How to upgrade from Linux Mint 17 to 17.1

It is now possible to upgrade the Cinnamon and MATE editions of Linux Mint 17 to version 17.1.

If you’ve been waiting for this I’d like to thank you for your patience.

Upgrade for a reason

“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”.

You might want to upgrade to 17.1 because some bug that annoys you is fixed or because you want to get some of the new features. In any case, you should know why you’re upgrading.

As excited as we are about 17.1, upgrading blindly for the sake of running the latest version does not make much sense, especially if you’re already happy with 17 and everything is working perfectly.

Make sure to read the release notes and to known the new features so you have all the information you need before deciding whether you want to upgrade.

Be selective with updates

Upgrading from 17 to 17.1 will upgrade from Qiana to Rebecca of course, but also apply all level 1 updates for you.

You do not need to apply level 2, 3, 4 or 5 updates to upgrade to the new version of Linux Mint, and doing so won’t apply these for you.

Level 4 and 5 updates are not recommended unless they bring solutions to issues you’re facing. Level 3 updates should be applied selectively and with precautions.


Upgrading to 17.1 is relatively easy:

In the Update Manager, click on the Refresh button to check for any new version of mintupdate. If there is one, apply it and wait for the Update Manager to restart itself.

Launch the System Upgrade by clicking on “Edit->Upgrade to Linux Mint 17.1 Rebecca”.

Follow the instructions on the screen.

Once the upgrade is finished, reboot your computer.

Additional info

  • The same upgrade path will be available for the Xfce and KDE editions, after they are released as stable 17.1 at the end of the month.
  • Although Linux Mint 17.1 features a newer kernel than the one used in the 17 release, this upgrade does not change the kernel on your behalf. This is a decision only you should take. Should you decide to upgrade to 17.1’s recommended kernel you can do so by applying the “linux-kernel-generic” update, post-upgrade.
  • Although they are featured in the 17.1 release, this upgrade doesn’t automatically include “retro” backgrounds and backgrounds for Maya, Nadia, Olivia and Petra. They represent a significant amount to download so the choice to do so was left to you. These backgrounds are provided via packages which name start with “mint-backgrounds”.


  1. I love many things about Linux Mint, but I stopped using it because of this mindset, presenting updates as something evil… sure, I could have stayed with Dos 6.22 which worked flawlessly until the end of time, but that’s not what computers are about. Sure, updates can cause problems, but maybe we should try to make these happen less often instead of scaring people off doing it?

    Edit by Clem: We’re doing both actually. The better a developer is the more he/she is aware that his/her code changes can introduce regressions. There are plenty of alternative projects out there led by people who either don’t understand that or aren’t into talking about it and which recommend their users don’t think for themselves, don’t read any info and blindly update whatever it is they just changed. That’s not us. You’ll appreciate that this update is coded and tested by us, and that most of what it updates is also coming from us… this is as safe as it gets. There’s millions of users out there though with very different configurations. You won’t see me assume everything will go smooth for everybody. That would be a silly assumption to make. I’m sorry this mindset doesn’t sound sexy or trendy to you. What matters right now isn’t to sound cool though or to get people excited, it’s to get them safely on the other side or to challenge them into making the right decision for themselves.

  2. Hi Clem, thank you and the team for the excellent work on linux mint.
    One question: is it possible to install packages from ubuntu 14.10 repositories? I see in the software sources that the base mirror is trusty.

    Edit by Clem: Hi Ehsan, it’s not recommended. Both 17 and 17.1 use Trusty. If it’s a single package without too much dependencies, it might work.. but please don’t point your sources or use PPA made for 14.10.

  3. im using mint17 Xfce and there’s upgrade option to 17.1, is this option save for me?

    Edit by Clem: “grep EDITION /etc/linuxmint/info” should determine your edition. If it’s Xfce or KDE, it’s recommended to wait for the stable release (we’re still updating/working/fixing things for these editions for 17.1).

  4. – Which Kernel should be used?
    – Is the Qiana default Kernel ok to use?
    – will upgrading revert to a default system, or will my third party installations/data remain intact?


    Edit by Clem: Hi Neil. Your kernel selection is not tied to the upgrade, you can continue to use the same one as you were using with Qiana. Upgrading won’t revert your settings (there’s a note about keybindings in the release notes for Cinnamon, but other than that it shouldn’t affect anything), your data and third party installations will remain the same, yes.

  5. There is no “Edit->Upgrade to Linux Mint 17.1 Rebecca” on my 17.0 machine. I’m using the Cinnamon version, any tips on what i might be missing/doing wrong?

    Edit by Clem: Please paste the content of /etc/linuxmint/info.

  6. Is this the only opportunity to upgrade Mint 17? Will there be versions 17.2, etc? If so, will the upgrade path be possible directly to 17.2 or will it require an upgrade to 17.1 first?

    Edit by Clem: It’s not the only opportunity, you can upgrade at any time in the future and you’ll also be able to skip 17.1 and jump directly onto 17.2.

  7. @Borsook: Linux Mint is designed with beginners in mind. Obviously if you know what you are doing, feel free to update (or not) as you please. Hopefully you know how to fix stuff when you break it. Beginners though should be more cautious if they have anything important on their computer. Once they are comfortable enough with Linux Mint to decide for themselves, then they will. Surely having warning messages didn’t scare you away? I guarantee you that whatever you are running now is not risk-free either, whether or not they have warning messages.

  8. Hi,

    I tried this upgrade in a test machine (virtual) and it worked fine.
    But on my production machine I don’t get the updater 4.7.7
    What can be reason for that?

    Edit by Clem: Switch to the official mirror (, it might be simply that your mirror isn’t fully up to date yet. This update was pushed just a few hours ago.

  9. Thanks for the update manager! So far, so good. It went like a charm, and now I’m having some fun playing around with the new settings. It definitely has a nice, polished look about it, and it feels faster at least (not that I timed loading times before). Nemo looks great, and I’m enjoying the new desktop backgrounds. Very, very well done. When I started Linux Mint a few years ago (Mint 8 or so I believe, before the introduction of Cinnamon), it was alright, but fairly quirky. Each release has been a bit better than the last, and now it just seems really good, very usable, and quite intuitive. You should be quite proud!

    Edit by Clem: Thanks, welcome to Rebecca 🙂

  10. Thank,Thank you Linux mint team the upgrade from Quana 17 to Rebecca 17.1 worked wonderful, all my program working has before (netflix,XBMC,Convertxtodvd)and very much like the little extra you guys did like the login, thank you for the best Linux dist around.Ray

    to alll who will upgrade be patient when reboothing it will take a few minute to get to login screen and to boot to screen,

  11. I`ve just upgraded my linux mint 17 to 17.1 via the update manager. Everything looks fine except the Backgrounds, they wont start.
    I`ve read that I should install mint-backgrounds and I did, but it did not solve the problem. Please give me any suggestions.

    Edit by Clem: Hi, which desktop environment do you use? This should only be an issue with KDE/Xfce (mint-backgrounds-qiana/rebecca are pending an update to gain KDE/Xfce compatibility).

  12. Thank you so much. For a total noob that knows very little about computers I have been able to use LM for most of this year (13XFCE, 17MATE & now 17.1 MATE) with very few problems.

    The update to 17.1 following your instructions was flawless on a 12 yo Dell dimension with P4 processor and 1 GB RAM. I upgraded on this computer because the backgrounds/colors made it difficult to read stuff sometimes (doesn’t happen on any other LM 17 MATE computer I have) and 17.1 took care of it. Upgrade took about 15 minutes and went without a glitch. I will now start testing to see if there are any issues, but so far everything looks great.

    Thanks again for all of your work and especially for giving people that know very little about computers a great OS to replace that awful OS that we have been stuck with for so long (I won’t mention it by name, but it rhymes with wind blows).

    We have to get out the word that freedom from the evil empire is available for regular people that use computers without wanting/knowing how to look under the hood.I have started installing LM 17 in the XP computers of friends/family that are just laying around collecting dust. Everyone that I have upgraded from XP to LM17 is elated and let me tell you, these people know nothing about computers.

    Your warnings about upgrading are also great (along with your steps that require me to make sure I agree that I know what I am doing). Maybe an expert does not need these warnings, but for people like me they are key to making sure that I am doing something that could break my system. You may even want to add the common sense warning that you have had in other updates – BACKUP documents and software list before any upgrade.

  13. I running Linux Mint 17 x64 Mate. Update was flawless. After 5 minutes, i have perfect Linux Mint 17.1 x64 Mate. Thank you, Clem and the team for the excellent work. God bless you!

  14. If after you apply the update and re-run the update manager and see no listings for “linux-kernel-generic” does this mean there isn’t a compatible upgraded kernel for machine? I guess I am asking how to find the updated 17.1 kernel mentioned as it isn’t appearing in the update manager.

    Edit by Clem: It’s a level 5 update so it wouldn’t appear by default. You can also click on “View->Linux Kernels” to see more information about the various kernels and select the one you want.

  15. Hi, when i’m trying to upgrade to 17.1 from 17 (mint cinnamon x64), i’m getting this error:

    E: The value ‘qiana’ is invalid for APT::Default-Release as such a release is not available in the sources
    E: _cache->open() failed, please report.

    And i can’t continue the upgrade. Help.


    Edit by Clem: Something looks wrong in your APT setup. Can you run “Software Sources” to “Restore the default settings”? Then in the maintenance tab, click both buttons and “Update the cache”. If that doesn’t solve it, please join us on the IRC so we can help you troubleshoot.

  16. What exactly are the issues reported using Skype in 64-bit and does installing the package “ia32-libs” resolve them all?

    Edit by Clem: The issue affects 17 as well and the same solution is recommended. If Skype works for you in 17 it will continue to do so in 17.1.

  17. Hi Clem,

    I`m using Cinnammon, not xfce.

    Edit by Clem: What do you mean by “they don’t start”? Can you run “cinnamon-settings backgrounds”? Does it produce any errors?

  18. calhaus, is it possible you need to un-check ‘CD ROM’ from the Additional Repositories within the Software Sources section of the Update Manager? To me, it looks as if it is trying to parse your optical drive.

  19. Dear Clem,

    I`ve just solved my problem. It was about permission to the .cinnamon folder. Really sorry for troubling you 🙂 Keep up the good work.

    Edit by Clem: No problem, I’m glad you solved it.

  20. Thanks Clem for your help! The update process seems to have run without issue. I am glad you and your team test things! Great work everyone involved!

  21. This may have been covered elsewhere and sorry if it has, but all of the incomplete file names and incomplete folder names are missing text letters on my desktop. How do I get the complete text back?

    Edit by Clem: Please explain the problem more in details.

  22. Hi Clem !
    First i want to thank you for the work you do for this beautiful OS.Today I did upgrade to 17.1 Cinnamon 64-bit, and i have a small problem:i can’t change theme because i have no button available to do that.Entire window is blank.More than that, theme not launching of panel.Thanks ! 🙂

    Edit by Clem: Do you get errors when launching “cinnamon-settings themes”? Can you take a screenshot of the result?

  23. It’s upgrading now! 😀

    My problem was, in synaptic i had “qiana” checked as preferred version to update packages.
    Changed that to other option and it’s fine (for me i’ve simply changed it to trusty, but stabe or others apart from qiana should work…)

    Other thoughts:


    I’ve had that option unchecked for a long time. 😉


    The thing in software sources, i’ve done that, the problem goes away but when i updated the problem came back because i’ve had that “preferred version of qiana” in synaptic.

    ^Never the less, this was needed, to gain access to sinaptic. Otherwise with that problem you can’t enter synaptic

    P.S.: I’ve also tried “sudo rm /var/lib/apt/lists/* -vf” previously without success just so other people know if they come to this problem 😉

    Edit by Clem: Careful not to force versions of all packages to trusty. Do so on select packages if you want to get an upstream version of a particular package, but be careful not to effectively cancel the default APT priorities between Mint and Ubuntu packages.

  24. I have a folder named TEXT. I see no text characters at all. I see underneath the folder a ghosted space for the characters, but no characters. On my saved text files I see names of the files, but broken up.
    phone numbers.txt
    turns out to be
    on numb rs.txt


    Edit by Clem: That sounds like either a driver issue (kernel, mesa, xserver updates), a rendering issue (if you’re running under virtualbox, guest-addons were updated), or a font issue (check your font settings and whether the corresponding font is properly installed).

  25. In 17 I added a top panel with application icons. Will this be lost in upgrade to 17.1?

    Edit by Clem: No, it shouldn’t.

  26. I just ran into problems updating with the update-manager, resulting in this error-message:
    > E: Der Wert »qiana« ist für APT::Default-Release ungültig, da solch eine Veröffentlichung in den Paketquellen nicht verfügbar ist.
    > E: _cache->open() failed, please report.

    Some other people seem to have this problem too, seen on fb-forums.

    I successfully continued and finished the dist-upgrade on the console with:
    sudo apt-cache gencaches # to fix the cache
    sudo update
    sudo dist-upgrade

    Could be maybe some (re)gencaches missing in the upgrade-scripts…(?)

    One other minor thing:
    I don’t think it makes sense to coerce folk twice into reading release-announcements before being able to click the “continue” button (I have read them before anyways…)

    Great updates wit 17.1, great distro (using Mate). Thank you all a lot! 🙂

  27. In 17, I added several PPAs. Will these be lost during upgrade to 17.1?

    Thanks for all of your hard work on this amazing distro!

    Edit by Clem: No, they’ll still be there and working in 17.1.

  28. @bjoernx:

    In synaptic:
    settings -> preferences -> Distribution -> Change it to “Always prefer highest version” or something that isn’t qiana. 😉

    For me it was the easiest and obvious solution. That “gencaches” was unknown to me :v

  29. This is the results of command Well, after that i find the problem:DieHard4…I removed and now is OK.Bug was me. :-)Thanks once again , Clem !

    Edit by Clem: Thanks, it shouldn’t crash though, we’ll get that fixed on our side as well.

  30. A couple things:
    During the upgrade, is it really necessary to require to click the release notes and what’s new in order to continue? I had just read them to make sure it was a good idea to upgrade when I was suddenly forced to re-visit the page. I get it’s important to read them, but not all of us blindly hit next next 😛

    Also, this new update fixed the nemo + sshfs bug that I reported! This is super awesome as it lets me re-integrate ssh into my computer without needing to click on nemos ssh bookmarks to consistently reconnect.

    +1 for terminal button in nemo.

  31. hi … upgraded from 17 to 17.1 fine — great work guys.
    two questions

    1. the screen wallpaper still says 17, not 17.1 … how do I change this.

    2. my kernel is but there are many newer ones … which is the default kernel for 17.1?


    Edit by Clem: 1. It shouldn’t .. is mint-artwork-gnome up to date? 2. it’s but this upgrade doesn’t change the active kernel on your behalf.

  32. When using compiz as window manager, the minimize button CLOSES the window. Something I`ve set up wrong? Otherwise all seems well.

  33. Upgrade went smoothly and for me it was well worth the effort. I always keep my /home ghosted onto a backup drive anyway. A very polished distro that is getting better and better with each release. A bit thank-you to the team.

  34. its ok … i fixed the wallpaper. not sure why it didn’t update automatically though?
    Kernel chaned to 37.

    Love mint … really impressed.

  35. Edit by Clem: That sounds like either a driver issue (kernel, mesa, xserver updates), a rendering issue (if you’re running under virtualbox, guest-addons were updated), or a font issue (check your font settings and whether the corresponding font is properly installed).

    I checked the desktop fonts and it says that I have Noto Sans 10. I guess that’s what it is and no VM is running. I have no idea how to check the others you mention. What I did is create a new folder and it shows all of the characters. Then moved everything (text and other folders) into it. All of the names are right. I did a test as a new txt file, saved it to the desktop and again missing characters. Makes no sense to me.

  36. Hi calhaus, Hi clem

    I am also having this problem:

    I can not enter synaptic anymore. Always get a popup and can only press “close”.
    > E: _cache->open() failed, please report.

    How can I change to “Highest version” without starting synaptic?

    Thank you.

  37. @Sam, first go to “Software Sources” and “Restore the default settings” then in the maintenance tab, click both buttons and “Update the cache”.
    After this you can go to synaptic.

  38. Thank you very much for a fantastic job. I switched to Mint Cinnamon after MS stopped XP support and I got a computer with Windows 8.1, which I hate. It took me some time to get used to Linux Mint, but I never regretted the switch. BTW, the Qiana to Rebecca upgrade went smoothly.
    I would like to make a modest donation. Is there a way to transfer the money through IBAN/BIC)*, preferably into a bank account in a EU member state?


  39. Hey,

    I updated, and on restart, I saw black screen for a while. I held down the power button, turned it back on, and then went to a previous kernel version (3.13.0-24(3.13.9)) from version 3.16.0-25 for it to boot. Also, when I try to install different kernels, I see this error:

    What should I do? Should I revert back to 17 or somehow make a different kernel required (without having to say ‘previous linux versions’ every time).

    Really good work, thank you for all that you do. I’ll shoot some more BTC your way!

  40. Hi, first thanks for the update. The new fetures are much appreciated.

    I have one problem though:

    I upgraded from 17 to 17.1 through the update manager and now the quick search in the Cinnamon main menu isn’t working anymore.

  41. Edit by Clem: That sounds like either a driver issue (kernel, mesa, xserver updates), a rendering issue (if you’re running under virtualbox, guest-addons were updated), or a font issue (check your font settings and whether the corresponding font is properly installed).

    After completely shutting down and doing a cold boot. Everything came up right. All characters are back.

  42. When I upgrade from 17 to 17.1 (Cinnamon) can I save download bandwidth by using a 17.1 DVD (which I already have)?

  43. A flawless upgrade! The easiest, safest and swiftest I’ve ever experienced, thanks to the excellent choice of sticking to the Ubuntu 14.04 base. Thanks!

    Can’t wait to upgrade my Mint Xfce machines as well. 🙂

  44. Echoing all of the compliments above. Upgrading Mint MATE from 17 to 17.1 was (as you’ve said) trivial, and quick and painless! Thanks for that. I upgraded because of the bug in python-caja that had been preventing me from using caja with insync (the Google Drive client for Linux), which was finally fixed in Mint 17.1.

    My only minor quibble (if you could even call it that) is that the upgrade re-installed mate-screensaver, which I had uninstalled when I installed xscreensaver (I’m a sucker for those xscreensaver-gl-extra screensavers). So when I rebooted after upgrading Mint to 17.1, both xscreensaver and mate-screensaver were running. Quick fix to re-uninstall mate-screensaver (which also uninstalled mint-meta-mate).

    Great job as always, guys. Do you have a release date for Mint XFCE 17.1? Will it also be a “trivial” upgrade?

  45. Many thanks to all the Mint team for the hard work that went into LM17.1 Cinnamon.

    The best Mint yet!

    Love all the new Mint-X color themes and matching icons
    (thanks JosephM!), and the improvements to Nemo.

    Upgraded without a problem.

  46. This site ‘’ will crash Linux Mint 17.0-17.1
    When using an Intel GM965 or 82G965 Graphics Controller.
    It seems any Intel Graphics Controller with the number 965.
    All others I have tried work, 945GM, 945GSE, 915GM

    Toshiba Satellite M205 notebook
    cpu 1.66 ghz core2duo 64-bit
    Intel Mobile GM965/GL960 Integrated Graphics Controller (1280×800)

    Dell Dimension DM061 tower
    cpu 1.8 ghz core2duo 64-bit
    Intel 82G965 Integrated Graphics Controller (1024×768)

    Is there a fix or workaround?

  47. Very easy upgrade from 17!! Thank you so much for all of the hard work.

    Only issue I have had is that the pidgin icon in the panel no longer changes when I change my status….I think I had this issue in the past but don’t remember the fix

  48. I updated the package manager, then ran the package manager and updated all the packages it found. Now launching the ‘update to 17.1’ button does nothing. I am not sure what went wrong here (still on 17).

    Is there a way around this?

    Thank you,


  49. I upgraded flawlessly to Rebecca Mate Edition.

    I love the feel (being an old time Gnome 2 and XFCE user), the robustness and the speed. And LTS strategy was a great move!

    Thanks to Clem and the developers team for the great job always.

  50. I upgraded to LM Mate 17.1 (64-bit) and everything went smoothly.

    EXCEPT: The main system font, used for just about everything seems to be much narrower. It is used for the subject browser (upper pane) in Thunderbird, as well as the System clock, the filenames in Caja, etc.

    I have a bunch of fonts installed on my machine normally.

    Do I need to re-crunch the font cache, so “my font” is used again?

    Or did LM switch what font is used for these things? If so, what was the name of the old font so I can switch it back?


  51. Sorry, update to the above: I went into “Software Sources” to “Restore the default settings”. Then in the maintenance tab, clicked both buttons and “Update the cache”. I now get through the update wizard and end up with “The upgrade did not succeed. Make sure you are connected to the Internet and try to upgrade again”. The wizard goes away until I repeat the above.

  52. I am using Mint 17 x64 Cinnamon. I have changed bootloader to burg, also using custom bootsplash with super boot manager.
    Will this cause any problem?
    What is the size of update in MB?

  53. Hello, I have upgraded to 17.1 and fine, but my personal keyboard shortcuts have seen deleted. For example in my machine Ctrl+Alt+m executes midori or Ctrl+Alt*f excecutes firefox, and I have wrote them again. It is not important.

  54. @Bill M.

    It’s a bug in the Intel video driver.

    The bug title says it happens with Chrome, but it also happens with other programs (including Firefox) that use hardware acceleration.

    Most of my family uses laptops containing the GM965 GPU because they’re cheaply available, and they’re all affected by this bug.

    There’s no real work around for this bug (unless you can downgrade your Intel video driver) and Intel hasn’t fixed it yet. I’m hoping it’ll be fixed and an updated graphics stack will be available by the time Mint 17.2 comes around.

  55. I started with PC/OS Linux then moved to Ubuntu, Fedora, Lubuntu, Debian, Arch, Manjaro and finally to MINT Debian. Now its Mint and Elementary OS.
    Clem you and your team do a fantastic job. None of the headaches of other distros. Everything just works.

  56. I have just updated and very happy with the results. Thank you Mint people!

    There is something that I have noticed that worries me a little:
    The upgrade has added some files to /usr/local/bin:

    Shouldn’t ‘/usr/local’ be out of bounds for distro things? I don’t want to worry about what different distros/updates leave there. Here is my PATH (which I set in an /etc/profile.d script):
    If I type ‘apt’ ‘/usr/local/bin/apt’ will run instead of ‘/usr/bin/apt’.

  57. I have tried to update to LM 17.1 Mate and it gets stuck on Requirements Install mint-meta-mate it asks for a password which I give click undertand the risk but nothing happens. Also when I click software Sources nothing happens.
    For the upgrade to 17.1 has been a complete failure. Any advice on how to fix this issue


  58. Hi Clem,

    I upgraded to Linux Mint 17.1. But when I choose set as background using gthumb, the open background preferences button doesn’t open the Backgrounds dialog box. Is this a bug? Same happens with Image viewer too.

  59. Hi Clem,
    just a clarification regarding updates with level 3. You say that Level 3 updates should be applied selectively and with precautions. How would I know which ones are safe to download? A while back I saw updates for Evolution which is not an email client for Mint. If I had not downloaded it I would still have the icon telling me that there are updates available…so I went ahead and downloaded it but, luckily, nothing happened. Qiana works flawlessly on my computer and I think I will keep it that way. The only doubt is the level 3 updates.


  60. I’ve upgraded 2 machines from 17 to 17.1 and both are having problems with the new feature to change directory colours in nemo. When I right-click on a directory, I don’t see the colours listed at the bottom of the right-click menu. This affects both machines that upgraded from 17, but it doesn’t affect a VM newly installed from the 17.1 iso.

    Can anyone suggest a way to debug this problem? Thanks.

  61. I think I understand now. The directory colours feature appears to work with the Mint-X-* Icons theme, but not the old gnome-* colours Icons theme.

  62. A flawless upgrade from 17 to 17.1 (Cinnamon, thanks to the excellent choice of sticking to the LTS base.

    Many thanks to Clem and all the Mint team for the hard work!

    Who is afraid of problems have systemback as very good solution:

    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nemh/systemback
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install systemback

  63. Successfully upgraded from 17 to 17.1 (Cinnamon) on my Dell XPS15. The upgrade process went smoothly without a hitch. However, the ‘World Clock Calendar’ applet and ‘Desktop Cube’ extension failed to work after that. But that is up to the developer of the respective applet and extension to get their software up to speed with Cinnamon 2.4. I can live with that in the mean time. I decided to upgrade because I wanted the new Background Slide Show feature. I was using Variety, which is a wonderful piece of software. But I much prefer something that is native to the distro. And I am happy that this new feature it working very well for me. The other new features are also wonderful. I would like to say a big thank you and congratulations to the Linux Mint team for coming up with this new release of their wonderful distro. I came over from Windows 7 during LM16 as I wanted to try out Linux which I have heard so much about. Since upgrading to LM17 I had never once log in to Windows, even though it is still available on my hard disk. I have no reason to do so. Thank you guys.

  64. Although for the time being I do not want to switch to Linux Mint 17.1 should I install the same “mintupdate 4.7.7”?
    Because I can no longer see other software updates (Firefox, etc…)

  65. A couple of points: 1 Forcing the user to open the release notes webpage was a bit annoying, and not directly a part of the upgrade process. I understand you want us to see it before we upgrade, because it has important notes, but I think the more sensible way to do it is to read the notes before I started the upgrade anyway.
    2 The new speed test tool for mirrors in Software Sources is amazing, thanks for the great work!
    3 Spotify Linux preview still sucks a bit, but that’s not your fault.

  66. The greatest obstacle of Linux Mint now removed (having to reinstall for upgrades), I must say, the wait for the official upgrader was well worth it!

    On my main »work horse« (a Dell E6410 laptop), I upgraded today from LM 17 to LM 17.1 and switched the kernel to the recommended one. A very smooth and painless experience—everything works as expected.

    Thanks for all the great work, the upgrader and a wonderful distro in general. Linux Mint is my most-used distro, and the distro of choice to recommend to all Linux newbies. And I speak also for the many happy users I helped installing LM17, or recommended it.

    Thanks again, and keep it up!

  67. Upgrade from LM 17 to 17.1 was fast and very smooth(about 5 minutes). For now there is no problems. New Cinnamon and Nemo are now far more beautiful then before. Good job Linux Mint team.

  68. i cant upgrade using the update manager.

    it wont install mint-meta-cinnamon, telling me that some packages and dependencies are broken. and it seems like it is a lot of packages.
    from mint-meta-cinnamon to mint-meta-core. any ideas on fixing this?

    repair option with synaptic does not work at all

  69. Thank you so much.
    I am experimenting with compiz on my tiny Asus Netbook booting from a flash drive. The hard drive currently has Ubuntu 10 or 11 w Compiz.
    Seem to be some cosmetic issues with rotating cylinder, but overall looks good.
    Eager to upgrade to a more modern OS.

  70. Dear Clem, it’s time – I eagerly want to donate, but no way when PayPal is involved! And I think I’m not the only one who hesitates to give credit card data because of that. Please find another way.
    Thanks especially for this release and the feeling of direct contact to the users.

  71. Great work everyone involved!
    words are not enough to express my love and gratitude for this Linux.
    So I will donate again.
    Linux Mint is becoming what Windows should have been all along.
    But with less people, less time and way less money and it’s f. free !!
    Please stay this course, it’s bullet proof.
    One suggestion : it would be nice for Nemo to have the option to change the background from white to grey (easier on the eye).
    I am proud to be somewhat a part of this team.
    One last thing, the small things make the difference and Linus Mint know it.
    Thank you again Clem.

  72. Dear Clem and team,

    Did a full upgrade from Mint 17 – great, running nicely. Only feedback other than positive is that the machine (Dell D630, C2D) seems to require great fan – previous install ran faultlessly, currently the last hour of use seems more system hungry and fan is constantly on (did kernel upgrade also) 🙁

    Nemo (which ran perfectly previously) now renders my USB sticks read only.

    I’ll fix the second issue (if I can) but thought it would be good to give this feedback. A second clean install didn’t have this issue and USB sticks are read/write.



  73. I have configure one of the button in window title bar to shade the window. I noticed that after I shaded a window and switch to another workspace, when I come back to the original workspace, I cannot unshade the window. Anybody facing this same problem?

  74. @ttjimera: I can confirm this behavior. If I next choose the shaded window in the panel, it reappears unshaded and acts normally. But this behavior does seem to repeat consistently upon moving between workspaces.

  75. Clem & Mint Team,
    Let me start by bowing to the “Yoda’s” of the Linux world where you have given the power of Linux to the poor lost souls of Redmond Washington some hope, also to the other “Linux” distros who thinks that making it “sophisticated” and “Complicated” to a user means , the OS is powerful.

    Clem and your team have taken a great principle of good design “KISS”-Keep It Simple and Stupid, I use at-least 10-12 different OS(32Bit/64Bit), starting from DOS,Windows3.0(OLD),WindowsNT,WindowsXP,Windows95,Windows2000,Windows Vista,Windows 7 Prof (64x),Fedora 20,Ubuntu(latest),Quebes and Mint(x64) and I have to admit Mint beats them all , and works like a charm, not once single errors, no-crazy crashes, not a single problem , and above all running it as a “Virtual Machine” am able maintain the “Version Control”.

    Why is is that Life not that easy as Mint?

    I will update my Mint 7 once you release Mint 7.2 or later, Clem as you say “If it is Not Broken Don’t Fix it”

    Keep up the good work.

  76. 16 calhaus said:

    … upgrade to 17.1 from 17, i’m getting this error:

    E: The value ‘qiana’ is invalid for APT::Default-Release as such a release is not available in the sources
    E: _cache->open() failed, please report.

    What stopped that for me:
    edit the file in the hidden directory /root/.synaptic/synaptic.conf to change “qiana” to “rebecca” in the final line.

  77. Successfully updated the kernel on my Dell XPS15 to the recommended kernel (3.13.0-37). However, after updating I run rkhunter and it reported that a new user and group geoclue have been added to /etc/passwd and /etc/group. I checked and found that, for some reason, I have geoclue package installed even before upgrading to 17.1. My guess is that it came pre-installed with LM or was installed together with one of the software I installed via Software Manager. But why suddenly the new user and group added when before it don’t need them? My gut feeling is that this is not a problem. But I just want to be sure.

  78. Testing in a VM, but I found the repeated reminders that this could be ‘bad’ annoying. One notice, not requiring me to open a web browser would have been enough.

  79. I did both a fresh install of Rebecca and an upgrade from LM 17 to 17.1 as well on serveral PCs. When i login as root via mdm, the desktop is not functional (no Icons, no right mouse klick) whereas the panel works fine.
    This does not happen when i login as an ordinary user.
    Does anyone else observe this?

    Clem and team: thank you very much for the great work.

    Edit by Clem: Yes, that’s a side-effect of a recent fix on Nemo. We no longer want it to handle the desktop as root (it can cause issues when people use the “open as root” functionality from a user session). Now, with that said, that causes a regression for you in your root session. But with all that said… it’s a bad idea to login graphically as root in the first place. At the very least, it goes against many ancient Linux principles, would make any veteran user feel uncomfortable and is completely frowned upon. If this is a multi-user computer especially, using a graphical root session should be a complete No No. Now… with all of the above said, we’re pragmatic, and I hate telling people what to do when I’ve no real valid arguments (other than this: on a single-user computer, using root presents a risk to stability because your applications run with root privileges, meaning any bug in their code has the potential to actually alter the system… of course in a single-user computer environment, the most precious thing isn’t the system but the personal data, and applications always have the power to alter these.. so I’m well aware that argument isn’t all that valid).. we won’t revert that fix because the present situation is preferable to the previous one but we’ll look into a way to fix both use cases.

  80. Great work Clem & team
    It’s safe to install Nemo 2.4 on LM17.1 Mate as default filemanager instead of Caja?
    Thanks 🙂

    Edit by Clem: Safe? yes.. recommended? well, we’ve different opinions on the subject within the dev. team. Personally I never committed to develop a file browser as such, but an entire DE called Cinnamon, which Nemo is just one component off. Some developers within the team go the extra mile to make Nemo work with other DEs. Nowadays it does work pretty well with any DE. Going forward though, if I want to design something which needs changes in both Cinnamon and Nemo, the fact that it won’t work or that it won’t work as nicely in other DEs won’t be relevant to me and it certainly won’t stop me from developing Cinnamon further. I guess what I’m trying to say is.. yes it works well, but no it’s not designed with MATE in mind, so there’s no guarantee it will continue to do so long term.

  81. @ Clem
    Ok, many thanks for fast reply 🙂
    My problem is that Cinnamon does not work well on this pc because graphic hw…. 🙁 And Caja lacks a lot of features that Nemo GUI provide (e.g. fast switch of sidebar and sidebar views, fast change between icon-list-details view etc.)
    Nemo is much better and “fast” in that kind of changes… and I think that FM is the “front face” of a DE, so the feeling with it it’s very important.
    Only change in Nemo that I think was useful it’s a button to toggle on/off thumbnails… Especially on not power machines.

    Ok, now I will go to try this hybrid DE 😉
    See you

  82. I confirm the don’t work the “Base (trusty)” selection in mintsources (software sources) ver. 1.3.7 for choosing alternate server, in Linux Mint 17.1. Maybe Mintsources ver. 1.3.7 has a bug.

    Sorry for my bad English.

    “WinterTroubles Says:
    December 5th, 2014 at 12:09 pm
    Great release, on the whole very happy..

    One potentially troubling issue though. myself and at least one other user cannot change the mirror in use for ‘Base (trusty)’ in software sources. Clicking the appropriate button results in either window closure or the next window failing to open.

    There is a thread on the forums, , with possibly relevant terminal outputs from running software sources in terminal.”

    Edit by Clem: Can you run it from the command line “mintsources” and tell me if you see any error messages?

  83. Hi,
    when I try to open cinnamon-settings (after the upgrade), I only get the message “cannot import name Notify” (hence Cinnamon Settings does not start). Might my system miss a package?

    Edit by Clem: Does installing gir1.2-notify-0.7 solve the issue? Let me know, if so we’ll fix Cinnamon with the missing dependency.

  84. Thank you for your prompt response.
    Here’s the error in choosing another server (alternate server) for “Base (trusty)” in mintresources ver. 1.3.7 (Software sources):

    “~ $ mintsources

    (gksu:5050): Gtk-WARNING **: Theme file for default has no name

    (gksu:5050): Gtk-WARNING **: Theme file for default has no directories

    Error ‘RETR response: 550’ on url
    Error ‘Couldn’t resolve host ‘” on url
    Error ‘Could not resolve host:’ on url
    Error ‘Couldn’t resolve host ‘” on url
    Error ‘RETR response: 550’ on url
    Error ‘RETR response: 550’ on url
    Error ‘RETR response: 550’ on url
    Error ‘RETR response: 550’ on url
    Error ‘RETR response: 550’ on url

  85. Thank you for your prompt response.
    Here’s the error in choosing another server (alternate server) for “Base (trusty)” in mintsources ver. 1.3.7 (Software sources):

    “~ $ mintsources

    (gksu:8183): Gtk-WARNING **: Theme file for default has no name

    (gksu:8183): Gtk-WARNING **: Theme file for default has no directories

    Error ‘RETR response: 550’ on url
    Error ‘RETR response: 550’ on url
    Error ‘Could not resolve host:’ on url
    Error ‘RETR response: 550’ on url
    Error ‘RETR response: 550’ on url
    Error ‘Could not resolve host:’ on url
    Error ‘RETR response: 550’ on url
    Error ‘Couldn’t resolve host ‘” on url
    /usr/lib/linuxmint/mintSources/ GtkWarning: Theme file for default has no directories

    Traceback (most recent call last):
    File “/usr/lib/linuxmint/mintSources/”, line 1087, in select_new_base_mirror
    url =
    File “/usr/lib/linuxmint/mintSources/”, line 508, in run
    File “/usr/lib/linuxmint/mintSources/”, line 434, in _update_list
    File “/usr/lib/linuxmint/mintSources/”, line 440, in _all_speed_tests
    thread_id = thread.start_new_thread(self._speed_test, (self._mirrors_model, iter))
    thread.error: can’t start new thread”

  86. @Bill M

    Regarding your problem with Intel graphics. actually if you use Firefox to go to that site, you can disable Hardware Acceleration by going to the settings / advanced, and uncheck ‘Use hardware acceleration when available’. If you’re using Chrome, you’ll have to modify the shortcut, and add the flag –disable-gpu on the command. The original command should be like /usr/bin/google-chrome-stable %U, the modified command should be /usr/bin/google-chrome-stable –disable-gpu %U. I’ve done that, and so far everything’s working flawlessly.

  87. Hi Clem

    I upgraded a few days ago to 17.1. I have kernel 3.13.0-40 installed but update manager lists kernel 3.13.0-37 as an upgrade. It is not a problem as I just ignore it but thought I would bring it up. Not sure whether that is a bug or not.

    Anyway…loving the new features in Mint 17.1. Thank you for all your (and the rest of the Mint team’s) hard work. 🙂

  88. I’ve decided to stick with Mint 17 at least until the next Linux Mint LTS version comes out (Linux Mint 18?). Mint 17 does everything I need an OS to do and does it damn well.

  89. Congratulations to the Linux Mint Team !! Upgrade of Qiana to Rebecca of Linux Mint 17 Cinnamon everything worked perfect !! Now waiting for the upgrade to the Linux Mint 17 KDE. Thank you very much. Perfect Job. Greetings.

  90. “Upgrading to 17.1 is relatively easy:”

    Well, this is an understatement. I have never seen such an easy upgrade 🙂 (I’ve been working, on and off, with UNIXen and Linuxen, since 1987…)

    Excellent job, again, thanks! I’ve been playing with 17.1 for about a day now, and so far I like, what I have seen.

  91. I’ve just updated from 17 to 17.1. I say so far everything works perfectly. Thank you for your work! The ability to update easy like this is what I was looking for.

  92. Linux Mint 17.1 Cinnamon 64-bit
    USB Image Writer

    Tried to write the iso to a USB drive.
    The UI froze…
    can not click anywhere, clock stopped
    The write finished successfully.
    Bill M

  93. Thanks. The update went quickly and flawlessly; as did the kernel update.
    Donation on the way. I really appreciate the work yall are doing. 🙂

  94. I have linux mint updater 4.7.7 and i don’t see can’t see Ugrade to Linux Mint 17.1

    cat /etc/linuxmint/info
    EDITION=”MATE 64-bit”
    DESCRIPTION=”Linux Mint 17 Qiana”
    GRUB_TITLE=Linux Mint 17 MATE 64-bit

  95. @Bill M.
    I had the same problem with chrome. For me upgrading the kernel to 3.16 from mintUpdate fixed the problem.
    Good luck 🙂

  96. Update went very smooth. Thanks a lot for the work. I like the design improvements. They might be minor but it just looks smoother than before somehow and i enjoy the new colored mint-x themes.

  97. The update went flawlessly however the mintmenu (the main menu) crashed and never loads again upon reboot or login to X. It pops an error dialog box and say MintMenuAppletFactory::MintMenuApplet failed to load or something like that. The mintmenu works only manually adding to taskbar but it will fail on reboot with the same error.

  98. The upgrade from 17 to 17.1 was easier than expected, but a few dependencies had to be manually installed. I’m glad the team made it clear that an upgrade is not necessary if what you have is working for you. I do like some of the subtle changes to mate and the slideshow on the default login screen. The whole experience feels more polished, and my thoughts of switching to other distros have decreased greatly. The only other thing that went wrong in installation was Chrome (not chromium) uninstalled without warning. However, upon re-installation, all the settings were still exactly as they were left.

    Kudos to Clem and the rest of the team for making another great update.

  99. The upgrade process was painless & worked flawlessly. I’m really enjoying the randomized wallpaper feature, and I also like the new emblems feature in Nemo. The latest Cinammon feels even snappier than the last one. The quality of Linux Mint never ceases to amaze me!

  100. To Clem:

    After a complete BACKUP of my system, I upgraded Mint Mate 17 to 17.1 today. There were a few tweeks needed; (grub customizer wouldn’t allow the resolution I like), fiddled with Mint-X Dark icons to get the start button I like, found out where to put my own backgrounds and how to add them to “linuxmint-rebecca.qml” file so they are permanent, and added the kernel I wanted.

    Great work Clem and team, Merry Christmas to you! if you celebrate, thank you so very much. After the Holidays I will paypal you a gift.

    Blessings to you and yours.

  101. Re No.106: It turns out that I in fact didn’t upgrade to 17.1. I just installed all previous updates. Upgrading now as per the instructions.

  102. Can someone tell me what the default fonts are in 17.1 (for default, desktop, document, monospace, and window title), so that I can try them? I upgraded to 17.1, but it kept the custom fonts I had selected in 17 (Qiana), and I don’t know what the default fonts and sizes are for 17.1.

    I believe there is no monospace version of the Noto fonts?

  103. Re. 105

    I’ve narrowed down the problem to a package called magick-rotation. It works when called explicitly but does not start from Preferences/Startup Applications. I wonder why my setup was overwritten in the upgrade?


  104. Thank you for this release.
    I wish u will provide new default LM wallpapers with different colors according to the new colors of mint x theme.
    Any change to get them?

  105. Hi, first I want to thank you for this great release, thank you so much is the best operating system I have used so far, I downloaded LM 17.1 and tried it as a live CD and it was faster than 17 on my old P4 1 GB RAM pc and compiz worked flawlessly so I rushed and did update using the update manager, everything was easy and smooth(thanks for that too), but after reboot I cannot get the panel or the menu button, sadly I removed most entries from the applications menu and now am strugling to find a way to get to the menu button so i can ad entries for all the apps, all my custom keybindings are lost and the keybinding for compiz cube to rotate and for expo that worked on the live cd does not work on my hdd install, so I have 3 questions:
    1.- Is there any compiz rc file I can change to get the panel and menu button back .
    2.- Is there any way to assing new keybindings to get compiz cube to rotate .
    3.- Would it be easier if I just do a whole reinstall from live CD? I have separate partition for /usr /home /var, can I do the reinstall without formating this partitions .
    Besides this no complain and actually the best experience I had was with the live CD, I understand that the bug is me, hopefully somebody more familiar with compiz can help me out .

  106. First I would like to thank the whole LM team for this wonderful Distro.
    Now to the point…

    When I use USB Image writer the Desktop freezes and the progress bar is studied to 1% until it is finished. LM 64bit MATE. Also see post @127 for cinnamon. What causes this?

    Asus Laptop Intel chipset

  107. First I would like to thank the whole LM team for this wonderful Distro.
    Now to the point…

    When I use USB Image writer the Desktop freezes and the progress bar is stuck to 1% until it is finished. LM 64bit MATE. Also see post @127 for cinnamon. What causes this?

    Asus Laptop Intel chipset

  108. Hi, after reading this release announcement I have a question – why are level 3 updates automatically checked to install by default if your advice is to update them selectively?

    Also – has the Caja freezing issue been resloved in 17.1?

  109. After upgrade from Mint 17 to 17.1 cinnamon menu was not shown on the panel. I noticed that when the desktop opens there is a notification “No signal OverlayKey or object MetaDisplay”. The notification disappears very fast. The problem was resolved by reset the menu to defaults (I had a cinnamon setting applet on the panel). But when I returned to my setting (menu at the top) the menu is shown, but in any case this notification is displayed when the desktop starts.

  110. Why did I have to edit /etc/apt/sources.list.d/official-package-repositories.list by myself? Now it works. Because at first the tool tried to install mint-meta-mate but it didn’t work. After that I tried to install the package via Terminal. That didn’t work eigher. Then I replaced rebecca instead of quiana and now it finally works.

  111. Dear Clem, I am so impressed with the down to earth clarity your approach to updates brings.

    I have chosen not to update at the current time for exactly the reasons you outlined. My system works great, I am very happy with it and though the new features in 17.1 sound great, none of them are compelling enough for me to need to update right away.

    So im going to sit at 17.0 for the time being, But may consider updating later when any potential hiccups have been resolved and issues documented.

    Thank you for letting me make this choice!

  112. All works great, upgrade with 1 click!!!! very very easy. Congratulations for the best distro in the world. I follow you, from linux mint 12. God bless you

  113. Be advised: there are still mirrors that are not updated with the latest version at this moment in time. NLuug being one of them. I had to revert to the default mirrors to get my mintupdate.. erh update. 🙂

  114. The install had issues with MDM being broken on both of the machines I updated. I had been using the Galaxy HTML5 MDM login. On one machine I could not get logged in. I had to uninstall and reinstall in command prompt in recovery mode to get into my system on the 1st updated computer. On the 2nd machine I changed the login theme to a different theme before updating to 17.1, and was able to boot in successfully but the MDM package was broken. It seems there are issues with some of the older Sam Riggs HTML5 MDM themes.

  115. @Wicho

    I use Firefox and did uncheck ‘Use hardware acceleration when available’
    The system still black screen and froze.

  116. I had no problems on my test box, the upgrade was quick and painless. I’m in no rush to upgrade my main box though, if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it. Nice job again, Linux Mint has done for personal computing, what sliced bread has done for the toaster. TY for the freedom.

  117. There is no “Edit->Upgrade to Linux Mint 17.1 Rebecca” on my 17.0 too.
    And this is what inside /etc/linuxmint/info:
    EDITION=”Cinnamon 64-bit”
    DESCRIPTION=”Linux Mint 17 Qiana”
    GRUB_TITLE=Linux Mint 17 Cinnamon 64-bit

  118. Today I run “apt-get upgrade” and got minupdate 4.7.8.
    It doesn’t contain a menu item “update to 17.1”. But right before upgrade it was.

    Edit by Clem: Yes, 4.7.7 didn’t check for supported editions, 4.7.8 does. KDE and Xfce editions weren’t released yet so it shouldn’t show up yet.

  119. Merci pour cette mise à jour. J’avais des problèmes d’affichage avec la 17 et ils ont été corrigés avec la 17.1

    Merci beaucoup pour tout le travail que vous fournissez.

    Désolé de ne pas écrire en anglais mais mon niveau dans la langue de shakespeare est bien trop faible.

  120. @Bill M.

    Unchecking the hardware acceleration alone will not help. What i’ve found works is to disable WebGL.

    In Firefox you’ll need to enter “about:config” in the address bar. Then search for “webgl.disabled” and switch it to true and restart the browser.

    In Chrome/Chromium you’ll need to go to “chrome://flags” and enable the “Disable WebGL” option (i also enabled “Disable accelerated 2D canvas”).

    I haven’t had a black screen caused by a browser since, but it doesn’t solve the underlying problem and other programs may trigger the bug.

  121. Hi
    Second atempt at running 17.1. No problems with KDE based programs. The bluetooth indicator on the bottom bar is still not reading the bluetooth mouse battery level. Not a show stopper but annoying to see 0% batt. level at the bottom of the screen.
    What is a show stopper however is that my download speed seems to be limited to 200 kB/s, during update or download. Had no problems with 17.


  122. @Sam wrote:

    Thank you Sam.
    For me… changing “webgl.disabled” to “true” was sufficient.
    I can leave hardware acceleration is enabled
    and there is no problem with “”

  123. Let me try again as part of the comment did not show.

    @Sam wrote:
    In Firefox you’ll need to enter “about:config” in the address bar. Then search for “webgl.disabled” and switch it to true and restart the browser.

    Thank you Sam.
    For me… changing “webgl.disabled” to “true” was sufficient.
    I can leave hardware acceleration is enabled
    and there is no problem with “”

  124. A big round of thanks to the Mint team for their great work on this!

    I upgraded my system yesterday and everything went incredibly smooth. I love the new Cinnamon and performance appears to be significantly improved. This is the first time I have been able to just close down the lid of my laptop and open it up again for a restore without any issues.


  125. Hello Clem, thanks for your GREAT job.
    These is a list of bugs from me:

    1) Software center in HDPI opens in a too small window:

    In my opinion it should look like that:

    +sometimes (after some operations in Software Center) i close it, and in 1-2 seconds it opens again itself.

    2) very annoying bug in a login window (I saw it in all versions of Cinnamon).
    I suposse it`s tied with translations – signs are too long in Polish, longer than in English so that`s why the mess with windows happens. This is how it looks:

    Cheers, Adrian

  126. Upgraded from 17 to 17.1 (AMD64) Saturday on my Toshiba Satelite L865D-S5220. Upgrade was painless and quick! Computer has been used for about 16 hours with no hiccups. I converted some .wav files to .mp3 using Gnac without any complaints. Browsing with Chrome and Midori works without a hitch.

    Thanks Clem and team for a seamless way to upgrade. Looking forward to other industry-leading work.

  127. I just upgraded to the 17.1 .. magic. It is wonderful. Thank you so much. My hard CDs are on order at OSdisc, just waiting. My only “complaint” – and I realize you HAVE to do “internationalisation” – is all the {shift-numbers}extra fonts{/shift-numbers} that are again in my way. My wish, going forward, is that there would be an easy way to remove all the extra fonts. It is hard enough finding the ‘right’ font for a given project without sifting through dozens of exotics I’ll never use.

  128. I am using Mint 17 MATE and I am happy with it, besides that Bluetooth is not working, even not with blueman (see several topics in the forum).
    Will upgrade to 17.1 be an improvement regarding Bluetooth?

  129. Thank you for this guide Clem. I upgraded last weekend and it looks like it works smoother. Also thanks for mentioning about mint-backgrounds packages. Did not know about them. The retro one is great.

    I tried the new Language settings and it’s not a big difference to me. Earlier you answered:

    Edit by Clem: It was in the Regional settings before and that was a mistake, it really belongs to the Language settings. LC_TIME defines the default date format and LANG defines the translation for the day/month words. If they’re not the same, you end up with a really weird looking date 🙂

    I agree that it may be strange to see “Понедельник” among completely English interface. The translation for the day/month words should be defined by the Language option but the date/time format and the first day of the week should be defined by the Region option. So it is weird for me to see Sunday as the first day of the week but I am Ok with Russian names for the day/month.


  130. Upgrade from 17 Mate to 17.1 Mate all OK, except …

    As in #47
    In Caja, initial file manager window view OK, but when opening a new tab, default displaying as Icon mode, the caption font is not visible only the faint shadow emphasis. Changing to list mode the font is perfectly OK, in Compact view the font again is not visible. All subsequent tabs opened exhibit the same behaviour. Only Caja file manager, all other applications OK.

    Have screenshots (to where?)

  131. I did a few tests of the upgrade process from 17 to 17.1 (MATE, 64 bit), on one of my test machines, and the upgrade seemed to work just fine. I noticed a bit of an issue with packages not exactly matching with my first test, on a fully loaded install with a fair number of extra packages. So I did a comparison involving a couple of clean installs, no extra packages, no extra drivers, no extra repositories.
    Test install one is a clean 17 Qiana install + do all updates + upgrade + install mint-backgrounds + install recommended kernel; with appropriate reboots along the way. Test install two is a clean 17 Rebecca install from the ISO + all updates. Both 64 bit MATE, same machine, different partitions; updates current for both as of December 8.

    My understanding is that the upgrade should make the original 17 Qiana install essentially identical to an install from the 17.1 ISO. For all but about 42 packages out of around 2160 packages, this was the case. However, 42 packages showed, with “dpkg -l”, slight version differences between the two. Three examples:
    upgraded install: base-files 7.2ubuntu5
    ISO install: base-files 7.2ubuntu5.1
    upgraded install: grub2-common 2.02~beta2-9
    ISO install: grub2-common 2.02~beta2-9ubuntu1
    upgraded install: libgles2-mesa:amd64 10.1.0-4ubuntu5
    ISO install: libgles2-mesa:amd64 10.1.3-0ubuntu0.1

    Most of the version differences are very minor, as in the first two examples. I haven’t checked the entire list, but it looks like many, if not all of the packages might be in the level 4 and 5 updated which are not normally done by mintUpdate.

    So my question is whether these differences are something to be concerned about, and whether it should affect the choice of doing an upgrade versus ISO install. I am comfortable with both, though the upgrade path is a bit quicker since I don’t have to re-install all of my extra packages – and it lets me keep Firefox at version 28 for some of my users who don’t like the 29+ Firefox interface changes.


    Edit by Clem: “My understanding is that the upgrade should make the original 17 Qiana install essentially identical to an install from the 17.1 ISO” –> No, it’s not exactly the same. Both are on par as far as level 1 updates are concerned. When it comes to level 2, 3, 4 and 5 updates, they’re not applied during the upgrade, but they’re already there in the 17.1 ISO (and when I say “there”, I don’t mean the latest ones.. I’m talking about a snapshot of trusty, made and tested pre-RC). The rationale behind this is simple though.. if you’re already running 17, we don’t want to expose you to unecessary risks, so the choice to apply individual non-level1 updates is up to you. If you’re performing a fresh installation, things a re a little different, we’ve an RC behind our snapshot, with feedback gathered, and in the case of a kernel regression we can also point people towards the 17 ISOs. In other words, 17.1 gets you a little further than 17+upgrade with a little less choice as to what to update. The end result to the vast majority of users out there will be exactly the same though.

  132. I do not have the update to rebecca available either through synaptic, terminal nor Update Manager. What do I need to do the update to 17.1?

    Current version:
    EDITION=”MATE 64-bit”
    DESCRIPTION=”Linux Mint 17 Qiana”

    mintUpdate version: 4.7.8

    Software Sources:
    Main (qiana)
    Base (trusty)
    Optional components:
    Backported packages (backport) CHECKED

    Kernel: 3.16.1-031601-generic

    Update Manager Preferences:
    Levels 1 – 5 checked for Safe? Visible?
    Always show security updates
    Always select and trust security updates

    Edit by Clem: Did you edit /etc/linuxmint/info by hand? I can’t reproduce the issue other than by copy/pasting the content.. when I do that it fails because of the weird ” signs.. (wordpress changes them to special characters). Can you run “pastebin /etc/linuxmint/info” and give me the link?

  133. Hi,
    I use a LM17 KDE, yesterday, for error I type in console this:
    sudo apt-get upgrade distro

    After this, my Mint Update have version 4.7.8 and now, not appears option to upgrade to LM 17 in Edit.

    How I can solved this?

    I know that, is not possible upgrade to LM17.1 in KDE, but the option in Min Update has dissapear for me.


  134. I did the upgrade on two different netbooks without probem (MATE 64bit).
    I’m enjoying linux mint a lot and thank you mint team for all your work!

  135. Is there an easy way to upgrade from 17 to 17.1 via the command line? We’d like to update about 65 lab machines.

  136. Clem,
    Thanks for the reply. I was successful with my older Dell Inspiron, on which I also have kernel 3.16.1 installed. The update went off without a hitch. The problem is on my new Lenovo IdeaPad, it has UEFI and I do not dual-boot, I only have Mint MATE installed.

    I did nothing to /etc/linuxmint/info — Here it is:
    EDITION=”MATE 64-bit”
    DESCRIPTION=”Linux Mint 17 Qiana”
    GRUB_TITLE=Linux Mint 17 MATE 64-bit

  137. The one major complaint I have about Mint Cinnamon is that after every update at least one or more extensions or applets fail to work… ppl spend lots of time trying to improve and customize Cinnamon, and then it all just is for nothing…

    The team should consider incorporating the most popular extensions / applets into the next release, instead of letting them just die…

    The one’s I use the most don’t work after the upgrade. 🙁 Blame the developer if you want Clem, but I don’t.

    If you’re going to have customizable options, then you have to issue some release about what changes you made that may affect them.

  138. I apologise, I missed what you wrote about the quote marks. They are on my /etc/linuxmint/info file exactly as they show (to me) on this page.

    In many things I am a noob, I do not know how to pastebin and terminal notes it is a “command not found.”

  139. Oops, I missed what you wrote about the quote marks. They show in my info file just as they seem to show (to me) on this page.

  140. Just upgraded and everything seems to have gone perfectly! Thanks for all the hard work you’ve put in to bring the world this fantastic distro.

    You guys are doing such amazing things with Mint. Unlike many other distros, each new version of Mint brings many small improvements to mostly boring parts of the system, such as the file manager, language settings, package manager, not to mention all the bug fixes. However, it’s these things that together make a huge difference to how usable and stable the OS is, and usability and stability are the key to what makes an OS great.

    I’m writing this on my old Thinkpad T61, but I actually just bought a used Thinkpad T420S and I am super excited to install Mint on it 🙂 I love how Linux makes old hardware sing ♪

  141. I success like other poster, I have other computer with LM 17 KDE, with Mint Update 4.7.7 appears the option for upgrade to LM 17.1, but I have the update for Mint Update 4.7.8, when I applied this upgrade for Mint Update, the option for upgrade LM to 17.1 has dissapears, now I don’t have this option.


  142. Clem, I’m one who DID appreciate your wise “If it ain’t broke don’t fix it advice” but I had a couple of issues with Qiana..
    I did the upgrade for the MATE version because with 17 these things were occurring that weren’t occurring with 13 (Maya):

    1. Firefox wasn’t playing nice with memory…. it was maxxing out on the System Monitor I keep on the panel, and then behaving badly.
    2.The Mint Menu was SLOW to open in 17….. never had that happen before. This hindered shutting the computer down, as well as opening stuff on the menu.
    3.The displaying of graphical icons on the desktop seemed excessively slow.

    All three issues are either resolved, or much improved! Thanks!
    And I am all for sticking with the LTS… great idea!!!

    Unfortunately, my old eMachines box is 9 years old, and is showing sporadic shut down issues that seem to have nothing to do with Mint. I guess you can only extend the life of old hardware just so long…
    but it wouldn’t have made it to 9 years without Linux Mint- THANKS AGAIN!!!

  143. Updating from 17 Qiana to 17.1 Rebecca via the Update Manger, was a relatively painless process in itself, including updating the Linux Kernel afterwards to the recommended 3.13.0-37.

    Just one issue I’ve discovered, so far:

    The Emilia Pinball game no longer plays smoothly for me. The game is now jittery, choppy and difficult to control and it’s worse still when I’m listening to music at the same time with VLC player. I used to be able to do both all the time before the upgrade, without any issue.

    I had this very same problem after installing the original Zorin 9. But I assumed they become aware of that issue, since after an update or two that problem appeared to be quickly corrected.

    My system (a multi-boot desktop with Windows 7 and other GNU/Linux distros):

    Operating System: Linux Mint 17.1 Cinnamon 64 Bit
    Cinnamon Version: 2.4.5
    Processor: AMD Athlon(tm) 64 x2 Dual Core Processor 5000+ x2
    Memory: 1.9 GiB
    Hard Drive: 658.3 GB
    Graphics Card: NVIDIA Corporation C61 [GeForce 6150SE nForce 430]

    I also have a dual boot laptop running windows 8.1 and Linux Mint 17.1. It has an Intel graphics card and the Emilia Pinball game plays much better on it than it does on my tower. But it’s still not quite as smooth on my laptop as it was before the upgrade either.

    Hope this can be fixed. Linux Mint is hands down my favourite GNU/Linux distro. Thanks for all you do in providing an overall great OS!

  144. Hi Clem.
    How about those of who has a local mirror packages pointing to Qiana?
    In my case I’m using ‘apt-mirror’ to update my local repo, and get only the new packages o updated.
    So, should I change the repos to Rebecca, instead of Qiana, right?
    In that case, do you know how can I do it? I mean, I don’t want to download the whole repository again. I think that there is a way to make it incremental.


  145. Clem, everything was fine in LM17, except for Bluetooth manager Blueman. There was a fine problem-free working bluetooth manager in LM16, LM15, etc. It is incomprehensible for me why you decided to substitute it with very problematic Blueman. Is it possible to switch back to the old bluetooth manager?

  146. I upgraded from 17 to 17.1 (Rebecca) and now my laptop’s speakers do not work.

    Laptop: Thinkpad T61

    I can get sound through a set of USB headphones; but athe built-in speakers or the headphone switch do not work.

    Please help!

  147. What happened to my “Move to the workspace to the right” or left? Why mess with what works?? That’s my biggest gripe… Don’t change what’s been that way forever.. or give me the option to turn it back on.

    Don’t “Windows” me, please…

  148. 168

    Try this:
    open update manager
    drop down “view”
    select Linux kernels
    install 3.13.0-37
    which is the recommended kernel for Linux mint 17.1

    Solved my sound problems with Intel integrated sound..

  149. Wolfgang,

    1. Right click on speaker icon on lower right panel
    2. Left click on “Sound Preferences”.
    3. Left click on tab labeled “Output”
    4. Left click on device that represents your Thinkpad’s on-board sound card, if there is any alternative to the USB.

    That should do it. If not, click on the tab marked “Hardware”.
    Click on the device you want that represents on board sound card.
    Then click on the field below “Settings for the selected device” that is also marked “Profile”. You will probably want to click on “Analog Stereo Duplex”, or choose the one that has the preferred output you want, then click on “Test Speakers” and test, changing until you get something that works.

    If you are going to record, click on tab marked “Input”, choose device and select level.
    Heh….I think I got that right… if not, someone please correct!

  150. Scott, I’m running 17.1 and I still have the Move to Monitor 1, 2, etc. and the Move Workspace to the right, etc. Cinnammon 2.4 includes this feature, so not sure why you’re not seeing it. When you right click on the application in the toolbar it’s not there?

  151. Hi Clem,

    I updated my computer from Linux Mint 17 to 17.1 two days ago. Initially i was confused whether i should upgrade or not. I am a new user of Linux Mint. I have started using it from 17 itself. In 17 some icons in LibreOffice were missing – the vertical one. And when i start the computer the sound was not in sync with the desktop. Besides that when i came to know about Cinnamon 2.4, i was interested in some new features. So, i decided to update.

    It feels amazing after doing this. And the process was easy too. I like to new wallpapers.

    Thanks for this brilliant work.

    Want to know one thing. Will i get any improvement or changes if i update remaining packages? Just curious.

  152. I would like to say thank you to LinuxMint Team. I have upgraded from 17 to 17.1 & everything is smooth and i didn’t get any issues while upgrading:)

  153. Hi

    OK. More on my comment (#140) above. There seems to be no problems with
    downloads. Tried a few and had normal download speed. As for the updates with the update manager, it depends. One time, it’s ok, the other time, it looks slow. All in all, not bad. I keep.

    Bluetooth still not seeing the mouse battery level. The mouse itself works as advertized.


  154. Hi,

    There is a minor problem i am facing after this upgrade. Sometimes the sound applet in the task bar is not showing the controls and thumbnail while playing music after i close the banshee media player. In two days it has happen two three times. But when i reopen the media player it reapers.

    What should i do?

  155. Hi! Thanks for all of your work! 🙂

    I was hoping 17.1 support nvidia gtx 750 ti better but nvidia-331 is (331.38) the newest driver yet. Any chance to get a newer version from you?

    When i start my computer i dont see any Mint logo (only a black screen) before the login screen appear. Any idea?

  156. Cinnamon 2.4 introduced a strange bug for me.
    I encountered it in the Beta and it’s still there in 17.1:

    With some full-screen applications it’s not able to correctly set non-native resolutions on my NVidia-using desktop pc.
    This bug was introduced by 2.4 – 2.2 worked fine.

    Whenever I set a resolution below native res of my LCD in an affected app, the GPU does switch to the new resolution (e.g. 1440×900), but the desktop stays at the old resolution (1680×1050), so the new resolution renders as a 1440×900 area with a black border around it to make up for the missing pixels. Moving the mouse to the desktop border will then scroll through the entire 1680×1050 area, as only 1440×900 can be displayed (after all the resolution did switch).

    It doesn’t happen in every application I tested, but e.g. Legend of Grimrock (native Linux version) is affected.

    Turning compositing in full-screen mode on or off did nothing.

  157. Upgrade from 17 went without a hitch (on Sony VAIO VGN-SR540G). Thanks to team Mint for such a great distro. @me: Re. MATE/Caja, Keyboard shortcuts Ctrl-1,2 and 3 control “view” of files/folders in Caja. Tab and arrow keys allow you to access side panel items. 😉

  158. Absolutely zero problems upgrading on a system running mint on sdc, storage on sdb and windows 8.1 on sda. Thanks!

  159. @ 177 forras

    this not complicated and you can solve this in seconds:
    $ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:xorg-edgers/ppa

    after this you can open the driver manager and nvidia 340 is there.

    you can do also further with the terminal:
    $ sudo apt-get update
    $ sudo apt-get install nvidia-340

    this is it! 🙂

  160. Very good work. Upgrade vom 17.0 to 17.1 works. There are some issues
    with deskjets. Best and fast distribution at the moment, a Thinkpad
    user with ATI-Card.

  161. Further to my initial post (#165) (, I discovered some other weird behaviour and a desktop configuration that didn’t resolve the issue, but helped it somewhat:

    I discovered that if I either reboot, or freshly log into the OS and immediately run Emilia Pinball, the game played as smoothly as it ever did. And I could close the game and restart it as many times as I wanted and it would continue to run smoothly each time. But it wasn’t just multi-tasking with VLC (as I previously thought), but rather even if I simply opened up a folder I would have the same jittery/choppy experience with the game. And it didn’t matter if I closed the folder and then restarted the game, I could never get the game to play smoothly again unless I either rebooted, or logged out and logged back in and ran the game again before I opened or ran anything else. This made me think the issue possibly has something to do with the file manager.

    Aside from the issue with the game, on several occasions now since I’ve upgraded to 17.1, I have opened the file manager and it has not fully populated all of my partitions in the left panel, or it has been extremely slow to. Simply closing the file manager and re-opening it resolved that problem each time.

    This morning, I booted into the OS and my desktop icons were missing. This led me to discover that my own personal wallpaper folder I had previously loaded in ‘Background’ settings, had been deleted during the 17.1 upgrade and that the personal wallpaper image I was using had been saved by LM as a snapshot. This snapshot was repeated multiple times in a “Pictures” folder, including a number of them showing different mounted partition icons. So I deleted all of those snapshots and reloaded my own personal wallpaper folder again and then re-applied my personal wallpaper image. After doing that, Emilia Pinball would play smoothly, without my having to log out and log back in again, as long as I didn’t have any folders open or applications running. If I opened the file manager and/or VLC, the game would start getting jittery/choppy again, but not nearly as bad as before. Then if I additionally opened up Firefox, the quality of the game would worsen. Seemed the more applications running, along with open folders, the less smooth the game would play. And just as a reminder, I never had any of these issues before the upgrade.

    Hopefully somebody can figure out what’s going on between Nemo and possibly this newer version of Cinnamon. Clearly, in certain circumstances, my graphics card and driver do not appear to be an issue and I haven’t noticed any problem related to sound at all.


  162. Just got a update in which mint-meta-cinnamon and mint-meta-core were updated. It was a small download of 6KB only. After this the problem mentioned in comment # 176 is gone. Recently i had also seen a problem in vlc while cropping the video in full screen, there were a blue or red line all around the video. But after this small update, it’s gone too.


  163. I was wrong. The problem with the sound applet is still there. For a while it was working but suddenly it changes to the speaker and volume icon from the music icon. And all the controls and thumbnails were gone. Please do something.

  164. Clem-

    I just switched to Mint (from OS/2-eComStation), and so far I’m very happy with it. There was one odd thing, though. CUPS was ported over to OS/2 and I’d been using it there, and the output on my Laserjet 4L never looked better. But the output on Mint was, frankly, terrible. As it turned out, Mint defaulted to the Foomatic (iirc) driver, so I switched to Gutenprint (what I was using under OS/2) and the output quality was great.

    Not a big deal, and possibly only a problem for people running “stone age” printers, but I thought you guys mint want the feedback to default to Gutenprint for at least the 4L.

    Thanks for the great work.

  165. I have an issue:

    “Although Linux Mint 17.1 features a newer kernel than the one used in the 17 release, this upgrade does not change the kernel on your behalf. This is a decision only you should take. Should you decide to upgrade to 17.1′s recommended kernel you can do so by applying the “linux-kernel-generic” update, post-upgrade.”

    “Although they are featured in the 17.1 release, this upgrade doesn’t automatically include “retro” backgrounds and backgrounds for Maya, Nadia, Olivia and Petra. They represent a significant amount to download so the choice to do so was left to you. These backgrounds are provided via packages which name start with “mint-backgrounds”.”

    The “linux-kernel-generic” update and the “mint-backgrounds” update DID-*NOT* appear in the Update Manager.
    (Neither before upgrading to Linux Mint 17.1 (which I didn’t assume it would, because what clem said made it sound as if the updates he was talking about would appear in the “Update Manager” AFTER upgrading to Linux Mint 17.1), nor AFTER upgrading to Linux Mint 17.1).

    Therefore, for this reason, I am “reinstalling” Linux Mint “from scratch”.
    (ie. I am downloading the “.iso” file from for Linux Mint 17.1 “Cinnamon” 64-bit, burning the image to a DVD-R disc and making a “liveDVD” disc of Linux Mint 17.1 “Cinnamon” 64-bit, booting from the liveDVD, deleting the partitions in which Linux Mint 17 “Cinnamon” 64-bit is installed (ie. the “swap”, “home”, and “system” partitions), and then making the partitions again (ie. “swap”, “home”, and “system”) and reinstalling Linux Mint (but this time, I am installing Linux Mint 17.1 “Cinnamon” 64-bit instead of Linux Mint 17 “Cinnamon” 64-bit)).

  166. I was so excited to try Linux Mint ‘Rebecca’ and i did not see the updater appear in the updates that i make the attempt by hand. Obviously, it was a failure -_- I did not have the right server as a software source. Once this is resolved, the update is done ‘magically’.
    Thank you for all your work.
    Since ‘Cinnamon’ no longer crash on my machine, i find this particularly valuable environment, both elegant and efficient. I guess it is very difficult to please everyone. It’s true that I personally would like that the kernel of the distribution is evolving faster as the graphical stack to take advantage of the latest developments. Besides, if I can contribute in one way or another to test this kind of development, I am at your disposal.
    Clément, you should go see what the team around rodofr do for the distribution ‘Voyager’: they offer experience and great features with Xubuntu and next year, they plan a version based on Debian Jessie.
    I dream that Linux Mint and ‘Voyager’ teams work together to provide the most extraordinary user experience on Linux.

  167. Hi Clem. I’ve been using Mint for more time than I can remember, normally I’m using it under vmware workstation. After upgrading to v11 the Mint 17 works flawlessly so I tried the update to 17.1, after a two hours of waiting I chose to erase the VM and reinstall. The big surprise is with the clean install in vmware workstation 11 the 17.1 release does not load even in compatibilty mode, I’d downgraded virtual hardware to version 10 unsusccesfully. I’ve search in the forums without success. The boot gets stuck in the starting cups-browsed daemon step.

    Any help ?

  168. dd 184 I’m no expert but this doesn’t look straight forward or simple to me. I suggest looking it up on Google where the Ubuntu people have reservations.

  169. Mel, I don’t think they are supposed to appear directly in the update manager, rather you can install kernel upgrades from the update manager by using the “Linux-Kernel” option from the menu in the update manager.

    The additional backgrounds likewise have to be installed manually by using e.g. Mint’s own software center or Synaptic, or from the terminal by

    sudo apt-get install mint-backgrounds-maya

    and whatever other backgrounds you would like to use – simply append a “mint-backgrounds-VERSION” and replace “VERSION” with the version you need.

  170. Hi Clem and Linux Dev Team. 🙂 Great job and I thank you, kindly. So far everything seems to be working well…except on the background slideshow. The “default” folders Qiana & Rebecca, work fine as expected, but when I add a personal folder the slide show does not work, I can only select one background pic at a time (thumnails are OK).

    I started a thread here, in regards to the issue

    Question: The upcoming releases of 17.1 Rebecca for KDE and Xfce, will they have different features added, compared to Cinnamon and MATE? Just curious. Have a good one, everyone. 🙂

  171. Today I got a nvidia driver update (304.125) in the Update Manager, that’s nice (even if it’s very minor)

    Will there be proprietary AMD driver updates? (for a computer I very minimally maintain)
    The question is especially for major updates that may come, with small chances for regressions and big chances for improvements (needless to say the graphical driver was a lot better on Mint 17 that on LMDE, at least the free open source one – I think both the free open source and the proprietary ones improved)

    Is it tied to what option is checked in the Driver Manager?

  172. Thanks for Linux Mint 17 and 17.1. I have been using unix for 25 years, Linux for 10 years, and Mint for 1 year and I am very happy with it. I just wanted to agree with your remarks about “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” and “upgrade for a reason”. That is a very mature attitude, and one which is quite rarely found in the FOSS world. It is also a wise course of action in any commercial environment.

    I run a small business with Linux Mint MATE and really (and I mean *really*) appreciate its stability, simplicity and long term support. To the chap who said “we would all still be on DOS 6.22”, I would say yes, for that matter, if DOS 6.22 still did the job in 2014 then we would be glad to continue using it. Stability may be boring, but in business it is beautiful.

  173. I tried rebooting my system several times, and now I can’t launch Caja (the file manager) at all!

    It just gives me the “busy” cursor, and it’s like that forever.

    ps aux |grep caja
    matthew 3174 0.0 0.0 4444 656 ? S 20:15 0:00 /bin/sh /usr/bin/startcaja
    matthew 3176 0.2 0.2 829196 27648 ? Sl 20:15 0:00 caja -n
    root 3461 0.0 0.0 11748 924 pts/0 S+ 20:17 0:00 grep –color=auto caja

    Please someone help! My machine is completely unusable without the file manager, and this is my main and only PC!

  174. Original Post on December 08, no reply after Clem’s comment:

    Edit by Clem: Did you edit /etc/linuxmint/info by hand? I can’t reproduce the issue other than by copy/pasting the content.. when I do that it fails because of the weird ” signs.. (wordpress changes them to special characters). Can you run “pastebin /etc/linuxmint/info” and give me the link?

    I do not have the update to rebecca available either through synaptic, terminal nor Update Manager. What do I need to do the update to 17.1?

    I made NO CHANGES to:

    The quote marks are also on:
    /etc/linuxmint/info file
    exactly as they show (to me) on this page.

    EDITION=”MATE 64-bit”
    DESCRIPTION=”Linux Mint 17 Qiana”
    GRUB_TITLE=Linux Mint 17 MATE 64-bit

    mintUpdate version: 4.7.8

    Software Sources:
    Main (qiana)
    Base (trusty)
    Optional components:
    Backported packages (backport) CHECKED

    Kernel: 3.16.1-031601-generic

    Update Manager Preferences:
    Levels 1 – 5 checked for Safe? Visible?
    Always show security updates
    Always select and trust security updates

  175. 194. Baptiste ‘Is it tied to what option is checked in the Driver Manager Manager?’

    A good question – nvidia driver updates are pretty rare in Mint but they always are nvidia, it seems to me, and the Driver Manager has only that kind of driver in its list.

    Now a question of my own on this updated driver; what exactly does it do that is better than the default one I was using? To me, it just seems to emphasise the look of the the Noto Font, which I can only describe as ‘gruselig’ (German) perhaps ‘grotty’. It is certainly not elegant!!!

  176. Hello Mint Team!

    thank you so much for your efforts and also for words of wisdom regarding updates and their benefits/risks!

    No pain no gain! Progress demands some risks (that I can, and will take at my personal notebook but would not at company server!) ;D

    Please accept my comming 3rd small dotation as a little contribution for the project!

    Thanks again!

  177. I am very pleased using Linux Mint, I have it installed all over the place, I had the chance to test it on really old computers, and Mint 17 works better and faster than its Ubuntu counterpart.

    I am looking forward to upgrade to Rebecca, however, when I click on the Menu Option Upgrade to Linux Mint 17.1 nothing happens, it worked once, made me go through the release notes and new features, then it told me that I had no Internet access (which I had, and still have obviously), then it stopped working.

    Any ideas?

  178. Pardon me if this has been discussed/addressed already. Fresh install of 17.1 MATE on Dell 17″ laptop with Dell external LCD monitor. The default is the external which I don’t want. I click on the laptop screen, say Make Default and tried logging out/in and rebooting and it still makes the external monitor the default. Works fine on my 17 XFCE install. How do I get the laptop screen to be the default so I don’t have to turn on the external monitor to access my taskbar?

  179. In the Software manager window, where is this “refresh” button, or any button (no button bar)?
    software manager version is 7.5.7.

  180. #200 Matthew :

    You can always install another file manager, I would recommend pcmanfm (stable, light, similar in use to caja and without dependencies)
    It would be better to fix your problem but that would be a good emergency fix.

  181. Hello Clem and Team. I’ve recognized that the flashplugin version xx.424 and downwards was blocked on the 11. Dezember by mozilla due to security reasons. There is a new Plugin (xx.425) available. Is is possible to fix this problem with an update? Thanks a lot an greetings from Austria!

  182. Hey there,

    I have a problem with updating. No option is shown in the update manager. I have the x64 Cinnamon Edition but my /etc/linuxmint/info shows the following:

    EDITION=”Xfce 64-bit”
    DESCRIPTION=”Linux Mint 17 Qiana”
    GRUB_TITLE=Linux Mint 17 Xfce 64-bit

    I had installed xfce but deleted it after using it for a while… Something went wrong after that, I think.

    Help? 😀

  183. There is no “Edit->Upgrade to Linux Mint 17.1 Rebecca” on my 17.0 either. I’m using Cinnamon.
    Here is the content of my /etc/linuxmint/info

    EDITION=”Cinnamon 64-bit”
    DESCRIPTION=”Linux Mint 17 Qiana”
    GRUB_TITLE=Linux Mint 17 Cinnamon 64-bit


  184. Hi Clem

    I downloaded a few videos on YouTube about 17.1. I like what I saw so I upgraded from 17 to 17.1. It went flawlessly. It failed to import the ZA language translation stuff for some reason. This also happens when I refresh the ‘Update Manager’. The only issue I have encountered is with the Applets in Cinnamon. I get a message advising there is a problem but it disappears very quickly. I do not know how to find out which ones are causing the message.

    I like all the new changes especially to the ‘Update Manager’, ‘Themes’ both for the desktop and login screen and that Nemo now has emblems which is very nice and an item which i sorely missed in Nautilus. I also like the security feature and the changes to the language settings in ‘System Settings’

    In themes I like the you can choose window frames, title bar buttons. Can I add more of these items to 17.1?

    Thank you for the effort and great work by you and your team. I appreciate it.


  185. Re: Caja window tab – font not visible in Icon mode (See #150, #47 previous)

    This does now seem to be an issue with the ‘ambiance-colours’ package not meshing nicely with the Caja of the Mint Mate 17.1 update. The Caja tab opening in the default 17.1 Mint-X scheme works OK, but not when ‘ambiance’ theme (or any other non-Mint theme) has been applied later.

    Do I have to abandon 17.1 and go back to 17.0 (almost as good) or is there a fix to Caja to run with themes other than Mint-X?


  186. Hi,
    I upgraded to rebecca without any hiccup (all dekslets are here, conky too, weather applet). However, after the password is entered in the login window, it takes a very long time to get into the desktop (I get a feel it’s more than in qiana). When the desktop is ready, It seems everything is more responsive though (not that the desktop lagged before!). Thank you and seasons greetings to all developers involved !

  187. If you’re having troubles upgrading to 17.1 because mint-meta-cinnamon isn’t installed and can’t be installed due to broken dependencies on mint-meta-core:
    This is because a newer version of apturl-common got somehow installed, fix it with:
    sudo apt-get purge apturl-common
    sudo apt-get install mint-meta-cinnamon

  188. Hi

    I was rather disappointed with the response to post number 89. Firstly I did not realize that the Ancient Linux Principles were set in stone. Secondly if the veteran linux users do not like it they do not have to do it. Thirdly as the PC is my computer the choice to login in as Root graphicaly should be mine. Lastly you can do the same damage to your system if you do ‘gksu nemo or gksu caja or gksu nautilus’ because you can still delete system files as you could if you logged in as root. I also do not see the need to do everything via the command prompt when wo0rking as root. It defeats the object of having a GUI interface.

    Just my thoughts not critism.


    Edit by Clem: There’s pros and cons to logging in as root and I don’t intend to lecture anyone on technical aspects, especially not here on the blog within a tiny comment section. What matters most is what you described as “as the PC is my computer the choice to login in as Root graphicaly should be mine.”. On that we fully agree. I’ll add this as well: Since we took the decision to support that choice in the configuration settings of MDM, it needs to work. As much as I dislike the idea of running an entire session as root, be assured that this regression in Nemo is considered a valid bug and that it will get fixed.

  189. Hi Linux Mint team,

    I’ve had a mild and strange graphics issue after upgrading. Within the first 2 minutes after a restart, the screen will turn black for a second or two and then resume. This happens 4 or 5 times within 2 minutes and continues to happen less frequently throughout the session. In addition, when scrolling in the file manager, the lines become ‘muddled’, i.e. half the lines become visible. This stays for 3-4 seconds after I stop scrolling, then sorts itself out.
    I’ve tried a clean install to see if it would fix it but to no avail.

    Any idea what may be causing this? I’ve done google and forum searches but nothing has come up.


  190. Tara (223)

    I highly suspect that without more detailed information about your system and setup it will be hard for anyone to help. If you haven’t already, then may I humbly suggest you open a new topic in the Mint Forums describing your issues and including the output of ‘inxi -Fxz’ (without the inverted commas) entered in the terminal. We’re a friendly bunch 🙂

  191. Note: crash only occurs with Intel 965 graphic controller

    per @Sam:
    Chrome/Chromium you’ll need to go to
    enable the ‘Disable WebGL’ option
    (Sam also enabled ‘Disable accelerated 2D canvas’)

    Installed Chromium on Linux Mint 17.1
    and tried enabling both as per Sam:

    + (aka
    – NO crash

    – CRASH

    Firefox has NO problem when:
    webgl.disable = true

  192. Concerning my post 154:

    Today I received mintUpdate 4.7.9 and now the option to upgrade to 17.1 is available.

    Thank you

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