The ISO images for the Cinnamon and MATE editions of Linux Mint 17 “Qiana” were updated and labelled “v2”. All the links were updated on the website and in the announcements to point to the new ISOs.
If you’re already running Linux Mint 17, you don’t need to reinstall.
The new ISO images provide fixes for the following issues:
MDM crash with non-xrandr compatible GPUs
On SIS cards or cards which were not compatible with xrandr, mdm crashed when scanning the available monitors and booting Linux Mint 17 resulted in a black screen.
Dangerously ambiguous label could lead people to mistakenly wipe their hard drive
In the installer, when other operating systems were detected, the option to wipe the hard drive was ambiguously labelled “Replace $OS and install Linux Mint”. Although this option warned about removing data, it led people to believe it would only delete partitions and data associated with the mentioned operating system.
Driver Manager didn’t handle missing firmwares correctly
The driver manager incorrectly assumed the user was running a manually installed driver when in presence of a device which required the installation of “linux-firmware-nonfree”.
Corrupted APT sources when / partition wasn’t formatted
In the case where Linux Mint was installed over an existing / partition and this partition was not formatted, the installer used to call apt-clone and this resulted in corrupting the APT sources.
Skype and some WINE or Steam games didn’t work well out of the box
Better out of the box experience for Steam, Wine, Skype, LibreOffice-base
A few additional packages were selected and installed by default, such as ia32-libs, libgl1-mesa-dri/glx, libreoffice-sdbc-hsqldb, to make it easier to run Steam or Wine games in 64-bit, to get better support in 32-bit applications such as Skype or to provide better support for LibreOffice Base.
All level 1 updates were added
All the level 1 updates and bug fixes published since the official release a month ago were added to the new ISO images.
Note to existing users
Although all these changes provide a smoother experience to newcomers. If you already installed Linux Mint and applied all level 1 updates, you do not need to reinstall it.
Note also that the KDE and Xfce editions won’t get respins as these issues either do not apply to them or were already fixed in time for their stable releases.