Many thanks to all our donors, our sponsors, our partners and to everyone involved in supporting our project. Before we get started with the news, I’d also like to thank the people who helped us troubleshoot the Update Manager tray icon bug last month. It was an important bug, which we couldn’t easily reproduce, and thanks to you we were finally able to fix it.

Date Format

Last month we announced the Language configuration tool would let people choose the locale for the date format. In their feedback some users indicated this wouldn’t be enough, and they were right.

We looked into this and identified a design flaw in the way the default date format is localized. Although the names of the days and months are localized according to the LC_TIME environment variable, we were fetching the format itself using gettext according to the desktop’s language.

We will get this fixed in Cinnamon and in MATE for 19.3.

XAppStatusIcon

A lot of work went into polishing the XAppStatusIcons which were introduced last month. A new API is available on the desktop side which makes it easy to develop applets.

Applets are currently available for Cinnamon and MATE and we’re working on a panel plugin for Xfce 4.14.

In Linux Mint 19.3, libAppIndicator will also be patched to use XAppStatus as fallback.

System Reports

Wouldn’t it be nice if you didn’t have to read the blog to find out a new version of Linux Mint was available? How about these language packs you’re missing in your computer? And did you set your root password already?

The System Reports tool is finally becoming the useful tool it was supposed to be. Its purpose is to raise awareness and identify potential issues in your computer.

It was first introduced in Linux Mint 18.3 as an application you could run to browse through information and crash reports.

In Linux Mint 19.2 it became compatible with LMDE and it received a new pane to show and upload system information.

Going forward it will run in the background and let you know when issues require your attention.

This allows us to communicate with you and to help you in a way we couldn’t before. Unlike the documentation and the release notes which are generic and targeted at all users, this tool allows us to show information and solutions which are relevant to you specifically, and if we know how to fix them, to provide you with a button you can click to solve things easily.

So far the tool checks:

  • If a new version of Linux Mint is available
  • If your version of Linux Mint is getting close to EOL
  • If your Timeshift configuration is set up (the Update Manager won’t care about this anymore)
  • If there are drivers available
  • If you are missing language packs
  • If you are missing multimedia codecs

And it raises awareness on the question of root passwords.

Linux Mint Logo

Work continues on the Linux Mint logo. I’d like to thank Sebastien (SebastJava) for identifying and fixing issues and margin inconsistencies in our original logo. We’re going towards an LM shape which looks similar to the original, but without these issues, without the gap between the two letters and without the surrounding leaf.

Reducing the logo to just the L and M letters allows us to produce more modern designs and exploit a wider variety of colors and shapes.

Other News

We received the very first MintBox 3. It looks amazing and its speed is fantastic. We’re troubleshooting an issue around the CPU and working with Compulab to address it.

We’ll have a review and more information about the unit in the next few weeks.

The codename for LMDE 4 is Debbie. It’s cute and it suits the Debian base quite well. There is no ETA for it yet.

Xplayer is a mature project, it’s well translated and it integrates very well within our desktop environments. Its performance in terms of video playback, which relies on the GStreamer backend, is however quite poor compared to other backends such as MPV. It also uses ClutterGst to render subtitles and OSD and that limits it when it comes to hardware accelerated playback. We’re looking at MPV based alternatives at the moment (the MPV player itself, Celluloid which can be made retro-compatible with 18.04, and libmpv1 which we can write a frontend for) and considering replacing Xplayer and not adding VLC automatically when installing the multimedia codecs.

Sponsorships:

Linux Mint is proudly sponsored by:

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Community Sponsors:

Donations in August:

A total of $10830 were raised thanks to the generous contributions of 592 donors:

$500, The Reeves Law Group
$200 (2nd donation), Philip C.
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$162, Albéric Trancart
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Hi everyone,

I hope you enjoyed the release of Linux Mint 19.2. It all went really well here, we got very good feedback during the BETA phase and that allowed us to fix a significant number of bugs. The stable release was very well received. It was great to see you happy, and we really enjoyed your comments, in particular about the speed and resource usage improvements in Cinnamon.

With the stable release behind us, the upgrade path opened and the new packages ported towards LMDE 3, we started work on Linux Mint 19.3. This next release is planned for Christmas, so our development cycle is quite short and we need to move fast.

Let’s have a look at some of the upcoming improvements.

Language Settings

Along with the locale and the region, the Language settings tool will let you set your time format.

HiDPI Support

HiDPI is supported in Cinnamon and in MATE and it’s getting better with each new release. A couple of icons and images were still blurry in HiDPI in Linux Mint 19.2. Here’s what we’re fixing:

  • Flags in the Language settings
  • Flags in the Software Sources tool
  • Flags in the Cinnamon screensaver
  • Theme preview images in the Cinnamon theme settings

All of these will be crisp in Linux Mint 19.3.

System Tray Icons

We also looked at Gtk.StatusIcon, which is the technology used by the system tray icons. They’re not only blurry in HiDPI, they have a significant number of problems:

  • They were designed with 16px icons in mind
  • They are rendered by the application, not by the applet
  • They rely on obsolete technology such as Gtk.Plug and Gtk.Socket which won’t be around in the future or compatible with what’s coming next (Gtk4, Wayland etc..)

This is something that isn’t supported by GNOME and which we’re lucky to still have in GTK3. Without exageration I think it’s quite a miracle we even managed to have this in Cinnamon.

The way this works is also  extremely buggy. The icon widget is rendered by the application, so the panel applet has no control over it. It can’t resize it properly, it can’t parse its icon name or switch the icon to symbolic, and depending on how the app sets its icon, when and how, we can sometimes end up with rendering issues… invisible icons, cropped icons, wrongly sized icons or icons which can’t get bigger than 16px. It’s a mess and it’s been working really poorly since the start of Cinnamon (think of Pidgin as an example) and also quite poorly in other desktops (take Skype for instance). So for a while now, we knew we needed to support tray icons, but we also knew Gtk.StatusIcon was going to die eventually and just didn’t work well enough as it was.

Ubuntu developed an interesting alternative called AppIndicator which solved these issues but which also introduced new ones. Indicators don’t support some of the features available with Gtk.StatusIcons, so moving applications towards them means redesigning the way we use them and making compromises we don’t want to make. For instance, we like to show and hide the Update Manager window by left-clicking on its tray icon. We also want to be able to build complex menus (MPRIS controls for instance) within our applications, so it was important we kept these features and the ability for applications to popup their own menu.

We wrote an alternative to Gtk.StatusIcon called XApp.StatusIcon which similarly to AppIndicator uses dbus to pass the information over to applets and let them render the tray icon, tooltip and optional label natively. This means no more rendering issues, and crisp icons in all sizes.

We also passed click events from the applet over dbus back to the app. This means the app can connect to events and react to buttons being pressed and/or released any way it wants.

We made a standalone applet and a Cinnamon applet to get started and we’ll make applets for MATE and Xfce next.

We also made App.StatusIcon detect the presence of applets and implemented a fallback mechanism to guarantee this works in other desktops. If no applet is present, the icon transparently falls back to a Gtk.StatusIcon, so without having to care about it, the app shows an icon in any environment compatible with Gtk.StatusIcon.

If you’re writing an app using a tray icon and you’re interested in this, don’t hesitate to contact us. This is part of XApp, a project which is aimed at all GTK environments, cross-desktop and cross-distribution.

We’re interested in making this as simple and as compatible as possible. Here’s a quick video showing how easy it can be to migrate an app to it:

So far we ported the Update Manager (mintupdate), the Upload Manager (mintupload) and the Bluetooth settings (blueberry). These ports are available on Github and in the daily builds PPA.

Update Manager Tray Icon

Since we’re talking about tray icons, we’re aware of a random rendering issue in Linux Mint 19.2 and LMDE 3 which affects the Update Manager tray icon. On the first login, the icon can sometime be invisible or cropped.

This is a problem which typically affect Cinnamon and Gtk.StatusIcons. Migrating the Update Manager to a XApp.StatusIcon will solve this problem in Linux Mint 19.3, but for the time being we need a simple fix.

We’re preparing builds and analyzing this issue. If you’re affected by it, please help gather feedback and test the builds we provide at https://github.com/linuxmint/cinnamon/issues/8771.

MintBox 3

Compulab is working hard on the MintBox 3. To emphasize the fact that these computers are unique and give them a premium feel, we invested in a diamond cut aluminum logo on the face plate.

Three specifications will be available, featuring Intel, AMD and NVIDIA GPUs. We’re really excited and we can’t wait to get our hands on the first unit.

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Community Sponsors:

 

Donations in July:

A total of $13166 were raised thanks to the generous contributions of 602 donors:

$218 (4th donation), Philippe L.
$200 (2nd donation), G W.
$200, Michael L.
$200, Enerhaus Web Services GmbH
$200, clarkvision.com
$163 (8th donation), able heads
$109 (7th donation), Sten L.
$109 (3rd donation), Philipp S.
$109, Carbotech AG
$109, Richard P.
$109, Stephane D.
$109, Thomas D.
$109, M R.
$109, Oliver G.
$100 (7th donation), Cody W. H.
$100 (6th donation), Michael S.
$100 (2nd donation), William D.
$100 (2nd donation), Lucio M.
$100 (2nd donation), John B.
$100, Gary W.
$100, Thien N.
$100, Stephen M.
$100, Kouichi T.
$100, Nicholas H.
$100, Gerhard Schaufelberger aka “Schaufelzwerg”
$100, OgFOMK ArTS aka “OgFOMK
$100, Blueshoesnmore
$100, Brian L.
$100, Tom K.
$100, Neil F.
$99.99, J aka “look but don’t touch. Thank you”
$82, Heino U.
$75, Nikola K.
$72, Niklas
$66, John
$65 (5th donation), Ion L. I.
$65 (2nd donation), Herve C.
$60 (4th donation), Bro2
$60 (4th donation), Erich K.
$60, Stephen J.
$55 (2nd donation), Tom W.
$54 (2nd donation), Matthieu L.
$54, James T.
$54, Marco S.
$54, Olivier V.
$54, Roland G.
$54, Mathias L.
$54, Elizabeth F.
$54, Christopher S.
$54, Anders L.
$54, Magali M.
$54, Texas Thorsten
$50 (15th donation), Thomas T. aka “FullTimer1489”
$50 (11th donation), Hans J.
$50 (9th donation), Stephen A.
$50 (3rd donation), Chester L.
$50 (3rd donation), K K.
$50 (3rd donation), Colin B.
$50 (3rd donation), David K.
$50 (2nd donation), Douglas R. aka “darco”
$50 (2nd donation), Edmund B.
$50 (2nd donation), Samuel L.
$50 (2nd donation), Charl C.
$50 (2nd donation), Hamid S.
$50, Gurdeep D.
$50, Yan D. C.
$50, Douglas G.
$50, Elbert C.
$50, Robert S.
$50, Marvin F.
$50, Philip W.
$50, Slew’s Fast Horses
$50, Keven A.
$50, Daniel C.
$50, Carlos A. aka “Bocho”
$50, Thomas N.
$50, Donald S.
$50, Ahmad A.
$50, John C.
$45 (7th donation), Samarth M.
$44 (2nd donation), AllanR
$44, Деревяшкина Г.
$44, Roche M.
$44, Kristian E.
$44, Paul M.
$41 (3rd donation), Francis N.
$40 (6th donation), Patrick C.
$40 (2nd donation), Gerald F.
$40, Tom H.
$40, Guillaume K.
$40, Patrick C.
$40, Kenneth A.
$40, Isaac G. Callison aka “Loki”
$36, Michael O.
$35 (7th donation), Grady V. aka “Donate!
$35, R J.
$35, Getson L. D. M.
$33 (112th donation), Olli K.
$33 (4th donation), Ben E.
$33 (3rd donation), Manuel López
$33, Cezar B.
$33, Ioannis P.
$33, Joao D.
$33, Victor C.
$33, Jakob R.
$30 (3rd donation), S.S. Gold Coast aka “zoom zoom”
$30 (3rd donation), Colin H.
$30 (3rd donation), Daniel M.
$30 (2nd donation), Armin R.
$30, Jeffery S.
$30, Robert T.
$30, Ray B.
$30, Joseph G.
$30, Wesley R.
$30, Ray B.
$30, David C.
$30, None S. N.
$27 (3rd donation), Bernd J.
$27 (2nd donation), Stephan V.
$27 (2nd donation), David B.
$27 (2nd donation), Bam D. J.
$27 (2nd donation), Markus A.
$27, Lee P.
$27, Ralf R.
$27, W.n.j. M.
$27, Matthias R.
$27, Martin C.
$26, Zaahir L.
$25 (95th donation), Ronald W.
$25 (9th donation), Michael Welch aka “Dr. Mike
$25 (6th donation), Rene H. aka “Hogi”
$25 (5th donation), Gerhard A.
$25 (5th donation), Ian M.
$25 (4th donation), Ben J. aka “webwrx”
$25 (4th donation), Ken W. aka “Tracknut”
$25 (4th donation), Rod Hassler
$25 (3rd donation), John H.
$25 (3rd donation), Katherine K.
$25 (3rd donation), Rushikesh J.
$25 (2nd donation), David S.
$25 (2nd donation), Richard M.
$25 (2nd donation), Jake Phillips
$25 (2nd donation), Douglas S.
$25 (2nd donation), Somner S.
$25 (2nd donation), Alan M. aka “Phydoux “
$25 (2nd donation), Wilson R. M. R.
$25, Elizabeth I.
$25, John G.
$25, Andre D.
$25, Brandon P.
$25, Keith S.
$25, Daniel N.
$25, Charles G. J.
$25, Olin Z.
$25, Christopher H.
$25, Erik M.
$25, Alessio D. M.
$25, Harrison W.
$25, Patrick D.
$25, 小笠原 了
$25, James L.
$25, Edward O.
$25, Tomasz G.
$25, Gregory D.
$24, Jordan H.
$24, James K.
$22 (28th donation), Derek R.
$22 (11th donation), Anthony M.
$22 (8th donation), Alessandro P.
$22 (8th donation), Nigel B.
$22 (4th donation), Bertrand M.
$22 (4th donation), Simone G.
$22 (3rd donation), Alexander H.
$22 (3rd donation), Kimmo K.
$22 (3rd donation), Santiago
$22 (3rd donation), Thorsten S.
$22 (2nd donation), Dirk K.
$22 (2nd donation), Frédéric D. aka “AZAMOS
$22 (2nd donation), Vaidas Morkevicius aka “vaidasmo
$22 (2nd donation), Jose P. A.
$22, Helge R.
$22, Harry T.
$22, Lothar B.
$22, Rolf H.
$22, Alan K.
$22, Horst G.
$22, Claude B.
$22, Terre des Thés
$22, Tobias L.
$22, Artur K.
$22, Vincent B.
$22, Dieter L.
$22, Christoph M.
$22, Pier P. M.
$22, Carlos G. V.
$22, Tobias L.
$22, Walter R.
$22, Tom J.
$22, Ralph P.
$20 (20th donation), Lance M.
$20 (11th donation), John D.
$20 (11th donation), Bryan F.
$20 (9th donation), Mike W aka “bajan52”
$20 (8th donation), Grady V. aka “Donate!
$20 (5th donation), Kendall G.
$20 (5th donation), George R. aka “Az4x4”
$20 (5th donation), Anthony S.
$20 (4th donation), Larry R.
$20 (3rd donation), CA aka “Clauclau”
$20 (3rd donation), Earl P.
$20 (3rd donation), Antonio M.
$20 (3rd donation), William P.
$20 (3rd donation), Matthew L. A. aka “Matt”
$20 (3rd donation), David C.
$20 (3rd donation), Marc B.
$20 (2nd donation), Gordon S.
$20 (2nd donation), Kamil J.
$20 (2nd donation), Edmund M.
$20 (2nd donation), Jay J.
$20 (2nd donation), Robert J.
$20 (2nd donation), J. M. .
$20 (2nd donation), Rickey P.
$20 (2nd donation), Allan T.
$20, John J.
$20, Jory G.
$20, Roman R.
$20, Reynaldo H.
$20, Geoffrey B.
$20, Cs P.
$20, Marlos L.
$20, Eagles Nest Electronics
$20, John N.
$20, Joe A.
$20, Edward C. aka “Oldun”
$20, Stanislaus W.
$20, Shivam R.
$20, John R.
$20, Alfredo O.
$20, Vincent T. aka “Mr. Tee”
$20, Christiaan G.
$18 (31st donation), Johann J.
$16 (30th donation), Andreas S.
$16 (17th donation), Doriano G. M.
$16 (10th donation), Christian B.
$16 (5th donation), Mark F.
$16 (4th donation), Chris W.
$16 (3rd donation), Karl K.
$16 (2nd donation), Morten T.
$16, Eirikur M. O.
$16, Matei M.
$16, Christophe M.
$16, Matthias B.
$16, Istvan S.
$16, Sam N.
$16, Andres J. A. L.
$15 (22nd donation), Stefan M. H.
$15 (8th donation), Constantin M.
$15 (2nd donation), William L. F.
$15 (2nd donation), Braam W.
$15, Stephen D.
$15, Ralph S.
$15, David W.
$15, Ray J.
$15, David J. aka “DBJ
$15, Igor Chistruga aka “dreadangel”
$15, Michael W.
$13 (2nd donation), Franc Marx
$12 (100th donation), Tony C. aka “S. LaRocca”
$12 (40th donation), JobsHiringNearMe
$12 (2nd donation), Timothy M.
$12, Dave Langers
$12, Benedikt H.
$11 (32nd donation), Paul O.
$11 (11th donation), Denis D.
$11 (8th donation), Michiel B. aka “Fairyland Ironwolves
$11 (7th donation), Slobodan Vrkacevic
$11 (6th donation), Wolfgang G.
$11 (6th donation), François L.
$11 (6th donation), Michael R.
$11 (5th donation), Jean-françois E. aka “Jambalak
$11 (5th donation), Christian K.
$11 (4th donation), Finn H.
$11 (4th donation), Alexander P.
$11 (4th donation), Hans-Dieter S. aka “hadisch”
$11 (3rd donation), Long Nguyen
$11 (3rd donation), Paulo P.
$11 (3rd donation), Salvador C. M. O.
$11 (3rd donation), J. D. .
$11 (3rd donation), Gatis Kalnins aka “gatons
$11 (3rd donation), Robert W.
$11 (3rd donation), Christian S.
$11 (2nd donation), Josemi
$11 (2nd donation), Francis D.
$11 (2nd donation), Salvador C. M. O.
$11 (2nd donation), Lacho T.
$11 (2nd donation), Niels D. J.
$11 (2nd donation), Quintin C.
$11 (2nd donation), Jorge Juan MANRIQUE
$11 (2nd donation), Kaspars S.
$11 (2nd donation), Miguel A. D. R.
$11, David N.
$11, Artto A.
$11, Rodolphe S.
$11, George aka “Standicious”
$11, Luc D. K.
$11, Björn F.
$11, David P.
$11, Bobby Donchev
$11, Matteo C.
$11, Sanjay G.
$11, Bernhard L.
$11, Janet L.
$11, Jean-marc R.
$11, Esa K.
$11, Lack F.
$11, Lorenzo D.
$11, Cor V. B.
$11, Mufeed A.
$11, Vorobyov V.
$11, Patric E.
$11, Jan K.
$11, Francois B. aka “Makoto
$11, Brian N.
$11, Pascal R.
$11, Jozef V.
$11, Thomas E.
$11, Lothar U.
$11, Maciej R.
$11, Rupert B.
$11, S&H Uitgeverij B.V. aka “Glenn Goossens
$11, Barry H.
$11, Joaquim Barreto
$11, Serhii B.
$11, Ilka T.
$11, Van G. H.
$11, Thomas K.
$10 (35th donation), Frank K.
$10 (21st donation), Rick R.
$10 (15th donation), Laura NL aka “lauranl
$10 (15th donation), Hemant Patel
$10 (11th donation), AJ Gringo
$10 (9th donation), Anatolii B.
$10 (8th donation), Anatolii B.
$10 (8th donation), Ian E.
$10 (6th donation), Gary N.
$10 (5th donation), RexAlan
$10 (5th donation), Roman Y.
$10 (5th donation), Martin B.
$10 (5th donation), Neil B.
$10 (4th donation), Ric D.
$10 (4th donation), Troy T.
$10 (3rd donation), George C.
$10 (3rd donation), Harrison U.
$10 (3rd donation), Graham J.
$10 (3rd donation), Larry F.
$10 (2nd donation), Jordan R.
$10 (2nd donation), 鈴木 和夫
$10 (2nd donation), Francois-R L.
$10 (2nd donation), Vince Montgomery aka “Vinnyj1701”
$10 (2nd donation), Financial Advisor Sarasota
$10 (2nd donation), William D.
$10 (2nd donation), Les E.
$10 (2nd donation), Moisés Bites aka “bites”
$10 (2nd donation), Robert W.
$10 (2nd donation), Angelo M.
$10 (2nd donation), Financial Advisor Sarasota
$10 (2nd donation), Pablo J. E.
$10 (2nd donation), Don V.
$10 (2nd donation), Hsu Po Yao aka “Jose”
$10 (2nd donation), Fence Company Wilmington
$10 (2nd donation), nakednorman
$10, Micheal H.
$10, Manuel S.
$10, Sammy S.
$10, Rolf V.
$10, Samuel Q. T.
$10, Marcelo Matos
$10, Leroy B.
$10, Henry G.
$10, Towing Wilmington NC
$10, Piyush A.
$10, Samuel M.
$10, Kushal C.
$10, Scriptoid s.r.l
$10, Pedro T. S. G.
$10, Guido Balduzzi
$10, Alejandro A.
$10, Minh Ngô
$10, Jotiar L.
$10, John B.
$10, Jeovanio B.
$10, Dani aka “Gestionatuweb.net
$10, Jim W.
$10, David F.
$10, John S.
$10, Vasiliy R.
$10, Francois-R L.
$10, Chuck R.
$10, Oda T.
$10, Edgar F.
$10, Thomas W.
$10, Jose R. C.
$10, David M.
$10, Guido Balduzzi
$10, Hsu Po Yao aka “Jose”
$10, Дмитрий С.
$10, Joongbum Moon
$10, Mark S.
$10, Turto T.
$10, Pedro R.
$10, Michael M.
$10, Barsegyan A.
$10, Lawn Care Wilmington NC
$10, Kevin M.
$10, Dmitry V. aka “morb”
$10, Carl M.
$10, Patrick W. aka “WL7JA “
$10, Свобонас М.
$10, Lawrence K.
$10, Greg G.
$9, Nielprekash S.
$9, A.R.
$8, Ian B.
$8, Carlos V. M.
$8, Jeremy N.
$7 (22nd donation), CV Smith
$7, Kostadin T.
$7, Мироненко Б.
$6 (3rd donation), gmq
$5 (38th donation), Eugene T.
$5 (29th donation), Bhavinder Jassar
$5 (14th donation), GaryD
$5 (8th donation), Antonio Carlos L. Sampaio
$5 (8th donation), William Menezes
$5 (7th donation), Cyril U.
$5 (7th donation), Pierre G.
$5 (7th donation), M. P. V.
$5 (6th donation), Luiz H. R. C.
$5 (6th donation), Keiko N.
$5 (4th donation), Alex Luton aka “Starcross
$5 (4th donation), Benjamin H.
$5 (4th donation), Life coaching Vancouver aka “Life coach
$5 (4th donation), Hristo Gatsinski
$5 (4th donation), John M.
$5 (3rd donation), Le M.
$5 (3rd donation), Andrew P.
$5 (3rd donation), Dominique M.
$5 (3rd donation), Andre Bellafronte
$5 (3rd donation), Sébastien B. aka “SebastJava”
$5 (2nd donation), Tom N.
$5 (2nd donation), Danny O.
$5 (2nd donation), Bjorn H.
$5 (2nd donation), Issac H.
$5 (2nd donation), Mark O.
$5 (2nd donation), Jonas N.
$5 (2nd donation), Stan R.
$5 (2nd donation), Luis J.
$5 (2nd donation), Oskari J.
$5 (2nd donation), Jackie W.
$5 (2nd donation), Kostadin T.
$5 (2nd donation), Marcel B. aka “iMarcel”
$5 (2nd donation), Samuel M.
$5, Christian H.
$5, Jean R.
$5, Joona L.
$5, Chris K.
$5, Damir L.
$5, Marlon G. D.
$5, Daniel Serrano
$5, Rendy A.
$5, Nikolaos C.
$5, Afonso H. G.
$5, Nicolas B.
$5, Alex N. aka “Adventurer08”
$5, Федюнин А.
$5, Stephen M.
$5, Michael G.
$5, Sebastian J.
$5, Alejandro B. V.
$5, Thiago B. D. C.
$5, Ronny D.
$5, Anarlete R. A.
$5, Theo L.
$5, Enrique G. D.
$5, Gerrit P.
$5, Tamás K.
$5, Ruslan A.
$5, Dionysios K.
$5, Andrii P.
$5, Sérgio D. S. S.
$5, MinO aka “MinOtaVrS
$5, Josef M.
$5, Ronald A. P.
$5, Dawid L.
$5, Raunds Embroidery & Printing
$5, Frank M.
$5, Stephan B.
$5, Grahame M.
$5, Nicholas J.
$5, Andre K.
$5, Mauro M.
$5, Sam R.
$5, Francisco G. M. R.
$5, Heinz H.
$5, Joachim M.
$5, Jorge B. M.
$5, Maria L. G. N.
$5, Ιωαννης Μ.
$5, Vitor M. D. S. M.
$5, Ruslan A.
$4 (9th donation), David B.
$4 (3rd donation), Alexander S.
$4, Wanda A.
$4, Wanda C.
$4, Amanda S.
$4, Diane M.
$4, Paulo aka “Monteiro
$4, Jason L. M.
$4, Panji A.
$4, Michael R.
$3 (38th donation), Kouji Sugibayashi
$3 (37th donation), Kouji Sugibayashi
$3 (34th donation), Thomas F.
$3, Niklas W.
$3, Alex_Sander aka “Auberge”
$3, Andrzej P.
$3, Рамодин А.
$3, Erkki L.
$3, Потапов С.
$3, Eugene D.
$3, Chris P.
$3, Claus-ulrich L.
$3, Joseph F.
$2.5 (2nd donation), Bush L.
$2.5, Ken R.
$2.5, Javier C. T.
$83.71 from 66 smaller donations

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It is now possible to upgrade Linux Mint 19 (or 19.1) to version 19.2.

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

1. Create a system snapshot

You can use Timeshift to make a system snapshot before the upgrade.

If anything goes wrong, you can easily restore your operating system to its previous state.

Launch Timeshift from the application menu, follow the instructions on the screen to configure it and create a system snapshot.

2. Prepare for the upgrade

  • Disable your screensaver
  • If you installed Cinnamon spices (applets, desklets, extensions, themes), upgrade them from the System Settings

3. Upgrade the operating system

Upgrading to Linux Mint 19.2 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 19.2 Tina”.

Follow the instructions on the screen.

If asked whether to keep or replace configuration files, choose to replace them.

4. Add/remove packages (optional, for Linux Mint 19 users)

P7zip-full (which provides the ability to create password-encrypted archives) and xul-ext-lightning (Calendar support in Thunderbird) were added to Linux Mint 19.1. To install these packages, open a terminal and type:

apt install p7zip-full xul-ext-lightning

If you are running the Cinnamon edition, you can also remove the XScreensaver hacks. These are no longer supported by the Cinnamon screensaver. To remove them, open a terminal and type:

apt remove --purge xscreensaver-data xscreensaver-data-extra xscreensaver-gl xscreensaver-gl-extra cinnamon-screensaver-webkit-plugin cinnamon-screensaver-x-plugin

5. Reboot the computer

Once the upgrade is finished, reboot your computer.

Commonly asked questions

  • If the upgrade is not available to you, check that you have the latest versions of mintupdate and mint-upgrade-info installed and restart the Update Manager. If the latest versions are not yet available in your mirrors, switch to the default repositories.
  • This happens rarely, but if you ever got locked and were 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.