New ISO images for LMDE 2 “Betsy”

Written by Clem on March 13th, 2017

The ISO images for LMDE 2 “Betsy” are being updated. This is the stable release for these new images.

LMDE 2 Betsy Cinnamon Edition

LMDE 2 “Betsy” was released in 2015.

If you are not familiar with it, here is an extract from its original announcement:

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. 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 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.

LMDE 2 received many updates in the last 2 years, including many improvements which were ported from Linux Mint as well as all the new versions of MATE, Cinnamon and the Xapps.

This release provides a new set of installation images for LMDE 2 which includes all these updates.

System requirements:

  • 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.

Notes:

  • 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:

  • No upgrade is needed. If you are running LMDE 2, you already have access to all the updates included in this re-release.
  • If you downloaded the BETA ISO images you do not need to download the images again. No critical bugs were found, the BETA images went gold and are now released as STABLE.

Download links:

Cinnamon 64-bit ISO:

MATE 64-bit ISO:

A set of 32-bit ISO images is also available at https://www.linuxmint.com/download_all.php.

Integrity and authenticity checks:

Once you have downloaded an image, please verify its integrity and authenticity.

Anyone can produce fake ISO images, it is your responsibility to check you are downloading the official ones.

Enjoy!

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


Monthly News – February 2017

Written by Clem on February 18th, 2017

We’ve got a lot of news to cover this month and many exciting details to share with you. Before we get started, I’d like to take a minute to thank the people who help our project grow. Many thanks to all our sponsors and all the people who send donations to us, many thanks for funding us. Special thanks also to the administration team for their work on the forums this month, the many artists who joined and participate in the design team and of course to our developers for the fantastic work we do together.

Upcoming releases

The new stable ISOs for LMDE 2 “Betsy” should be released this week.

Cinnamon Spices

Work continues in the design team on revamping the authentication, comments and rating systems to make the website compatible with the Facebook, Google and Github APIs.

The development team continues to review and improve the Cinnamon spices. Obsolete applets/desklets/themes/extensions are being removed and buggy ones are being fixed on a daily basis. Some themes which were extremely popular in the past but which hadn’t been updated for years (some of them since 2012) were updated to work with Cinnamon 3.2.

We’re getting very close to a fully functional collection of spices and thanks to the integration with Github and the automated delivery system we don’t expect spices to lag behind Cinnamon in the future anymore. Any changes required for spices to be compatible with an upcoming Cinnamon release can now be implemented directly by the development team, so spices can and should support future versions of Cinnamon even before they are released.

Bluetooth

Bluetooth is going to be much better in Linux Mint 18.2.

Here is what the new Blueberry user interface looks like:

As you can see, a stack switcher was added in the toolbar and new settings were added to the application:

OBEX file transfers are now supported out of the box, so you can send files very easily over Bluetooth to your computer from any remote device.

An option was added also so you can change the Bluetooth name of your computer. That name usually defaults to your hostname or to “mint-0” and many people don’t know how to change it via the command line.

Last but not least, in addition to its cross-desktop system tray, Blueberry now provides a Cinnamon applet which uses symbolic icons and looks similar to other status applets, such as the power, sound or network applets. When this applet is present, the tray icon is hidden.

Xed

A lot of work went into Xed, the generic text editor.

“Word wrap” was made more accessible and added to the menu, so you can enable/disable that function without going in the Xed preferences.

You can also select a few lines and sort them by pressing F10, or using “Edit -> Sort Lines”.

You can now zoom in and out with the menu, keyboard shortcuts or even the mouse wheel to modify the size of the text.

The search now supports regular expressions.

You can now switch between tabs with the mouse wheel.

Python extensions are now supported and porting Gedit 3 extensions to Xed is very easy.

And as you might have noticed in the screenshot above, Xed features really exciting visual improvements. For instance, it comes with smart side and bottom bars which automatically adjust to the loaded content and which you can hide or show with a click of a button.

The ability to prefer dark themes was added, so if you’re using Mint-Y-Darker for instance, you can select whether your text editor should be light or dark.

Xplayer

The media player, Xplayer, also received improvements to its user interface.

All the controls and the seeker bar were placed on the same line and the statusbar was removed to make the application more compact.

You can now control the playback speed with the same keyboard shortcuts as in MPV, so you can make your own slow motion replays, or watch lengthy matches in about half the time it would take.

Subtitles files are now loaded automatically but subtitles are also now hidden by default. You can switch them ON or OFF, or cycle through subtitles tracks by pressing “S” on the keyboard.

You can also cycle through audio/language tracks by pressing “L” on the keyboard.

The OSD (on-screen display) was fixed and now shows the audio track or subtitle track or playback speed you selected, or your position in the movie when seeking forward or backward.

Many bugs were fixed and just like in Xed, the ability to prefer dark themes was added.

Sponsorships:

Linux Mint is proudly sponsored by:

Platinum Sponsors:
Private Internet Access
Gold Sponsors:
Linux VPS Hosting
Silver Sponsors:

Acunetix
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Bronze Sponsors:
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Goscomb
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David Salvo
Milton Security Group
Sysnova Information Systems
Community Sponsors:

Donations in January:

A total of $9,670 were raised thanks to the generous contributions of 483 donors:

$1337 (2nd donation), Shawn C aka “citypw
$108, Oliver Z.
$108, Paul S. E. aka “Paul”
$100 (13th donation), Anon.
$100 (4th donation), Billy Bob Roach
$100 (2nd donation), Nathalie W.
$100 (2nd donation), Bruce H.
$100, William W.
$100, Philip T.
$100, Harold H.
$100, Don Jr.
$77 (19th donation), Wolfgang P.
$75, Roger R.
$75, Fabiano P.
$65 (2nd donation), Jonas H.
$60, Frank R.
$60, James L.
$59, Thomas Ö.
$54 (5th donation), Claude M.
$54, Josef S.
$54, Arnold D.
$54, Stefan P.
$54, Fernando M. R.
$54, Xtant Logic Ltd aka “Xtant Audio
$53 (2nd donation), Jorge R. R.
$50 (24th donation), Go Live Lively
$50 (8th donation), Andrew M.
$50 (6th donation), Robert H. B.
$50 (5th donation), Christopher D.
$50 (3rd donation), José W. F. J.
$50 (2nd donation), George M.
$50 (2nd donation), Tod D.
$50 (2nd donation), Fred W.
$50 (2nd donation), Robert E. H.
$50, Juei C. C.
$50, Tom D.
$50, Allen G.
$50, George V. R.
$50, Mark F.
$50, Steven Hodder
$50, Charles W.
$50, Craig D.
$50, Roderick W.
$44.8, Systemutvikler R. S.
$40.78 (2nd donation), Steve W.
$40 (4th donation), Tomas S.
$40, Kamil R.
$40, Arvid R.
$38, Ingolf B.
$35 (4th donation), Joe K.
$35 (3rd donation), Jeff S.
$35, Toby L.
$35, Ursula C.
$32 (83th donation), Olli K.
$32 (3rd donation), Lars-gunnar S.
$32 (2nd donation), Ian W.
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$32 (2nd donation), Mark W.
$32, Michael H.
$32, Arnd S.
$32, Christian M.
$30 (10th donation), Geoff_P
$30 (3rd donation), Jason H
$30 (3rd donation), Tony V. aka “Troot
$30 (3rd donation), Bruce N.
$30, Mark D.
$28 (2nd donation), Dirk S.
$27 (5th donation), Roger D. P. aka “Linux Users Group Monitor Niel
$27, Andre C.
$27, Matthias H.
$27, Thierry B.
$27, Roman L.
$25 (66th donation), Ronald W.
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$25 (7th donation), Larry I.
$25 (5th donation), Jeffery J.
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$25, Juan D.
$25, Michael C.
$25, Blair N.
$25, Graham D.
$25, Andrei P.
$25, Pacific Autotronic Systems, LLC
$25, David W.
$25, Frank R. J.
$23, Andreas E.
$22 (9th donation), Doriano G. M.
$22 (7th donation), Theo Stauffer aka “Theo”
$22 (7th donation), Alessandro P.
$22 (7th donation), Pentti T.
$22 (4th donation), Michael S.
$22 (3rd donation), Matthew Butler aka “goldberg@mint”
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$22 (2nd donation), John A.
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$22 (2nd donation), Tony L. aka “tone39”
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$22, George P.
$22, Marcel H.
$22, Mark G.
$22, Andreas M.
$22, Carsten K.
$22, Craig M.
$22, Henricus V. L.
$22, Tamas K.
$22, Clemens H.
$22, Wolfgang H.
$22, Nikolaus N.
$22, Bruno C.
$22, Didik S.
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$22, Tommi R.
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$22, Xavier Holzl aka “XavierHolzl”
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$22, Richard D.
$22, Carlos L. D. C.
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$22, TOnline LDA
$21, Andrzej O. aka “Mintyman”
$20 (5th donation), James A.
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$20 (3rd donation), Larry P.
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$20, Bill M.
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$20, Michael K.
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$20, David T. aka “Crimson”
$20, Glenn C.
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$20, Zhichang Y.
$20, Lance B.
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$20, Dirk H.
$20, Stephen M.
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$20, James C.
$20, Michael H.
$20, Ashley S.
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$20, Willows A. S. M. C.
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$18.5 (6th donation), Marcin Ziółkowski aka Mario Nesta
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$16 (5th donation), Carsten Wehner
$16 (2nd donation), Klaus K.
$16, Patrick S.
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$15 (4th donation), Dental SEO Services
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$15, Benjamin P.
$15, Caroline R.
$15, Delaney C.
$13.37, Smiling Cactus Gifts, LLC
$13 (9th donation), Anonymous
$13, Lucas B.
$13, Theofanis-Emmanouil T.
$13, Sigrid K.
$13, Alexandru D.
$12 (70th donation), Tony C. aka “S. LaRocca”
$12 (16th donation), Jobs Hiring Near Me
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$12 (5th donation), Raymond M. (retired)
$11 (8th donation), Hans P.
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$11, Dirk S.
$11, Niko C.
$11, Grégoire H.
$11, Gerhard S.
$11, Csaba N.
$11, Arkadijs K.
$11, Christoph D.
$11, Dimitrios P.
$11, Birger T.
$10 (14th donation), Thomas C.
$10 (10th donation), Larry J.
$10 (8th donation), Antoine T.
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$10 (7th donation), Michel C.
$10 (6th donation), Curtis M.
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$10 (5th donation), Car Rentals Near Me
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$10 (4th donation), Car Rentals Near Me
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$10 (3rd donation), Agenor R.
$10 (3rd donation), Stephen C.
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$10, Headphonesrepair.com
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$10, 高山 公一郎
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$8 (2nd donation), Helmut S.
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$7.25, Andrzej P.
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$6 (2nd donation), Oliver Q. aka “oqv”
$6, Mark W.
$6, Monika L.
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$5 (7th donation), Snorri Gylfason
$5 (6th donation), Risikolebensversicherung-Vergleich
$5 (5th donation), Korneliusz M. aka “audiokor
$5 (5th donation), Cathi I.
$5 (4th donation), Dean A. aka “LinuxGeek”
$5 (4th donation), Olaf B.
$5 (3rd donation), Gabriele S.
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$5 (3rd donation), Dirk M.
$5 (3rd donation), Andre Cardoso
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$5, John D. aka “siliconjohn”
$5, Weyman S.
$5, Sourav B. aka “rmad17
$5, Matthew O.
$5, aka “Cachafaz”
$5, Edward S.
$5, Fabian Peter Hammerle
$5, Mattias W.
$5, Voicu R.
$5, Jesus F. E. F.
$5, Richard K.
$5, Julius K.
$5, Christoph C.
$5, Giorgio F. L.
$5, Andre A.
$5, Adrien R.
$5, Hans H.
$5, Gyu H. O. aka “karistuck
$5, Hans-peter P.
$5, John C. M.
$5, Jose A. S. S.
$5, Damian C.
$5, Arturas C.
$5, Juan P.
$5, Samuel aka “LEGOlord208
$5, Mika J.
$5, Emanuele S.
$5, Jozo M.
$5, Yehuda D. aka “uda
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$5, Bartłomiej L.
$5, Otto Skultety aka “ottos”
$5, Simonetta E.
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$5, Jamie P.
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$5, Robert T.
$5, Reuben R.
$5, Ivan K.
$5, Krzysztof G.
$5, Francisco G. P.
$5, Vadimír P.
$5, Sasha S.
$5, Ivan B.
$4, Agnieszka Z.
$3.78 (6th donation), Matthew B.
$3.75 (7th donation), Matthew B.
$3.5 (2nd donation), Another Canadian happily enjoying Linux
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$3, Clara G. G.
$3, Joywebstudio
$3, Aldonin S.
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$2.5, Catalin C. aka “Canizares”
$2 (3rd donation), Mansur S.
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$2 (2nd donation), AlephAlpha
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$2, Zakharov M.
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$40.2 from 40 smaller donations

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Linux Mint 18.1 “Serena” KDE released!

Written by Clem on January 27th, 2017

The team is proud to announce the release of Linux Mint 18.1 “Serena” KDE Edition.

Linux Mint 18.1 Serena KDE Edition

Linux Mint 18.1 is a long term support release which will be supported until 2021. 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 18.1 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 18.1 KDE

System requirements:

  • 2GB RAM.
  • 10GB of disk space (20GB recommended).
  • 1024×768 resolution (on lower resolutions, press ALT to drag windows with the mouse if they don’t fit in the screen).

Notes:

  • 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 since 2007 are equipped with 64-bit processors).

Upgrade instructions:

  • If you are running the BETA, click the refresh button in your Update Manager and apply any outstanding level 1 updates.
  • If you are running Linux Mint 18, please follow the steps at http://blog.linuxmint.com/?p=3185 to upgrade to Linux Mint 18.1.

Download links:

Here are the download links for the 64-bit ISO:

A 32-bit ISO image is also available at https://www.linuxmint.com/download_all.php.

Integrity and authenticity checks:

Once you have downloaded an image, please verify its integrity and authenticity.

Anyone can produce fake ISO images, it is your responsibility to check you are downloading the official ones.

Enjoy!

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