Monthly News – January 2020

We’re starting the new year with very good news. First of all, I’d like to thank you. We received 1,022 donations, for a total of $25,352 in a single month! This is an all-time high and it follows the release of Linux Mint 19.3 and the great reception you gave it, so we’re really happy, we’re very proud and we’re very thankful for your support.

We’re also excited about the start of this year because we’re not only starting a new development cycle and getting time to implement new features, we’re working on two brand new package bases in preparation of LMDE 4 and Linux Mint 20.


LMDE 4 will be released first. It will feature all the improvements we shipped with Linux Mint 19.3 (HDT, boot-repair, system reports, language settings, HiDPI and artwork improvements, new boot menus, Celluloid, Gnote, Drawing, Cinnamon 4.4, XApp status icons etc…) on top of an improved Debian 10 package base.

Some of the features which were missing in LMDE 3 were also ported from Linux Mint. The installer was given a better look and the same slideshow as in ubiquity:

It also now supports Btrfs submodules and home directory encryption:

NVIDIA driver from the boot menu

Like every new release, LMDE 4 is an opportunity to try new things. We’ve had issues with Nouveau (the open-source driver) compatibility on some NVIDIA cards for a while now. In most cases people had to use nomodeset, but when Nouveau didn’t recognize the chipset at all, they were left with no graphical display. In LMDE 4 we’re adding a new entry in the boot menu which installs the NVIDIA drivers on the fly, so both the live session and the installed OS work out of the box:

Cinnamon 4.6 Display Settings

The next version of Cinnamon will let you choose the frequency of your monitors. This is a feature that has been requested a few times and which is available in other desktop environments.

Cinnamon 4.6 will also introduce fractional scaling. At the moment your scaling is either 100% (normal mode) or 200% (HiDPI mode) and it is the same for all your monitors. Going forward, the scaling will be able to be different for each monitor, and you’ll be able to set it to values in between 100% and 200%.

In normal mode the resolution you set is the resolution you see. In HiDPI, at 200% scaling, the screen is showing twice the pixel density so everything looks sharper, but the resolution you see on the screen is only half the resolution of your monitor. Many HiDPI displays have a resolution which is actually quite small once HiDPI is activated.

Take a 13″ Macbook Retina 2013. Its screen resolution is 2560×1600. That’s too much for a 13″ screen; Applications, text and desktop items look way too small. In HiDPI mode, the screen shows twice the pixel density and everything looks really crisp, but look what happens to the resolution… it gets halved to 1280×800. The problem then is that 800px is not enough in terms of screen space, and some applications don’t even fit in it. A display like this one looks perfect in 1200px and that unfortunately means reducing the actual resolution to 1200px and not using HiDPI.

Another issue with HiDPI is multi-monitor support. You could plug an external monitor to this Macbook in the hope to stay in HiDPI on the laptop but to be in normal mode on the monitor. That’s not possible at the moment though, either all screens or none at all can be in HiDPI at the moment… and a non-HiDPI compatible screen set in HiDPI is just unusable.

So we’re trying to fix that with fractional scaling. By being able to set the scaling for each monitor independently and allow for scaling values of not only 100% and 200% but also 125%, 150%, 175%, we’re hoping to get higher pixel density and allow HiDPI and non-HiDPI monitors to play well with each others.

In the example of the Macbook plugged to a non-HiDPI monitor, we’d typically set the Macbook to 150% and the monitor to 100%. Under the hood, the entire desktop environment would run in HiDPI mode, but the actual scaling of the Macbook screen would be reduced from 200% to 150% and the scaling of the monitor from 200% to 100%.  We’d end up with a monitor which looks perfectly normal, and a Macbook screen which has a nice 1200px resolution and a “half-hidpi” 1.5 pixel density, which doesn’t look as crisp as full-hidpi, but looks crisper than in normal mode.

We’re currently Alpha-testing this fractional scaling in Cinnamon and assessing its compatibility and pros and cons on various GPUs.


The MintBox3 is now available with Worldwide shipping from Compulab (Israel) and Amazon (USA).

We’ll post a review of this amazing computer in February.


Linux Mint is proudly sponsored by:

Gold Sponsors:
Linux VPS Hosting
Silver Sponsors:
ThinkPenguin: For Everything Freedom
Tibor Kaputa
Bronze Sponsors:
Vault Networks *
AYKsolutions Server & Cloud Hosting
BGASoft Inc
David Salvo
Synapse Search
Uwe Schneider GmbH
Community Sponsors:

Donations in December:

A total of $25352 were raised thanks to the generous contributions of  1022 donors:

$500 (2nd donation), Gerald L.
$377, cat escape UG (haftungsbeschränkt)
$350, Garlin Security Consulting, LLC
$270 (2nd donation), Mathias H.
$250, Gregg S.
$216, Titouan B. aka “MoltenCore
$200 (5th donation), Randall H.
$200, Ueli S.
$162 (4th donation), Torsten P.
$150 (4th donation), John M.
$130 (5th donation), Mary A.
$120 (6th donation), JimM
$120 (6th donation), Stefan S.
$108 (9th donation), Frederic L. aka “nofrog”
$108 (9th donation), Heiko P. aka “CyCroN
$108 (6th donation), Martin R.
$108 (4th donation), aka “Phantasus
$108 (3rd donation), B. S. aka “disfit”
$108 (3rd donation), Roland L.
$108 (3rd donation), Wolfgang B.
$108 (3rd donation), Marcus H.
$108 (2nd donation), James B.
$108 (2nd donation), Theo R.
$108, David VANTYGHEM aka “InfoLibre
$108, Plamen A.
$108, Kati S.
$108, Didier T.
$100 (12th donation), Philip W.
$100 (10th donation), George H.
$100 (7th donation), Timothy P.
$100 (7th donation), Peter Larson
$100 (6th donation), martywd
$100 (6th donation), George P. aka “taz840209”
$100 (6th donation), Christophe Caillé aka “KKY”
$100 (4th donation), Data Power Development Limited
$100 (4th donation), Matt S.
$100 (4th donation), Jerry S.
$100 (3rd donation), Ralph P.
$100 (3rd donation), Michael H.
$100 (2nd donation), Sivaguru
$100 (2nd donation), John
$100 (2nd donation), Wayne B.
$100 (2nd donation), Peter C.
$100 (2nd donation), Roger W.
$100 (2nd donation), Albertas N.
$100 (2nd donation), Douglas Swinhart
$100 (2nd donation), Jim R. aka “Renn Computer Services”
$100 (2nd donation), Raymond H.
$100 (2nd donation), Paul R.
$100, Carl B.
$100, Jonathan S.
$100, Patrick Michael M.
$100, Dirk S.
$100, Anselmo S.
$100, Per B.
$100, Chris F.
$100, Lawrence W S.
$100, Roger J.
$100, Jon H.
$100, anonymous aka “anonymous”
$100, Alex R.
$100, Jeff J B.
$88, Brock C.
$81, Karsten P.
$80, Dani W.
$75, Robert S.
$75, Michael M.
$65 (4th donation), Michael S.
$65, Peter G.
$60, LanPort aka “LP
$60, Nelson L.
$59, Clive B.
$54 (18th donation), Orlando M. M.
$54 (13th donation), Goran A.
$54 (8th donation), Drazen P.
$54 (7th donation), Paul S. E. aka “Paul”
$54 (5th donation), Devendra Rai.
$54 (4th donation), Weber Technics
$54 (4th donation), Chema Cortés
$54 (2nd donation), Torsten M.
$54 (2nd donation), Jean-baptiste P.
$54 (2nd donation), Philipp K.
$54 (2nd donation), Martin D. O.
$54 (2nd donation), Ronald S.
$54 (2nd donation), Klaas H.
$54 (2nd donation), Maurizio M.
$54, Nicholas D.
$54, Albino Azevedo aka “albinoa”
$54, Marco L. aka “mar9000
$54, Oj S.
$54, Holger S.
$54, Fanchon P.
$54, Michael F.
$54, Olli S.
$54, Angelika A.
$54, Derek S.
$54, Ernst C.
$54, Andrei H.
$54, Regis K.
$54, Roberto C.
$54, Marcus O.
$54, Andrey U.
$54, Robbie H.
$54, Jan
$50 (18th donation), Thomas T. aka “FullTimer1489”
$50 (13th donation), Hans J.
$50 (8th donation), Douglas J.
$50 (8th donation), Warren A.
$50 (6th donation), Roy Q.
$50 (6th donation), Steven C.
$50 (5th donation), Rich H.
$50 (5th donation), Wallace P. M. J.
$50 (4th donation), Paul R.
$50 (4th donation), William G.
$50 (4th donation), Don P.
$50 (4th donation), Kris J.
$50 (4th donation), Brian S.
$50 (4th donation), Daniel B.
$50 (4th donation), Bob T.
$50 (3rd donation), Peter P.
$50 (3rd donation), Craig B.
$50 (3rd donation), L. H. .
$50 (3rd donation), Jonathan S.
$50 (3rd donation), Matthias H.
$50 (3rd donation), Ugo J.
$50 (3rd donation), Jeff B.
$50 (2nd donation), greerd
$50 (2nd donation), Krister P.
$50 (2nd donation), Prashanth V.
$50 (2nd donation), Steven A.
$50 (2nd donation), Gunter V. D. H.
$50 (2nd donation), Holly G.
$50 (2nd donation), John B.
$50 (2nd donation), Stuart C. D.
$50 (2nd donation), David B.
$50 (2nd donation), The Voorhees – Fine Audio
$50 (2nd donation), Jørgen R.
$50 (2nd donation), Gordon M.
$50 (2nd donation), Karl K.
$50 (2nd donation), Martin B.
$50, Sami Mannila
$50, Richard O.
$50, Stefan G.
$50, Grant W.
$50, Andrew W.
$50, Hubert K.
$50, Harry S.
$50, Eric W.
$50, H. Joel M.
$50, Steven J.
$50, Robert M.
$50, Didier N.
$50, Michael W.
$50, Stephen W.
$50, Nathan F.
$50, Norman L.
$50, Luca S.
$50, Claude M.
$50, Garrett F.
$50, Edward C.
$50, Stephen W.
$50, Robert T.
$50, Binu W. aka “BW”
$48, William P.
$47 (2nd donation), Renato R.
$45, Andrew Y.
$43 (7th donation), Pavel B.
$43 (2nd donation), Eugen A.
$43, Zuzana M.
$43, Jean-Claude M.
$43, Richard G.
$41, Anastasios S.
$40 (14th donation), John D.
$40 (5th donation), Oblong Software Products
$40 (2nd donation), David V.
$40, Jarett R.
$40, Vic M.
$40, Dennis S.
$39 (2nd donation), Christian S.
$36, Marco V.
$36, identity projects
$35 (3rd donation), Wiilliam N. H.
$35 (3rd donation), Alex S.
$35 (3rd donation), Andrew J. M. G.
$35 (2nd donation), Ricardo M.
$35, Allan Pendlebury. aka “AllanPen”
$35, Anthony D.
$33 (3rd donation), Clifford H.
$32 (117th donation), Olli K.
$32 (13th donation), David M.
$32 (6th donation), Ben E.
$32 (6th donation), Lars-gunnar S.
$32 (6th donation), Marc S.
$32 (6th donation), Jean-claude M.
$32 (4th donation), Ralph K.
$32 (4th donation), Jürgen F.
$32 (3rd donation), Daniel K.
$32 (3rd donation), Manfred S.
$32 (3rd donation), Chris M.
$32 (2nd donation), Florian M.
$32 (2nd donation), Jürgen H.
$32 (2nd donation), Frank B.
$32 (2nd donation), Jean-luc M.
$32 (2nd donation), Alexander M.
$32 (2nd donation), Michael B.
$32 (2nd donation), Willi S.
$32 (2nd donation), 974_RUN
$32, Andreas L.
$32, Adam Kraszewski
$32, erwn16 aka “erwn16”
$32, Juliane S.
$32, Klaus B.
$32, Dimitrios A.
$32, Martin H.
$30 (15th donation), Kevin S.
$30 (7th donation), Martin B.
$30 (6th donation), William E.
$30 (5th donation), Stuart B.
$30 (5th donation), Daniel M.
$30 (3rd donation), Michael Schröter aka “mia
$30 (2nd donation), Silvio H.
$30, Robert P.
$30, zzzzz .
$30, Carl T.
$30, Danny L.
$30, Wayne F.
$30, Hugli G.
$30, Kamil R.
$27 (15th donation), Joachim M.
$27 (13th donation), John K.
$27 (6th donation), Frank V.
$27 (5th donation), Manfred W.
$27 (5th donation), Alonso C.
$27 (4th donation), Nadim K.
$27 (4th donation), Michael W.
$27 (4th donation), Bernd J.
$27 (3rd donation), Holger R.
$27 (3rd donation), Tobias S.
$27 (3rd donation), Stefan B.
$27 (3rd donation), Richard L. F.
$27 (2nd donation), Franke-polz F.
$27 (2nd donation), Wolfgang S.
$27 (2nd donation), Oliver G.
$27 (2nd donation), Alessio B.
$27 (2nd donation), Maximilian H.
$27, Stefan E.
$27, Raymond L.
$27, Karljosef K.
$27, Jan Sanders aka “jasabor”
$27, Sybren S.
$27, Frederic W.
$27, Luis D.
$27, Igor K.
$27, Ferdinand H.
$27, Želimir S.
$27, Felix S.
$27, Jörg T.
$27, Gerbert Lekkerkerk
$27, Michael K.
$26, Fabian F.
$25 (100th donation), Ronald W.
$25 (22nd donation), Ray
$25 (9th donation), George R. aka “Az4x4”
$25 (8th donation), Bill Metzenthen
$25 (8th donation), Vaughan B.
$25 (7th donation), Frances K.
$25 (7th donation), Bill R.
$25 (7th donation), Rene H. aka “Hogi”
$25 (5th donation), Scott S.
$25 (5th donation), Daniel B. M.
$25 (5th donation), Frederic R.
$25 (4th donation), Craig M.
$25 (4th donation), Michael T.
$25 (4th donation), Michael M.
$25 (4th donation), Charles S.
$25 (4th donation), Robert S.
$25 (4th donation), Edmond I.
$25 (3rd donation), Hendricus P. D. V.
$25 (3rd donation), William C.
$25 (3rd donation), Fahri T. C.
$25 (3rd donation), James C.
$25 (3rd donation), Stu B.
$25 (2nd donation), Vang P.
$25 (2nd donation), Edward O.
$25 (2nd donation), Michael C.
$25 (2nd donation), Martin M.
$25 (2nd donation), David H.
$25 (2nd donation), Jeffrey W.
$25 (2nd donation), John C.
$25 (2nd donation), Viv H.
$25 (2nd donation), Marinus V. D. W. aka “Max”
$25 (2nd donation), Steven V.
$25 (2nd donation), Stephen A.
$25, Douglas J.
$25, David K.
$25, Leonard F.
$25, Fred D.
$25, Andris Z. aka “Zars”
$25, Eric L.
$25, ClockXP
$25, John B.
$25, Edward C.
$25, Kevin R.
$25, Jonathan C.
$25, Mathew K.
$25, Paul W.
$25, David S.
$25, John A.
$25, Lisha L.
$25, Derek B.
$25, Patrick S.
$25, Raymond F.
$25, Michael S.
$25, David C.
$25, Rick T.
$25, David O.
$25, Jonathan P.
$25, Robert P.
$25, opalInteractive
$25, Eric C.
$25, Jeff E.
$25, Dani
$25, Michael S.
$25, Craig H.
$24, Ping X.
$23, P aka “Pociao”
$23, Jefferson Fernando L.
$22 (31st donation), Derek R.
$22 (19th donation), Doriano G. M.
$22 (13th donation), Per J.
$22 (9th donation), Luca D.
$22 (9th donation), Nigel B.
$22 (8th donation), Christian K.
$22 (7th donation), Brandon W.
$22 (7th donation), Mark A.
$22 (6th donation), Hubertus B.
$22 (5th donation), Andreas M.
$22 (5th donation), Martin L.
$22 (5th donation), Kleiner Funk-Electronic
$22 (5th donation), Tom B.
$22 (5th donation), Demosthenes Koptsis
$22 (5th donation), Frank J.
$22 (4th donation), Matthias Rainer
$22 (4th donation), W. H. .
$22 (4th donation), Bernard D.
$22 (4th donation), R. I. . aka “Birman”
$22 (4th donation), Ralf S.
$22 (4th donation), Torsten B.
$22 (3rd donation), José A. M.
$22 (3rd donation), Gerard V. S.
$22 (3rd donation), Harald M.
$22 (3rd donation), Ulrich H.
$22 (3rd donation), Thomas G.
$22 (3rd donation), Steve M.
$22 (3rd donation), Martin
$22 (2nd donation), Michael N.
$22 (2nd donation), Dimitrios P.
$22 (2nd donation), Matei M.
$22 (2nd donation), Marc F.
$22 (2nd donation), Kai H.
$22 (2nd donation), Jonas H.
$22 (2nd donation), Plamen K.
$22 (2nd donation), Paul S.
$22 (2nd donation), Raromatai
$22 (2nd donation), Marion C.
$22 (2nd donation), Lutz B.
$22 (2nd donation), Dirk L.
$22 (2nd donation), Andreas Z.
$22 (2nd donation), Tapani H.
$22 (2nd donation), Kaloyan K.
$22, mercredo
$22, Marco S.
$22, Bobby
$22, Bettina B.
$22, Jakob W.
$22, Adam P.
$22, Detlef N.
$22, Rene B.
$22, Florentino A.
$22, Alexander W.
$22, Robert S.
$22, zzzzzzzz zzz. .
$22, Alastair Scott
$22, Guersel Y.
$22, Oliver W.
$22, Fabian J.
$22, Carl-heinz D.
$22, Michael H. aka “mintaka”
$22, Tino M.
$22, Gunter F.
$20 (16th donation), Bryan F.
$20 (14th donation), Mike W aka “bajan52”
$20 (9th donation), Charles W.
$20 (9th donation), Murray C.
$20 (9th donation), Charles W.
$20 (8th donation), Hubert Banas
$20 (7th donation), Paul K.
$20 (6th donation), Computers Reborn LLC
$20 (6th donation), Andrew C.
$20 (5th donation), Kostas M. K.
$20 (5th donation), Dean P.
$20 (5th donation), Andrzej C.
$20 (5th donation), Joao Kodama
$20 (4th donation), Hugo G. aka “hugonz
$20 (4th donation), Terry B.
$20 (4th donation), S.S. Gold Coast aka “zoom zoom”
$20 (3rd donation), Jimmie D.
$20 (3rd donation), Chap-liong O.
$20 (3rd donation), D. H. .
$20 (3rd donation), Corey P.
$20 (3rd donation), Gordon E.
$20 (2nd donation), Michael P.
$20 (2nd donation), Kouji S.
$20 (2nd donation), Stan K.
$20 (2nd donation), Mark F.
$20 (2nd donation), Robert L.
$20 (2nd donation), Jason B.
$20 (2nd donation), John S.
$20 (2nd donation), Robert O.
$20 (2nd donation), Robert F.
$20 (2nd donation), Peter T.
$20 (2nd donation), Antony L.
$20 (2nd donation), Noriaki M.
$20 (2nd donation), Вержиковский А.
$20 (2nd donation), Thomas H.
$20 (2nd donation), Michael H.
$20, Ronald M.
$20, William M.
$20, John A.
$20, Karen B
$20, zzzzzz .
$20, Gavin P.
$20, Torfinn V.
$20, Harshith K.
$20, Paul S.
$20, aka “jl”
$20, Ronald F.
$20, Jimmy V.
$20, Matthew B.
$20, Robert R.
$20, Carlos T H.
$20, James M.
$20, Per N.
$20, Kevin M.
$20, Nils O.
$20, Robert G.
$20, Dan C.
$20, Val C.
$20, Uria C.
$20, Bill W.
$20, Rick S.
$20, Donald B.
$20, Thomas C.
$20, Michael B.
$19 (12th donation), François P.
$19 (9th donation), Malte J.
$18 (36th donation), Johann J.
$18 (2nd donation), Paul-andré R.
$16 (34th donation), Andreas S.
$16 (11th donation), Michael R.
$16 (8th donation), Florian U.
$16 (7th donation), Francois B. aka “Makoto
$16 (6th donation), Jens
$16 (6th donation), Dirk M.
$16 (5th donation), José G.
$16 (5th donation), Gabriele B.
$16 (5th donation), Erwin v K. aka “Erwin Musicman”
$16 (2nd donation), Bernard L.
$16 (2nd donation), Marius A.
$16 (2nd donation), Timothy D.
$16 (2nd donation), Andreas B.
$16 (2nd donation), Samu A.
$16 (2nd donation), Sam N.
$16, Martin J.
$16, Rj V.
$16, Martin J.
$16, Jan A.
$16, Benoit G.
$16, Pedro Antonio U.
$16, Thomas G.
$16, Marius M.
$16, Alfio L.
$15 (24th donation), Stefan M. H.
$15 (16th donation), AJ Gringo
$15 (8th donation), Feroz E.
$15 (5th donation), Fred B.
$15 (3rd donation), David W.
$15 (2nd donation), Steve S.
$15 (2nd donation), Karen B
$15 (2nd donation), Greg K.
$15 (2nd donation), G H.
$15 (2nd donation), El Gitto
$15 (2nd donation), Marcin A.
$15, Michael H.
$15, Reinaldo R.
$15, Matthew T.
$15, Edmund S.
$15, Enmanuel M.
$15, Jizí N.
$15, Tamer A.
$15, Jave I.
$15, Mathew N.
$14, Matthias K. aka “snacke99”
$13 (3rd donation), Brian H.
$13 (3rd donation), Andrew P.
$13 (2nd donation), Keith W.
$13, John T.
$13, Zoran C.
$13, Jeste S.
$12 (105th donation), Tony C. aka “S. LaRocca”
$12 (3rd donation), Lance A.
$12 (2nd donation), David B.
$12, Marcin P.
$12, Arsoluhur M.
$12, Krzysztof S.
$12, Luke B.
$11 (37th donation), Paul O.
$11 (12th donation), Raymond M. (retired)
$11 (12th donation), Queenvictoria
$11 (9th donation), Slobodan Vrkacevic
$11 (9th donation), Rene Schwietzke aka “Rene S.
$11 (9th donation), Michael S.
$11 (9th donation), Michiel B. aka “Fairyland Ironwolves
$11 (8th donation), Piotr L aka “xpil
$11 (7th donation), Tom M.
$11 (7th donation), Yves R.
$11 (6th donation), A. R.
$11 (6th donation), Serhii B. aka “sinpavla
$11 (6th donation), Alexander Lang
$11 (5th donation), Alexander P.
$11 (5th donation), Bernhard M.
$11 (4th donation), Martin H.
$11 (4th donation), Petr V.
$11 (4th donation), Benjamin F.
$11 (4th donation), Tomislav C
$11 (3rd donation), Florian J.
$11 (3rd donation), Anatoli K.
$11 (3rd donation), Paolo C.
$11 (3rd donation), Michail I.
$11 (3rd donation), Enrico C.
$11 (3rd donation), Martin L.
$11 (2nd donation), Thomas L.
$11 (2nd donation), Frank R.
$11 (2nd donation), Sebastian J.
$11 (2nd donation), Rupert B.
$11 (2nd donation), Jens H.
$11 (2nd donation), Bruno S.
$11 (2nd donation), Jesus I. A. B.
$11 (2nd donation), Johan Z.
$11 (2nd donation), Roger
$11 (2nd donation), Augusto B.
$11 (2nd donation), Gabriele D.
$11 (2nd donation), František H.
$11, Vladimír V.
$11, Sascha S.
$11, Robert B.
$11, Marcel S.
$11, Jozef M.
$11, Miguel Ángel M.
$11, Franz-josef N.
$11, Stefano R.
$11, Andrés F.
$11, Lukas G.
$11, Mladen P.
$11, Alexander K.
$11, David Lara aka “Nevat”
$11, Lorenzo Carbonell aka “atareao
$11, Toni P.
$11, Christoph C.
$11, João Francisco P.
$11, Giuseppe Antonio F.
$11, Andrey K.
$11, Hayden B.
$11, Lukas O.
$11, Robin O.
$11, Claude D.
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$11, Kim-jürgen B.
$11, André S.
$11, Julien P.
$11, Vincent B.
$11, Wolfgang S.
$11, Bernd Lauert
$11, Fell V.
$11, Henk R.
$11, Felipe P.
$11, Vesa A.
$11, Paul V.
$11, Heinz F.
$11, Christopher S.
$11, Massimo C.
$11, Philipp H.
$11, Bernd S.
$11, Pierre L.
$11, Johan D.
$10 (45th donation), Thomas C.
$10 (40th donation), Frank K.
$10 (24th donation), Rick R.
$10 (20th donation), Laura NL aka “lauranl
$10 (15th donation), Wilson G.
$10 (13th donation), Antoine T.
$10 (13th donation), Masaomi Yoshida
$10 (10th donation), Ian E.
$10 (8th donation), Martín P. D. L. G.
$10 (7th donation), Peter H.
$10 (7th donation), aka “
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  1. Is… is that a refresh rate setting?! Thank you thank you! I was hoping when Linux distros will see the value in high refresh rate monitors. Can’t wait!

  2. > The next version of Cinnamon will let you choose the frequency of your monitors. This is a feature that has been requested a few times and which is available in other desktop environments.


    Thankyou thankyou thankyou thankyou!

    brb donating

  3. Finally, fractional scaling support, the final missing piece for usability. I used to run Linux Mint on my older 14” notebook with 1080p resolution and the text was a tad too small for comfortable usage. In the end, I had to lower the resolution to 1600×900 which was fine for reading but you could see that text was more blurry. Hopefully, it will work as expected. Thanks for this and good luck!

    1. @Carlos Felipe
      you might not be aware of this but systemd isn’t perfect you know, and it has its own advantages and disadvantages.
      I’m not saying systemd is bad and shouldn’t be used by anyone, all I’m saying is that LMDE could gain from the advantages that other init systems such as OpenRC offer. And since the regular Linux Mint is already using systemd – I don’t see any reasons why not make LMDE systemd-free. Wouldn’t it be important for LM to know that in case systemd takes an unfortunate route, that they can use an alternative init? After all systemd has over 1.3 million lines of code, so it’s not easy at all to change something in it.

    2. I would also like to see a LM Devuan Edition as their team comprises of the Debian devs who left after Debian adopted Systemd. Devuan uses SysV init instead which stands up to the KISS principle and is transparent; unlike Systemd, apart from being unstable, consists of millions of lines of code making it convoluted and opaque by design. Systemd is designed by Red Hat devs which is owned by M$ who work for a certain three letter agency Sn0w-den used to contract to… see where this is going!

      Devuan also has a Cinnamon version (unstable ceres) out for beta testing so this could be viable for a future LM Devuan Edition?

      I think Canonical is moving too far away from the original Linux community philosophy/manifesto such as locking users in to Gnome and Snap replacing apt etc. They are becoming the next M$. I will not use another Canonical based distro… and I’d rather be Systemd free.

    3. @Philippe
      That’s great news! I didn’t know that.

      Besides Devuan, there are other systemd-free distros which are based on Debian 10, such as antiX.

    1. Philippe, many of us do want MATE on LMDE, I would say some others want XFCE also. So we know we can add new desktop environments, but the question is: we would like to add the LinuxMint themed environments, not the generic MATE or XFCE desktops. Do you know if the Mint-themed MATE would be installable on LMDE, or would it come out generic?

  4. Happy New Mint Decade Everyone!

    Over 1000 donations in one month, wow!
    Knowing how few that actually donates, it would be interesting to know how many active LM users there are out there.

  5. I would like the LM20 to improve the Menu, I think it is a little too simple, although it is very fast, it would be interesting to have some applet option through cinnamon spices.


    1. It’s a pity that the default Menu almost isn’t customizable at all. And the few 3rd party alternatives that we have – are laggy.

  6. THANK YOU for the AMD-ATI Driver update, it fixed alot of my minor graphic errors 🙂 I just have one small question, why was Noto Sans Bold removed from 19.3? I just imported it from my 18.3 version, because the other Noto Sans versions are to wide or narrow, aka baby bear’s porridge was just right.

  7. Can we have android application installation support. A sandbox like anbox project to allow us run Android apps on Linux Mint?

    1. Hi John, if we can find a solution with a small footprint we can look into it. Anbox isn’t suitable if it depends on snap.

    2. To my experience, Anbox is a slow, resource-hungry and very capricious project. It strongly depends upon particulat CPU features, like sse/ssse/etc. and cannot not run without them. Out of a few boxes and laptops that I tried, it works neither on AMDs not on Intel Atoms (where it might be most useful); only the genuine full-scale Intels are qualified.

  8. Question about Celluloid:
    I thought it will use HW-Acceleration out of the box.
    I made a clean install (19.3 Cinnamon) on a Lenovo T450 (i5300u / Intel HD5500) and 4k videos lags and shutter a lot in Celluloid, while CPU-Usage is on 100%. In Kodi they all run absolutely smooth and i can see they use HW-Acceleration.
    Did i missunderstand something?

    Thanks for Answers

    1. Try another universal Parole player instead of Celluloid. It is more effective. But there are 2 problems.
      1. Not all MKV format is supported in it.
      2. If you use headphones connected via bluetooth on a computer, then no sound will be output to them.

    2. I asked about it last time and got no reply, in theory it uses GPU, in practice – NO!
      Same goes with VLC, MPV, and other video players.

      The same reason why you cannot use in Linux web browser GPU, even if you turn the option in browsers like Firefox, Chrome, Chromium, etc.
      Sucks! Especially if you want to have a nice, fluid 4k or 8k videos 60fps, you simply cannot (unless you have a great CPU as it handles everything instead of GPU) – on Windows it works out of the box (GPU handles videos in web browser and CPU is almost not in use, so the opposite of Linux where CPU does everything and GPU is sleeping) – tested!

    3. Hi Roland,

      Check for information on how to enable hardware acceleration. GNOME-MPV is the old name for Celluloid (same project), mpv (or libmpv to be precise) is the backend used by Celluloid. Check also to understand the reason why it’s disabled by default.

      Some more info on the hwdec option in mpv:

      If you don’t want to use the command line, you can specify MPV options inside the Celluloid preferences window.

    4. Hey Guys
      Thank you all for your answers! Really cool! 🙂
      @Clem: i will check out your links next weekend. The T450 is just my “crash-test-dummy”. So, at the moment, i play a little bit around with it, till it is completely broken and i need to reinstall it again. 😀
      But i will check this out for sure! Thanks a lot!

    5. @ Clem
      Thank you for your links, however, I already noted it with Linux Mint Cinnamon Beta 19.3 so I’ll copy/paste what I tried:
      I have already tried both this solutions in the past:
      1) running mpv with parameters like vaapi and vdpau did nothing, 8K video from youtube can max out CPU and uses only fraction of GPU, for example: “mpv –hwdec=vaapi”
      I tried many different variations, vaapi, vdpau, –vo=vdpau or –vo=opengl, it changes nothing.
      I double checked it a moment ago to see if something changed, but sadly GPU is still not being used.
      2) Many months ago I tried that (chromium dev), and it seems to work only when a plugin (h264ify) is used for changing Youtube videos to .mp4 format. But it has limitations like no 4k and 8k 60fps supported.
      I just tested it again today with the same result – no GPU being used and CPU being maxed out.

      That’s why I was happily surprised, when Clem mentioned that videos will use GPU, but for now, I cannot see it working properly in Linux. Videos use mainly CPU instead of GPU.

    6. Hi Clem,

      To answer your question, I just checked again, there is no difference whether I check youtube or local file – in both examples the CPU max out and GPU is in low use, around 18-26% (I checked with 4K movie H.265 codec which my card (Nvidia GTX 1060) supports.
      Some time ago I tested some 8K videos on my SSD with different codecs and with the same results.

      As for web browsers, I’m not aware if they use youtube-dl, I suppose they have native support but even if you choose/enable Hardware Acceleration (for example in Chrome, Chromium or Firefox), it simply doesn’t work – which is reported by some users over the internet as well.
      Well, it doesn’t work only in Linux to be exact, other OS use hardware acceleration (GPU) and have buttery smooth 4k or 8k video with low CPU usage – which I also checked and can confirm on my PC.

  9. Is it possible to have monitor scaling between 200% and 300%? on a 13″ 4K screen I find 275% or %250 to be perfect for me.

    1. I don’t think 4.6 is released yet. I think Clem was mentioning what they are still preparing for 4.6.

    1. I understand you on that Carlos. I had to leave LMDE because of the LMDE 2 Mate desktop fiasco.
      No regrets, I don’t really miss it anymore.
      LMDE is the test base for Cinnamon, so if you want Cinnamon then just go for it!

  10. On LM Instillation Guide, under the FAQ section, there is a “Pre-installing Linux Mint (OEM Installation)” section.

    Under the Boot Linux Mint section there is a “The isolinux menu in BIOS mode” and I don’t always see the OEM menu selection, usually only see the 10 second count down.

    > To perform an OEM installation follow the steps below:
    > 1. Select OEM Install from the USB stick (or DVD) menu.

    How am I to consistently bring up the OEM install item as listed above?

  11. Another great release for Mint!
    2 suggestions .
    1 For eye candy have the mint logo change colors in a rotating fashion.
    2. do we have access to stickers for our machines that say Mint?
    Thanks again for making me a proud member of the Linux Mint Community!

    1. I found some great quality stickers on ebay, albeit for the “leaf” mint logo, as that was the one in use when I bought the stickers. All of my machines proudly sport such a sticker. I do not know if anyone is making the “round LM” logo stickers yet though

    1. The wait will have been long … I hope it will be easy to configure laptops with two graphics cards intel / nvidia

  12. Fractional scaling is great news, I’m really looking forward to it. Thank you very much! Do you know if this results in a higher computing load?

    1. Hi Markus,

      It depends heavily on the GPU. We’re getting good results with NVIDIA right now for instance but screen tearing and performance loss on Intel. With the current LTS version of MESA we’re also getting input issues.

      You can test fractional scaling by enabling HiDPI and then using xrandr in the command line, for instance to get 150% scaling on the eDP-1 monitor you’d run:

      xrandr –output eDP-1 –scale 1.33×1.33

      ^^ note: These above are double dashes. The blog doesn’t show them properly.

  13. Hi

    My computer is a a so-called Nvidia Optimus enabled system. I never had any issues with the Nouveau driver but when I upgraded to LMDE3, one of the first thing I did was to install the bumblebee, bumbleee-nvidia and primus packages. The only reason for installing bumblebee was that it removed and annoying warning on the screen when booting up the system (the warning is still there when booting up LMDE 3 live system). Otherwise there were no advantages or disadvantages.

    Not sure what to do when LMDE 4 will be released. Should I uninstall the bumblebee packages before upgrading. Then after upgrading, do I have to click Esc everytime I turn on the computer, and when I see the boot menu, scroll down and choose “Start LMDE4 with Nvidia driver” and then boot the system with that choice? If I have to do that everytime, I think I am better off just leaving the bumblebee packages installed and let the system boot automatically with the default choice, which I am guessing would be the first entry “Start LMDE 4”

    One thing I would welcome is that you release LMDE 4 with as recent kernel as possible. In Linux, hardware and driver support are built into the kernel.

    Look forward to LMDE 4.

    1. Thank for the tip. I am not familiar with Grub Customizer though.

      I wrote that there used to be a warning message when booting up previously before installing bumblebee. Well warning wasn’t the correct word. It rather is an error message of sorts that used to show only for a fraction of a second when booting up. As I wrote I had no issues otherwise with the Nouveau driver, and I don’t have any issues either since I installed the bumblebee packages. The only thing I obtained by installing the bumblebee packages was that that error message disappeared when booting up LMDE. I don’t remember now what those error messages were, but I did take some pictures of my screen before installing the bumblebee packages back in 2018 when LMDE 3 was released. So I could always search those up from my HDD if anyone is interested in more details on that.
      I have seen similar error messages when booting up other Debian and Ubuntu based live systems. So this isn’t unique to LMDE or Linus Mint. I am sure Linux developers know what I am talking about. I’d regard this a minor issue.

    2. I have no plan to use Grub Customizer.

      As I already explained I consider what I described as a minor issue. Which was “solved” after installing the bumblebee packages. So will not read that blogspot post. Please enough of this now.

  14. Clem consider adding control center/system setting to desktop setting…just for safe precaution in case someone accidentally delete their panel and left with nothing but desktop and the only thing they can open is file manager probably…

    1. Hi,

      When you remove your very last panel a dialog pops up to warn you and asks you if you want to open the panel settings (where you can create a new one). At any time you can also press Alt-F2 and run commands from there (cinnamon-settings for instance).

    2. i see…but cant it just be as easy as i just describe?or add it into right click context menu on desktop or “Computer” places icon because im pretty sure not everyone coming to linux gonna try to remember app name like cinnamon-settings or even keyboard shortcut, it couldn’t hurt to make stuff easier right? 🙂

  15. Got me a MintBox3 Pro. This is by far the most powerful, fastest computer I ever played with, and I’ve been playing with them since ’74, bought an original Macintosh in ’84, many others since.
    I’m mining Monero at the moment, haha, the hash rate for that jumped to 2.53 khz, up from 11 hz (just hz!) on an AMD 6700, I’m using half the cores to mine and the other half still responds to other computer work just like it wasn’t already maxxing out half the cores. Plus 5% of price goes to the Mint team.

    1. Hi Howard,

      Same here, I was impressed with the performance. I was used to the form factor already (with the Airtop 1).

  16. The recent release of GNOME 3.34 and the upcoming 3.36 release include significant improvements around performance and memory usage along with major bug fixes. In general, how much of those changes do you anticipate you will be able to incorporate into the upcoming Linux Mint 20 release? For example, many of the improvements and fixes in those releases are in the mutter library. Since Linux Mint forked that years ago to create the muffin library which it currently uses, is it still possible to incorporate any improvements made to mutter? In general I prefer the cinnamon desktop experience in Linux Mint over both the default GNOME desktop experience and the custom Ubuntu desktop experience based on the GNOME desktop. I like the direction Linux Mint has taken with many of the apps. However I am also looking forward to various improvements I see in those GNOME releases and I am curious what the path forward looks like for the next version of Linux Mint.

    1. Hi Matt,

      It’s hard to answer like that because it really depends on the improvements and features we’re talking about. Some of the changes which happened in mutter aren’t possible in muffin, and some are possible but not welcome or do not give us the results we want. Generally speaking we do keep an eye on what’s being done in other projects (not only upstream in GNOME but also in MATE, Xfce etc..) and we do port content. Sometimes we also test and incorporate things which aren’t in GNOME yet. For instance Ubuntu proposed patches for GNOME, some of these found their way into Muffin.

      If there’s a particular set of commits you’d like to see in muffin, the best thing is to make sure you can catalog that and then report it as an issue on muffin’s github repository for us to look into. If you’re able you can even create a pull request and post tests results.

      Nowadays muffin and mutter are different, not only codewise but also in their design and their functionality. Some WIP can be easily ported, some not, it really depends. What really helps is black box testing also, if you find something works better in GNOME than in does in Cinnamon, then describe that and document it as best as possible. It can help us to know another DE is doing a certain thing better and it gives us a goal to achieve, even if the code itself isn’t easily portable (and then yeah, sometimes it is).

    2. Thank you for responding. Over the course of the last year I saw several interesting articles that highlighted improvements and fixes intended for the recent GNOME releases and they happened to be in the Mutter library. The articles listed at provide one example. I don’t have a specific commit that I’m asking about. In the end I’m trying to get a better understanding at a high level of how much development activity in the various GNOME libraries ends up in the Cinnamon edition of Linux Mint (or not) since that is what I use currently. Your response helped to clarify that Muffin is a different animal with a different roadmap at this point based on the goals that Linux Mint is working towards and that you monitor the changes in similar projects and evaluate how they align with those goals. I look forward to hearing more about the plans for Linux Mint 20.

    3. Yes absolutely. In the case of mutter it’s also important to realize we’re not talking about one project in isolation. Mutter isn’t really a functional item or an independent project with clear goals and defined functionality.. it’s a component of GNOME Shell and nothing else. So there often are refactoring changes going on where mutter changes to adapt to Shell changes, but even more so than that, where Mutter loses functionality as that is moved to Shell, or gains functionality as it is moved from Shell. Over time, we’re not talking just about code changes and design changes, there’s an overlap in functionality or functionality that isn’t there at all when you compare muffin to mutter. I hope that makes sense, it’s a little bit hard to explain..

  17. Hi,
    Would you enable email subscription to this blog. I have to use RSS subscription and IFTTT just to receive this email in my inbox.

    1. Hi James,

      No I’m sorry. I would have recommended an RSS -> Email service or a connector on your side like IFTTT or but you’re already using one.

      Server side, the more services we run the easier it is to get hacked. The more personal data we have the more problematic this can get. If we don’t need to run a mail service and if we don’t need to know your email address, we’d rather not.

  18. Yeah, I waiting for fractional scaling, it’s main feature that stopping me moving from Windows 10 to Linux Mint.
    Thank you for amazing work on distro!

  19. Hi Clem,

    Why is there no mention, no explanation, of the fact that PIA, Private Internet Access, is no longer a Platinum Sponsor of Linux Mint?

    Did you decide to drop them as a sponsor because some users objected to their announced merger with Kape Technologies last November?

    Will the loss of your primary sponsor cause any serious financial challenges for the development team?

    Will the PIA Manager app no longer be supported? Will it soon be deleted as an option in the official repositories?

    1. Hi Tom,

      Like all our sponsors, and as our primary sponsor, more so than any other, PIA helped us tremendously and they contributed to our success. We wish them luck and we’ll remember them for being alongside us and helping our project so much. We’re very grateful for the support they gave us throughout the years.

      The PIA manager app isn’t the best way to set up PIA anymore. When the sponsorship started PIA wasn’t easy enough to set up in a Linux environment so we went ahead and developed a little tool to do the job. Nowadays the situation is rather different, PIA provides an excellent client application, which is not only really easy to use, but which also provides many options which are missing in PIA manager. We talked with PIA about this last year and decided to discontinue PIA Manager and switch focus towards the official PIA client.

    2. Hi Clem,

      Thanks very much for taking the time to respond, even if it was only a partial answer to my questions and concerns!

      You didn’t explain why PIA is no longer a sponsor. Are they still a VPN provider that you would recommend? (I’m about a year into a 2-year subscription with them, which I purchased expressly because they were a sponsor of Linux Mint!)

      You didn’t say whether the loss of your primary sponsor has caused any serious financial concerns for the team. If that were indeed the case I’m sure that many loyal Linux Mint users would be willing to make some extra donations, if they were just informed that there was a need.

      Are there currently any prospects on the horizon for a potential Platinum level sponsor to replace PIA?

  20. THANK YOU for fractional scaling AND, just as important, multiple monitor scaling support! This is huge and, to my knowledge, either isn’t offered or doesn’t work well in any linux desktop environment. I gave up months ago when I moved back to a 4k display. So now I have extra, very nice 1080p displays that are just sitting unused because of the lack of multiple monitor support for scaling. I suspect by your adding this feature to Cinnamon you will gain a LOT of new users.

  21. Hi Clem, thanks for the amazing work,

    I have a question: Linux Mint 20 will bring any improvements on the optimus/hybrid nvidia notebooks lands?

    I know that the latests drivers from NVIDIA when associated with certain server version allow prime render offloading. Some distros, like Pop_OS are already using it and they have a switch on the interface to change between internal/dedicated/hybrid options. Will Linux Mint 20 implement something like this?


    1. Hi Nash,

      Can you describe this switch more in detail? We’ve introduced such a feature years ago. It was recently forked by Ubuntu MATE and people wrongly assumed it was somewhat new… This has been in Mint for years now.. you switch between Intel and NVIDIA from your system tray and that dictates the GPU you’re using on your next login. Is that what you mean?

      If functionality was added on top of that please describe it in detail so we can implement it.

    2. Hi Clem,

      I think he is talking about 1.20.6 and newer versions, which allows to change GPUs without having restart the session (login again).

      I have one question about this: if Ubuntu 20.04 features 1.20.6 or newer, would it be possible to bring this improvement to Linux Mint 20?

  22. Great news about screen frequency and fractional HiDPI.
    Please also make sure, that with multiple monitors setup, not to get change between DisplayPort and HDMI.
    For example, I have 2 monitors (DP) and 1 beamer (HDMI):
    I can see BIOS starting and Linux Mint on Monitors, but then I cannot see login screen which is forcefully being displayed on a beamer (which I prefer to turn on only at night). After login, it then again comes back to monitors.
    Really stressful, as I either have to turn on the beamer (which is a taking shades down on windows, turning on a beamer, etc.), or login blindfully.
    Not good!

    1. What happens if you move your mouse to another monitor ?
      In my case the login-prompt follows the mouse.
      So when the mouse is on another monitor the prompt jumps to there…

    2. That’s because your display settings are YOUR display settings. They’re specific for each user (in fact, they’re stored as a user file in ~/.config/monitors.xml) and do not affect the rest of the system. When you boot, when you log in, you’re not yourself yet.. and the system isn’t using your user account’s configuration, it’s using the system configuration. So no matter how you set your monitors in your desktop environment, it won’t affect the system itself.

      Regarding monitors and plugnames, yes, the configuration isn’t just saving things as “monitor1”, “monitor2” etc.. it’s saving configuration for each set of plugged monitors. So it’s able to remember configuration for the HDMI+DP1+DP2, or HDMI+DP1, etc… it won’t suddenly switch your HDMI configuration towards DP1 for instance.

    3. @ Clem
      Thank you for explaining User vs. System config.
      However, how to solve such situation, when BIOS is via DP1, login screen via HDMI, mint/user via DP1 -> to be only DP1 for example for all the boot process: BIOS, login screen and mint/user?

      Can we add some setting or option to set it up properly?

  23. I’m really looking forwards to LM20 and also the next version of Cinnamon.
    Ironically I have found that on my DELL Studio system the Nouveau display driver works MUCH better than any of the Nvidia drivers. Despite the fact that I have an Nvidia 710 card installed. The Nouveau driver has the advantage of not requiring the DKMS service & doesn’t require the create of extra kernel modules (kernel object) when upgrading a kernel and the screen resolution seems sharper too. This seems counter intuitive though. But it works very nicely for me or perhaps I’m just lucky? Not sure.

  24. I just want to say I find it a bit amusing that you say that 800p is too small for desktop use when, not only do many laptops use native 768p displays, but 1280×800 was the standard for widescreen laptop displays from the early to late 2000s (basically after non-widescreen 1024×768 laptops of ~2000 and before 16:9 1366×768 laptops of ~2010).

    Also I am very happy to finally see a GUI option to select the refresh rate. 😀

    1. I don’t find it amusing that manufacturers sell budget laptops with very low resolutions just to make more money by using resolution as another way to segment the market. It’s sad to see we’re in 2020 and we’re still talking about 1024×768 as the base resolution to support.

      We commit to it anyway. All our apps fit in 728px (we take 40px away for the panel) and 768px is the requirement we communicate. We tell ourselves the reason we can’t add widgets or design UIs the way we want and we’re restricted to fit in so few pixels is to support old hardware, and we try to not think of the fact that people are buying these resolutions right now, as we speak.

      So yeah, anyway, it’s not amusing, but we’re committed to supporting 800px. Still, it is small. If fractional display means you can go from 2px density at 800px to 1.5px at 1200px, you’ll probably want to. It’s subjective of course and a matter of taste, but personally I find the additional space more important than the 0.5px density difference.

  25. Glad to see LMDE 4 getting some upcoming priority and action! Any chance of bringing back a Mint themed Mate version vice just Cinnamon? I like Cinnamon, but sometimes Mate makes sense for a little less overhead running in virtual machines, etc.

    1. The goal of LMDE is to showcase and guarantee a fallback plan and compatibility of the technology we develop outside and without Ubuntu. We don’t need to support multiple environments for that and the audience is too small to do so. It would be a distraction from our main goal. That said, MATE 1.20 is there in the repositories so it can be added post-install.

  26. I too prefer Mate to Cinnamon.
    Is there full-disk encryption with ext4 yet? For me, that is more important.
    Is btrfs stable and safe now? Few distros seem to be using it.

    1. Hi,

      That’s something we’re looking into. I’d rather not talk about features which aren’t developed yet though, as they might or might not get in and it’s too early to say.

  27. When the option “Locate Pointer” of “Mouse Preference” is selected it interferes with the renaming of files within caja. While editing the file name, pressing ctrl (useful for copy or paste) closes the rename editing window. It is therefore no longer possible to copy or paste text to rename of file.

    This issue was reported, fixed, and closed as Mate issue 770. The problem still exists in Linux Mint Mate 19.3. The Mate team says this fix needs to be added to the Mint caja build.

    I did look in the Linux Mint GitHub project, but it’s not clear in what repository this issue could be reported.

  28. Pleased to see LMDE4 coming before Mint 😉
    Perhaps it may encourage a few more users making the switch from Mint to LMDE?

  29. Awesome news on the fractal scaling feature and per-monitor settings! That’s a huge leap forward for my favourite OS and I can’t wait to take it for a spin. Thanks so much, team Mint, you folks rock!

  30. Hi,

    Is it feasible for the Displays app to allow for only a subset of monitors to be duplicated? I usually achieve this with nvidia-settings (though the settings get overridden at login).
    While I’m at it, could the audio applet have a quick switcher for audio sources?

    Thanks for suffering my probably duplicated questions. I’ve been using mint as my daily driver for a few years and it’s been fun to watch it improve. You all are awesome.

    1. Hi Caleb,

      Regarding the audio sources, that’s already there in the sound applet. Right-click -> Applications.

    2. While we’re at it : select a default/correct output-source which reacts to the keyboard-volume keys.
      After boot if I try to alter the volume with the keyboard it does it for another device than where my sound comes from (wrong device is marked active).
      So I get sound from my speakers while my USB-headset is marked active.
      The keys alter the headset volume…

  31. Why isn’t numlock enabled by default in the login password box? We be typing our password with some numbers in it and then realize numlock is not on.

    1. I was wondering the same thing.. I found out that, even if I had enabled the option in “Login Window” under Settings tab, I still have to install “numlockx” (sudo apt install numlockx) via the terminal everytime I install or re-install mint. There’s even a little pop-up window that tell’s the user to install numlockx for this option to work. Only then will the “Activate numlock” option work. For those unaware, this option is found in the “Login Window” Icon in Mint’s System Settings (Control Panel). So yeah guys, I’m not alone, if there is an NumLock option in the System Settings, why would the REQUIRED numlockx package that runs it not even installed? It’s like having a light switch at the top of the stairs to light up the basement but there is no wiring from the switch to the bulbs, the required wiring is provided but left on the basement floor uninstalled. Hmm.. 🙂

  32. You talk about macbooks. Is there a way to install the latest Mint on them? The last article I see on installing mint on a macbook was published a few years ago.

    1. Hi,

      The last time I checked, recent Macbook were a nightmare in terms of compatibility. This one here is from 2013, other than the webcam everything works perfectly on it.

  33. Just upgraded from 19.2 Impressed that Bluetooth worked straight away. Sadly youtube-dl still not working. I am sure it wont be long 🙂
    Well done!

    1. I had the same problem with youtube-dl, I tried to update it with youtube-dl -U but didn’t work; then I was able to update it with Python’s pip3 command, now it works.

      sudo -H pip3 install –upgrade youtube-dl

  34. Hi Clem,

    [OT] would it be an viable option, to list all rejected comments – even if blacked out – in a separate feed track, just to know technology is running … more than that to understand the context of acceptance if missed?

    Thank you

    1. Hi,

      I think what we need is clear explanations and policies of what is OK and what isn’t and to explain the two processes at play in moderation (automated and manual) and the delay that can happen between the two.

  35. Clem

    Can we get any of these three “Sound & Video” pacakges in the LMDE4 repository:


    I know they are all available as Flatpaks from the repository already now in LMDE 3.

    The two latter are also available upstream where users can add them under additional repositories in Software Sources and download authentication keys by running commands in the terminal. This what I have done to install the two latter ones.

    MakeMKV has also for more than a decade been available in beta version to download binary and source packages from MakeMKV’s Linux forum. But only with temporary keys typically valid for about 60 days, or sometimes 90 days if they didn’t release a new version of the binary and source package in the meantime.

    I have been using MakeMKV for about 5 years on LMDE 2 and LMDE 3 by installing it using the latter installation method. Today as mentioned above, user’s also have an option to download the flatpak via the LMDE repository.

    MakeMKV is as I understand a commercial piece of a software that we perhaps could never hope to get into any Linux repository? Another thing is that I am not sure if it’s open source or proprietary?

    We do have a great piece of sotware in MKVToolNix (including the embedded MKVExtract which can be used with command line to extract tracks from the MKV) in the repository which actually is my preferred program for anything it can do regarding working with MKV files. However, MKVToolNix (the MKVmerge part) can’t rip a physical DVD or Bluray and it can’t create an MKV from the ripped DVD or Bluray files. For blurays that means files and folders like index, stream, media etc.

    Finally, another thing I would like to be able to do in LMDE is to convert a AVC video file like mkv or mp4 with h264 (also called x264 in open source terminology) in to HEVC also called h265 (or x265 in open source terminology). Are there any apps that can do that in LMDE repository?

    Tips on how to convert AVC/x264 video into HEVC/x265 in LMDE are welcome!

    1. Update

      I have now installed HandBrake from the LMDE repository using Synaptic.

      I am surprised to see that under Presets Lists under Matroska there is an option to encode h.265 MKV 1080p. I will test this one day when I have time.

    2. The Handbrake is very good for me because of the ‘classic’ GUI for almost everything that’s needed and the user saved presets. Also I’m using the simplicity of the command line sometimes, when ffmpeg is pipelined with x265. It also works perfectly. Something like this, for example:
      ffmpeg -i “/path to/my downloaded from somewhere input file.4k.mp4” -codec:v rawvideo -f rawvideo pipe:1 | x265 –input-res 3840×2160 –fps 29.970 –crf 20.000000 – my-output-file.h265
      And after it, MKVToolnix perfectly packs my-output-file.h254, as a input video stream, and all the other needed streams, into its output mkv container.
      But Handbrake has more possibilities to correct or modify the video stream, recode the audio stream, add the chapters, fiddle with parameters, and so on, using the same commands but deep inside of its GUI. Handbrake also keeps the detailed logs of conversion.

  36. Please enable (or add support) for thumbnails in the file chooser dialog.

    1. This comes up a lot. It isn’t up to us. It’s up to the application and the toolkit that the application is built with.

  37. MintBox is a great design, but why are they so stuck to Intel CPUs? The new 7-nm AMD Ryzen CPUs seem to be the perfect candidates for a fanless PC. Much lower TDP and lower price at the same performance. Yes, there were some problems with support of Ryzen architecture in Linux just a few months ago, but they appear to be solved by now. My personal experience is that I installed Mint 19.2/19.3 onto a Lenovo Ideapad S340-15API notebook (Ryzen 5 3500U – mobile versions are still 12-nm based, Radeon Vega 8 GPU) and it worked perfectly with 5.0 and 5.3 kernels and open-source video drivers. It was also announced in Decеmber that AMD opened informanion on Vega GPUs for developers, thus further progress in their support may be expected within about a year or so. And is this is the case, the need for a discrete video card vanishes entirely, thus further simplifying the design.

    1. Hi Iourine,

      An AMD-based spec was planned to provide pricing and performance in between the Pro and Basic specs. Compulab evaluated the RX560 but wasn’t happy with the performance. They’ve an eye on the Navi 14, 7nm but I don’t have information on this yet.

  38. Hi Clem

    About Wine (and getting ready for LMDE 4):

    I remember a couple of months back when you worked hard to getting a newer version of Wine into the repository, though I think this was for Linux Mint Ubuntu version?

    Anyway today I took a look at Debian Buster Package repository list, I notice that Wine in Buster is version 4.02.

    On my LMDE 3 my Wine version is 5.0.

    I was wondering what to do if the Wine version in Buster (I think most of the packages for LMDE 4 will come from there) also were version 5.0. I would then have done like so:

    Uninstalled all (in my case only 3 windows programs) windows programs.

    Not sure what would be the right commands to uninstall wine from upstream but maybe it would be like this:
    sudo apt purge winehq-stable && sudo purge wine-stable

    When I look in Synaptic for Wine, I also see a lot of Windows portable runtime lbraries installed.

    Anyway, since my version of Wine is newer than the one in the Buster repos, I think I will continue with Wine from the Wine upstream project.

  39. Hi,

    When I tried to install LMDE3 with LUKS disk encryption on an NVMe PCIx M.2 drive, it failed. The same install works fine with a SATA drive. I even virtualized the install in VMware using NVMe as the drive option and got the same error. Does LMDE4 allow one to encrypt the disk during initial setup? In LMDE3 I had to use the Kalamares installer to even get the disk encryption option, as it wasn’t even present in the regular installed. I hope this won’t be a problem in LMDE4, since I want to switch to it to be as close to the original Debian base as possible.

  40. Hi Clem, do my feature request from december post seem plausible?
    & reply to Patrick, by “a lot” i mean in a span of decade i been using windows 7 & those stuff help a lot & make thing easier, btw you do know stuff can happen right? such as worn out clicker mouse button(drag a file to move it but instead it got drop before you managed to put it to the location you wanted) or touchpad(some are not used to touchpad without “button”).k bye

  41. @
    February 3, 2020 at 1:05 pm

    I don’t find it amusing that manufacturers sell budget laptops with very low resolutions just to make more money by using resolution as another way to segment the market. It’s sad to see we’re in 2020 and we’re still talking about 1024×768 as the base resolution to support.

    We commit to it anyway. All our apps fit in 728px (we take 40px away for the panel) and 768px is the requirement we communicate. We tell ourselves the reason we can’t add widgets or design UIs the way we want and we’re restricted to fit in so few pixels is to support old hardware, and we try to not think of the fact that people are buying these resolutions right now, as we speak.

    So yeah, anyway, it’s not amusing, but we’re committed to supporting 800px. Still, it is small. If fractional display means you can go from 2px density at 800px to 1.5px at 1200px, you’ll probably want to. It’s subjective of course and a matter of taste, but personally I find the additional space more important than the 0.5px density difference.

    And here i have a question:

    Is there a possibility to scale gui it self? I mean gtk thickness.
    I have i have 1336×768 laptop and due to lack of “realestate” it is unusable with mint. I can use it of course but it become too frustrating too fast.
    In general, there i soooo much wasted space in frames of app windows, app menus/options underneath these frames, popup dialogs and so on.
    Is this design decision or is it simply hard defined by gtk that thin line is not an option?
    Result is that all system guis are sort of not looking compact and hugely thick and un-sharp/un-defined enough, unnecessarily consuming display estate.
    Is it possible to remove/reduce this “gtk filled space” for smaller resolutions so window is noticeable but content prevalent? Now it is other way around.
    Ideally by default for all resolutions?
    Also formatting of items within window seems to by thrown all around with too much space between.
    I am mostly talking about Cinnamon system apps windows here.

    Please bring some light into this as i am wandering about this for quite some time and nobody seems to have an answer.

    Thank you

  42. Thank you very much, after two hours try to demode S Windows10 home and adding software to a client’s HP Stream11. I gave up and installed a working copy of Linux Mint 19.3 in 14minutes. Now I’ve got to so my client how much better it is! Made a donation of course to cover the saved time.

  43. Clem, I’m greatly looking forward to the release of LM 20 – am I wrong if I presume a target date at the end of June ? – and helping my group of senior Mint users installing the upgrade on their machines (currently using LM 19.3).

    In this connexion I’d like to repeat my request for a minor feature update, which will make colour of the mouse pointer automatically contrast with that of the immediate background ; it would be a great help to those whose visual acuity has declined with advancing age….

    Once again, many thanks to you and the team for the wonderful work you all are doing !…


  44. Cleam,
    The bluetooth will be good? Because in 19.3 version, the bluetooth no was working.
    Please, the bluetooth will be good?
    Thank you for all.

  45. It seems that Mint-X theme is abandoned! Many visual drawbacks.
    CSD buttons (Bluetooth applet), menu separators not exists and many many others…

  46. Is there an idea to set the swappiness to a lower value as the default one (60) from Ubuntu?
    Maybe this could be done dynamically depending on the installed RAM?
    The lower the RAM, the lower the swappiness. On 1 GB machines I set it to 1, on all others I set it to 10.
    Especially machines weak on RAM become very slow when they start to swap even there is enough free memory.

  47. The Minbox3 Pro is very interesting. Does anyone know if the video can be set to 1080 x 2560?
    It takes a little effort to set the Nvidia GT9800 to 1080 x 2560, involving using xrandr and modifying /.profile or creating /.xprofile.

  48. Just read Clem reply that Mate can be installed on LMDE4 post install … but then will it be the same as LinuxMint Mate Edition? Or just a plain vanilla default Mate install?

  49. When is SCHEDUTIL becoming the default CPU Governor on LinuxMint. Read sooner or later it may be the only governor in Linux.

    Been using it on LinuxMint Mate Edition 19.3

  50. Bit of a problem in 19.3 Cinnamon with the newer kernels. With the 5.3.0 kernels, my desktop machine will not usefully wake from suspend. I can hear the fan kick in, and the light on the case says it’s awakened, but the screen remains dark. This problem does not occur with the 5.0.0 kernels. After being puzzlied by this for some time, I did a little series of experiments starting up with different kernels, suspending, and trying to resume. Results were all as described. This was with the screensaver set never to display and with no password required on resume. The system is an AMD 2200g with an MSI A320 MB.

    In any case, is there an easy way to set a default kernel, so that on boot I do not need to scroll through the kernel list under advanced options?


  51. Seems like Nouveau has pulled from Linux… Then some users have to use the nomodeset option to boot… It seems the industry wants to push hardware sales by discarding perfectly working computer equipment… This annoys me because I am not convinced the hardware side of the industry is making progress outside of embedded systems -CPU and hard drive speed have capped, etc… I’d rather keep my good old computers that I love and use Linux Mint but I just hope these issues can be addressed so my computers may last a long time. You see, as an environmentalist I think hardware shouldn’t change too often per Earth’s limited and finite resources. We should keep our computers and upgrade them instead of discarding them for our future generations. Linux Mint? I hope Mint is the solution to this…

    1. Many Linux distros already stopped supporting 32-bit computers… while Mint continues supporting old hardware. I think you and Mint devs are like-minded.

    2. It’s because a lot of fundamental development is still done with i386 and i486 architectures. That goes without naming the glorious K6 architecture… 32 bit is still very relevant to this day I find… Then I have to say I’m disappointed with Nouveau and the industry… Let’s hope…

  52. Modern privateer, here… Thus far, all attempts at impressment, even those bearing superpower skill sets, have failed. Yes, know enough code, across various lines, to be extremely slick. In any event, am impressed with Linux Mint. Thank You and Best regards.

  53. Thank You all for wonderfull release of Linux Mint 19.3 , Tricia. That is true , that it is very stable , i use Xfce version of 64 bits , . …

  54. Hello,
    I use 19.3 Mate and I am very happy with it.
    Just some problems with the “freshness” of the softwares found in the distribution. In some cases, it is not a very big problem: more recent versions can be found from the software authors or from PPAs (LibreOffice, The Gimp, Audacity, Calibre, Avidemux, OBS Studio, youtube-dl…), and users can still use old versions without risk. In other cases this is more critical since it affects security problems : for example, sudo version is 1.8-21, while two security breaches affect this version; same thing for Adobe flash player, the version in the distribution is obsolete for security reasons. I had to replace sudo by the 1.8-31 from sudo author website and flash player from the version of Adobe website.
    I don’t know if this comes from Linux Mint or Ubuntu repositories, but to let known security breaches without correction is at great risk for users.

    1. I think they are patched already?
      Sudo Changelog
      sudo (1.8.21p2-3ubuntu1.2) bionic-security; urgency=medium

      * SECURITY UPDATE: buffer overflow in sudo when pwfeedback is enabled
      – debian/patches/CVE-2019-18634.patch: fix overflow in src/tgetpass.c.
      – CVE-2019-18634

      — Marc Deslauriers [] Fri, 31 Jan 2020 12:18:41 -0500

      sudo (1.8.21p2-3ubuntu1.1) bionic-security; urgency=medium

      * SECURITY UPDATE: privilege escalation via UID -1
      – debian/patches/CVE-2019-14287.patch: treat an ID of -1 as invalid
      in lib/util/strtoid.c.
      – CVE-2019-14287
      – debian/patches/CVE-2019-14287-2.patch: fix and add to tests in
      – CVE-2019-14287

      — Marc Deslauriers [] Thu, 10 Oct 2019 14:32:59 -0400

      Meanwhile the adobe-flashplugin is in version 1:20200211.1-0ubuntu0.18.04.1 here.

  55. With Xfce 4.16 switching some core components and applications to CSD and the trend likely to continue in future versions, does the Mint team have a view on this?

  56. “Windows quick list” should always show the applications’ icons and not only when expanded.
    It seems that Mint-X theme is abandoned! Many visual drawbacks.
    CSD buttons (Bluetooth applet), menu separators not exists and many many others…
    I hope this message to be posted (not like my previous one)

  57. Hi Clem,
    when i hold left click on a title bar and use navigation arrow to move window to another workspace, it disappears from the panel.

  58. Bonsoir Clem,

    Selon la vidéo ci-dessous (@6 min 36 sec), Gnome 3.36 va prendre en charge les pilotes Nvidia ainsi que les cartes hybrides Nvidia / Intel.

    J’espère que vous allez pouvoir en faire bénéficier LMDE 4 ainsi que Mint 20. Est-cela au quel vous faites allusion en parlant de “NVIDIA driver from the boot menu” ?

    Meilleures salutations.

    1. PS En ce qui me concerne je vous conseillerai de ne publier qu’une version 64 bits de LMDE 4 histoire de ne pas perdre votre temps en vain. Meilleures salutations.

  59. Problems with Nero! If I try to rename data, in a folder with a large amount of pictures and other things, Nero is crushing. I worked with two windows open on the same ext. HDD.

    1. The support of Nero is not supported by Clem of Linux Mint.

      Test KRename software maybe that will help you or ask your question on the official Linux Mint forum

  60. LMDE 4 is eagerly waited…
    Since soon it will be the only 32bits presence.

    I would suggest a tweak, on 32 vs 64 bits composition:
    Cinnamon is definitely the most desired choice on 64 bit (no questions there).
    On 32 bit, best choice may be MATE, extremely fast (v1.24 now cleaned from memory leaks).
    … while old faithful XFCE face concurrence from a lighter LXQT, with less utilities. (both a Tweak for a solid MATE with a low footprint).

    I use both MATE and Cinnamon, on several now cheap 32bit, and a 64bit.
    (It’s a formula seen a bit everywhere: 32bit to check efficiency, 64bit to play the results.)

  61. First, I want to say that I think the new round logo for Linux Mint is first class! Really handsome, and although I never thought I’d like any logo more than your historical leaf-themed logo, it is my new favorite. Second, I want to say that the upgrade process is 1000% easier with the new “upgrade to 19.3” automation. I still have some older 17.1, 18.1, and 18.3 installs that I would like to be able to update in a similar fashion. I’ve found that the 19.3 Cinnamon actually runs well on computers that I’ve had to use xfce versions on before due to older and less powerful hardware. It would be nice to have an “upgrade” for 19.1 or 19.2 xfce that would install 19.3 Cinnamon.

  62. Dear Mint Team, is there a way to have “load and save” dialogues from the Mint file browser in all applications? Currently several applications bring their own (crippled) dialogues along, which do not support mounted media, drives, network and favorites.

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