Monthly Stats – October 2012


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Developer of the month:

Each month we feature one developer and explain his contributions to the community. Development is a lot of fun and it doesn’t take much to get started. If you’re tempted to join the team, don’t hesitate to follow our development on and come and chat with the developers at #linuxmint-dev (

This month’s “developer of the month” is: Michael Webster (mtwebster)!

In terms of commits, Michael is the 4th biggest contributor to the Cinnamon project. Many of the late fixes going in the Cinnamon 1.6 series came from him. This month, he focused on Nemo, the Cinnamon file manager and gave it numerous fixes and a lot of new features:

  • View buttons
  • GTK Bookmarks support in MoveTo/CopyTo
  • Support for Thunderbird, Balsa and Evolution
  • Proper Open as Root support
  • Set as Wallpaper

Nemo in Linux Mint 14

The result is a fantastic application which complements the improvements and refinements of Cinnamon 1.6 and makes the desktop even more comfortable to use.

The improved file browser will be featured in Linux Mint 14 and backported to Linux Mint 13 and LMDE.

News and summary:

  • Many thanks to our sponsors, partners and donors. The amount of support we got this month was amazing and it really helps us focus on the development. We’re ahead of schedule, we achieved all our goals, I’m not sure what to say, we’re really grateful!
  • Linux Mint 14 MATE Edition and Linux Mint 14 Cinnamon Edition passed QA and were approved for an RC release yesterday. They should be announced in the coming days.
  • Both MATE 1.4 and Cinnamon 1.6 bring significant improvements to their previous releases. They will be backported to Linux Mint 13 and LMDE.
  • The stable release of Linux Mint 14 will be available at the end of this month for MATE and Cinnamon.
  • The following releases are planned for December 2012: Linux Mint 14 Xfce, Linux Mint 14 KDE, LMDE UP6.
  • Improvements in live-installer and a new tool called DDM which simplifies the installation of 3rd party drivers are also planned for LMDE. Depending on how fast they progress, new LMDE ISOs based on UP6 might be released in December or in January.


  1. Good news. Good news indeed. =)
    Can’t wait to try out Nadia RC and give some feedback. But as LMDE (Xfce) is my favorite version, I’ve been (im)patiently waiting for the new ISO and UP6. Very happy to hear it hasn’t been forgotten. I’m sure Nadia will occupy my time until Dec/Jan =P.

    Thanks for all your hard work!

  2. Cool can’t wait for new LMDE iso, on one of my machines, 2012.04 iso installer halts (both mate and xfce editions), so I need to use older iso from 2011 and download a lot of packages.

  3. @Clem and Team: I’ve installed the Mint 14 MATE RC and I must say that it is a wonderful progression from Mint 13 LTS. Everything “just works”, and I don’t see it needing much tweaking leading up to the final release. Congratulations and thanks for all your hard work.

  4. tdockery97

    Can you me more specific on some things you’ve seen improved in MATE? I must admit that I found very little that didn’t work for me personally in LM13-MATE. But I know that many people have been presented with various issues here and there. I know CPU usage was way up. It also looked just a tad unpolished here and there.

    Anyway, just curious. I would also be curious to know how many improvements have been made to Cinnamon 1.6. I’ve been running it for awhile now, and like it a lot as well, other than the small issues with Nemo. Any thoughts would be appreciated. Thanks ahead of time.

  5. Hi Clem and MintTeam, great job!!.

    Any plans for LMDE OEM version?

    Keep up the Good work and thank You for your great projects!!!!

  6. I tried the Nadia RC yesterday and I was blown away! The improvements made to Cinnamon as well as the appearance of Nemo were excellent. In addition, the default wallpapers collection was far better than Maya.

    Thank you for all your hard work!

  7. Live Free Or Die ,
    Thanks So Very Much to Linuxmint Staff, Mr Clem, The MintTeam ,We enjoy LinuxMint for two years now , Seems like the best of the Linux Fanily , I started with SUSE but soon found out the most friendly LM distro .
    I hope you can tell me why I cannot load certain disro’s and some I can ?
    Why not Formally support Linux Kernel Modules, Zen Custom Kernel’s if you please ?
    Best Wishes To All

  8. Installed Mint 14 Nadia RC Cinnamon in VB. I know this is not the right place, but on following the past practice, which I enjoy, reporting some bugs here.

    Since I installed it in VB the biggest problem is every now and then mouse pointer goes to top left (hot corner) itself, one can’nt do anything since hot corner got enabled and you go into expo mode. It does not let you do anything on computer, most irritating. Only solution is to disable hot corner from cinnamon settings, of course it requires patience. After that the desktop becomes stable.

    Even after disabling hot corner, there is some problem in dragging the windows e.g. for tiling and maximizing, it does all of them itself, without my taking the mouse by dragging the windows at appropriate place.

    Both the above problems are there in latest Ubuntu/Kubuntu/ Gnome remix (12.10) also and they are very irritating. After playing with them for sometime, I switched back to LTS versions even in VB. This problem is even in Arch based distros also. Sometimes I don’nt understand are we going forward or backward.

    One feature request for the nemo is that when I search for any files, nemo displays the same, but it does not show the full path of it (where the file is located), I have to right click and then see the properties. For one file I can do this exercise, but if in the search result there are more than 10 files, one can understand the position. Just a suggestion.

    @PB : How are you. In answer to your above post, with all the above said Cinnamon is looking very good. At the time of Mint-13 I liked MATE but things are changing. Cinnamon is looking much-much better, icons and themes seems very polished(?). With new themes Cinnamon settings etc. I would say that it is the best desktop out there (based on gnome 3.6). On the desktop without opening any apps. the Sys. Monitor showed 438 mb. I am using the Cinnamon-14 in Mac style, put any white/ gray theme, install dockey at the bottom (3d, gray theme) and there you go. Try it in VB first for seeing the changes. Regards.

    @Clem : After installing Mint 14, I can see that whatever bugs/ problems I have reported earlier about Cinnamon, the same has been taken care very well. This is why I like Mint, where at least voices of users are heard. Sorry for the lengthy post. Thanks and Regards.

  9. @bobby,

    I am doing well here, I trust it is the same for you? Thanks for your comments. I did some looking about on LM14-LiveCD. I noticed that it comes loaded with Cinnamon 1.6.6, while 13 has 1.6.4. Clem said all these changes would be back ported to LM-13, so looking forward to that. Not sure what small tweaks and fixes are part of 1.6.6 but I’m sure it’s positive.


    First of all, thanks for all the tremendous work. In my mind, you and your team have climbed out of quite a dark place with the past two years of events. Cinnamon is looking better and better by the minute it seems. I’m sure Mate is progressing well too, but it’s been some time since I’ve used it. I’m sure the Mate fans are really excited to see the results of your hard work.

  10. LM14 MATÉ 32bit Live-DVD:
    Mmmhh, why is there in “Power Management Preferences” only “Suspend”(to RAM/ ACPI S3) but not “Hibernate”(aka Suspend-to-Disk/ ACPI S4) as an option available?
    Suspend often is great, but is not always the best choice for any given time. So, how can one enable Hibernate instead?

  11. To All,

    Probably not the place to post this but haven’t seen too much about it. Has anyone had trouble adding this ppa? I would like to update to the latest version through APT or Synaptic and I’m getting error 404, failure to fetch.


  12. Forgot to ask: what in the context of my previous post does: “Put computer to sleep” mean? What exactly does this one do and where does it fit in with Suspend and Hibernate anyway?

  13. Well, go it from Portlane ( a bit early and my biggest concern is the Nividia driver. They are not there and I am glad. The Open Gl drivers work so much better (and with less memory spent 🙂 ). My Asrock ION 3D seems all of the sudden like a fast setup – not like the sluggish “old” Maya with Nividia. But so far I have not seen the option to get the Nvidia drivers in “Nadia”. Not that I miss it…

  14. @PB
    Looks like ppa:robert-ancell/sane-backends supports up to 11.04 (Natty)
    You could modify the line in /etc/apt/sources.list to use ‘Natty’

  15. @rick

    Thanks for the info, I just realized that, wasn’t paying attention. I really don’t want to update to LM14 right now, but it appears that they latest version of sane (1.2.3) actually supports my scanner pretty nicely, since it used to be a paperweight. LM!4 comes packaged with the latest version, and I’ve used that ppa before, and it’s worked great, never thought to look at the support cycle. Didn’t really think about it since Ancell is the maintainer, just thought that would always be a good ppa to point to for the cutting edge sane. Oh well. Maybe it will get back ported. It’s kind of a pain to do it manually, as all the libs have to match up right too, of course.

  16. @PB – If you would like to update to the latest versions of Cinnamon, muffin and Nemo now instead of waiting for these to be backported you can add the cinnamon-stable PPA:


    Before you update, modify your “/etc/apt/preferences” file:

    “gksu gedit /etc/apt/preferences”

    And add the following section and save:

    Package: *
    Pin: origin
    Pin-Priority: 700

    Now you can open MintUpdate, refresh and update to the latest versions. These are stable versions by the way meaning they are built by the same developer that builds them for Mint but you probably already know this?

    I’ve done this with LM 13/Cinnamon both amd64 (on my desktop w/Nvidia card) and my older laptop (ThinkPad R61 w/Intel 3100GM HD graphics) without a problem.

  17. Great work Mint team. It’s great to see the team growing so much and that you are giving recognition to the other developers as well. I’m sure that the development team is excited about that.

    I’m looking forward to LM 14 and I might actually check out Mate this time around. I have been an avid Mint user since Ubuntu came out with 12.04. They made some changes (imposed upon them by Gnome I know now) that really irritated me. I changed to Mint only to find you guys had done it right, I have not looked back since.

    Thanks for keeping us users in the loop, if only I could find a good alternative to Outlook in Linux I would move my work machine to Mint as well. We have a hosted Exchange server 2007 email system so most of the Linux equivalents can’t connect to it.

  18. @Kirk M

    Believe it or not, I’m still learning little things like that as I go, mostly because Linux Mint requires the least amount of thought to begin with. I think that’s what draws me to it. I’m not a fan of command line, and I never will be. I know some folks out there would think badly of me for that, but I couldn’t care less. If it isn’t obvious that people–including myself–like big shiny buttons to push to get things done, then there’s nothing else to say about it.

    Don’t get me wrong, I will use the console if I absolutely have too. And I do appreciate you including the steps. But again, it’s only occasionally when I have to use it. I did perform those steps, and I have updated. I’m still anxious to see the very latest version of libsane so that my scanner will work. I tried LM14 on the live cd and I know it works now. Just not thrilled about the manual install of that, I see that it can be easily broken if I’m not careful. Thanks again.

  19. Hi… I just have Linux ( Mint of course ) for three weeks ( ¡¡18 years on W!! ). And, ¿you know?… JUST AMAZED…

    Yes, I am having a lot of troubles on Linux, but it is just because I love to experiment, and because I am trying almost everything ( 4th times till now Linux Mint reinstalled)… so, a lot of fun and no complaints.

    Just a small request to be thought for the developers… as a wishful think, or a reflexion.

    @Clem (the most accessible developer…)
    Mint is commented as the best distro for those who are new to Linux and come from Windows.
    Maybe you could implement as an standard and fully featured package: Wine, with a cared Graphical management for it… It would be REALLY HELPFUL for those who came for Win (and want a few applications and/or games from that place) to run as smoothly as possible… That, besides the easy of use of Mint , in my humble opinion, can make MINT THE BEST OPTION for the people instead of W…

    I installed it already, (with not a few crashes… experimenting), and with it, I am convincing many on my family/friends to use Linux… (but not everyone are ready to enjoy the masochist pleasure of experimenting)…

    Thanks a lot.

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