Linux Mint 19.2 “Tina” MATE – BETA Release

This is the BETA release for Linux Mint 19.2 “Tina” MATE Edition.

Linux Mint 19.2 Tina MATE Edition

Linux Mint 19.2 is a long term support release which will be supported until 2023. 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 19.2 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 19.2 MATE

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).

Notes:

  • The 64-bit ISO can boot with BIOS or UEFI.
  • The 32-bit ISO can only boot with BIOS.
  • The 64-bit ISO is recommended for all modern computers (Almost all computers sold since 2007 are equipped with 64-bit processors).

Upgrade instructions:

  • This BETA release might contain critical bugs, please only use it for testing purposes and to help the Linux Mint team fix issues prior to the stable release.
  • It will be possible to upgrade from this BETA to the stable release.
  • It will also be possible to upgrade from Linux Mint 19 and 19.1. Upgrade instructions will be published after the stable release of Linux Mint 19.2.

Bug reports:

  • Bugs in this release should be reported on Github at https://github.com/linuxmint/mint19.2-beta.
  • Create one issue per bug.
  • As described in the Linux Mint Troubleshooting Guide, do not report or create issues for observations.
  • Be as accurate as possible and include any information that might help developers reproduce the issue or understand the cause of the issue:
    • Bugs we can reproduce, or which cause we understand are usually fixed very easily.
    • It is important to mention whether a bug happens “always”, or “sometimes”, and what triggers it.
    • If a bug happens but didn’t happen before, or doesn’t happen in another distribution, or doesn’t happen in a different environment, please mention it and try to pinpoint the differences at play.
    • If we can’t reproduce a particular bug and we don’t understand its cause, it’s unlikely we’ll be able to fix it.
  • The BETA phase is literally a bug squashing rush, where the team is extremely busy and developers try to fix as many bugs as fast as possible.
  • There usually are a huge number of reports and very little time to answer everyone or explain why a particular report is not considered a bug, or won’t get fixed. Don’t let this frustrate you, whether it’s acknowledged or not, we appreciate everyone’s help.
  • Please visit https://github.com/linuxmint/Roadmap to follow the progress of the development team between the BETA and the stable release.

Download links:

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

A 32-bit ISO image is also available at https://www.linuxmint.com/download_all.php.

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.

Enjoy!

We look forward to receiving your feedback. Many thanks in advance for testing the BETA!

52 comments

    1. The borders was just my perception, not a problem. The real problem was not being able to grab the border to resize the window. That was fixed when I reinstalled from the official iso.

  1. The default theme has no window borders to grab to resize the window. The upper corners gan be grabbed, but that’s all.

    1. This problem was detected on what may have an older or unofficial beta iso. After installing from the official iso, this problem doesn’t exist

    2. Hi Dave,

      They’re invisible borders, they should be supported by Marco. Are you using compositing?

    3. The borders was just my perception, not a problem. The real problem was not being able to grab the border to resize the window. That was fixed when I reinstalled from the official iso.

  2. Would it be reasonable/possible to be able to specify the number of kernels to be retained by the automatic kernel maintenance in the Update Manager?

    1. I don’t think so. It’s a bit overkill and the idea here is simply to clean up without removing what’s really needed.

  3. After install, reboot, open update manager to install updates, it opens for a split second, does not go back down to the panel, Re-open update manager via menu it opens no issues, updates download. I believe this is repeatable as it has done this 2 times both fresh installs. But every update thereafter words as designed.

    Linux Mint 19.2 beta MATE64bit

    1. Thanks Leroy,

      It might be a multithreading issue with the new spinner screens. We’re just after fixing something similar in the kernel window, I’ll have a look.

  4. Thanks. The ‘What’s New’ list covers the problems with Kernels and Update Reboots. Fingers crossed that Xed has been set right. (Quite like your improved Find – very nice. Plus some extras. It’s the broken scrolling across tabs that sent me back to Pluma in 19.1 installs so I could do work. Perhaps we got stray code that made sense in Cinnamon?
    Wish you good hunting in the Beta bug fix.

  5. Adding a new menu item (for example under Aplications/internet section) in the Main menu does nothing.

    Regards,
    Neven

  6. I have had Mint 19.2 Mate beta in place of a couple of days on my secondary computer. Everything I have tried seems to be working OK, including VirtualBox. I see no obvious difference between 19.1and 19.2 at this point. Boot time is nearly identical.

    1. I am also running the Mate Beta. It operates the same as 19.1, but it seems a just little smoother and faster. I only use HP Intel laptops as they interface well. This is an older 17.3″ laptop with an Intel I7 processor and Intel graphics. I am a 10+year user of Linux Mint. I am thankful and appreciative of Clem’s work.

  7. This is not about the Beta release of Mint 19.2 but is a general comment about all releases of Mint 19.
    In the Release notes for the 3 releases of Mint 19 (i.e. 19, 19.1 and 19.2 beta) there is a note about a problem with Samba. And it ends with the following remark: “If you use Samba a lot, until these issues are resolved, we recommend you use Linux Mint 18.3 instead.”
    As I do use Samba for network file exchanges between Linux and Windows computers, I haven’t dared to try Mint 19 for this reason, and have sticked to 18.3
    Now, this is one and a half year since Mint 19 is released… How come this issue still isn’t resolved? Are there any chances it will be resolved for Mint 19.3? Or will it be for Mint 20?
    Thanks,
    Claude

    1. smb – i just connect from Mint 19.2beta to router using samba(smb) – no problem. If you use Win10 and their new smb potocol, go back to legacy. Perhaps that helps. I read on some newer Win10 that wont be an option.

  8. I still dont like the 19.x MATE release. Apart the mentioned bug above, I just have a funny feeling with this release. Hence I ll stick with 18.3 hoping 20.x MATE will be the one to upgrade to.

    PS: The luks/encryption mint-vg naming scheme/bug solved? (2 HDDs/SSDs in one comp, both luks encrypted will screw up system on both)

    1. Easy to reproduce:
      1 box with 2 disks inside. Install ie LinuxMint 18.3 on one disk with with luks/lvm encryption. Then on second install LinuxMint 19.2 as well with luks/lvm encryption as being offered by installer…. Both seem to have same partition name scheme/name or whatever…. Upon reboot or after shutdown you cant boot into either… System gets confused (maybe later on 2nd or third boot it happens, or only one continues to work). I only found a complicated way to fix that on the net.

      But perhaps I’m just plain ******

    2. I must say, you’ ve done a nice job on this beta (fixing for example the menu edit issue) as well the options now available to customize it.

    3. Not fixed on default theme is the change color “yellow” folder (Option missing since 19.x). Under MintX it s there, go figure 🙂

  9. Linux is getting a lot be like windows and apple. Removing and disabling lot of features that were very useful to music lovers/editors. Also, blocking a lot of extensions, rendering them unusable in Firefox.
    I had moved away from Apple and Windows to Linux. Now I wonder what the alternative is?:-((

    1. I rather think any Firefox extension issues are Mozilla’s doing. That is not limited to Linux.

    2. Firefox has nothing to do with LinuxMint (its called upstream decisions). In your case may I suggest if it bugs you, maybe as an alternative:
      Waterfox or Palemoon.
      Also Vivaldi or Chromium are to be mentioned.

  10. As usual Linux Mint distribution best with the best and fastest desktop MATE well done. The MATE and Linux Minet team are doing a great job

  11. Hello LM team,

    I have been testing the Beta version of Tina Mate and I have found several bugs that I will describe below and with images:

    1) When changing some of the themes (Mint-X, Mint-Y-Dark, Mint-Y-Darker), the colors of the texts in MintMenu look bad, they are only solved when restarting
    images:
    https://postimg.cc/gwgT5QtJ
    https://postimg.cc/HVL4vjDQ
    https://postimg.cc/hJnXw3zH

    2)
    a. Incomplete Spanish translations in the context menu of Caja: Make link -> “Crear un enlace”, Change color -> “Cambiar color”
    b. In theme Mint-Y-Dark: new points of light color appear (that breaks with the dark aesthetic)
    c. The pencil icon is not visible on the button to see the absolute path
    image:
    https://postimg.cc/sMrfDGjW

    3) When adding an application to favorites in MintMenu, the following error window appears but when Accept is added correctly
    image: https://postimg.cc/pyjpWHfg

    4) In the Mate Panel:
    When you place it in a vertical position with “Expand” option activated, the icons of the open windows are not displayed.
    image: https://postimg.cc/SnZM2bZk

    whereas if option “Expand” is deactivated, yes they are shown
    image: https://postimg.cc/z3nHwgdd

    And I have seen above that the MintMenu preferences window is already solved.

    Thank you!

  12. Extensive testing, two systems, unable to find a bug 19.2 Mate runs FLAWLESS for me. I am a Linux user of close to 19 years – exclusively (ALL Distros have had a Debian “heart”, that I have used). I do respect all flavours of Linux.

    NOT A BUG – But, (of course there is a “but” :-)) I installed on my i7 Laptop (Pavillion DV7) – I have two hard drives in it. One 240 Gig SSD, with Mint Mate 19.1 AND on my conventional H/D with platters. I installed the 19.2 Mate Beta.

    On the SSD with Mate 19.1 my temp sits around 55-60 C (TLP installed here)
    On the conventional drive it sits around 38- 43 (NO TLP installed here)

    If you have solved Temperature issues – BY DESIGN – I must commend you on a job VERY well done, if it is by chance, we may never know why.

  13. Always a great distro!

    A small bug I see in Caja is a font issue that was already present in 19.1. In list view, I zoom in to make the text bigger. Then, if I want to rename the file, the font reverts to the original small font size during editing. After editing, the font size comes back to the bigger zoom size.

    From an accessibility point of view, the font size when editing a file name should be the same as the one when we zoom in or out.

  14. hello,
    On my current laptop LM only showed the panel but not the menu and desktop. I tried to start the terminal or prompt the shutdown prompt by keyboard shortcuts I knew from older releases but they didn’t work either. After I rebooted in integrity mode, the menu and desktop were loaded, however, the touchpad, keyboard (only exception: Ctrl+Alt+Del) and touchscreen input was not recognized.
    After that I started LM on my old laptop.
    The mintMenu has some issues. First, there’s no write access to the favorites directory (~/.linuxmint/mintMenu) – this was prompted when I tried to add applications to favorites. On the other hand I also didn’t get access to the mintMenu preferences (it just didn’t react)

  15. Any simple solution on that (Vbox 6010)? (apart from disabling UEFI Secure Boot)

    “Kernel driver not installed (rc=-1908)
    The VirtualBox Linux kernel driver is either not loaded or not set up correctly. Please try setting it up again by executing ‘/sbin/vboxconfig’ as root.

    If your system has EFI Secure Boot enabled you may also need to sign the kernel modules (vboxdrv, vboxnetflt, vboxnetadp, vboxpci) before you can load them. Please see your Linux system’s documentation for more information.where: suplibOsInit what: 3 VERR_VM_DRIVER_NOT_INSTALLED (-1908) – The support driver is not installed. On linux, open returned ENOENT. “

  16. In the GitHub bug reports, some of the entries have indicators such as “0 of 4” or “3 of 7”. What does that mean?

  17. I just tested the 19.2 Beta and I have noted, that IntelliJ IDEA no longer complains about SIGINT being ignored when it is started from the menu of the MATE edition. This is a very annoying bug in Tessa. Very good so far. Did you change something particular in that area (starting desktop entries)?

  18. Hi LM Team,
    -mintMenu.py 5.9.3 Menu->Preferences – doesn’t run
    -Control Center->Disks->Help
    -Keyboard Hot Key CD/DVD/Blu-Ray Eject -OSD show grey square (no eject icon)-Laptop Dell Studio 1558

    1. Fixed.
      Disks, that points to gnome-user-guide which isn’t installed by default.
      Keyboard is media-eject which is grey on top of grey… ideally MATE should fix its support for dark theme, it’s broken everywhere.

    1. Brisk menu is from Ubuntu 18.04 repositories, it uses old libmate-menu API. It’s not compatible with libmate-menu from MATE 1.22.

    1. This seems to be expected behavior, although the pixel count varies. On my system, Linux Mint Mate 18.3, the stack point is about 40 pixels.

  19. On my Lenovo T420 to retain wifi enabled and at full operation on 19.1 Mate I’ve had to disable Bluetooth. Can you fix the problem I read Ubuntu doesn’t have this problem.

  20. I am currently using 64 bit Cinnamon with an encrypted disk but this can sometimes freeze. I have therefore downloaded Mate, which I would like to try using as an alternative. Is this possible with the encrypted disk, and if so, how can I set it up?

  21. I think there is a bug in auto-suspend. I tested all three editions and just Cinnamon works with no problem. Both Mate and Xfce are not able to auto-suspend when the time is coming. At the exact time that laptop suppose to suspend monitor turns on again and needs a password to pass lock screen and nothing happens after that.

  22. After upgrading to mint 19.2, I am unable to launch mint menu. I tried to reinstall the mint menu using a .deb package but it is not working. Running ‘mintmenu’ on terminal doesn’t print any error. Any suggestions?

    Screenshot- https://postimg.cc/XpXZ8QY9

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