Linux Mint 16 “Petra” KDE released!

The team is proud to announce the release of Linux Mint 16 “Petra” KDE.

Linux Mint 16 Petra KDE Edition

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 4.11.

New features at a glance:

For a complete overview and to see screenshots of the new features, visit: “What’s new in Linux Mint 16 KDE“.

Important info:

  • Recommended packages and 32-bit libraries
  • EFI Support
  • PAE required for 32-bit ISOs
  • mint4win

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:


Md5 sum:

  • 32-bit: 1d05326903d52a0608f9661d774721e9
  • 64-bit: ce590f819c125730bedf234bd374e4d8


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. nouveau driver issue
    This is not a Mint issue , This is an issue of KDE
    but , for Information

    From the installation screen and fresh installed screen
    both of them have the same issue

    remove nouveau driver through tty1 (include of installation process)
    Ctrl + Alt + F1
    sudo apt-get remove xserver-xorg-video-nouveau
    sudo service mdm restart

    After installation, add this removal of nouveau driver
    it can solved by installation of new graphic driver
    I usually install nvidia-current

    sudo apt-get install nvidia-current
    sudo reboot

  2. Upgraded from the RC without a hitch.
    The upgrade instructions are perfect.
    I’m looking forward to a totally pleasant experience with Petra. 🙂

    Thanks Clem.

  3. I installed LM 16 KDE and experienced three minor issues (MD5sum verified):

    – Fonts were messed up. I’m not sure if I changed anything in System Settings, but I know for sure I wasn’t able to revert everything to what it originally was.
    – KDE Mixer is not remembering master channel)
    – Color profile was somehow messed up (colors were incorrect in Firefox and Gwenview).

    Everything else is working as expected. Thanks.

  4. Clem it’s me again.
    Just installed nvidia drivers, using the driver management tool (just wanted to see if you really made life easy).
    Installed ok. After rebooting, the nvidia drivers are correctly installed and no signs of nouveau.
    One more thing, Had issues with another distro that after nvidia install akonadi and nepomuk went haywire.
    Not with Linux Mint KDE 16.

    Again great job Clem.

  5. i faced a big problem with linux mint kde 16.i tried to install it, bt the installation menu disapper after choosing the partition manually. there is no error promt, its just disappeared

  6. I commented in the RC comments (now closed) earlier so I thought I would put my findings here in case the “bug” is still present.

    If no path statement exists in /etc/environment MDM fails with messages in .xsession-errors that lead me nowhere with Google searches.
    Something like “Error in MDM 5: exec; Init not found.” I could press ctrl+alt+F2, login and issue startx and get the desktop, but Cron was not around along with many other things I rely on. By trial and error I found the problem.
    It turns out that if I have no path assignment in /etc/environment rather relying on it being set in some file * in ~/.kde/env/*.sh, e.g. /home/rob/.kde/env/ then MDM fails with fairly useless error messages. If I place a valid path in /etc/environment everything works and my variable expansion takes place in (variable expansion cannot take place in /etc/environment). This behavior is different than in LM 15 KDE. In LM 15 KDE my path statement in /etc/environment was commented out and path assignment took place in my file. While not necessarily a bug the behavior in LM 16 KDE is certainly different and not documented. FWIW I migrated my home directories via sudo cp -r -p -v from my LM 15 KDE partition.

    It took me 3 days to track this thing down and solve it (again). It took me 3 days only b/c I am deceptively slow. ;> The upside is I learned something. That’s what I like about Linux Mint and linux in general; you get to learn things that most people could care less about.

    I just thought I would mention it in case others are trying to do things with the convoluted mess of processing environment variables and setting paths. I think the mess is due to the various places unix came from (UCal/Berkely, Bell Labs, DoD, …) and the need/desire to acommodate all approaches to minimize forks.
    For those interested here is a link to an excellent explanation of environment variables:

    I will post this in the comments section on the Petra KDE Release annoucement as well since I sorta complained there.

  7. clem and crew this is a wonderful christmas present! one question tho, if pcmcia support is missing and broadcom chips are not supported natively, what o we do? my old (by todays standards ) laptop is stuck on mint 14. I am gong to try to surgically remove the old broadcom wireless card and swap it out fr a card that runs supored chipsets ain th hope this will allow me to have wireless access again. any other suggestions??
    Mint is still number 1!! Happy Holidays to all!

  8. Thank you, Danke, Merci. I love Linux Mint KDE. It’s been my main distro for many years now & will continue to be. I wish you a wonderful Solstice & Yule.


  9. I started with the RC. Now that the real one is here, do I also have it automatically or do I need to re-install? I don’t have any updates waiting so I guess I have the real version now.
    Just had a crash in system-settings, reported it so maybe with the info I sent somebody can find the problem, if any.
    It will be a wonderful Christmas now the final version is here.
    Thank you all for making this possible.

  10. Forget SteamOS. I’ve been running KDE and Steam since LM15.

    Thanks so much guys!

    Great Xmas Pressy.

    Merry Xmas and Happy New Year!

  11. after install mint 16 my laptop heated badly help me to over come this
    and battery back also reduce from 3 hrs to 1 hrs

  12. Linux Mint 16 Xfce user…

    Why does KDE’s fonts suck so bad? I mean, in Mate/Cinnamon/Xfce, the fonts look fantastic, crisp/smooth/sharp by default.

    Under KDE, we have to tweak the font settings like hell to get it right. It looks bloat in general.

    Why is that?

  13. While booting from the ISO, I had some display issues mainly involving fonts and menus not displaying properly (issues with the nouveau driver). Once I successfully installed the nVidia driver and logged out and back in, everything was displayed properly and I was able to run install without a hitch.

  14. Partitioner is broken. I have 80G of free space at the end of my /sda drive. The partitioner wants to use the entire disk with no alternatives. I have Windows 8 on /sda1-/sda3. The Cinnamon version as well as the Mate version picks this up fine and offers me that option.
    IOW the option to install to the free space, /sda4.

    Also when hitting “Back” during the partitioner before making a selection, it crashes.

  15. Hy there, and merry Xmas to all. if some1 could help me with this i would apreciate alot : how do i change audio setup so when i put my tv as a monitor through HDMI to get sound by tv and not by PC speakers. the only tutorials i found on the web were only on mate or cinnamon editions, not on kde. THX

  16. @ #14 tanjil

    I also saw installation brake after a manual partition. It’s halted during the following time-zone selection phase.:( I have tried to select another time-zone, but it still hangs. I cannot go backwards and I cannot stop the installation either. The only way to get out is to shut off the power! I think this is very serious error. please, fredg, what can we do about it?

  17. A suggestion I have noticed some strange behaviour after upgrading from the RC I would have to re-install some applications using synaptic and selecting re-install in general things did not feel quite right.
    I had downloaded the release iso I did a clean install and things are different, even the screen fonts are different.
    So if anyone out there upgraded from the RC I would suggest a clean install with the release version.

    It is also quite possible this applies only to my hardware (Sony Vaio VPCF234FD)

    Anyway I’m still happy.

  18. I badly needed a new installation instead of my now-more corrupted LMDE. As the installation of LM16KDE-386 failed and it was impossible for me to solve, I successfully installed LM15KDE-386. That one works very good for me! 🙂
    Now I have the rotating cube and a working clipboard in the panel!
    I also added the Gnome System Monitor in the panel as well. Everything just works – out of the box!
    I perhaps could change the packet sources to those of LM16KDE and make an upgrade, but I don’t care, I just want something that works fine without any problems.

  19. Hi Clem, et al. Old *nix user here with a new laptop Acer Aspire S7-391, Elan Touchpad, w8.1. I’d really like to ditch w8 for LM16 but the pinch-to-zoom gesture on the touchpad aint working in Mint. Because of my old eyes, having pinch-to-zoom makes reading web pages, pdf files, etc really easy. Any idea if LM can do pinch-to-zoom on an Elan touchpad??? Many thanks!

  20. Two weeks ago I downloaded and installed LM 16 cinnamon w/o any problems. I used a HD previously used for older LM version (14). I now downloaded LM16KDE but I am having serious problems. From the DVD ISO boot it runs very slow, applications will not even run and will not install. What can I do? Shoud I try the 32 bit version? I did not try the 16RC, so I cannot comment on that, but LM14 Cinnamon and KDE as well as LM16 cinnamon run fine on the same computer. When clicking on the Install Icon on the desktop, there is HD and DVD reader activity for about 30-45 seconds, then DVD and HD lights stop blinking and the desktop is still there

  21. @ tux-sven
    Although Mint 15 works out of the box you still have a problem: in a few months time, and few being 2, the support for Mint 15 will be stopped, leaving you with a working but unsupported OS.
    What happened with LMDE, why isn’t it working any more?
    What happened with Mint 16, why wouldn’t work as it should?
    What hardware do you have?
    There should be a way to make either one of them work.

  22. Looks like you guys have some work to do!!
    I have the same issues as others seem to be having.
    The fonts are not right,and when it gets booted the bottom bar is not there as well as any others that are supposed to be displayed.
    My biggest gripe about Mint KDE 15 is the lack of the installer not working to install with other OS’s such as (Hmmmm) MS windows but Mate seems to work okay.
    Although I have not tried to install it.
    You had this down with Mint 14 KDE.
    After a few failed tries and wasted DVD’s I have now learned to use the USB drive using Rufus and that works great!
    I do use U.E. 3.8 (latest) lately but the newest version with KDE seems to have the same Issues.
    I am not a Programmer enough to be able to understand and figure out what the issues are or how to test them.
    Linux Mint was the First Distro that had turned me on to linux and allowed me to get in to this great new world of other OS’s.
    So far it seems to be an issue with KDE as U.E. seems to have the same problems although the system seems to be functioning properly as along I can hit the right button, The ones that don’t even appear on the screen as they should.
    I hope you get this fixed soon as the two machines that I am using is an old Opty 185 with an Asus A8v-x and a FX-6300 on a ASROCK 990FX Extreme 4 mother board.
    Both are running old video card such as the 7600gs and a 7300, just some basic stuff.

    Thanks, Jer 🙂

  23. @ DeMus:
    Hello! Mint16KDE hangs during installation, I have described it above.
    The problem with LMDE MATE is that it’s not possible to run with Compiz any more. Compiz is unsupported now-days and no bugs are fixed any longer. In new LMDE (upgrade7) there is no Compiz available any more. MATE is still incomplete, it is not possible to have auto-start for certain programs. (eg. clipit) My old LMDE worked once with Compiz but after Upgrade6 (?) it begun to be corrupt with some irritating issues.

    My HW in this case is an Acer Aspire One – 32-bit.

  24. I tried to install this on the same (Acer) computer that successfully uses Mint 13 32 bit. It just doesn’t want to know.
    Pity, I was looking forward to trying it.

  25. So I wanted to use KDE (mainly because it’s such a beautiful desktop with awesome effects) & realized it’s not as stable as Cinnamon. Loving Xfce a lot more than MATE though.

    About 50% of the time, KDE would freeze when trying to shutdown or reboot, with no apparent reason why. To test it, I tried booting into KDE then shutting down without starting any other programs to see if the problem was because of an application or KDE & it would still hang (about 50% of the time) on a black screen with the KDE mouse pointer visible/moveable but would not shutdown. I was able to CTRL-ALT-F1 to get to a terminal & shutdown from there, but that gets really old after a few times. Also, KDE would not correctly save the session upon logout with multiple Firefox windows open. Obviously, being able to properly shutdown the system is important, but saving the sessions upon logout are also very important to me, so I switched back to Cinnamon for my main laptop.

  26. Now I gave LM16KDE-32 another try. I burned a DVD and installed on my self-built old desktop. Still manual partition – which failed at first try (ubi partman crashed!) But after restart I succeeded installing it. It runs well. I had to change the Firefox-fonts of course, they where ugly! (Instructions are found at “”.)
    Now I have a Desktop running LM16KDE and a mini-laptop running LM15KDE! But I also still can boot up old LM10 Gnome2 if I want… 😉

  27. Hello, im a newbie in linux, i have heard that this edition its very heavy, i could work it quickly with 8 GB RAM and i5?


  28. Well am somewhat new to the Linux arena (windows & novell – 20+yrs). I have tried several distros – Ubuntu, elementary, Zorin, Zental (as server). Have to say very impressed with Mint – Well done. Running LM16 KDE – If I could just get netflix to run – I could convert my wife’s computer too (LOL). Running on a Toshiba laptop – Satellite Centrino about 6yrs, old dual boot w/ window 8 – awesome job ! 🙂

  29. Hi! Happy New Year! I’ve just tried running a Mint16 Kde 64bit ISO ( checksum ok)on my AMD rig (Ga990FXA) the mint 16 splash screen came up, dissappeared then the monitor shut down. I can’t now get my Saffire 7970 card to output anything on the Display Port. I haven’t as yet tried DVi or HDMI as it’s pretty cramped here. The underlying Kubuntu 13.10 won’t display either.

    Anyone any ideas before I get the screwdriver out ?

  30. Hi

    today i tried to install 64bit DVD version of KDE via bootable USB… every thing went well for installation..but suddenly got message “Sacnning the CD-ROM” and installation crashed …

    i tried to install Mint 64bit DVD version of Cinnmon …same error occured and installation crashed at last stage ….

    i do not know why at end of installation process is looking for CD-ROM drive to scan ..when i am doing installation via bootable USB

    pl help to fix same …


  31. Subsequent to note 46. Above: when using HDMI I get the following message – #179.777796 (drm:radeon_dp_link_train_ce)

    The keyboard layout is also corrupted so doing anything in CLI is next to impossible.

    Pls help!

    Regards John.

  32. I am a beginner in Windows and an absolute beginner in Linux.
    I tried LinuxMint KDE 64-bit from liveDVD but failed to:
    1) connect wireless to Internet;
    2) type in low-case letters in LinuxMint-16 Search and in firefox browser until I opened LibreOffice Writer and tried typing there. After it I managed using using low-case and upper-case characters.

    Feel myself stumbled on every step.
    Could anybody give advice what Linux to install that provides detailed theory and interactive step-by-step skill tutors? One guy advised to use Linux From Scratch, but I am not sure. Nobody is experienced enough around me.

    Thank you,

  33. LM16, Petra, KDE installed yesterday and it runs great. Thanks so much for the hard work. Got the t-shirt, need to be a donor. Yes, will be soon – today.

  34. Petra looks lovely … but it also seems quite moody.

    Amarok drops out when I’m interacting with other (non-AV) software. Synaptic threw up a broken package warning but nothing broken comes up after I’ve checked the repositories & refreshed it. Petra also is frustratingly slow. Caveat: it is brand spanking new & I haven’t even trimmed all the stuff I don’t use yet.

    Now that the size of its ISOs & OSs has grown so much, I think GNU/Linux needs a reliable “turbocharger” that can make a large distro emulate the lightning speed of nano-scale distros like DSL, Puppy & TinyCore.


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