D. S.
$20 (2nd donation), James S.
$20 (2nd donation), Doug Person aka “Doug
$20 (2nd donation), Kanapat T.
$20 (2nd donation), John L.
$20 (2nd donation), CapraJack
$20, Peter G.
$20, Ronnie A.
$20, Gregory C. &. A.
$20, James N.
$20, Alexis C.
$20, Andrew M.
$20, Fredy A.
$20, Marvin H.
$20, Paul O.
$20, William N.
$20, Bruce M.
$20, Christopher A.
$20, Kevin M.
$20, Kirk C.
$20, Christine J. R.
$20, Layton N.
$20, John T.
$20, Christophe A.
$20, Alan W.
$20, Ronald R.
$20, Curt Vaughan aka “curtvaughan ”
$20, John Correa aka “JohnC”
$18, Dmitry K.
$17.87, Achim K.
$17.87, David C.
$17.87, Holger F.
$17.87, Aleksejs B.
$15.39 (2nd donation), Hamilton B.
$15.39, Clurow C.
$15.39, Luis B.
$15.39, Michael P.
$15.39, Xabier S. S.
$15.39, Thomas S.
$15, Robert R.
$15, Rajesh Hazari aka “Rajesh
$15, Eduardo B.
$15, Ricardo M.
$15, Nestor E. aka “eltolo”
$15, Paul T. aka “Tabo”
$14.5 (10th donation), Dominik K. aka “doke
$14.3, Martin C.
$11.91 (2nd donation), Alex A.
$11.91, Vladimir F.
$11.91, Andrea F.
$11.91, Christopher F.
$11.91, Pierre-gilles L.
$11.91, Aleksandar S.
$11.91, Eberhard R.
$11.91, Ollie J. aka “Ojay”
$11.91, Gopal P.
$11.91, Francisco U. R. R.
$11.91, Sven Lange aka “zven
$11.91, Lisette J.
$11.91, Michele C.
$11.91, Christian S.
$11.91, Harald G.
$11.91, Patrick D.
$11.91, Graham M.
$11.91, Sebastian K.
$11.91, Danilo S.
$10.26 (19th donation), Raymond E.
$10.26 (5th donation), Matúš L.
$10.26 (4th donation), Daniel P.
$10.26 (2nd donation), Hans H.
$10.26 (2nd donation), Alessandro L. aka “Armido”
$10.26 (2nd donation), Dmytro K.
$10.26, Robbieka
$10.26, Mladen A.
$10.26, Tom B.
$10.26, Peter J.
$10.26, Joachim K.
$10.26, Dmytro K.
$10.26, Kelvin D.
$10.26, David W.
$10.26, Mauro M.
$10.26, Florian H.
$10.26, William H.
$10.26, Andy G.
$10 (48th donation), Tony C. aka “S. LaRocca”
$10 (4th donation), Kouji Kobayashi
$10 (4th donation), Rodolfo D. N.
$10 (4th donation), Robert L.
$10 (4th donation), Wilson G.
$10 (4th donation), Tom M.
$10 (3rd donation), Snorri G.
$10 (3rd donation), Libertad Tecnologica
$10 (2nd donation), Carlos C.
$10 (2nd donation), Steven P.
$10 (2nd donation), Robert S.
$10 (2nd donation), Chris Mospaw aka “Mospaw
$10 (2nd donation), sure chap
$10 (2nd donation), Люблев Н.
$10 (2nd donation), Steve Jain
$10 (2nd donation), Bjørn A.
$10 (2nd donation), Larry J.
$10 (2nd donation), Donald K.
$10, George B.
$10, Jens E. D.
$10, Levent Ö.
$10, David G.
$10, Ramkumar I.
$10, Scott W.
$10, Erik L.
$10, Avi H.
$10, Luis H.
$10, Michael H.
$10, René López Caballero aka “renelc
$10, Dariusz B.
$10, Sumit B.
$10, Mihir D.
$10, Caleb J.
$10, Henry R.
$10, Jörg A.
$10, Alex P.
$10, Michael D.
$10, Долгасов И.
$10, Mikael V.
$10, Steven M. C.
$10, Kyle H.
$10, Shahnewaz Maqbul Ahmed aka “Shahnewaz”
$10, Dan M.
$10, Chris K.
$10, Rowen C.
$10, Masaomi YOSHIDA
$10, Cyril W.
$10, Anthony B.
$10, Victor S.
$10, Yano Y.
$10, Pedro P. J. C.
$10, Mark C.
$10, Todd H.
$10, Piotr B.
$9.23 (4th donation), Tomasz K.
$8.34, Кучма Р.
$8.2 (2nd donation), Rachael N.
$8, Curtis R.
$7.7, Wladimir M. aka “Wlad
$7.18, John G.
$7.14, Hugo M.
$7 (2nd donation), Jimmy M.
$7, Deaugustene D.
$6 (2nd donation), Robert M.
$6, Rajiv Gunja aka “GGR”
$5.95 (6th donation), Joanna Z. aka “GreenCatX”
$5.95 (2nd donation), Daniel G. aka “Ghedevil”
$5.95 (2nd donation), Liviu B.
$5.95 (2nd donation), Michael P.
$5.95, Stefan V. B.
$5.95, Dominik W.
$5.95, Tim H.
$5.95, Ocke K.
$5.95, narrow
$5.64, Jeffrey H.
$5.26, Laurent M.
$5.13 (9th donation), anonymous
$5.13 (3rd donation), Mario G.
$5.13, Stefan P.
$5.13, Patrick S.
$5.13, Mark L.
$5.13, Tiny W.
$5.13, Klaus Z.
$5.13, Sven W.
$5.13, Piotr K.
$5.13, Francisco A. V.
$5.13, Matthias S.
$5.13, Ivo K. aka “Rijia”
$5.13, Daniel L. D.
$5.13, Iraklis G.
$5.13, ebay
$5.13, Ruben C. V.
$5.1, Shamoun M.
$5.1, Andre K.
$5 (9th donation), Thomas F.
$5 (6th donation), frisky
$5 (4th donation), Michael E. aka “West”
$5 (3rd donation), Gonzalo M. D. O.
$5 (3rd donation), Harold F.
$5 (3rd donation), Andreas L.
$5 (3rd donation), Ahmed I. aka “Dr. King”
$5 (2nd donation), Jorge Contreras aka “jorgcon
$5 (2nd donation), Ivo S.
$5 (2nd donation), Thomas L.
$5, Ernest G.
$5, Y. S. Chung
$5, Chad G.
$5, Philip B.
$5, Fernando O.
$5, Arie & Michell U.
$5, Thomas F.
$5, Joshua P.
$5, Bryan A.
$5, Timi A.
$5, Martin K.
$5, Dean S.
$5, Robert E.
$5, Alexandra P. aka “Alex
$5, Juwon L.
$5, Nebula D. E. L.
$5, ac repair las vegas
$5, Todd A.
$5, Ivanov M.
$5, Patrick S.
$5, Jorge Contreras aka “jorgcon
$5, David J.
$4.76, Luca P.
$4.2 (9th donation), Maple Leafs
$4.1, Θεόδωρος Μ. aka “theodoreippon
$4.1, Lukas H.
$4, Dolev R.
$4, Decentralized Domain Names aka “PeerName
$3.97 (2nd donation), Aleksandr K.
$3.57, Ritvars P.
$3 (3rd donation), RoDi – sprava siete
$3, Sravan K. N.
$2.38, Oliver K.
$2.05, Dimitri S.
$2 (3rd donation), Ian E.
$2, Terri A.
$13.93 from 13 smaller donations

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PrivateInternetAccess becomes Linux Mint’s main sponsor

Written by Clem on April 14th, 2015


I’m happy to announce that PrivateInternetAccess is now the primary sponsor for Linux Mint.

PrivateInternetAccess, PIA, is one of the world’s­ leading VPN providers. The company has been praised for their policy to never log data and for offering some of the lowest subscription prices available. PIA offers 3,180 servers and 16 countries to choose from as well as unlimited bandwidth and up to 5 devices per customer account.

Many of our in-house developers and marketing staff utilize Linux Mint as a desktop.  It is great because everything just works.
We’re big fans of open source and sponsor quite a bit of projects as well as other types of organizations that fight for privacies, civil liberties, etc.  Since some of us were already using Linux Mint, it made sense!

Among other Open Source projects, PIA also sponsors Freenode and GNOME.

We’re proud to welcome PIA as our new sponsor and very grateful for the financial help they’re giving us.


LMDE 2 “Betsy” MATE released!

Written by Clem on April 10th, 2015

The team is proud to announce the release of LMDE 2 “Betsy” MATE.

LMDE 2 “Betsy” MATE Edition

LMDE (Linux Mint Debian Edition) is a very exciting distribution, targeted at experienced users, which provides the same environment as Linux Mint but uses Debian as its package base, instead of Ubuntu.

LMDE is less mainstream than Linux Mint, it has a much smaller user base, it is not compatible with PPAs, and it lacks a few features. That makes it a bit harder to use and harder to find help for, so it is not recommended for novice users.

LMDE is however slightly faster than Linux Mint and it runs newer packages. Life on the LMDE side can be exciting. There are no point releases in LMDE 2, except for bug fixes and security fixes base packages stay the same, but Mint and desktop components are updated continuously. When ready, newly developed features get directly into LMDE 2, whereas they are staged for inclusion on the next upcoming Linux Mint 17.x point release. Consequently, Linux Mint users only run new features when a new point release comes out and they opt-in to upgrade to it. LMDE 2 users don’t have that choice, but they also don’t have to wait for new packages to mature and they usually get to run them first. It’s more risky, but more exciting.

Important info:

  • Login and password for the live session
  • Gtk theme and icons failing to load
  • Multi-core and multi-CPU support in 32-bit kernel
  • Modprobe errors, warning messages during the boot sequence
  • Yumi multiboot

Make sure to read the “Release Notes” to be aware of important info or known issues related to this release.

System requirements:

  • x86 processor (Linux Mint 64-bit requires a 64-bit processor. Linux Mint 32-bit works on both 32-bit and 64-bit processors).
  • 512MB RAM (1GB recommended for a comfortable usage).
  • 9GB of disk space (20GB recommended).
  • Graphics card capable of 800×600 resolution (1024×768 recommended).
  • DVD drive or USB port

Upgrade instructions:

We’re currently working on an upgrade path for LMDE 1 users.

Announcements will be made on this blog when the upgrade is ready.

Download:Md5 sum:

  • 32-bit: 55d22b55687770f7e60013ccf1575baf
  • 64-bit: c925dad6559f2a76392a997841bf690a


HTTP Mirrors for the 32-bit DVD ISO:

HTTP Mirrors for the 64-bit DVD ISO:


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