Linux Mint 18.1 “Serena” KDE released!

The team is proud to announce the release of Linux Mint 18.1 “Serena” KDE Edition.

Linux Mint 18.1 Serena KDE Edition

Linux Mint 18.1 is a long term support release which will be supported until 2021. 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 18.1 KDE“.

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 18.1 KDE

System requirements:

  • 2GB RAM.
  • 10GB of disk space (20GB recommended).
  • 1024×768 resolution (on lower resolutions, press ALT to drag windows with the mouse if they don’t fit in the screen).


  • 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 since 2007 are equipped with 64-bit processors).

Upgrade instructions:

  • If you are running the BETA, click the refresh button in your Update Manager and apply any outstanding level 1 updates.
  • If you are running Linux Mint 18, please follow the steps at to upgrade to Linux Mint 18.1.

Download links:

Here are the download links for the 64-bit ISO:

A 32-bit ISO image is also available at

Integrity and authenticity checks:

Once you have downloaded an image, please verify its integrity and authenticity.

Anyone can produce fake ISO images, it is your responsibility to check you are downloading the official ones.


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


  1. Dear KDE Team, people on Facebook having already tried the latest installation getting a plethora of errors, the support staff are tearing their hair out wondering the cause of the problems. To which URL can we direct people with complaints about the latest release(s)? Here, or the Forums?

  2. If Ubuntu 16.04.2 wasn’t delayed, you would have released your .1 version after their .2 version !!!

    I guess you guys are doing a good job but you try to do too much with not enough resources/capacity. Perhaps it’s time to reconsider your strategy and drop a few things to focus more on the essential !

    Edit by Clem: What difference would it make if 16.04.2 was out before 18.1? Sorry, I don’t see the relevance at all here… I’m not sure why you’d want us to rush a release to get it out before something that has nothing to do with us, it doesn’t make sense to me. In this particular release, it would have gone against shipping with KDE Plasma 5.8, which is the one thing everybody wanted.

  3. Happy to see and congrats, but any solution to problem with steam tray icon i pointed in post about beta? I looked on forum but didnt saw any topic about it/

    Edit by Clem: Was it a regression after a particular update? If so, which update was it? And can you describe what happens in details?

  4. It was after upadate 3-4 days ago, im not sure if steam update or system is the cause. Steam tray icon don’t respond to any action. Reinstall and deleting .steam config folder did not help.

  5. Hello, I am new to Linux and I have tried so many distros within the past month its hard to count. I think I finally found the perfect distro which is Linux mint. I finally feel comfortable, and 18.1 feels so stable. I tried Ubuntu and I dont know, it just didnt feel like “home” to me. Thanks you guys for all your work!

  6. After a long time, a very long time I might say I have installed Mint again. This time in a virtual machine. The VM is placed on an SSD so it should be fast, but it is not. It is, sorry to say this, extremely slow. Shutting down takes like forever with the 5 lights changing color over and over. I have my host on the same SSD and that’s lightning fast. It is Manjaro Linux, based on Arch.

    I am a KDE enthusiast and want nothing else than KDE. But what did I get? Yes, it was KDE, but it looked like Cinnamon in these dark-grey colors. Terrible. KDE should be setup with the Breeze theme since that is what belongs to KDE: Breeze light with nice bright and shining windows, bars and panels.

    Have just installed it but the first impression is not good. Don’t think it will be my major OS again. Will stick to Manjaro.

  7. Just my luck… I installed KDE Neon LTS less than two days ago. Luckily, I’m having issues with Neon, so the door is open to install Serena KDE, but I do have concerns regarding their nature. Please pardon the seeming irrelevance of this post since both distributions begin with the Ubuntu LTS and issues which affect one could easily affect the other.

    My current system has a 3.1Ghz dual core Athlon, 4gigs DDR 800, and a GTX 570. My Netgear N150 wifi dongle randomly drops out, forcing me to disconnect and reconnect to the network, and Firefox will become unresponsive when playing youtube videos at 720p for extended periods. I’ve never had the wifi issue in Linux Mint(GTK environments), and the firefox issue hasn’t reared its head in more than a year, however considering other minor glitches, such as KDE not consistently applying icon themes or user account pictures until after logouts or reboots, I’m concerned that some or even all of these issues may be present in Serena KDE. As a Linux Mint user since Katya, I’m eager to come back home again, and I really like KDE 5.8. Please chime in and tell me if these or similar issues have been reported in Serena KDE. I’m crossing my fingers.

  8. we have mint 17.1 rebecca (xfce) in use and it works fine.
    I considered an update to Linux Mint 18 while setting up a new OS on another PC anyway. However, mint 18 (live) refuses to connect the WLAN properly — the wlan-password is asked for and then simply nothing happens.
    I tried the ISO files of xfce and mate, in english and german version.
    Many other distros, including mint 17, connect without trouble.
    I hoped mint 18.1 would solve that, but — no, rather independent of Hardware — Dell latitude D520, Lenovo think pad T430s and E320.
    (written on a newly setup mint 17.1 rebecca)

  9. Congratulations!!!

    I suppose it would be much more clever decision for the next release to give user a choice what KDE source to use during installation: Kubintu ppa or Neon user edition. Or provide easy documented way of swiching to Neon repository just after installation. For a lot of users Plasma and, first of all, Applications from Kubuntu-provided source are useless in their current lagging-behind state.

  10. Is it weird to feel like I’m a two-timer when I install other distros on my rig? Well, after spending yesterday evening swearing to never leave Mint again while kissing Serena’s feet, I was greeted with a fast, stable, and beautiful desktop that very quickly welcomed me in from the cold, gray world beyond the fold. Gone were the Firefox issues, flickers from the Nouveau driver, and as soon as I moved my files back over, we were curled up and listening to music that, (if possible) sounded even better than anything Sara’s audio backend put out. The only issue that didn’t fall squarely in the lap of the KDE team was Amarok. Not only did half of the visualization modes in the main window fail to work, but it stubbornly refused to accept any themes beyond the seven KDE 5 Look and Feel themes. So… I gave it the axe and went with Clementine… which also has the same theming issue, but has working visualizations. Speaking of which…

    Clem: What do you think of going with a different audio player for the KDE releases?

    Anyway, thanks so much for all your hard work. Linux Mint has been fast and stable on every piece of hardware I’ve ever put it on, including a nine year old laptop and, before it finally gave up the ghost, a Phenom II x4 machine with a damaged motherboard. Since installing Serena KDE, I’ve been randomly cringing at both my impatience and the stupidity of ever doubting the mad genius of the Mint team. God bless you in your continued endeavors, and I can’t wait to see what you’ve got planned for the future.

  11. I don’t know why, but every time I install nvidia proprietary drivers on kde, everything looks weird. I tried multiple drivers (367, 375, 378) using driver manager, graphics-drivers ppa and .run files downloaded from geforce. Cinnamon works great with proprietary drivers. IMAGE:

  12. Well done Guys – keep up the good work

    ( On my little 1280×600 computer the “Update Manager” screen on Mint18 is not big enough to see the “OK” button at the bottom of the screen – And therefore I can’t get passed the splash screen that is asking me when updating to Serena whether I should proceed with :- “Don’t break my computer” , “Optimise Stability” or “Always update everything”. The screen is too small to select the “OK” button – Any chance of remembering in future that 600 pixels vertical is quite a standard display size. Thanks again )

  13. I installed Mint KDE 18.1 on my HP ENVY 13 laptop. Spent some time fine tuning to my taste and add programs (cantata, redshift, audacious, rawtherapee) without any trouble. All running smooth. I prefer a dark theme since it’s easy to the eye for late night work. Thanks for the nice work.

  14. Vali@22

    I have had trouble with all nvidia drivers above version 340, even in cinnamon. Had to revert back to 340 in one case, and all worked fine after. Can’t speak for KDE, don’t use it. Just a thought.

  15. @Vali:
    nvidia-375-26 works great with kde:
    $ inxi -F
    System: Host: mint-master Kernel: 4.8.9-040809-generic x86_64 (64 bit)
    Desktop: KDE Plasma 5.8.5 Distro: Linux Mint 18.1 Serena
    Machine: Mobo: ASUSTeK model: Z170 PRO GAMING v: Rev X.0x
    Bios: American Megatrends v: 2003 date: 09/19/2016
    CPU: Quad core Intel Core i5-6600K (-MCP-) cache: 6144 KB
    clock speeds: max: 4300 MHz 1: 800 MHz 2: 800 MHz 3: 799 MHz 4: 800 MHz
    Graphics: Card: NVIDIA GF119 [GeForce 605]
    Display Server: X.Org 1.18.4 drivers: nvidia (unloaded: fbdev,vesa,nouveau)
    Resolution: 1680×1050@59.88hz
    GLX Renderer: GeForce 605/PCIe/SSE2 GLX Version: 4.5.0 NVIDIA 375.26

    But!: I had to change the compositor from openGL 2.0 to 3.1 under systemsetting/display and monitor/compositor/ .

    @clem: Thank You very much for this great Release. Works perfect!

  16. Installer automatically select format partition after setup file system – ext4 journaling file system and mount point (“format the partition” is not selected!!!). I’ve lost my data on home partition 🙁 Please check this!!!

  17. @ LowTekk (21)

    Plasma 5 seems to be full of theme issues to me, especially for GTK applications and custom themes (Firefox being the most scary own issue). There are at least 3 different theme systems used by different applications so it took me lot of time to get similar custom look for all of them. Perhaps I’m doing it wrong, but it was easy and worked fine with Plasma 4 (Mint 17). Now it’s just confusing pain.
    To get back to your problem, Clementine is really one of those using just Look&Feel, but fortunately you can change basic colors in Clementine-Preferences/Appearance, which works for me (same for Krusader and probably other pure KDE apps). I hope that this helps a bit.

    Just to make it easier for Mint developers (perhaps), THIS IS NOT Mint 18.1 issue (or most likely Mint issue at all) and it probably works as intended (scary).
    I suppose that Mint developers can’t do much about it (perhaps same themes for all the systems, which is pain as well), but perhaps they know someone who could ^-^

    And I would also vote for replacing Amarok with something which plays music (not sure if Amarok opens your beer now or what). But I think that Amarok is integrated too deeply, it takes half of KDE to get rid of it.

    Btw I got standard Mint update to Plasma 5.8 in December (broke Remmina tray icon for me, otherwise nice), so 18.1 feels like small update for me and works fine so far. Good job.

  18. Many thanks. Perfectly operating on my two different laptops. Mint KDE 18.1 also installed without any problems the Linux driver installer of my two Brother multifunction centers (one ink jet, J200 and one laser, L2540DW). Both units work fine in either USB cable or through my home WiFi network.

  19. Very nice. And I can run my games with the open source radeon driver too! I just had to upgrade the wine version on two of them. That was it. Thank You.

  20. I’ve really tried to like Linux. Really I have. I’ve tried Ubuntu, Mint 13 to 18.1. And it always just annoys me. The damn passwords for everything. Having to use terminal to install stuff. Hardware that isn’t recognised. Mint 18.1 refuses to recognise my wireless network. The list goes on. Why?

  21. I have Mint 17.3 KDE on a laptop, installed in BIOS mode. I want to install Mint 18.1 KDE alongside it. When I run the installer, I get a message that says it’s running in UEFI mode. I need to boot the second OS in BIOS or I will not be able to boot the first OS. How do I install Mint 18.1 KDE in BIOS mode?

  22. Tried to install via usb… the usb stick boots fine but the new install won’t reboot. Tried formatting and reloading the stick and got the same result. Finally installed Mint 18 KDE and upgraded to 18.1 from that point flawlessly. Same thing on two machines. Love the new look but a pain to install that way….

  23. @Haibane (36)

    Unfortunately, Clementine only allows you to change foreground and background colors, which only goes so far when it comes to Clementine theming. I was thinking that removing the Look and Feel themes and only using plasma themes and color schemes might be a workaround, but there’s no option to remove them in Settings, and I’m not sure what the consequences of manual removal would be.

  24. Thank you
    I have just downloaded this KDE edition two days ago and installed it on my laptop. It works just fine and smooth. I also love the beautiful theme and stability.

  25. This has happened before and been resolved within a few days, but it seems the ISOs for KDE and Xfce 64bit versions don’t match the checksums in the sha256sums.txt file atm. I haven’t tested MATE, but the checksums only match for Cinnamon 64bit (the only other version I have downloaded). I feel like a broken record, since this always gets resolved, but I don’t get why it happens in the first place. The checksum files and the ISOs are uploaded the same day. Clearly, I’m missing something, but it’s preventing me from using the ISOs.

  26. Sound does not work via HDMI (AMD R9 380). Blackscreen after installing AMPGPU-PRO driver (I can’t see even the login screen).

  27. Two things: one good, one bad.

    The good: The release is very polished and is generally a joy to use. Will become my new daily driver.

    The bad: The way you handle bug reports is haphazard, with people’s reports only randomly being answered here. The bugs I reported, for example, are still present in the final release. That’s just unprofessional and presents a weird, negative contrast to the releases as such. This would be easy to fix, and you should really adjust your priorities in order to make an improvement in this regard.

  28. Having problems with clock settings and watching facebook videos (+ certain crashing issues). I’m going back to Linux Mint 17.3 Cinnamon. This 18.1 version still needs a handful of improvements. See you in a few months! – Cheers.

  29. Great improvement over the KDE18 release bringing much better stability and usability. This release testifies the great commitment of the Mint developer to provide a good (if not the best) KDE5 desktop and environment. Sure there are some small things that need polishing and fixing (mainly on the KDE5 developers’ side) but overall a great distro that I highly recommend and appreciate, using it in all my system as the main workhorse. Thanks again Clem & Linux Mint team!

  30. Oh, and after a couple of minutes of use, the Meta key stops working for me, ie stops bringing up the application launcher. After logging out and in again, it works again—for a while. Any idea how to fix this?

  31. You can upgrade from 17.3 by installing mintupgrade and first upgrading to 18, then after that finishes, upgrading a second time to 18.1.

  32. I really like Linux Mint 18.1, and I have even come to terms with Shotwell as a replacement photo editor for Picasa.

    However, it seems that options for editing the main menu in 18.1 are much more restricted than they were in version 17 (I like to customize my main menu).

    Accordingly, I would be most grateful if the next upgrade to 18 restores this menu editing flexibility.

  33. Thanks for new release.

    I have to question you.

    One week ago I have installed ubuntu 16.04 on my desktop. All hardware driver ok but graphics didn’t work. Today I want to install Linux mint 18.1. Its support to all desktop hardware.
    Configuration :- Intel Core i3 3.3Ghz(2nd Gen). Booster 61 Motherboard. Ram DDR 3 1600mhz. ADATA 120GB SSD.

    Please answer me…

  34. Tested on PC with nvidia videocard; after I installed nvidia driver, when I logged in, the system is unresponsive. No trouble with previous KDE Linux Mint. Exist some step or alternative to install the drivers?

  35. I have used Linux since Red Hat 4.1 – long time. over 20 years.
    Of course KDE. The last few years have been a chase for usable stability in features. Very fast development cycles – I am use to SID variants so it is par for the course… I use both Mint 17.3 KDE and Mint 18.1 KDE on two drives same machine the 17.3 is now mature and all of the thumbs work 🙂 as an example … As soon as thumbs for LibreOffice work in mint 18.1 KDE 5.8 plasma, I will begin to migrate over… but that is the secret – develop the usability of the new system before jumping off of the one being left… Linux takes time to get up to speed with so many rapid changes, I know. Linux Mint is very good, people just do not seem to understand the nature of so many variations without a central dictator to control it… – Thank you, I do understand the nature of the immense difficulty.

  36. @59 jasvir chahal

    You can use any of the links. The one that is physically closest to you should be the fastest. The torrents might be better for you. Try them.

  37. Guys. I just bought a kaby lake processor. Mint provides only 4.4 and 4.8 kernel series.

    4.8 doesn’t work with my rx480 closed source driver. And I need that hdmi audio part.
    4.4 is too old. They made some change in 4.5 series that includes some kaby lake loading code that’s missing from earlier kernels.

  38. Suggestion regarding default settings in Linux Mint Cinnamon:
    System Settings –> Windows –> Prevent focus stealing ON


    1. Solves:

    2. Cinnamon behaviour will be like MATE too:

    3. Linux Mint Cinnamon out of the box experience will be better too.

    4. Cinnamon behaviour will be like Win* too. Great for people who are moving to Linux.

    It would be appreciated if you would respond as to when this would be implemented in Cinnamon.

    Thank you

  39. This relates to Linux Mint Cinnamon with multiple (2) monitors.

    1. Open LibreOffice
    2. Place it on the secondary monitors
    3. From the menu bar select: Tools → Options…
    4. The Options window opens on the primary monitor, it should open on the same monitor as the parent window

    Other programs are behaving this same incorrect way.

    Changing the setting of:
    System Settings → Windows → Behaviour → Location of newly opened windows
    Does not solve this.

    Please advise how this can be fixed. Maybe there is a setting which I have overlooked.

    Thank you

  40. This relates to Linux Mint Cinnamon 64-bit with multiple (2) monitors.

    When pressing Alt+Tab and Alt+Shift+Tab, sometimes the windows get stuck/freeze, when the Alt-Tab switcher style is Timeline (3D):
    System Settings → Windows → Alt-Tab → Alt-Tab switcher style: Timeline (3D)

    This happens when:
    Display the alt+tab switcher on the primary monitor instead of the active one: OFF

    Display the alt+tab switcher on the primary monitor instead of the active one: ON
    sometimes the secondary monitor does not refresh correctly so part of the primary monitor is displayed on the secondary monitor.

    Is more Linux Mint Cinnamon development work planned for multiple monitor scenarios?

    Thank you

  41. Linux Mint 18.1 Cinnamon 64-bit seems inconsistent with when keyboard accelerators are displayed.

    Is there a ‘System Setting’ with a label like ‘Display keyboard accelerators’ with options like Automatic, On, Off?
    Automatic: Keyboard accelerators are hidden until Alt is pressed. If Alt is released the keyboard accelerators is once again hidden; unless [Accessibility → Typing assistance →] ‘Sticky keys’ is on.
    On: Always shown (The keyboard accelerator letter is underline)
    Off: Never shown (No letters are underlined)

    If there is not any setting regarding the display of keyboard accelerators, would it be worthwhile to add ‘Display keyboard accelerators’ to ‘System Settings’?
    Perhaps in one or more of the following:
    System Settings → Windows → Behavior →
    System Settings → Accessibility → Keyboard →
    System Settings → Accessibility → Typing assistance →

    Please do not confuse with Keyboard Shortcuts:

    Thank you

  42. I love it how you CAN’T copy files or create folders on your Android phone. KDE Connect sucks for this and via USB won’t give you the option. What a load of crap

  43. Suggestions:

    Please add to the default Linux Mint Cinnamon distribution a PDF printer.

    A PDF printer will provide:

    1. An out of the box workaround with “windows compatibility layer: seemless wine integration” until:
    a) non-postscript printers work; and
    b) Windows 32-bit programs can print on Linux Mint Cinnamon 64-bit operating systems

    2. Programs that do not have a print to PDF option a way to print to PDF.

    Thank you

  44. Gekko06, you better check with your carrier. Mine disabled USB unless you pay an extra fee. You’ll need to get an SD card to transfer files now. I had no problem until recently doing file transfers with USB then all of a sudden could not. Found that my carrier disabled it. So you can not blame the Distro if you carrier is responsible. Mint PLasma is finally coming to age and working fine on my laptop.

  45. R&D:
    windows compatibility layer:
    seemless wine integration

    Please add to the default Linux Mint Cinnamon 64-bit distribution the following 2 libraries:

    “Title”=”Missing 32bit library”
    “Description”=”Provides GPU computation support to Windows applications.”

    “Title”=”Missing 32bit library”
    “Description”=”Lets Windows applications access digital cameras.”

    Thank you

  46. So… I’ve been using Mint for quite some time
    Some time ago I simply wrote a feedback about a new idea I had
    And that was to have a function to disable the touchpad via a custom hotkey…
    All I received was some flame and laugh, I quoute
    ” Why would you want to bog the system down with such feature?”
    Recently I swithed to Elementary OS just to give it a whirl.
    Apparently, Elementary OS has a feature like that.
    I can turn my touhpad on and off easily now, wihout having to go to turn it off from the settings each time or to compile and do countless of sci-fi moves just to turn off a device.

    Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying you guys don’t listen at all.
    But I,ve seen more ideas like this one being ignored.

  47. Installed Linux 18.1 Cinnamon on VirtualBox today, Updated Mint and installed drivers from Driver Manager and installed VirtualBox drivers. Everything went perfect. 🙂

    I noticed in System Monitor, there was constant 1-20% CPU usage which turned out to be Cinnamon’s doing. I have changed nothing in Cinnamon. Cinnamon (Cinnamon–replace) in System Monitor. CPU usage also drops to 0% for a while then increases back to 20% and it repeats. If this is a bug in cinnamon desktop, it needs to be fixed.

    1-20% constant CPU usage may be due to Mint being installed on VirtualBox but if same happens in actual installation of Mint, this can cause some performance issues with games and softwares that require lot of CPU and on slower PC, it can cause Mint to work slow.
    CPU usage of Cinnamon should less than 5%.

  48. How do i get System Monitor to show on Cinnamon Taskbar menu like on Windows where i can right click on Taskbar and click on Task Manager?

  49. Installed Mint 18.1 KDE on a Lenovo W520 (c.2011) i7, 16gb with a DVD Multi III drive, (PN 45N7544).

    When I switch CD/DVD’s the disk tittle doesn’t show for the new disk, just the last disk and the OS gets confused and won’t show the contents of the current disk. I have to close Dolphin, re-open and then re-read the optical disk. Sometimes more than once in order to see the new disk’s contents.

    I ran the live DVD first so this didn’t show due to no disk swapping of course.

    Liking the look of 18.1 KDE, also run 17.3 KDE on my old HP laptop.

    Thanks guys!

  50. @ 80 allen

    I use MATE but as I understand it, in Cinamon, you drag an application icon from out of the main menu to a panel where you want it to be. (They are called panels and you can have more than one of them around the screen. You seem to want it on the system panel, where the menu and the winows list and notificatiopn icons are. Someone who uses Cinammon might be able to confirm this.

  51. Hello, I’ve installed Serena KDE. I’ve tried enabling the nvidia driver on a HDMI connected monitor but there’s a problem with the fonts (very small and random color changes in the application launcher). I’ve disabled the driver but the Nvidia Settings app is still auto-loading (it appears as a red icon on the system tray). I would also like to launch the Mint Update Manager manually. Where can I disable them? I can’t find where this auto-loading setting is.

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