Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all! Many thanks for your support and donations!

We had a fantastic release and it was an amazing feeling to be able to deliver it to you just before the holiday season 🙂

Bug Fixes

Before we move ahead and start working on Linux Mint 20 and LMDE 4, we’ll make a few adjustments and fix some of the things you expressed in your feedback.

First, I noticed some of you regretted the removal of keyboard shortcuts in Cinnamon’s grouped window list. When we removed this feature, we assumed it wasn’t discoverable and so very few people were likely to use it. It looks like we were wrong, so we’ll bring this feature back.

We finally managed to solve the 1px border bug which impacts full screen windows in Cinnamon, and we also have a fix for the screensaver lag. We’ll be pushing these fixes as package updates.

The new version of the System Reports tool was very well received but the root password notice confused a huge number of people. I talked to some of  our IRC moderators and it’s their number 1 complaint with the new release. We’ll review this and find a solution for it.

There was a packaging issue with grub2-theme-mint and grub2-theme-mint-2k. These packages couldn’t be removed cleanly. This is fixed now.

We’re chasing an issue with the clock format in Cinnamon. If you’re impacted, don’t hesitate to comment at https://github.com/linuxmint/cinnamon/issues/9042.

In your feedback we noticed many issues with the system tray and the XappStatusIcon applet. Everything’s in place on our side for this to work smoothly and we can’t reproduce issues here. If you’re impacted by a tray problem, please report it at https://github.com/linuxmint/linuxmint/issues, tell us which desktop you’re using, what your panel layout is (i.e. which applets it contains), and the list of your installed packages (you can get this with “dpkg -l”).

MintBox3

The MintBox3 is finally out, and not only were we able to play with it, we were able to send units to some of the developers in our team. As we go along I hope we’ll be able to continue to do that and more and more Mint developers will get their hands on it.

It’s an amazing machine and there’s nothing else quite like it. I was using an Airtop1 as my main computer so I was already used to the look, the form factor,  the build quality and the passive cooling… I didn’t expect to be that impressed with it, but the gap in performance really took me by surprise. I hope we’ll be able to gather our impressions and write a full review next month.

If you’re interested in the MintBox3 check the press release at https://fit-iot.com/web/products/mintbox3/mintbox3-press-release.

The MintBox3 is currently available for $1399 and $2499 depending on the specification:

  • The MintBox3 Basic is the entry model with Core i5-9500 6 core CPU, 16 GB RAM and 256 GB Samsung NVMe SSD.
  • The MintBox3 Pro is the high-end model with Core i9-9900K 8 core CPU, GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6 GB graphics, 32 GB RAM and 1 TB Samsung NVMe SSD.

This is a luxury computer and it feels really unique. When you show it to neighbors and friends the first thing they ask is “what is it?”. We know this unit isn’t for everybody, and it certainly doesn’t look like a budget computer or a commodity product. Since 2012, everything we’ve done with Compulab has felt really special. We’ve put our logo on some of the cutest and smallest silent computers and we’ve been really proud to be part of this. Today we’re admiring our diamond laser cut logo on a machine which doesn’t just look cute and unique, but which is also brutally powerful. This is the fastest computer I’ve put my hands on, it’s the best built machine I’ve ever played with, and it runs Linux Mint.

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Donations in November:

A total of $10164 were raised thanks to the generous contributions of 636 donors:

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It is now possible to upgrade Linux Mint 19, 19.1 or 19.2 to version 19.3.

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 19.3 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 19.3 Tricia”.

Follow the instructions on the screen.

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

4. Add packages (optional)

Celluloid, gnote, drawing and neofetch were added to Linux Mint 19.3. To install these packages, open a terminal and type:

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.

The team is proud to announce the release of Linux Mint 19.3 “Tricia” Xfce Edition.

Linux Mint 19.3 Tricia Xfce Edition

Linux Mint 19.3 is a long term support release which will be supported until 2023. 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 19.3 Xfce“.

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 19.3 Xfce

System requirements:

  • 1GB RAM (2GB recommended for a comfortable usage).
  • 15GB 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 recommended for all modern computers (Almost all computers sold since 2007 are equipped with 64-bit processors).

Upgrade instructions:

Announcements will be made shortly with instructions on how to upgrade from Linux Mint 19, 19.1 and 19.2.

If you are running the BETA use the Update Manager to apply available updates.

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!