We’d like to send a huge thank you to all the people who donate to us. Many thanks also to all of you for your feedback, ideas, and contributions to our project.

Xreader

We worked on improving the PDF reader a bit.

We added a preferences window and the ability to add history and expand buttons in the toolbar.

It is now possible to change the size of the thumbnails and that size is remembered for each document.

Many bugs were fixed, annotations can now be removed and ePub documents can now be saved.

Support for smooth-scrolling was improved and if recent documents are enabled in your desktop’s privacy settings, the PDF reader will show you the most recently opened documents.

Configurable maximum volume in Cinnamon

In the upcoming version of Cinnamon, you’ll be able to define the maximum sound output volume.

In the past, the applet and the multimedia keys allowed you to set the sound volume between 0 and 100%, and you could open the sound settings to get access to amplification and set the volume all the way to 150%.

This was changed. A new setting was added to define the maximum sound volume.

The sound applet, the multimedia keys and the sound settings allow you to set the volume between 0 and the maximum sound volume value.

This is useful for laptops which speakers aren’t very loud.. setting a maximum volume louder than 100% adds a little bit of amplification.

It’s also useful in certain cases, when you don’t want the maximum volume to be as loud as what the speakers allow. That maximum value can be set lower than 100%.

Meson

We started using the Meson build system. Our experience with it so far has been extremely positive.

4 projects are now using it: xapps, nemo, cinnamon-desktop and xplayer-plparser.

In comparison to Autotools, we find Meson much faster and simpler to maintain. As a result, we spend less time focusing on the builds and more time focusing on the projects themselves.

Long term, we’re likely to port all our projects to Meson.

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The MintBox Mini just got better again!

Based on the Compulab Fitlet2, the new Mini is just as small as the original MintBox Mini and the MintBox Mini Pro but with much better specifications, better performance and a few more features.

The top heatsink is slightly taller than before for the all-metal black housing to provide better passive cooling for the upgraded specs. The small size of the unit is still very impressive. Here it is next to a cup of coffee:

You just can’t get used to how small it is.

Just as before, the unit is completely silent and it has no fans or moveable parts. It’s also dust and humidity resistant and designed to operate at the full industrial temperature range of -40°C to 85°C. The warranty from Compulab is the same as before: an unconditional 5 years.

The dual-band antennas and the kensington lock moved to the right side. The front of the unit provides two USB 3.0 ports, audio and micro jacks and a microSD slot.

The front also has two LEDs, which can be Green, Orange, Green and Orange or which can be turned OFF. This is done via GPIO. If you know how to program or you’re OK with bash scripting, you’ll be able to take full advantage of this and use these LEDs as indicators (for incoming emails, internal core temperature, updates available… etc).

At the back we find the following ports: two USB 2.0, two Gigabit Ethernet, RS232 serial port, HDMI 1.4 (4K@30Hz) and mini-DP 1.2 (4K@60Hz).

The previous MintBox Mini had 5 USB ports but only one USB 3.0 port at the front and one at the back. While the USB 2.0 ports at the back can be used for static devices such as a printer, a mouse or a keyboard, it’s really convenient to have the faster USB 3.0 ports at the front for external storage devices.

The two Ethernet ports are side by side now. That’s a plus if you’re connected to two LAN networks or if you use the unit as a router or a network appliance. No more CAT5 cables connecting on the side.

Display connectivity was given a boost. The maximum resolution via HDMI is higher than before, and the replacement of the second HDMI port with a Mini DisplayPort makes the unit more versatile and allows it to connect to more than 2 monitors.

Inside the unit, an Intel 8260 chipset provides WiFi 802.11ac and Bluetooth 4.2.

The RAM is upgradeable to 16GB. Similar to previous MintBox and Compulab devices, it’s really easy to open the unit.

 

The CPU is a quad-core Apollo-Lake Intel Celeron J3455 with embedded Intel HD Graphics 500.

This is a great architecture and it gives the MintBox Mini 2 a significant boost in performance over the MintBox Mini Pro and the original MintBox Mini. Here’s a comparison of the Geekbench 4 scores for the three units running an Alpha version of Linux Mint 19 Cinnamon 64-bit:

 

 

The BIOS will feature a Linux Mint splash screen to integrate nicely with the rest of the boot sequence.

Two configurations will be available: The “MintBox Mini 2” and the “MintBox Mini 2 Pro”.

The “MintBox Mini 2” will replace the “MintBox Mini” at roughly the same price:

MintBox Mini MintBox Mini 2
SSD 64GB 64GB
RAM 4GB 4GB
CPU A4-Micro 6400T Intel Celeron J3455
Graphics Radeon R3 (dual HDMI) Intel HD Graphics 500 (HDMI+miniDP)
Ethernet Gigabit Dual Gigabit
Wireless 802.11n Dual-band 802.11ac + Bluetooth 4.2
Price $295 $299

 

The “MintBox Mini 2 Pro” will replace the “MintBox Mini Pro” at a cheaper price:

MintBox Mini Pro MintBox Mini 2 Pro
SSD 120GB 120GB
RAM 8GB 8GB
CPU A10-Micro 6700T Intel Celeron J3455
Graphics Radeon R6 (dual HDMI) Intel HD Graphics 500 (HDMI+miniDP)
Ethernet Gigabit Dual Gigabit
Wifi Dual-band 802.11ac + Bluetooth 4.0 Dual-band 802.11ac + Bluetooth 4.2
Price $395 $349

 

The MintBox Mini 2 and the MintBox Mini 2 Pro will ship with Linux Mint 19.

They’re expected to be available Worldwide along with the release of Linux Mint 19, around June 2018.

The development team took some time earlier this year to investigate Cinnamon’s performance when it comes to launching applications.

It’s really hard to measure the actual time between the moment the mouse button is clicked and the moment the new application is rendered on the screen, with its window properly mapped, and the mapping window animation completely finished. It’s not something that can be timed accurately, yet we all agreed within the development team to say that it either “was”, or “felt” snappier in MATE and Xfce.

At the time, we didn’t know if it was just down to perception (animations, composition), or a feature (registering new apps with the session for instance), or a performance issue.

We developed a little script and a method to measure how long it took to flood the desktop environment with the creation of 200 windows. We could then measure the time reported by the script to build these 200 windows, and the time it actually took the desktop environment to recover from it and have these windows placed/mapped correctly and ready to be interacted with.

Both measures were significantly higher in Cinnamon than in other desktops.

Here’s how Cinnamon compared to Metacity:

  • Windows build time: 1s in Metacity, 4s in Cinnamon.
  • Recovery time: 6s in Metacity, 22s in Cinnamon.

From there, our work was simple. We had to find what made Cinnamon slower and get these numbers down.

We first started by elimination and identified that the following suspects had nothing to do with it:

  • HiDPI support
  • Theme complexity
  • Effects/Animations
  • Applets/Desklets

We then measured Muffin on its own (Muffin is the library used by Cinnamon to implement the window manager, but it can also be run on its own, without the rest of Cinnamon) and found out that although the performance was better than in Cinnamon, the numbers were higher than with Metacity. We therefore had performance issues both in Muffin and in Cinnamon.

In Muffin, we were able to apply two upstream commits from GNOME which helped tremendously.

In Cinnamon, 4 commits fixed bottlenecks in the window list and the panel launchers.

The technical analysis is available at https://github.com/linuxmint/Cinnamon/pull/7251.

After these changes the numbers were down and Cinnamon was just as fast as Metacity to build the 200 windows and recover.

In addition to this, the team also took the opportunity to improve the window animations. Although they weren’t responsible for any delay, they had an impact on perception. The new animations look cleaner and along with the performance improvements they make Cinnamon feel snappier than before.