Linux Mint 18.2 “Sonya” Xfce released!

The team is proud to announce the release of Linux Mint 18.2 “Sonya” Xfce Edition.

Linux Mint 18.2 Sonya Xfce Edition

Linux Mint 18.2 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 18.2 Xfce“.

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 18.2 Xfce

System requirements:

  • 1GB RAM (2GB recommended for a comfortable usage).
  • 15GB 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, simply use the Update Manager to apply the available updates.
  • Announcements will be made shortly with instructions on how to upgrade from Linux Mint 18 and 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. Xfce Linux looks really Cool. I would love to try this. terminal commands 👍🏿 are fun. would really appreciate trying the 18.2 version. U see I have a really old Medion Tower system, which I really miss running, and the only way, you can run it anymore is something lightweight. was wondering if this would run on it. Seeing that it was a windows 7 operating system at one time. & windows 10 is causing many problems, a lot of blue screen error problems end I’ve been too many technicians and they can’t seem to resolve the problem. I don’t think the medion Tower from Aldi like windows 10 much. and so I was wondering if xfce 18.2 would run📀💿 would Cool Edit 95 run on here💭.

  1. Old Mint Thunar from 18.1 (thunar 1.6.10-3mint1) works far better than Thunar from Ubuntu (thunar 1.6.11-0ubuntu0.16.04.1), that was an update for Mint XFCE 18.1 some days ago and now is again included in this release of Mint XFCE 18.2.

    Ubuntu’s Thunar (1.6.11-0ubuntu0.16.04.1) crashes and freezes when renaming or moving a lot of files.

    Mint XFCE 18.2 should downgrade to thunar 1.6.10-3mint1 from original release of Mint 18.1, that worked like a charm.

    Edit by Clem: Damn.. the Ubuntu changelog specifically mentioned that was fixed in Ubuntu. This is the reason we abandoned our version (we had fixed that issue before they did, it was needed for 18.1). We’ll look into it again.

  2. After updating Thunar to 1.6.11, I noticed that it often freezes.

    But anyway, thanks for all your hard work!

  3. thank you so much for releasing xfce very soon.. love the xfce version of mint.
    currently running fast and pretty much quiet, boots faster too!

  4. Hello,
    thank you for the release. Its great.
    Never the less here are some feature requests and bugs.

    Feature requests:
    support Lvm manual patitioning in installer
    gui to manage lvm
    support Btrfs subvolume in installer
    gui to manage btrfs
    gparted installed by default (its on the live iso, but doesnt get installed)
    gui to manage systemD
    htop installed by default

    imagemagic icons dont do anything
    synaptic after install without quicksearch – reinstall apt-xapian-index fix it
    package nemo recommendes are strange
    okular (on xfce-edition) with breeze-theme – gwenview has mint-x-theme
    when metacity no gui for wm-settings, settingsbutton in xfce doesnt work anymore
    okular, gwenview not translated after install (on xfce-edition) – language settings fix it
    nemo – not translated after install (on xfce-edition) – language settings doesnt fix it
    nemo extension folder-coulor dont work (on xfce edition)
    after upgrade from 18.1 to 18.2 mint forgets repos

  5. updated!
    – the updater ask a couple of time if substitute some files more recent in new package but also modified after original installation…
    – is still unclear to have kernel in main mintupdate window and in kernel-update window.

  6. For people with Thunar issues I suggest you upgrade, I pulled the latest thunar tarball from the Arch wiki and it is working well. You will need to upgrade some dependencies to devel but its well worth it

  7. The best way to go is to format and clean install. That’s what I always do and it runs perfectly :). I do not have some weird system config with tons of software installed, and I keep files in a separate partition, so it’s an easy task for me.

    Thanks for all the hard work!

  8. I want to thank the Mint team for this fantastic release.

    -The upgrade was fast and flawless.

    -Connections to my Bluetooth speakers now finally work without bizarre workarounds.

    -Video screen tearing is gone.

    -LightDM is awesome.

    I’m just so impressed with you guys right now!! What a release.

  9. I really like xfce and for me Linux Mint xfce edition is the best xfce distro I’ve ever tried and my new default distribution, thanks for your excellent work.

  10. gcc compiler lacks some dependencies.
    i wrote a simple c program and all am am getting is fatal error no such file or directory. and it is pointing the fatal error to the #includestdio.h. also please verify the mirrors we use for downloading because the probel maybe because of the mirror i used so maybe can you guys put miiror sites that have been verified so that we dont download the os with broken packages. new users to linux like me may not know how to verify the iso image.. but otherwise am new to linux tho am enjoying everybit of it and never looking back.. the problem as i have suggested came when i downloaded the iso image of sonya xfce.

  11. Bonjour,

    étant sous Mint Sarah 18 j’ai effectué une mise à jour vers Serena 18.1 .
    Tout s’est bien passé.
    Puis j”ai effectué une mise à jour vers Sonya 18.2.

    Et là problème lorsque j’éteins l’ordi j’ai à chaque fois une fenêtre qui apparait un : programme est toujours en cours d’exécution : “Gnome-keyring-daemon” abscence de réponse

    J’ai tout essayé.
    Je peux forcer à l’extinction mais c’est alors supra long.

    La seule “solution” est de faire un sudo killall gnome-keyring-daemon

    Mais c’est à refaire du coup à chaque fois.

    J’ai effectué pas mal de recherche .. rien de concrêt.
    Je vous transmet pour contribution au cas où.
    Mon matériel est ancien : un portable Compaq C500 en 32 bit, 3go de mémoire, un pentium intel T2060 (X2)

    Merci en tout cas pour cette distribution qui est jolie, fonctionnelle et me permet d”être un utilisateur informatique du quotidien avec un matériel qui n’est plus ‘supporté” par aucun OS propriétaire.

    PS : Je peux aider à configurer le wifi et l’installation d’une impriamnte Brother 7070DW si çà peut aider quelqu’un au passage 😉


    Being under Mint Sarah 18 I made an update to Serena 18.1.
    Everything went well.
    Then I upgraded to Sonya 18.2.

    And there is a problem when I turn off the computer every time a window appears: a program is always running: “Gnome-keyring-daemon” missing response

    I have tried everything.
    I can force the extinction but it is then supra long.

    The only “solution” is to do a sudo killall gnome-keyring-daemon

    But it is to redo the coup each time.

    I did a lot of research .. nothing concrete.
    I am sending you a contribution in case.
    My hardware is old: a Compaq C500 laptop in 32 bit, 3GB memory, a pentium intel T2060 (X2)

    Thanks in any case for this distribution which is pretty, functional and allows me to be a daily computer user with a material that is no longer ‘supported’ by any proprietary OS.

    PS: I can help set up WiFi and install a Brother 7070DW printer if it can help someone pass;)

  12. I removed LM 18 Xfce and installed LM 18.2 Xfce fresh. I still have video tearing both with Intel HD Graphics 3000 and Nvidia GT 540M. I didn’t have this issue in LM 17.3

  13. la versione 18.2 XFCE non funziona molto bene; almeno sul mio acer aspire; mentre va benissimo la verisone 18.1 XFCE.

  14. I’m back regarding the background images of the login screen.

    What happened, at least in my case, is that slideshow.conf under /usr/share/mdm/html-themes/Mint-X/ had to be updated to point to:
    instead of:

    Everything is fine now!

  15. How to install intel-micro code driver in linux mint 18.2
    The problem is that the screen moves from left to right I’m using a lenovo z40-70 i3 8gb ram and a tera disk.
    Clarifying that I am novice in linux I was recommended mint cinnamon and I think it is the intel-microcode that appears as unknown and I install it but at the start I have to install it again and anque what active it is moving the screen .. that they would like to reinstall it All from the iso.
    Because it may be that the installation is wrong. I appreciate your help..

  16. Thanks for the update!

    I did find one issue while installing 18.2. I left the PC unattended while installing and came back to a locked screen asking for root to login. Obviously I can’t login as root while booted from the installer but I couldn’t login as the user I created either. Had to restart the install all over as I had no idea if it completed successfully or not.

  17. Installed 18.2 Xfce and it works quite well. There is one problem. To make sure, I installed it two times. If you leave the background as is without changing it, it works with LightDM. However, when you change to a personal wallpaper, the LightDM background at the login screen just shows a black background. Don’t know if this is a bug or not. Going in and changing the background from Login Window does nothing as well. Overall, it seems more responsive. Thanks for all the work you guys do.

  18. Hi,

    I just installed LM 18.2 XFCE from scratch on a notebook.
    It’s great except i can’t figure out how to allow root login from the new lightdm login screen ?

    Strangely my other laptop on which i did an upgrade from 18.1 still runs MDM and thus allows root login.

    Thanks for your help !

  19. linuxmint 18.2 sonya xfce can not make the monitor resume display
    after vga cable is unplugged then plugged in.

    so backup, mirroring files from 2 desktop computers with 1
    keyboard, mouse, monitor, becomes difficult.

    i must unplug vga cable from local computer
    then plug that vga cable to backup computer to
    turn on sshd server, sometimes i must do that
    again to check the ip address number

    story :
    when my local computer boot for the 1st time of the day,
    linuxmint rosa xfce produce error ‘/usr/bin/X is missing’.
    in previous night i added ppa to install pcsx2,
    install pcsx play crash bandicoot, install visualboyadvance
    to play super mario world.
    i choose to upgrade to linuxmint 18.2 sonya, not caring
    about ‘/usr/bin/X is missing’ error because
    rosa suffer problem with zsnes freeze mid game
    source :
    from google (zsnes freeze midgame) result 2

    i found possible solution for ‘/usr/bin/X is missing’ :
    from google (linuxmint /usr/bin/X is missing) result 1
    but i did not try that solution because i choose to upgrade
    to linuxmint sonya xfce.
    then i think i found vga cable bug in sonya xfce.

    my backup computer which use centos 6.2,
    can make the monitor resume display after vga cable
    is unplugged then plugged but my local computer
    which use newly installed sonya xfce can not
    make the monitor resume display after vga cable
    is unplugged then plugged.

    i tried sonya cinnamon and sonya cinnamon can
    make the monitor resume display after vga cable
    is unplugged then plugged, just like centos 6.2.
    debian stretch xfce also can.

  20. I installed Linux-Mint 18.2 Xfce 32 bit on an external drive. That is the 1st time I met lightDM. I tried to switch all screensaver sctivities off because I run bleachbit on another external drive, which blocks any input for some time. Nevertheless, the screensaver kicked in.

    I think I will return to MDM using the simpest greeter (the plain GTK greeter) available. I prefer that to lightDM.

    Apart from the switch to lightDM I like new Linux-Mint 18.2. Thanks to the team!

  21. Hi: Just did a clean install of Sonia 18.2 64-bit (Cinnamon). Thanks for the great O/S!

    Everything works great, EXCEPT I keep getting a a Netflix Error Code:F7355-1204 in Firefox 54.0 whenever I try to run a video. Any ideas for me to try?

    Thanks again….

  22. Never mind….installed 32-bit version of Chrome, Netflix AND Amazon Prime video both play fine. I’m assuming this is a Firefox issue, I don’t like Google Chrome, but it’s a workaround.

    Thanks again for the fine O/S!

  23. Good Job Clem And Team this new 18.2 XFCE Release is just as good as the previous one keep up the good work and Thank You for such a good release i used to have nothing but trouble with windows
    but now that i,am running mint it is so much more stable and reliable
    i have been telling everyone i can about mint in the hope that more people will switch from windows to mint
    take care and have a nice day

  24. compton not automatically start during startup.

    when i tried to run it manually in terminal an error “Another composite manager is already running” appear.

    had to set it manually in settings each time.

  25. Hi guys, I would like to ask a quick question about the xfce version. I have been currently using the cinnamon version and, after upgrading to the 18.2 edition, i have been having problems with system freezing. I would note that i do run the low latency kernel and install all of the ubuntu studio and kxstudio repositories inside of my mint build. Do you think that using the XFCE version would be better for my needs? Any advice would be gladly appreciated. I would kinda hate to reinstall everything again, but if it would give me better performance, i suppose i could… But, i haven’t had the issue with freezing until the current update. Maybe its the kernel i installed? I went with the latest Low Latency. Thanks for any ideas or suggestions you may have. I do LOVE the mint product very much. But I began wondering if the XFCE version would be better for me, knowing that it is the desktop used by default in the UbuntuStudio flavor…

  26. One more quick note, I really do not think the freezing has anything to do with lack of resources in my machine. OS is on an SSD with plenty of space, I have an 8 core FX processor at 4.2ghz per core, and 32Gb of 4200mhz RAM… And an R7 Graphics card, all installed on an Asus Crosshair V formula Z Motherboard. Its a pretty clean machine.

  27. Mint 18.2 Xfce works great on my old Vaio laptop. I think that the new Login Window is a nice thing. For a future release of Mint, is it possible to consider the Papirus icon theme as an alternative to Mint-Y?

  28. Gracias ! tenia una W. Vista 32 bits, no servia para nada, Pero le instale este Sonya y no la cambio por nada, todo resuelto: Internet, rapidez, programas de windows.Graciassssss!!!

  29. Question regarding system requirements-have the changed from Beta or were they mixed up with MATE/Cinnamon because
    Mint 18.2 BETA release notes:
    512MB RAM (1GB recommended for a comfortable usage).
    9GB of disk space (20GB recommended).
    Graphics card capable of 800×600 resolution (1024×768 recommended).
    Mint 18.2 release notes:
    1GB RAM (2GB recommended for a comfortable usage).
    15GB of disk space (20GB recommended).
    1024×768 resolution

    I am asking because an old family PC is running Mint 18 with 768MB now.

  30. In Power Manager on 18.2 xfce, under “When power button is pressed” there is no Shutdown option. As was present in previous versions.

    Fancy screensavers removed or moved? No longer installed by default? Can’t find them. No big deal. I didn’t use them anyway. but were pretty to cycle through when bored.

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