Linux Mint 19.3 “Tricia” MATE – BETA Release

This is the BETA release for Linux Mint 19.3 “Tricia” MATE Edition.

Linux Mint 19.3 Tricia MATE Edition

Linux Mint 19.3 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 19.3 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 19.3 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, 19.1 and 19.2.
  • Upgrade instructions will be published after the stable release of Linux Mint 19.3.

Bug reports:

  • Bugs in this release should be reported on Github at https://github.com/linuxmint/mint19.3-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://trello.com/c/dXNvbKzd/26-193-beta-bugs and https://github.com/linuxmint/mint19.3-beta 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!

40 comments

  1. While running Mint Mate 18.3, booting the Mint 19.3 Mate BETA in VirtualBox, I had to start in compatibility mode. Should that be added to the release notes?

    1. That allowed me to install the 19.3 BETA, but the re-boot just went to a black screen. The default version of Virtualbox in 18.3 does not have a “Display -> Graphics Controller -> VMSVGA” option. What to do?

    2. OK, I’ve got this figured out.
      1. First reboot after install gets a black screen.
      2. {Host}+F1 opens a terminal.
      3. Log in as the user defined during install.
      4. startx
      5. You should now be in the normal GUI environment.
      6. Install all current updates. (probably not necessary, but can’t hurt)
      7. Install VirtualBox guest additions.
      8. Reboot.
      9. You should be good to go.

    3. If you have a black screen in normal mode, with VirtualBox, you can send CTRL+ALT+BACKSPACE signal, and then login as “mint” user (no password).

    4. Hi Dave,

      I think it’s to do with kernel 5.0. I would recommend to remove all virtualbox* packages from 18.3 and install the version of Virtualbox from their official website instead. Then you should be able to switch to VMSVGA.

  2. I just installed Linux mint 19.3 Mate 64bit and the first thing I noticed was how fast the live Mint loaded.
    Then I noticed how polished is the look of the desktop and the menu. Very impressive.
    I installed it in record speed and to my surprise it is now taking 14 seconds from start to login screen. Amazing.
    I am yet to play with it and see if I run into something worth mentioning.
    First impression – very impressive! Thank you, Mint Team & Clam

    1. Three days later – all works great! So happy to have stuck with Mint since version 2.
      I did try many distros over the years. There were a few that I liked but somehow, I was never happy enough and would always return to Mint in a matter of days.
      Thanks, Mint team and Clam!

  3. Leaving GIMP out is a mistake. I’m sure it will still be available in the repositories but I find it unlikely that “Drawing” will match the functionality. Both should be installed by default. Drawing for novices and simple tasks, GIMP for when you need it.

  4. Great ! I installed Mate 19.3 x64 on two computers (no UEFI BIOS based) ; it works like a charm ! When beta distros are polished like those proposed by Clem and his team, it’s hard to imagine the work previously done. I chose Linux Mint as desktop distro many years ago and never changed my mind on it : it has always been seriously builded with end-user in mind. Thanks a lot to Clem and his team !!!

  5. Linux Mint mate 9.3, December 2019
    VirtualBox 6.0
    4 GBYtes Ram, 4 CPU, 60 Gbyte virtual disk drive, bridged ethernet
    Beta downloaded and all updates installed on 4 Dec 2019

    Driver Problem detected by System Reports.
    Driver manager
    ** VMWare SVGA II Adapter, This device is not working
    ** InnoTek System beratung Gmgh:VertualBox Guest Service, This device is not working
    NO (as in zero) options enabled
    system report: https://termbin.com/rn33

    Personal Peaves:
    1) No indication of progress while booting == how do you tell if system is hung up (it does happen)?
    2) Option to set display resolution should be the FIRST thing that comes up on a freshly installed system and it should fit in a 640 by 480 display.

    1. The boot logo is animated. It’s very subtle but the green inside of it has a circular animation.
      Virtualbox/vmware issues in mintdrivers/mintreport are now fixed.

  6. WOW! That list of upgrades has an incredible amount of polish.

    What’s the plan regarding Hexchat? Xapp fork, or…..? I do like Hexchat, but the overall look and feel certainly leaves something to be desired.

    I’d love if there was a better virtualization solution for Mint. virtual machine manager has all kinds of issues (permission hell mostly), and the interface is pretty terrible compared to Virtualbox. Virtualbox is kind of bloated, doesn’t follow theming conventions, and isn’t open source.

    I love ProxMox, but it’s it’s own OS and really hard to setup on a machine that wasn’t just built using the ProxMox ISO. Would be super cool to be able to install ProxMox simply and easily in the repos and allow all the devices in the house to run as part of a cluster.

    Over all great work, really loving that list of improvements! GO MINT GO!!!!

    “Drawing” was a REALLY nice surprise. Can’t wait to try it out. GIMP is just too heavy for 90+% of the tasks I need to do with pictures, and this will make quick minor edits super fast and easy.

    Just great. Super great. Can’t wait to give it a spin.

    1. I agree on Hexchat. We’re looking at alternatives to it and to IRC as a whole, but so far we haven’t found anything better.

  7. Trying out the beta now… Here’s my thoughts: The screen during install showing features should change for sure. Instead of Gimp, it should show Drawing. Other things should be shown besides just Wine and Virtualbox, maybe some open source virtualization option as well? Similarly VLC should not be highlighted as somebody else pointed out. Would be good to have some really quality emulators shown at some point. Like bsnes.

    The clock should default to 12 hour style, not 24 hour style.

    You have to enter root password too many times running the Update Manager. It should be one time per session, not once for apt cache, then again for installing updates… etc..

    The login manager should default to not having the ugly dots all over the screen.

    Especially with the new gorgeous backgrounds! The overall icons and everything are REALLY looking polished now.

    Why are we still defaulting to such an ugly theme? Can’t we use Y Darker by default now? Windows XP was a long time ago. Also it’s weird that Y Dark is darker than Y Darker….

    The “Background” screen in appearance settings still takes too long to load. Maybe create thumbnails to load instead? Backgrounds have gotten better and better every release!

    I like that Update Manager doesn’t nag you about Timeshift anymore. The new System Reports notification is fantastic, maybe also put the update manager in there, and eliminate one icon out of the tray by default?

    The Default Compiz settings seem better, but still not ideal. Would LOVE to consult directly with you on all of that. PLEASE let me help the team on this one.

    Overall the release is fantastic. I’ll see if I can find more issues and report back here.

    1. Openairships – For every person like you who prefers 12hr time and dark themes, there’s someone like me who prefers 24hr time and light themes.

    2. The installation slideshow features both installed and available software, so VLC should stay. That said, you’re right, Celluloid, Drawing, etc.. should be in there. This was fixed.

      Dots on the login manager were removed.

      If Mint-Y-Darker looks nice, surely Mint-Y isn’t ugly.. we’ll introduce dark apps in 20, but we’re still missing a few things in MATE and Xfce for this to happen.

  8. Booting the ISO :
    – During the countdown, we don’t see the GRUB menu et there’s no indication about how to access to this menu (press a key). A new user doesn’t know how to access to the GRUB menu to test the memory, see the configuration (important during an Install-Party)… Could you show the GRUB menu at the beginning of the downcount “Automatic boot in x seconds…” ?
    – When booting with a 800×600 screen, the size of the window changes during the installation process. If I move the window to the top, sometimes, the buttons go outside of the screen, impossible to click on them after that.

    1. For the second item, the system requirements say 1024×768 resolution. On lower resolutions, press ALT to drag windows with the mouse if they don’t fit in the screen.

  9. Good job!! 😉
    sound, video and multimedia all seem to be working well without tweaking
    running from a USB stick on a well endowed Dell Optiplex 7010

  10. When using vertical Mate panel, context menus for Network and Redshift leave upper part of the menu empty and you need to scroll the contents of menu. Context menus for Sound volume, Update manager and Clock are properly displayed.

  11. Can I get you a better Compiz default settings before release? It just needs a few tweaks to the config, as out of the box, it defaults to a pretty old / ugly configuration.

    The new beta is really great. Performance was excellent, and the new grub, icons, etc.. REALLY polished. Loving everything about it so far. Will try and do a ProxMox install on it and see how that goes…. 😀 Mainly because I’m a massochist.

    Thanks again Mint team!

    1. Rhy, yes please. Don’t just give us the config though, make sure you tell us exactly what changed compared to current defaults.

  12. Has the ability to multitask been restored in Mate?
    Caja seems to crash often or require being killed to get the Desktop display to be drawn correctly.

    1. Hi Perry,

      Afaik, they’re the same process. If you’re getting crashes, please create a bug report with the mintreport stack trace and steps on how to trigger the crash.

  13. Do you know the little thinks you like and miss if they stop working? System Monitor – Monitored Resources – Harddisk is still not working on encrypted drives. Maybe you find the time to fix this. Thx alot!

  14. A couple of things about System Reports in Mate 19.3:

    1) I keep getting notified about setting a root password even thought I’ve already done it…several times (I do know about ignoring these notifications but thought I should bring this to your attention)

    2) the System Reports icon in the my dark themed panel/system tray is barely visible

    Thanks in advance!

  15. I made an installation with choosing autologin for the user.
    But at the first boot after the end of the installation, LightDM ask me a password for the user. It shouldn’t.

  16. 19.3 Mate on USB2 stick installed on a HP dc7900 with Q9650 and 8GB DDR2 800 surprised it took longer than expected. Startup is slower than with previous versions, ones it is up the OS runs quick enough. Why not USB3 well simply because I wanted to test this, after installing Linux on USB for years. These sticks are for rescuing PC’s mostly windows ones to save those people their data.

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  18. Not sure ditching GIMP is a good idea. Anyway, in what way is Drawing different from LibreOffice Draw (for drawing), and Pix (which has some image editing features)? Is Drawing based on an existing program we might be familiar with?

    But always appreciative of Mint – thanks!

    1. Hi Rhy,

      You can create issues on https://github.com/linuxmint/mint19.3-beta, one for compiz and one for the start page. Paste your suggestions. For Compiz we’d need the exact differences from the current default. For the start page, we can start with a mockup. It’s unlikely to change this release, but every bit helps.

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