Linux Mint 15 “Olivia” KDE released!

The team is proud to announce the release of Linux Mint 15 “Olivia” KDE.

Linux Mint 15 Olivia

KDE is a vibrant, innovative, advanced, modern looking and full-featured desktop environment. This edition features all the improvements from the latest Linux Mint release on top of KDE 4.10.

New features at a glance:

For a complete overview and to see screenshots of the new features, visit: “What’s new in Linux Mint 15 KDE“.

Important info:

  • PAE required for 32-bit ISOs
  • EFI support

Make sure to read the “Release Notes” to be aware of important info or known issues related to this release.

System requirements:

  • x86 processor (Linux Mint 64-bit requires a 64-bit processor. Linux Mint 32-bit works on both 32-bit and 64-bit processors).
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8 GB of disk space
  • Graphics card capable of 1024×768 resolution
  • DVD drive or USB port

Upgrade instructions:

  • To upgrade from a previous version of Linux Mint follow these instructions.
  • To upgrade from the RC release, simply apply any level 1 and 2 updates (if any) available in the Update Manager.


Md5 sum:

  • 32-bit: 72fe1cfd477b074a1849dda34430b4b7
  • 64-bit: 38dd24371ceafe34915eb5cb350217c7


HTTP Mirrors for the 32-bit DVD ISO:

HTTP Mirrors for the 64-bit DVD ISO:


We look forward to receiving your feedback. Thank you for using Linux Mint and have a lot of fun with this new release!


  1. YEA!!!!!!!!


    I was waiting it!!!


    Sergio from Chile

    PD: in the web page you put KDE 14, in the image

  2. Congratulations on the Mint 15 KDE release. While it’s not my daily driver, I’ve tested it and it runs smooth and solid.:)

  3. Great news guys!!! Thank you, and don’t forget to change KDE 14 to KDE 15 in main page preview…

    Edit by Clem: Done, sorry about this 🙂

  4. Been using the RC for a few weeks – what a beautiful combination – a robust KDE and the gorgeous Linux Mint! This is the best distro I’ve ever tried – and I’ve tried quite a few!!

  5. Nice one Clem & Team… as usual. Just one querie; How come there isn’t an OEM version of Mint KDE? Is there a specific reason for that?

    Edit by Clem: It’s down to testing and focus. We provide OEMs with MATE and Cinnamon and only for 64-bit. Our release cycle is split between distributing components (releasing ISOs/editions) and development/innovation and it’s important we allocate as much time as possible to the development (we maintain quite a large stack on the desktop layer, in particular on Cinnamon, but also on top of the other DEs).

  6. Thank you very much you guys!
    This is just what I’ve been waiting for.
    Downloading it right now!
    Congrats from Portugal

  7. Hi,

    I tried the RC (and reported an issue), and now looking forward to installing this, hoping to make it my daily driver.

    Congrats and thanks,

  8. @#4 Lord Mozart: As far as I know, the OEM and no-codecs ISOs are only available for the main edition.

    @Linux Mint team: o/ Congrats! 🙂 What’s next? Will LXDE/fluxbox come back?

  9. I hate MDM :/ That’s so ’90s

    Edit by Clem: Please tell us why, in detail if possible, so we can use your feedback to improve it.

  10. Just yesterday, I was looking for a KDE distro. Finally settled on Mint, but seeing that Mint 15 KDE wasn’t released, I decided to wait it out.

    Turns out, the wait wasn’t for long 😛

    Thank you

  11. In main page, on release small picture, is the name Linux Mint 14 KDE, not Mint 15 KDE. But release is Mint 15 KDE. Need corrects.

    Edit by Clem: Thanks.

  12. I applied all updates to the RC but I still have quite a few issues.
    The leftmost window in the taskbar randomly disappears.
    In System Settings –> Locales –> Language nothing happens. All I see is a loading bar that stays forever at 0%.
    The clock format doesn’t change unless I use “USA” as a country. Also it doesn’t fit quite well – half “M” in “PM/AM” leaves the screen.
    I get random freezes and super heavy lags (mouse pointer barely moves). Tonight I’ll do a fresh install of the stable release and see if everything is OK.

  13. Hi Clem, can you please write a blog post about the current state of LMDE? I understand the team was quite busy with all these releases, but now that the KDE edition is out, I thought I’d ask 🙂 People in the LMDE subforum are (as usual) asking about the next Update Pack, and there’s not much to tell them because of the lack of the news…

  14. I have a little problems after installing …/boot/grub/i386-pc/normal.mod not found
    it can be fixed?

    Is bug? or?
    Thanks for helping

  15. Good news. Thank you for all your efforts to give us a rock stable KDE distro. I cannot wait to install it to my laptop.

  16. Congrats team. I am running Mint 13 Maya KDE and have latest KDE by kubuntu backports, upgraded kernel to 3.8 (somehow not without hassles), installed MDM. Only incentive to upgrade to 15 is perhaps new Software Sources / Driver manager. (Mien is Optimus so have Bumblebee installed, dont think driver manager helps in my case).

    The screen locker I have when I run KDE is KDM’s lock screen (correct?) and I like Cinnamon’s new lock screen where custom message can be set. Anyways, can I change it to new lock screen?

  17. Nice, really nice, thanks for your job!

    It runs smoothly even on 2 Gigs of RAM. Significantly more stable and polished than Kubuntu 13.04.

    There’s no Plasma Netbook “out of the box”. Installing kde-plasma-netbook brings 107 updates to actually the whole KDE 🙂 Hitting two birds with one stone is quite an interesting feature 🙂

  18. for clem

    the post on the cinnamon blog did not apear.

    it was about a bug in cinnamo 1.8.8.
    on every start i have to switch the sound settings and choose built in audio analog.

  19. @Carlos Felipe – When was the last time you used MDM as a display manager? The current MDM can is extremely flexible and can be set to a simple GTK login style or the older style GDM(2) including several themes and a brand new HTML5 animated login screen also with several themes included. You can basically make it look any way you wish. Hardly 90’s.

  20. Is it just me or is Steam installation now broken in this release? I get the problem with certain 32 bit libraries that I thought was solved months ago and none of the solutions from then work now.

  21. Estoy ansioso de probar la versión definitiva, solo tengo un problema: no consigo conectividad, no activa mi móden Tigo, ¿Que hago si quiero instalar esta versión?
    Gracias de antemano por sus respuestas

  22. Hi

    downloaded 32 bit pack from India Honesty Net Solutions url

    but look like exe file missing … failing to burn USB..

  23. Îmi place linux mint 15. Aș părăsi oricând Windows 7 daca ar fi rezolvată problema recunoașterii camerelor web de către Skype, fără terminal, intr-un mod simplu. Văd că exista preocuparea comunității linux pentru multe alte aplicații. Oare e așa de greu să fie rezolvată problema ”camera – skype”? Când se va rezolva problema aceasta atunci voi reveni la linux.

  24. Yes! Finally here! Can’t wait to upgrade. Why wasn’t it released at the same time as the xfce edition?

  25. I would to express me better, but my english sucks

    MDM and all themes preinstalled are ugly or, at least, they has an homemade style. I have an iMac too and I love design, I love design by Dharma KDM Theme by ~Malcer, grey is a beautiful color and “KDE Style”. I’m speaking about an artwork of integration as Chakra, Rosa KDE does.

    Excuse me if I’m boring

    Edit by Clem: No, no, that’s exactly what we’re looking for. We’ll review the themes available as default, streamline some of them and try to produce new and more modern looking ones.

  26. Anyone know how to reset the percentage of volume control by mouse scroll?now its 15% on one scroll..
    I want to set it back to 5% each..

  27. I’ve just installed Mint KDE for the very first time, and I have to admit it’s much better than Kubuntu, but I will stick to Cinnamon.

    Thanks friends 🙂

  28. I have downloaded from de first link of this page, but what I got was Linux Mint 13 Maya (Gnome) , not Linux Mint 15 Olivia (KDE). Nevertheless the MD5 is correct.

  29. So, I have successfully upgraded through the ‘unsafe’ APT way and everything is working as it should. Thanks very much to developers.

  30. iso-localize not work with the ISO files of Linux Mint 15 KDE 32-bit & 64-bit.

    On the ISO files are missing, among other things in the folder /boot/ config-3.8.0-26-generic, and vmlinuz-3.8.0-25-generic.

    The error message from iso-localized is: WARNING: Not updating vmlinuz!!! /home/devil-i386/root/boot/vmlinuz-3.8.0-26-generic not found!

    In Linux Mint 15 (Cinnamon, MATE and Xfce), there was not this problem.

  31. After trying various types like Mate, Cinnamon or XFCE in Mint and Ubuntu style I am very pleased with this KDE version.
    The team did a great job, thanks.

  32. Having serious problems with nvidia drivers in this release, proprietary from nvidias site will not work, those from the drivers app also fail. Nouveau has been blacklisted, purged, etc. However x-swat somehow work without even requiring blacklisting of nouveau. Would love to know what the difference is that enables this. However their 304 is old and doesn’t support many of the functions I need.

  33. I was talking to one of my Instructors about Linux. I know it exsists but i dont know anything. I am a Windows 7 user / learning to become and IT admin. I am thinking of installing it on to a blank harddrive , installing linux on it and using it as an option to boot from. I want to use it to play around on and become familar with to become a more well rounded IT. Any Help or suggestions I would be really greatful for. Thanks

  34. Hi

    I just wondering that at the logon screen can I have it automatically set to have my username typed in already so that when i boot up linux mint all I have to do is just type in password. It is like that in Windows 7 and so I would like to have that in login screen if possible. There is only one account on my computer. Thanks 🙂

  35. A few years ago, one of the Mint KDE editions proved to be unstable in use, so I turned to Mepis – very stable, 2 years daily use without a hitch – but now, as many one-man-distros it is really withering away. I tried other distros: Debian, Sabayon, Manjaro, Chakra, Netrunner, Korora and just two months ago returned, a prodigal son, to Mint KDE 14. For the last month, I checked several times daily the status of development ISO’s – and finally found that Mint 15 KDE was out. Thank you for your hard work – I appreciate. For me Mint KDE is the best Linux distro. It is based on Ubuntu, which means that a lot of fine details and functions that work “under the hood” are simply there (Power management, memory optimization,…). Many other distros are energy and memory hogs, which leads to literally burning out of the power supply – not every developer has a sense of understanding for or is an electronics engineer. It shows. The other part of Mint 15 KDE is KDE itself. It is very buggy, little attention to engineering details, a lot of run-away memory and energy waste – but of course, nevertheless – it still offers (for me) the optimum desktop experience. No wonder, I guess, it takes so much time to prepare Mint KDE – Clem and Fred – could you please share your thoughts on that? Is there a chance for a graphical desktop manager that would be compatible with every new linux kernel and backward compatible a far as applications go – so that once written, the app does not need to recompiled or rewritten for all the other newer versions of all the other 100+ distros? Have you thought of forking KDE – does it sound like a helpless and paranoid idea? Anyway, thank you very much for all your work.

  36. Downloaded the ISO from different sources made bootable USB with unetbootin and it will not boot. All the other distros work fine using the same method.Looks like it will boot ,then stops and shows message that some files don’t exist and I should type help for more commands which don’t do anything for me.

  37. Goodjob on this release! I didn’t really like KDE that much, but this release changed my opinion a bit. It work really great.

  38. Congratulations again Linux Mint Team!! Was delayed a lot, but there are no doubts which is another great KDE version!! Fortunately they are everywhere. Congratulations Linux Mint Team !!!! Best Regards.-

  39. Has anyone experienced failure of the software manager in all current versions of Mint? as I have just installed mint 15 and the software manager is giving me a lot of problems just like previous versions of Mint 13/14

  40. I just installed it, Kubuntu is giving me too much trouble since 12.04, so is Netrunner 12.12 and 13.06, my PC hangs a lot, I’ll try Mint KDE, if it doesn’t get better I’ll have to go back to Kubuntu 12.04LTS :/

    For the record, my PC has trouble with Gnome3/Cinnamon, so it is not an option.


  41. yet to test …. but while installing same , i realize it is taking too much download to install language packs …why it is necessory to install all languange packs …it should install only languange selected …

  42. My Desktop PC is a Mesh Matrix 64 3000 FX. It has 2.5 GB ram and I’m using a 164 GB Hitachi hard disk, Logitech mouse and keyboard, and a Sharp LL-171A-B LCD monitor via GeForce FX 5900XT interface.

    I have tried openSUSE 12.3, Mageia 3, PCLinuxOS, Fedora 19, Debian 7, and Mint.

    I have to say that (in my opinion) Mint is the best, and Mageia comes second.

    I have tried all editions of Mint. I find that Mint 15 with Mate is the best so far. Currently, I have Mint 15 Mate as my main system, and it’s the one that I’m recommending.

    Cinnamon has potential but does not run on my system for more than a few minutes before crashing or going all pixellated, and it is generally slow. XFCE is almost as good as Mate now. KDE used to be very slow but is much faster now. I prefer Dolphin to Caja — mainly for the way that it does the file permissions. I would like to put Dolphin on Mate but the result is a bit heavy!

    I have had some problems with Mint 15 KDE:-

    I want full disk encryption. Manual partitioning with encrypted lvm fails. The message says that the key could not be generated. The “Guided lvm with encryption” option works OK but it is not clear what it is doing or what it has done.

    Initial Boot:
    I just got a blank screen or it would crash after a few minutes. On my system, you need to turn “Video Effects on Boot” to OFF. Then it’s OK. My problem is that it is ON by default, and you need to boot up to turn it OFF.

    NTP does not work. My system was about an hour out. Is there a fix yet?

    Suspend to memory did not work. I solved that by installing the proprietary Nvidia driver.

    Hibernate does not work, or at least it won’t resume again. Perhaps it cannot find the SWAP, or perhaps it cannot read it as it is encrypted. Maybe it’s related to the video driver.

    It’s just not obvious how this works.

    DVD burning:
    K3b renders my DVD 2x-speed RW disks unwritable and unblankable. At best, I can write to them twice but the data verification checksum fails. I solved the problem by installing Brasero, and using that instead.

    File Sharing:
    It did not work for me, without re-installing SAMBA, and then fiddling with the smb.conf file.

    Software Manager:
    This keeps freezing.

    I hope that my comments are helpful to you.

  43. I am retrying a download from a mirror site. I did not see a md5sum for the ISO, and even though it appeared intact, one of the critical kde files was not included. Ergo, I was unable to install it.
    I did try command line, but …

    I will retry and burn to my flash drive, instead of to a true DVD.

  44. @thewholeone
    You are obviously a little worried about taking the plunge. The method you suggest is fairly foolproof and you should have little problem installing Mint: I put Windows and Mint on the same physical drive and have never experienced any problems. When installation is complete, the boot manager GRUB will install a menu, allowing you to boot into Windows or Mint as you wish. Most of us who use Linux regularly provided a partition for Linux /root (where the OS in installed); another for use as a Linux swap area (like the Windows swap file); and another to become the Linux Home area (like Windows Documents and Settings). That way you need only install new releases on the root partition and all your work, settings, bookmarks, etc will be untouched and will automatically reappear as before. I have Windows but I simply find it too much trouble to use as a regular operating system. The 15-20 minute full reinstall I get with Mint is such a time saver that I would never go back to a system that forces me to buy and install all my software and drivers piecemeal.

  45. Hi. I am big fan of Linux Mint but in this last version 15 there is so much bugs for example: software manager does not starting and so on. Because of this i currently use OpenSUSE. Hope you can fix this release soon.

  46. Mint 15 cannot be woken from ‘suspend’. The system freezes and the only solution is a hard boot. This does not happen on the Debian version of mint. Any ideas on fixing this?

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