Linux Mint 17.3 “Rosa” MATE released!

The team is proud to announce the release of Linux Mint 17.3 “Rosa” MATE Edition.

Linux Mint 17.3 Rosa MATE Edition

Linux Mint 17.3 is a long term support release which will be supported until 2019. It comes with updated software and brings refinements and many new features to make your desktop even more comfortable to use.

New features:

This new version of Linux Mint contains many improvements.

For an overview of the new features please visit:

What’s new in Linux Mint 17.3 MATE“.

Important info:

The release notes provide important information about known issues, as well as explanations, workarounds and solutions.

To read the release notes, please visit:

Release Notes for Linux Mint 17.3 MATE

System requirements:

  • 512MB RAM (1GB recommended for a comfortable usage).
  • 9GB of disk space (20GB recommended).
  • Graphics card capable of 800×600 resolution (1024×768 recommended).
  • DVD drive or USB port.


  • The 64-bit ISO can boot with BIOS or UEFI.
  • The 32-bit ISO can only boot with BIOS.
  • The 64-bit ISO is recommend for all modern computers (Almost all computers sold in the last 10 years are equipped with 64-bit processors).

Upgrade instructions:

  • To upgrade from the BETA, simply launch the Update Manager and install any Level 1 update available.
  • To upgrade from Linux Mint 17, 17.1 or 17.2, please wait for a few days while we release a new version of the Update Manager to you. In the meantime, you do not need to download or to reinstall anything. We’ll make announcements next week when this is ready.

Direct download:



Torrent download:

Signatures (to verify your downloaded ISO):

Alternative downloads:

No-codecs images:

Distributors and magazines in Japan, USA and countries where distributing media codecs is problematic can use the “No Codecs” ISO images.  These images will be made available next week in 32-bit and 64-bit at the following address:

OEM images:

Manufacturers can pre-install Linux Mint on their computers using the OEM installation images. These images will be made available next week, in 64-bit at the following address:


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


  1. Good job!
    I’ll try it, next week, when the update path becomes available. I am currently on 17.2, and I would rather not re-install.
    (17.2 has been excellent.)

    Will there be a way to remove the on-screen keyboard from the logon screen in 17.3?

  2. Still running the Beta and no updates are showing. Does this mean there have been no updates issued?

    At any rate Linux Mint 17.3 MATE is running beautifully in a Parallels Desktop virtual environment complete with the full Compiz experience!


  3. Mint 17.3 mate x64 running like a champ on Dell E5500. Full compiz + cube and all that working good.

    However, still had to dig up a wired connection to get the Broadcom wireless working(BCM 4312). Used the MInt driver tool to find the driver and installed the b43 installer(not legacy) and it worked like a champ.

    Will be seeding indefinitely!! Hope ya get a fast download!!


  4. It seems only yesterday when last year I sat at my newly built PC ready to install Mint 17.1 on it. That very same installation is still going solid to this day.

    Thank you Clem and the rest of the Mint team for this update and happy holidays.

  5. one small bug is in mate 17.3 64bit on intel+nvidia laptop.
    after installing nvidia 3.52 driver and connecting second monitor,
    set window manager to marco+compton.
    next try to set second monitor as primary – it`s not possible.

  6. Is the production code the same as the Beta?

    Edit by Clem: hi Mike, sorry I don’t understand your question..

  7. I have experienced one small bug now in mate 17.3 64bit, after reading my email in thunderbird and then closing the program, and then starting firefox, a box pops up to say there is already a version of thunderbird running and I need to close it. Of course I already have closed it, and after closing the pop up box everything is fine. Still it is an annoyance and has happened three (3) diferent times.

    Bill S.

  8. Cant get to the download page via mainpage, too popular?!
    Downloading from torrent (and will seed) now.
    Trying MATE again as keeps getting better.
    Very happy on 17.2 Xfce for main machine,but awaiting 17.3 news, soon I hope.

    Edit by Clem: Before Xmas I hope.. can’t guarantee, but that’s the plan anyway 🙂

  9. Just installed 17.3 Mate 64-bit. But there is no option “openbox+compton” in the window managers. There is no “openbox” at all. Should I apt install “openbox”?

  10. Edit to my previous post : Yes. ‘sudo apt-get install openbox’ to be done for ‘openbox+compton’ option. It is in the ‘help’.

  11. What did you do with the Driver Manager in Control Center?
    Every time I open it is saying “Updating cache”
    It doesn’t even check if there’s internet connection
    This is either a regression or just bad design

    If you want to sync the list with your servers, just do it once, not on every start

    A even better solution would be to add a sync button inside, so the user can decide, not automatic on start, skipping the user’s desire


    Edit by Clem: Why would you open it multiple times? It’s very important for it to update the cache, it’s the only way it can guarantee it’s accessing the latest drivers. Say you’ve got an NVIDIA GPU, today we’re looking at drivers v 352, 3 months from now it might be a newer version. It could check connectivity before updating the cache, I agree. But if you compare if with past versions, where the cache wasn’t updated, this is a huge and necessary improvement, it fixes a lot of issues out of the box.

  12. Help for the Update Manager does not match the reality of the program. Specifically, the screenshots are obsolete. Also, since the “Update Method” tab was replaced with the “Options” tab, some of those descriptions are no longer correct.

  13. Running live session from USB flash drive – seems a bug in mintMenu>preferences>plugins tab>tweak border or opacity settings and the prefs window freezes, requiring logout/login or sometimes opening/closing mintMenu to be able to close the “broken” prefs window.

    Either fresh boot or after updating system via Update Manager.

    Otherwise runs fast, efficient and beautiful!


  14. I tried the 32 bit version of the Mate release of LM 17.3 in a virtual machine. I’m so disappointed that audio sink a2dp for bluez / pulseaudio still doesn’t work out of the box without having to use a work around. Come on guys it can’t be that hard to fix.

  15. Cannot install wine in Rosa Mate 64 .. broken packages over and over

    Edit by Clem: wine from the repositories or from a PPA? Can you give us more info as to which wine you’re trying to install? how you’re doing it? and what errors do you see?

  16. Sorry, having to revert to 17.2.
    Libreoffice Impress presentations containing sound files are slow to load and the slides with sound files take 10 seconds to appear on the screen during presentation.

    Same presentations fine on fresh 17.2 install, which I will not be updating.

    Pity. I have a feeling it is an issue with gstreamer

    Thank you for 17.2 , though.

  17. Thanks to Clem and team. I have noticed an issue that I mentioned in this forum for 17.2 is still apparent. When doing a search using the “Search folders and documents by name” button in Caja, the text beneath folders is invisible. It is then necessary to close Caja and reopen to read the text.

  18. @Col: The problem with Caja search appears to be only with the Compact and Icon views; you could use the List view to bypass the problem. Also, it seems as though changing the background color to something like Lemon or Sea Foam is also a work-around.

  19. As I discovered twice now that purging libreoffice from LM17.3 removes the Mint-X themes. thus the desktop reverts back to the ugly mate theme.
    I don’t use libreoffice. How do I get libreoffice off the system without losing Mint-X and Mint themes?

    apt-get purge –remove libreoffice*
    The following packages will be REMOVED:
    libreoffice-avmedia-backend-gstreamer* libreoffice-base*
    libreoffice-base-core* libreoffice-base-drivers* libreoffice-calc*
    libreoffice-common* libreoffice-core* libreoffice-draw*
    libreoffice-emailmerge* libreoffice-gnome* libreoffice-gtk*
    libreoffice-help-en-us* libreoffice-impress* libreoffice-java-common*
    libreoffice-math* libreoffice-ogltrans* libreoffice-pdfimport*
    libreoffice-presentation-minimizer* libreoffice-sdbc-firebird*
    libreoffice-sdbc-hsqldb* libreoffice-style-mint* libreoffice-writer*
    mint-artwork-gnome* mint-meta-mate* mint-themes* mythes-en-us*

    Edit by Clem: Don’t remove libreoffice-style-mint.

  20. @john
    I don’t know the direct answer to your question, however libreoffice consumes only about 330 MB in your / …
    I suggest you use the Main Menu tool in Preferences, uncheck the boxes for the things you don’t use, and call it done.

    there are many other things woven into the system, many you will never use. just leave it alone.

  21. When I first tried to do a fresh install of Rosa encountered “Fatal error” bootloader not installed’ This was on a AMD M2N2sli w/3.2 840 processor and a Nvidia Geforce 730 GPU onto a Samsung 840 pro ssd. None of my usual tricks seemed to work so I removed the ssd and put it into an intel Dell and it installed like a charm. Put the ssd back into the AMD rig and it also started w/out issue.
    I’ve been using Mint since Gloria came to town and instals of all iterations have been flawless until the “R” series where they have become increasingly more problematic. Is this an issue w/ the underlying ubuntu 14.4? I’m building a new rig for the Spring and want to install Mint 18 on it I was hoping to solve the problem before then. Have others encountered this problem?
    BTW Keep up the good work, now that she’s in the saddle Rosa is the best Mint yet!!!

  22. Hi young fellas. As I said before, this will be my wife’s main OS soon =) =) Still getting used to it and ,so far, this are the bugs/details I found:

    ** Linux Mint 17.3 Rosa MATE x64. (Kernel 4.2) Updated until today (DEC 8,2015)

    * Bug: Caps Lock gets “sticky” on the login screen. If your password has some capital letters you are doomed as the indicator enters in some sort of race condition and you can’t change it. Only way to be safe: Not pressing Caps Lock key. I use the default login screen.

    * Detail: The divisory dotted line in the Menu (between Places/System and Favorites) can’t be moved. When I personalize icons and fonts, part of the right side’s text gets hidden. Also, the text on top still reads “”.

    * Bug: Caja file manager: If you set a texture as a background and then press F3, the new panel doesn’t refresh the texture but only the color. You have to click on the new panel so the texture gets rendered properly.

    * Bug: (the worst so far). Wireless connection keeps disconnecting too often. The only “workaround” is opening the console and then “sudo iwlist wlan0 scan” until it does again several random minutes later. Please note that I don’t have a Broadcom adapter but a Centrino Wireless-N 130. Also, this is not related with energy saving because happens anytime.

    * Detail: Mint Mate has by default a good number of awesome plugins for the Panel… but not a single Caps Lock indicator. There is an awful trend in modern laptops, not having a led on the key for this. After some reading couldn’t find any on the repositories so my wild guess is that a) it’s really really missing or b) it is present but well hidden or using some strange name that makes me unable to find it :-s At the end I installed Keylock Indicator from tsbarner’s ppa. IMHO this should be present out of the box 😉

    * Bug: If you have a number of windows/apps opened so one of them gets totally covered by the others, pressing Alt-Tab not always brings that window to the front. Is a little bit sporadic and not so frequent but I saw that behavior several times. When that happens, doing Alt-Tab a second time on the offending windows/app will really bring it front.

    As usual, THANK YOU for all of your great work. Expect more feedback from me. Regards.

  23. I have tried to install it this week-end. Succeeded to enter my informations, do the partitioning. It begins to copy files, and then, the installation screen disappears and the install aborts.

    This old computer is able to run LMDE, LMDE2, LM 17.2.

    I have downloaded the ISO a second time. Tested MD5 sum on both. Everything seems OK, apart one message at the end of the report, telling me that there is something wrong in line 6. ( ????? )

    Am I the only one having this issue?

  24. Hello Clem,

    I noticed that Mozilla Thunderbird uses anywhere from 85 mb to 100 mb of ram/memory and this is idle. Is this a bug of excessive memory consumption? If so, where should I address or post this so it can be addressed?

  25. Dear Linux Mint, you have ruined me when it comes to Linux Distributions. Every time a new version of Ubuntu comes out, I foolishly install it,because Mint is still on Trusty, knowing full well that I will always come back to Linux Mint. I even tried Ubuntu Mate this time but sadly, LOL, I have come back once again. Even Linux Mint Trusty-Rosa runs circles around other distro’s. Great job guys and thank you so much for making such an awesome distro. Linux Mint is just so beautiful and organized. There has never been a program that I have installed that put me in dependency hell or given me any problems. You just can’t beat Linux Mint! You guys rock!

  26. Did a trial install on a ASUS VM42 – Loaded very fast.

    Sadly though there is no functioning WiFi driver for the ASUS. I expected this. So back to Win8.1 (shudder)

    Waiting NOT SO PATIENTLY for upgrade paths for all my other devices. 😉

  27. Chis, the diver tool that can be easily accessed from the startup window does the trick easy. For my ASUS, Windows 10 has lower WI-FI performance and connection feedback than Linux Mint 17.3 MATE 😉

  28. I am unable to successfully download the MATE 64-bit ISO.
    I have tried three different European download locations with two different browsers.
    All fail at the end of the download with what I assume is a checksum error.

    Note : The MATE 32-bit ISO downloads fine.

  29. For Chris @43:

    If you have the time and patience, try the following (from easy to hard):

    – Upgrade your default Kernel from 3.x to 4.x. It’s in the repositories.
    – Conect your ASUS with the cable and visit the Driver Manager in Control Center because very often Linux itself will tell you that you need propietary drivers and install it for you.
    – If I’m right, you have a Realtek RTL8192Ce chip. A little bit outdated but take a look:


  30. @Ashley
    I too frequently have problems with direct downloads.
    Try using the Torrent. For me it always works.

    (I leave the torrents running to assist the community: Pay it Back/Pay it Forward)

  31. Awesome! I will wait for the new upgrade manager! My very old laptop (2006 Fujitsu Siemens Lifebook 1410) has been “revived” by Linux :)!

  32. Hi Mint-Team,

    i installed Linux Mint 17.3 Cinnamon 32 bit on my Netbook Samsung N130.
    Everything is working fine.
    Thanks a lot for your great job.

    regards Rainer

  33. @Clem,

    I was never sure on the reasoning behind not installing the recommended kernel by default. Why is that?


  34. Hello Clem,
    I just tried upgrade system from 17 MATE to 17.3 MATE several times.
    and, I met compiz issue.
    Default Rosa has compizconfig-settings-manager and compiz
    but, upgraded Rosa doesn’t contain these two packages
    it means that it doesn’t have compizconfig files either.
    thus, compiz doesn’t work propely in upgraded Rosa.

    If I intend to use compiz depite of it ,
    I shoud do this.
    $ apt install compizconfig-settings-manager compiz
    and need to do whole new setup at the compizconfig-settings-manager.

    Please, check it out and fix it.
    Thank You.

  35. Excellent work! I Installed the 32 bit version: Will the support of 32 bit continue until LM 19? I asked because I read ubuntu 16.04 probably Will be the last 32 bit version
    Thank you

  36. Just got the upgrade in update manager. Had a smooth upgrade to 17.3 and everything worked great. Thanks Clem and the team.

  37. Reminder: To upgrade from Linux Mint 17, 17.1 or 17.2, please wait for a few days while we release a new version of the Update Manager to you. In the meantime, you do not need to download or to reinstall anything. We’ll make announcements next week when this is ready.

  38. My install fails with the following message:

    The ‘grub-efi-amd64-signed’ package failed to install into /target/. Without the GRUB boot loader, the installed system will not boot.

    Checked MD5 and tried to install twice, same error.

    Any suggestions?

  39. I just made the upgrade from 17.2, in the update manager. The only issue I saw was that I had to manually fix the grub menu by using the commands “sudo update-grub” and “sudo grub-install /dev/sda” (in MY case it is sda and I also have some other Linux Mint flavors om my computer, and another, LMDE1, was my main release before!)

    I also had some “fun” caused of that Compiz settings had moved to another place. When I just tried to switch on Compiz in my upgraded 17.3, the whole screen started flashing so I had to use the main switch to stop it.

    But after I had restarted and set the parameters in “Compiz Configuration Settings Manager” correct again, it worked very nice.

    Thanks Clem and the team for a good work!

  40. Did a clean 64-bit install on a Dell Optiplex 790 (core i3) and it is just awesome (dual boot with Windows 7). Everything seems fine after a few days, I have to add some programs and customize it, but so far it looks just perfect. I am going to move everything to Linux Mint and keep Windows 7 for a few programs that don’t work in Linux, but expect to use Windows less and less.

    Thank you for all you do and for bringing us freedom from MS! I came here looking to rescue my old Windows XP computers, but have found that Linux Mint is not just a great replacement for XP, it is a great replacement (or at least companion in dual-boot) to any Windows product.

  41. Just like 59:
    I just made the upgrade from 17.2, in the update manager. The only issue I saw was that I had to manually fix the grub menu by using the commands “sudo update-grub”.
    This is a DELL Inspiron Intel® Core™ i5-4460 CPU @ 3.20GHz × 4 with 2 1TB disks. The first disk is Windows 10. The second disk is Linux Mint MATE. I run this with UEFI boot and Secure boot on. The Linux disk was encrypted by the installer at installation of version 17.0. This is the third update using the update manager. This seems to be the way to go. It would be nice if I could use the update manager again, when we update to version 18 next year! Will that be possible?

  42. @android4: Mint 18 will have a new upstream base, that is, Ubuntu 16.04 repos. Therefore the upgrade won’t be as trivial as between 17.x versions which all share the same upstream base (Ubuntu 14.04 repos). Anyway, it’s kind of early to discuss this now. We still have four months until Ubuntu 16.04 release. I’m sure Clem will come up with something. 🙂

  43. Hi, I found issue with mintmenu (5.6.5). When I set mintmenu as transparent, I see it transparent only first time after boot. When I open second time and next mintmenu is not transparent.

  44. Updating from 17.2 freezed during packages installation for no reason. Had to hard reboot and after that couldn’t get a session anymore. Not impossible to fix of course but was easier to install system again from ISO. Sort of things that make people quit on Linux when inexperienced.

    Anyway, after installation, so far so good. Everything works well, stable. The new feature to choose a different window manager is great. This new approach from Mint developers to keep focusing on what matters and leave the core to LTS updates is not dissapointing at all. Mint was already great but now, they managed to bring it to another level. It’s just perfect. Congrats Clem!

  45. Hi all,
    I upgrade from Mint MATE 17.2 64bit with success.
    The only issue I found is the same of 56.Jung-Kyu Park…

    After upgrade the COMPIZ is NOT COMPLETE and correct installed.
    the “compiz setting” menu is not available and the program ICON is not present.

    How I can solve the issue and obtain a complete “rosa” version??

    Is enought to do:
    “sudo apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager”
    OR I have to do more??
    Please, check it out and fix it.
    Thank You.

  46. I have been testing this Mint Mate 64 bit version extensively and only have one problem that won’t go away. Whatever is installed as the new compiz does not get along well with Cairo-dock. i have tried everything I can think of and once I get compiz and emerald working all is great Until I run cairo-dock with fire, pulse, and the effects. Every single time without fail the system crashes and hangs up. No Cairo-dock, no crash. I am stuck with this new Hp Pavilion notebook with the ATI graphics card.

  47. @Monster (Re: #38) says: — *Detail: … “At the end I installed Keylock Indicator from tsbarner’s ppa. IMHO this should be present out of the box”

    Oh man, thanks for that tip! I’ve owned a laptop WITHOUT a ‘Caps Lock’ led indicator for 2.5 years now which has been a continuing source of annoyance, but NO MORE!

    T. Scott Barnes’ ‘Indicator for Lock Keys’ PPA (package name: ‘indicator-keylock’) is the solution to this issue and works perfectly for me in LM 17.3 MATE 64-bit. Thank you again for this tip!

    And I agree. This functionality should be an available option by default in LM regardless of DE.

  48. Another painless upgrade from 17.2 MATE 64-bit to 17.3. I included the suggested 3.19 kernel. Thanks!!

    One issue so far is that my first start of gparted resulted in it scanning all devices forever and never fully populating its GUI. Killing (evidently just the window) via the window X doesn’t remove gparted from the processes. The process can’t be killed via system monitor. Trying to start it from the menu brings up the authentication window, but filling in the root password does not lead to the GUI initializing. I haven’t tried more aggressive kill attempts.

  49. More on gparted. Rebooting and starting gparted in the menu resulted in the authentication window but no follow-up GUI. In this experiment, gparted did not even appear in system monitor as a process.

    Using synaptic, gparted was reinstalled. Results were the same as above.


  50. The upgrade was successful. I’m very happy.

    Though a small issue. Don’t know if it’s related to Mint or my computer. I was watching a video online and fullscreen. I never got a message saying the battery was low, and the computer didn’t hibernate. So it just stopped.

    Any advice to avoid a crash like that?

  51. How to preset a regional mirror for upgrade to Linux Mint 17.3?

    I have difficulties accessing and therefore I use a different mirror server in my region. This usually works well, but when trying to upgrade to Linux Mint 17.3 using Update Manager’s function “Upgrade to Linux Mint 17.3 Rosa”, the mirror is reset to and the update fails due to download problems, and probably related hashsum mismatch errors. Is there any way to preset a different, regional mirror for the upgrade to 17.3?

  52. Clem: the “regional mirror” gizmo… bad move, or broken

    just guessing but it apparently sets the region based on presumed location rather than testing the actual speed.

    in my case the defaults are much faster.

    alternatively clicking on the “select a mirror” button and waiting for it to actually Check the speed is much better (it actually works).

    perhaps it is the widespread use of VPNs over here…


  53. Good upgrade.
    2 weeks ago suddenly unison synchronisation stopped working in 17.2. Now it is working again with the newest kernel version.
    Good work, no problems at all.

  54. @jazzi : I know. It was already configured for that. That’s why mentioned it here as an issue (#76). Mint never hibernated nor gave warning of low battery. Could it be related to the full screen video playing? (I think the screensaver is now deactivated when watching videos).

  55. Why do we have to wait 10 seconds to login on mint 17.3 live session?
    I use the live session to fix problems on desktops, and it’s a torment to wait 10 seconds on login screen. I’d like to know the password for the user “mint”, please. Meanwhile, I’m using previous version, shame…

  56. No “rescue” option when alternative window manager (e.g. compiz) does not work..

    Not a new, but still a serious problem: Installed Mint 17.3 on an older machine, switched to compiz (been using it for years on all my PCs), and got a black screen with only cursor 😉 -> compiz doesn’t work on this graphics card.

    So now, I have no way of switching it back to Marco, wm-recovery needs X11 display, and even firing up X with “startx” an issueing wm-recoverx did not save me..

    –> WM Switcher needs a failsafe-countdown like resolution switcher has!

  57. Me again:

    Guess what. Mint Menu is not highlighting Places, System and All the apps if you use the arrows keys instead of mouse. First I though it was not working at all but then tried pressing Enter when highlight disappeared and realized it is there, only that not visible.


  58. @Monster
    try using the Menu Bar instead.

    just “add to panel” and give it a try… it is the Traditional old school Gnome 2 style, I much prefer it… easy to configure just as you like it.

    Happy Holidays

  59. As was to be expected, the boot situation of this release compared to the previous beta hasn’t changed for my Athlon XP nForce2 Ultra 400 boxes with AMD Radeon RV350, R420 AGP.
    A sequence of 5 screenshots during the boot pauses until the sad end with busybox, after the system loses its optical ATAPI boot drive are here:
    The album with a little more info is accessible here:

    Hopefully the details shown there can shed some light on what is happening here, so that it can be fixed soon.

  60. Got an update labeled “MintMenu”, and sure enough, after rebooting, the caption is gone off the top of the main menu.
    A small detail, but it’s the attention to these details that makes Mint what it is. Thank you!

  61. Can’t wait to try Linux Mint MATE. I have been a user of LM Cinnamon for quite some time but I always experience this screen tearing when playing videos (sometimes happens when playing Steam games).

    With Mate’s Compton, that supposedly fixed screen tearing issues, I might stay with this DE, if it actually fixed it.

  62. 42/43: Alex, Mint will work just fine with a graphics card or onboard graphics chip with 128MB. Actually, anything over 2MB should cope with 1024×768 resolution, the minimum for ‘comfortable’ use (e.g. not having to scroll left and right in a web browser to see the whole page).

    Are you planning on using Mint just as a ‘desktop OS’, or do you plan to try 3D gaming? If it’s the latter, sadly Linux driver support for 3D graphics trails behind that for Windows.

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