Linux Mint 19.3 “Tricia” Xfce – BETA Release

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

Linux Mint 19.3 Tricia Xfce 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 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 19.3 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).

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!

35 comments

  1. Downloaded yesterday and ran it a VM. Looks great and haven’t found any issues as yet. However, the slideshow during installation still lists VLC as Featured Software or similar. That might confuse some new people.

  2. Downloaded the 64-bit iso and ran the live disc. During the boot phase i noticed that the “pulsing dots”. below the new logo did not appear (might be my system, though). Looks polished and clean — major kudos to the devs! I did notice though that the “xfce4-goodies” package is still absent (as I have observed & noticed in all prior editions since 18.0). Why not include it as it provides a lot of panel plugins that add to the polish of xfce 4.14, and LM19.3 in general?

    1. I’ve noticed the pulsing dots have been unreliable for a while, as if they should be switching off and don’t. So if they have gone, I can’t say they will be missed.

  3. Things not working:
    (1) Coloring folder – MISSING yellow (since changing theme)
    (2) One doesn’t see if disk is mounted (caja Places)
    (3) Cant change folder color as root

    (4) Gives error message on multi network card computers
    (5) More to come

    1. I need to apologize about the yellow folders and more generally the color review of Mint-Y folders. I hasn’t happened yet, and it’s been planned for 2 releases now. There’s always been something more important getting in the way, it’s silly… but anyway, I know it was planned and expected, and it’s still not here.

      I’ll check issues 2 and 3.

      There’s not enough info to troubleshoot issue 4.. can we get the error message?

    1. Gimp is missing by default. Being replaced by the new, simpler, lighter, “Drawing” It’s mentioned in the release notes. It can still be installed though very quickly and easily.

  4. Another not-a-bug; as per https://community.linuxmint.com/iso/reports/597/44, the EDITION and DESKTOP lines are not coming back correctly:
    scott@scottbeta-vm:~$ cat /etc/linuxmint/info
    RELEASE=19.3
    CODENAME=tricia
    EDITION=”Xfce”
    DESCRIPTION=”Linux Mint 19.3 Tricia”
    DESKTOP=Gnome
    TOOLKIT=GTK
    NEW_FEATURES_URL=https://www.linuxmint.com/rel_tricia_xfce_whatsnew.php
    RELEASE_NOTES_URL=https://www.linuxmint.com/rel_tricia_xfce.php
    USER_GUIDE_URL=https://www.linuxmint.com/documentation.php
    GRUB_TITLE=Linux Mint 19.3 Xfce

    Also, should apt policy return 100 for the 2 ubuntu-backports repositories?

    1. Yes, all this is correct. Backports are OK at 100 and the DESKTOP=Gnome was only relevant years ago, and to distinguish with KDE. This is all OK. I modified the test case to make this less confusing.

  5. Usual High standard Beta. The only issue I can see in the XFCE version is that the panel icons look way too big, compared with the Cinnamon version. However this may have been resolved in an update, I can’t test as I am only running this from a live USB.

    1. Just to add to this. In xfce 4.14, you can now custom scale the panel icons in “Panel Preferences”. The problem is, when you scale to a reasonable level 16-18px, it also scales down the Menu & Application Icons in the left of the panel as well, making them incredibly small. I checked out Zorin Lite whixch also uses the 4.14 Desktop, & that issue doesn’t occur. Scalaing down the Panels Icons doesn’t affect the Menu or Panel Apps icon size.

  6. @vedco … You are not alone in Mint’s poor support of rtl*-chips. I also noticed that my system’s wifi-usb-button, “rtl8192eu”, is not being recognized. Instead — as with all ubuntu-based builds — the “rtl8xxxu” placebo-like driver is being used. This is a poor substitute driver as its connection speed drops to 1 mbs. Installation of this terrible driver also affects the final install on disk, and not just the live dvd. This has been an issue for me with every release since LM18.1

  7. There Is Some Problems One The Program Drawing Is Pretty Limited In What Kinds Of Images
    It Can Handle For Example Its True That png or tiff images Are The Best For Editing Since they do not lose image quality jpeg’s on the other hand lose quality when you edit them
    but that program only supports png or jpeg or bitmap whatever images you edit with that that are tag image file format or tiff or tif you need to convert the images either to jpeg or png or bmp to use that program however bitmaps are better than jpeg’s for editing
    2 Celluloid is not very flexible it does not allow you to change aspect ratio or zoom in on videos like VLC VLC Allows the user to change aspect ratios and make the video fit the screen
    Celluloid is To Minimal of a UI To Be Useful SMPlayer Is Too Much features and buttons
    I Use VLC For Videos And Parole for music another problem there is Most every media player never has support or working support for visual effects aka visualizations Windows Media Player Does get some things right it plays videos and audio very well and visual effects are easily supported out of the box all those media players and to be honest not one that is even half as good for audio and video like windows media player parole media player does audio well but not video VLC is great for video but not good for audio all the media players that play audio except parole show a boring black screen because some jerks at canonical or somewhere decided to totally kill visualizations parole is the only one i can find that looks good

  8. another thing i have tried every way i can i can not get any visualizations in SMPlayer VLC
    Totem Clementine i can only choose one and no others and it will display and parole those 2 i can but all the rest i have tried them all and cant get no sort of visual effects that was supposed to get fixed in Xplayer but no support exists there for them as well
    i remember totem used to support them but then dropped them
    I,am actually surprised nobody has mentioned anything at all about visual effects
    you would think people would get bored staring at a blank screen listening to music
    which is a good point

  9. Looks great, runs smooth, fast and silent (never had this without fancontrol, really fantastic). Two little things I’ve noticed yet: 1. root passwd set, the notice still comes. 2. Update-Icon cannot be hidden with option two (show only if…) Thumbs up, excellent work!

    1. Thanks Fritz,

      1. This would require admin rights, so it’s not possible.
      2. Can you explain this more in detail? Which option exactly? in mintupdate?

    2. Hi Clem
      to 1. so I can say: neglect this problem?
      to 2. Mintupdate>Settings>”Das Systemleistenmodul nur anzeigen, wenn Aktualisierungen verfügbar sind oder im Falle eines Fehlers” (free translation: only show the system tray module when updates are available or in case of failure)

    1. Hi Norm,

      We had networking issues today. I think they’re all fixed now but we’re keeping an eye on it. Let us know if you’re affected (not only on the blog, but the other Mint sites as well).

    2. tested other Linux Mint web sites with Firefox and Google chrome, no problems,
      only linuxmint blog web site still has this warning message on Firefox and Google chrome, but not on TOR browser.
      Regards, Norm

    3. I’m getting “NET::ERR_CERT_COMMON_NAME_INVALID” on the Forum and Community sites. The Blog is the only one coming up clean for me. This is with the Brave browser. (EDIT: The same with Chrome) (EDIT2:Firefox gives SSL_ERROR_BAD_CERT_DOMAIN instead.)

    4. Sucuri added a new server to their global firewall today. It serves people located in Central Europe. It looks like the new server didn’t properly sync with all the certificates, leading to HTTPS errors for users in that region. This should be fixed now for all servers. Sorry for the inconvenience.

  10. I Got ProjectM Working Looks Great for those interested you install the projectm-pulseaudio package
    I Was Wondering If There is any way to change the aspect ratio for videos watched in Celluloid?
    I Did try The Flatpak Version and could not find any way to adjust the aspect ratio

  11. Hi,

    Could you change Thunar’s location selector to “Pathbar Style” instead of “Toolbar Style”.

    To do this, you can add the following line

    property name=”last-location-bar” type=”string” value=”ThunarLocationButtons”

    to the following file.

    /usr/share/mint-artwork/xfce/xfce4/xfconf/xfce-perchannel-xml/thunar.xml

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