Linux Mint 17.3 OEM images available

Written by Clem on December 13th, 2015

The following OEM installation images are now available:

Reminder: OEM images are for computer vendors and manufacturers. They allow Linux Mint to be “pre-installed” on a machine which is then used by another person than the one who performed the installation. After an OEM installation, the computer is set in such a way that the next reboot features a small setup screen where the new user/customer has the ability to choose his/her username, password, keyboard layout and locale.

Note: “No-codecs” ISOs are also available for magazines and distributors at http://www.linuxmint.com/release.php?id=26


Monthly News – November 2015

Written by Clem on December 12th, 2015

News

Our apologies for posting these news so late. Since the website and forums went down, we’ve been hit by two new server issues. Two of our repository servers lost their hard drives. That’s a total of 3 servers going down in just a few weeks.  This time around we had full backups though and we were able to minimize downtime (no downtime at all on the Mint and LMDE2 repositories, a few hours yesterday on the LMDE 1 repositories). We’re eager to resume work on Linux Mint but at the moment most of our focus is still on server administration, on recovery, on configuration but also on making sure we’re stronger and issues like these have less of an impact on us going forward.

Here is the situation at the moment:

  • The Cinnamon and MATE editions of Linux Mint 17.3 were released and upgrade paths were opened for them.
  • The OEM and nocodecs ISOs were successfully tested and will be announced in the coming days.
  • LMDE 2 “Betsy” started to catch up and received updates for some of the Mint tools as well as MATE and Cinnamon yesterday. This was interrupted by a server issue and we’re hoping to resume work on this tomorrow. Betsy should then receive more updates, including the new MDM, mintdesktop, and overdue updates on Flash and Thunderbird.
  • The Xfce and KDE editions of Linux Mint 17.3 were initially planned for the end of December. We might still see their BETA this month, but their stable releases are very likely to happen in January next year.

Many thanks to all of you, for your donations and for your words of support. It really touched me to see your response when we announced the downtime and even now, as we’re lacking sleep and working around the clock on something which doesn’t produce anything visible (server admin as opposed to Linux Mint itself), we see your feedback on Linux Mint 17.3, on new installations and upgrades, on new features we developed. It’s a huge boost of motivation for us.

Sponsorships:

Linux Mint is proudly sponsored by:

Platinum Sponsors:
Private Internet Access
Gold Sponsors:
Linux VPS Hosting
Silver Sponsors:
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Bronze Sponsors:
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7L Networks Toronto Colocation *
BGASoft Inc
David Salvo
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 in October:

A total of $9491 were raised thanks to the generous contributions of 429 donors:

$300, Carl V. H.
$280, Folkert V. R.
$200, p k
$150 (2nd donation), PCsteps.com
$112 (9th donation), Goran A.
$112 (2nd donation), Konstantinos T.
$112, David A.
$112, Matthias S.
$112, Christian S.
$112, Enzo S.
$100 (2nd donation), Charles D.
$100 (2nd donation), Markus S.
$100, Robert I.
$100, Xiao B. C.
$100, Karl L.
$100, Scott K.
$100, Rene G. aka “wergosum
$100, Ralph S.
$100, Richard M. R.
$100, Ed M. aka “gizmo”
$80, Edouard A.
$60 (2nd donation), Blair S.
$60, James J.
$56 (2nd donation), Manfred R.
$56 (2nd donation), Bartholomeus T.
$56 (2nd donation), Tibor aka “tibbi
$56, Philippe A.
$56, Christian K.
$56, Christophe G.
$56, Cac V.
$56, Richard Bairwell aka “Richy B.
$56, Daniel M.
$56, Richard H.
$56, Rienk R.
$56, Claudio G.
$50 (66th donation), Matthew M.
$50 (4th donation), Ernest M.
$50 (3rd donation), Waqas S.
$50 (2nd donation), Phil H. aka “smef
$50 (2nd donation), Gerald C.
$50 (2nd donation), William R.
$50, David L.
$50, The Coding Studio – Custom Web Development
$50, Paul M.
$50, James M.
$50, Brian K.
$50, Laurence C.
$50, Jim Dunlop
$50, SBA ALbany Ltd
$50, Paul R.
$50, Ben T.
$50, Gerald H.
$50, Henry D.
$50, Hans J.
$50, BillyJim47
$50, Gale C.
$45, Marien L.
$45, Gianni D.
$40 (2nd donation), L.louise W.
$40, Stephen D.
$40, Frank S.
$35 (3rd donation), Kustom Timber aka “Tristan
$35, Roland G.
$34 (3rd donation), Richard C.
$34 (2nd donation), Lars-gunnar S.
$34, Gildas M.
$34, José D. S.
$30 (68th donation), Olli K.
$30 (2nd donation), Julie H. aka “Kjokkenutstyr
$28 (2nd donation), Dirk B.
$28 (2nd donation), Christian P.
$28, Danny B.
$28, Juha H.
$28, Stefan W.
$28, Bartholomeus T.
$28, Pavel Richter aka “@pavel
$28, Jacobus J. A.
$28, Mathieu B.
$28, Stephan A.
$28, Christian H.
$28, Antal R.
$28, Joachim W.
$25 (49th donation), Ronald W.
$25 (10th donation), Peter D.
$25 (3rd donation), Jaan S.
$25 (3rd donation), Curtis M.
$25 (2nd donation), Robert B.
$25 (2nd donation), George P.
$25 (2nd donation), Paul S.
$25, Ralph G.
$25, Jim Wroten
$25, Kathleen R.
$25, Robert B.
$25, Peter P.
$25, Jeff H.
$25, Olaf S.
$25, Michael S.
$25, Rj H.
$25, Daniel W.
$25, Francis H.
$25, Samuel C.
$25, Gary B.
$25, eGloo Inc
$25, Peter G.
$25, Noah S.
$25, Curtis C.
$25, Paul A.
$25, Jeremy M. Thomas
$22 (22nd donation), Mark W.
$22 (4th donation), Anthony M.
$22 (3rd donation), Stephen G.
$22 (3rd donation), Emil N. P.
$22 (2nd donation), Peter B.
$22, Mikeyy
$22, Robert M.
$22, David G.
$22, Dominique M.
$22, A.A.
$22, Cornel V.
$22, Benedikt H.
$22, John C.
$22, Micke S.
$22, Erki E.
$22, Mathijs B.
$22, Richard H.
$22, Michele M.
$22, Verónica R. D.
$22, Ulrich H.
$22, Dennis B.
$22, Real estate Germany
$22, Sascha-martin S.
$22, Ingo H.
$22, Laurent G.
$22, Dirk W.
$22, Jean-marie L.
$22, Michael P.
$22, Patrick H.
$22, Jerry O.
$22, Thomas T.
$22, Georg K.
$20 (8th donation), Curt Vaughan aka “curtvaughan ”
$20 (5th donation), Tom T.
$20 (4th donation), Matsufuji H.
$20 (2nd donation), Joseph M.
$20 (2nd donation), G&A
$20 (2nd donation), James T.
$20 (2nd donation), Anonymous
$20 (2nd donation), Steven A.
$20 (2nd donation), Joseph C.
$20 (2nd donation), Arthur K.
$20, David O.
$20, Yao C.
$20, Roberto M. F.
$20, Gregg R.
$20, Thomas D.
$20, Eugen T.
$20, Roger B.
$20, Tim A.
$20, Thibault G.
$20, Enrique R.
$20, Austin D.
$20, William C.
$20, Donald I.
$20, Portmore Road Times
$20, Steven H.
$20, Wayne A.
$20, Boyd W.
$20, Jobs Hiring aka “Mr. Jobs
$20, Mark P. aka “Juno
$20, Kenneth C.
$20, Alfred L.
$20, Arthur K.
$20, Luke V.
$20, Matt Van aka “Phanto”
$20, John P.
$17 (23rd donation), Raymond E.
$17 (3rd donation), _John
$17 (2nd donation), Peter V.
$17 (2nd donation), Peter R.
$17 (2nd donation), Julian M.
$17, Gerrit J. B.
$17, George T.
$17, Dominique L.
$17, Robert K.
$17, Ulf N.
$17, Marcel U.
$17, Jean-claude M.
$15 (4th donation), David B. (Davey) aka “tekjunkie”
$15 (2nd donation), Bill R.
$15 (2nd donation), Doug B.
$15, David Stephens
$15, Stephen G.
$15, Luboslav B.
$15, Geoffrey O.
$15, Alin I.
$15, Stephen B.
$15, Dan R.
$15, cocasema
$15, Nghia L.
$15, Seaton D.
$14, Dave T.
$13, Dirk S.
$12 (55th donation), Tony C. aka “S. LaRocca”
$12, DDSRank
$12, Ngalu R.
$11.11, William B.
$11 (7th donation), Christian B.
$11 (5th donation), Doriano G. M.
$11 (2nd donation), Esko T.
$11 (2nd donation), Alipio F. F.
$11 (2nd donation), Andrew V.
$11 (2nd donation), Mark H.
$11 (2nd donation), Henrique S.
$11 (2nd donation), Eric L.
$11 (2nd donation), Philip E.
$11 (2nd donation), Pavel D.
$11, Wolfgang S.
$11, Frank S.
$11, Massimo T.
$11, Michel C.
$11, Robert C.
$11, Andre P.
$11, Dominique D.
$11, François A.
$11, Enrico L.
$11, Vasileios Kriezias aka “VK
$11, Till B.
$11, Ole S.
$11, Olaf M.
$11, Joost H.
$11, Tanguy S.
$11, Marc V. K.
$11, Mark D.
$11, Peter C.
$11, David J.
$11, François B.
$11, Pieter D.
$11, Gintautas F.
$11, Christoffer P.
$11, Arie de Jonge aka “Bolle1961
$11, Andrew S.
$11, Felix S.
$11, Michael F.
$11, Janusz M.
$11, Andreas S.
$11, Niall C.
$11, Hugo A. P.
$11, Johannes D.
$11, J J. D. J.
$11, Crefelean P.
$11, Rony F.
$11, Richard J. O. aka “OGGMEISTER
$11, Karsten S.
$11, M D.
$11, Andrej M.
$11, Nicolas G.
$10 (14th donation), Charlie Robinson
$10 (9th donation), Libertad Tecnologica
$10 (7th donation), Michael H. aka “hikiboi1969”
$10 (6th donation), Jacqueem S. aka “Go Live Lively
$10 (5th donation), David B. (Davey) aka “tekjunkie”
$10 (5th donation), Mauzz
$10 (4th donation), Kristian O.
$10 (3rd donation), Chalermpon K.
$10 (3rd donation), Philipp H.
$10 (3rd donation), Paul G.
$10 (3rd donation), Michel C.
$10 (3rd donation), Simon J.
$10 (2nd donation), David T.
$10 (2nd donation), Aleksey Eletsky aka “promise”
$10 (2nd donation), Eric R.
$10 (2nd donation), Matthew M.
$10 (2nd donation), Kustom Timber aka “Tristan
$10 (2nd donation), Paul C.
$10, Nathan A.
$10, Nicholas H.
$10, Thomas R.
$10, Pierre F.
$10, Surjyendu S.
$10, Keith T.
$10, Mecox Waves Inc
$10, Jean-christophe B.
$10, Scott B.
$10, Sven H.
$10, Martin M.
$10, Willie S.
$10, Amauri O.
$10, Robert H.
$10, Choi C.
$10, Keith M.
$10, Rafael M.
$10, Peter W.
$10, Nimai B.
$10, Anthony L.
$10, Bartek R.
$10, Rasul A.
$10, Luke P.
$10, Jacek K.
$10, Barry C.
$10, Onder Nuray aka “ondernuray
$10, J M. H. C.
$10, Gregory T.
$10, Winston M.
$10, James S.
$10, Josip K.
$10, 新居 照央
$10, Rüdiger K.
$10, Paul A.
$8 (3rd donation), Glover Electronics
$8, Ziller S.
$8, Cosimo I.
$8, Junksupply
$7.5, Anthony W.
$7, Len F.
$7, Tri N.
$7, James O.
$6 (29th donation), Antonio M. Mariani. aka “zantaz
$6 (9th donation), Kjell O. B. aka “kob”
$6 (6th donation), Knut E. E. aka “Animoy”
$6 (5th donation), Ib O. J.
$6 (3rd donation), Jeldert P.
$6 (3rd donation), Tung-Yi Chen aka “Tic”
$6 (2nd donation), Nick G.
$6 (2nd donation), Andrei Z.
$6 (2nd donation), Craig Z.
$6 (2nd donation), Olivier F.
$6 (2nd donation), Georgios F.
$6 (2nd donation), Philipp M.
$6 (2nd donation), Arvis Lācis aka “arvislacis
$6, Yannick W.
$6, Toni J. C.
$6, Renaud C.
$6, Adrian M.
$6, Florian K.
$6, Gleb from Paderborn
$6, Tobias Q.
$6, Petr S.
$6, Alexandros P.
$6, Rosario L.
$6, Jiří Š.
$6, Serge Z.
$6, Georgios F.
$6, Florian E.
$6, Mathias P.
$6, Gianfranco C.
$6, Christian S.
$6, Constantin H.
$6, Jan de W aka “Gnoe”
$5.7, Farhad N.
$5 (19th donation), Carlos W.
$5 (16th donation), Crusader
$5 (12th donation), Kouji K.
$5 (11th donation), Kouji K.
$5 (8th donation), Nicolás Costa de la Colina aka “NCosta”
$5 (5th donation), Jacqueem S. aka “Go Live Lively
$5 (4th donation), Justin Peterson
$5 (2nd donation), Olaf B.
$5 (2nd donation), Allen D.
$5 (2nd donation), Lindsey H.
$5 (2nd donation), Bonita R.
$5 (2nd donation), William M.
$5 (2nd donation), Johanna R.
$5 (2nd donation), Aaron C.
$5 (2nd donation), Andrew M.
$5, Luiz A. I.
$5, Bert D. B.
$5, Sean C.
$5, Benjamin K.
$5, Craig R.
$5, Timothy W.
$5, Andrew T.
$5, Michael C.
$5, Jedidiah Reeser
$5, Карманов А.
$5, Muhammad A.
$5, Vitaly S.
$5, Rich P.
$5, Arkadiusz T.
$5, Richard K.
$5, Robert M.
$5, Miroslav Asenov aka “masenov
$5, Jorge U. S. T.
$5, Wayne C.
$5, Nicolás P.
$5, Каганов С.
$5, Ali S.
$5, Christopher B.
$5, Jack H.
$4 (2nd donation), Rod T.
$4, Xaconshop
$3 (19th donation), Thomas F.
$3 (10th donation), RoDi – správca siete
$3 (2nd donation), Dennis Schotmeijer
$3 (2nd donation), Hakim
$3 (2nd donation), NJ
$3 (2nd donation), Jan R.
$3, IVIT
$3, Petar R.
$3, Jan L.
$3, Patrick P.
$3, Robin L.
$36.2 from 28 smaller donations

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How to upgrade to Linux Mint 17.3

Written by Clem on December 9th, 2015

It is now possible to upgrade the Cinnamon and MATE editions of Linux Mint 17, 17.1 and 17.2 to version 17.3.

If you’ve been waiting for this I’d like to thank you for your patience.

Upgrade for a reason

“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”.

You might want to upgrade to 17.3 because some bug that annoys you is fixed or because you want to get some of the new features. In any case, you should know why you’re upgrading.

As excited as we are about 17.3, upgrading blindly for the sake of running the latest version does not make much sense, especially if you’re already happy and everything is working perfectly.

Make sure to read the release notes and to known the new features so you have all the information you need before deciding whether you want to upgrade.

Be selective with updates

Upgrading to 17.3 will upgrade to Rosa of course, but also apply all level 1 updates for you.

You do not need to apply level 2, 3, 4 or 5 updates to upgrade to the new version of Linux Mint, and doing so won’t apply these for you.

Level 4 and 5 updates are not recommended unless they bring solutions to issues you’re facing. Level 3 updates should be applied selectively and with caution.

Enjoy

Upgrading to 17.3 is relatively easy.

In the Update Manager, click on the Refresh button to check for any new version of mintupdate and mint-upgrade-info. If there are updates for these packages, apply them.

Launch the System Upgrade by clicking on “Edit->Upgrade to Linux Mint 17.3 Rosa”.

Follow the instructions on the screen.

Once the upgrade is finished, reboot your computer.

Additional info

  • The same upgrade path will be available for the Xfce and KDE editions, after they are released as stable 17.3.
  • Although Linux Mint 17.3 features a newer kernel, this upgrade does not change the kernel on your behalf. This is a decision only you should take. Should you decide to upgrade to 17.3’s recommended kernel you can do so by applying the “linux-kernel-generic” update, post-upgrade.
  • Your grub menu won’t be automatically updated on your behalf. After you rebooted the computer, you can trigger that update with the following command: “sudo update-grub”.
  • It is recommended to disable the screensaver before upgrading. If the screensaver activates during the upgrade and you’re unable to log back in, switch to console with CTRL+ALT+F1, log in, and type “killall cinnamon-screensaver” (or “killall mate-screensaver” in MATE). Use CTRL+ALT+F7 or CTRL+ALT+F8 to get back to your session.
  • Linux Mint 17.3 uses Ubuntu Vivid’s Xorg/MESA stack and Virtualbox guest support compiled against it. This upgrade doesn’t not impact the Xorg/MESA stack you’re already using on your system and it does not upgrade your Virtualbox guest support (which is conveniently marked as a dangerous level 5 updates after you ugprade). Post-upgrade you’ll also see new versions of ubuntu-drivers-common and bcmw-kernel-source as level 3 updates in the Update Manager. They respectively improve support for NVIDIA prime and Broadcom chipsets. Please upgrade these these with caution.