Monthly News – December 2023

Happy New Year!

Many thanks for your support and for your donations. We received $10191 in November and $24146 in December. The number of donors was also quite impressive: 383 in November and 751 in December!

I’d like to thank you all for this and what it means to us. It doesn’t just help us financially, it makes us feel awesome and extremely proud of you, of us, of our project and our community. Thank you!

Linux Mint 21.3

The BETA phase for Linux Mint 21.3 has been relatively quiet. We received 50 bug reports. 35 of them are closed.

We’ll tackle the remaining 15 this week and make the preparations for a stable release and an upgrade path.


LMDE 6 will receive all the new updates featured in Linux Mint 21.3. This will happen shortly before the stable release.


During BETA testing we identified compatibility issues between Linux Mint and new hardware devices (recent AMD graphics but also wireless chipsets and SSD controllers used in Acer laptops). These are solved by upgrading the kernel series from 5.15 to 6.5.

We’ll therefore prepare a new EDGE ISO for Linux Mint 21.3 shipping with a kernel 6.5.


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Donations in November:

A total of $10,191 were raised thanks to the generous contributions of 383 donors:

$500 (4th donation), B
$216 (2nd donation), Franky W.
$167 (4th donation), Michael M.
$150 (8th donation), Duncan G. aka “catraeus
$150 (7th donation), Abigail M.
$150 (2nd donation), Gregory F.
$132 (7th donation), Alan H.
$108 (3rd donation), Nicolas S.
$108 (3rd donation), Wolfgang B.
$108, Claudia H.
$108, Thorsten R.
$100 (41th donation), Fast Junkie
$100 (10th donation), Timothy P.
$100 (6th donation), Sivaguru
$100 (2nd donation), Bruce K.
$100 (2nd donation), Matt S.
$100 (2nd donation), Michael H.
$100, Kaori E.
$80 (3rd donation), Brandon O.
$75 (3rd donation), James Y.
$65 (2nd donation), Jerome L.
$60 (5th donation), Allan G.
$54 (153th donation), Olli K.
$54 (20th donation), Naoise G.
$54 (19th donation), Bjarne K.
$54 (12th donation), Torsten P.
$54 (6th donation), Uwe O.
$54 (3rd donation), Markus F.
$54 (2nd donation), Christoph F.
$54, Andreas F.
$54, Armin B.
$54, Bernhard
$54, Cecilio P.
$54, Christian M.
$54, Christoph H.
$54, Hans-georg P.
$54, Jens C.
$54, Karl-martin K.
$54, Mark B.
$54, Martin Wozenilek
$54, Matthias R.
$54, Michele P.
$54, Roberto T.
$54, Siegfried G.
$54, Simon W.
$54, Torsten B.
$54, Wilfried K.
$53 (3rd donation), John Mc
$50 (78th donation), Anthony C. aka “ciak”
$50 (57th donation), Michael R.
$50 (12th donation), Intrinsic
$50 (9th donation), Stuart B.
$50 (9th donation), Wallace P. M. J.
$50 (8th donation), John B.
$50 (5th donation), Ray W.
$50 (3rd donation), Alfred W.
$50, Allen P.
$50, David S.
$50, Donald G.
$50, Eric J.
$50, George H.
$50, James W.
$50, Joanne S.
$50, Mark M.
$50, Michael D.
$50, Minty F.
$50, Richard H.
$50, Sultan A.
$47 (4th donation), Ingo S.
$43 (6th donation), Mark E.
$43, Jaromír J.
$40 (9th donation), Patrick C.
$40 (7th donation), John S.
$40 (2nd donation), Norman K.
$40, Allan C.
$40, Lise C.
$39, Jeffrey W.
$36, Jasper N.
$35 (2nd donation), Ralf K.
$35, Hayden G. M.
$32 (3rd donation), Stephan D.
$32 (2nd donation), Wolfgang R.
$32, Maurits V.
$31 (8th donation), Dimitar S.
$30 (5th donation), Tannis E.
$30, Markus H.
$30, Michael M.
$30, Stephen C.
$28, Andreas W.
$27 (7th donation), Kari Y.
$27 (2nd donation), Christoph W.
$27, Maria Gerda B.
$25 (33rd donation), Linux Mint Sverige
$25 (13th donation), Charles W.
$25 (4th donation), Craig B.
$25 (3rd donation), Ivan D.
$25 (3rd donation), John W.
$25, Fahri Taha C.
$25, Gavin H.
$25, Kevin H.
$22 (42th donation), Peter E.
$22 (28th donation), Doriano G. M.
$22 (14th donation), Pentti T.
$22 (9th donation), Juergen M. B.
$22 (7th donation), Frank H.
$22 (6th donation), goppermann
$22 (5th donation), Dominique M. O.
$22 (5th donation), Jose Luis Nuñez Crespi
$22 (5th donation), Marek S. (LMDE Supporter)
$22 (5th donation), Ralf S.
$22 (4th donation), Arno W.
$22 (4th donation), Jens F.
$22 (4th donation), Jürgen S.
$22 (4th donation), Pavel P.
$22 (3rd donation), Alexandre Gambier
$22 (3rd donation), Benjamin W.
$22 (3rd donation), David P.
$22 (3rd donation), Michael S.
$22 (3rd donation), Viesturs P.
$22 (2nd donation), Andre D.
$22 (2nd donation), Balazs B.
$22 (2nd donation), Damian P P.
$22 (2nd donation), Ed C.
$22 (2nd donation), Gunnar P.
$22 (2nd donation), Kai D.
$22 (2nd donation), Mika S.
$22, Aidam IT-Services
$22, Alejandro T.
$22, Andrea P.
$22, Andreas G.
$22, Arie K.
$22, Bartosz S.
$22, Bas H.
$22, Bernd B.
$22, Carlos G.
$22, Daniel W.
$22, Enzo C.
$22, Felfer J.
$22, Felix K.
$22, Hakan C.
$22, Harry P.
$22, Heikki L.
$22, Heinz D.
$22, J.a.m. V.
$22, Jan.c J.
$22, Jim L.
$22, K J K.
$22, Kai K.
$22, Kai S.
$22, Manuel S.
$22, Markus R.
$22, Martin M.
$22, Michael L.
$22, Murilo aka “muras”
$22, Ole L.
$22, Patrick F.
$22, Patryk C.
$22, Rafael V.
$22, Roy V.
$22, Susan D.
$22, Timothy W.
$22, Zsolnay I.
$21, Alan G.
$20 (62th donation), Bryan F.
$20 (44th donation), Stefan M. H.
$20 (9th donation), Mark F.
$20 (8th donation), Brian H. Y.
$20 (4th donation), Andrii S.
$20 (4th donation), Denis A. W.
$20 (4th donation), Linden R.
$20 (4th donation), Sanket W.
$20 (4th donation), William T. aka “Beel
$20 (3rd donation), Donald W. aka “Don
$20 (3rd donation), Nikola V.
$20 (3rd donation), Sarah A.
$20 (2nd donation), Alan W.
$20 (2nd donation), Garrett W.
$20 (2nd donation), Gerald L.
$20 (2nd donation), Henning P.
$20 (2nd donation), Joel M.
$20 (2nd donation), Jutta S.
$20 (2nd donation), Ken K.
$20 (2nd donation), Mark B.
$20 (2nd donation), Narate T.
$20 (2nd donation), Paul D.
$20 (2nd donation), Rob’s Small Engines
$20 (2nd donation), Stephen B.
$20 (2nd donation), Stevan F.
$20 (2nd donation), Thomas S.
$20, André C Franciscatto
$20, Anonymous
$20, Brad M.
$20, Bradley K.
$20, Christopher F.
$20, Cindy Clark
$20, David P.
$20, David S.
$20, Gene McManus
$20, Greg R.
$20, Ian J.
$20, Jack W.
$20, Jason H.
$20, Jean Louis M.
$20, Jesse L.
$20, Joel M.
$20, Joseph Ericson A.
$20, Karen P. aka “Karie”
$20, Luc K.
$20, Michael B.
$20, Nunez Aguila P.
$20, Serge N.
$20, Suchipi
$20, Waylon R. aka “Lynk
$20, Wesley A.
$16 (6th donation), Thomas T.
$16 (4th donation), Clive M.
$16 (3rd donation), Christoph D.
$16 (2nd donation), André F.
$16, Radek C.
$16, Scarlett V.
$15 (8th donation), Corey J.
$15 (3rd donation), Steve T.
$15, Randolph W.
$14 (89th donation), Johann J.
$13 (3rd donation), S Russo
$12 (5th donation), Bengt Falke aka “Falke”
$11 (43th donation), Daniel S.
$11 (39th donation), Thomas R.
$11 (21st donation), Raymond M. (retired)
$11 (20th donation),
$11 (18th donation), Denys G.
$11 (13th donation), Jeff aka “Jambalak
$11 (8th donation), Stefan W.
$11 (8th donation), Tony H. aka “TonyH1212”
$11 (6th donation), Ronald S.
$11 (6th donation), Zdravko S.
$11 (5th donation), Heiko W.
$11 (5th donation), Kai U. J.
$11 (5th donation), L.B.
$11 (5th donation), Massimo R.
$11 (4th donation), Bernd Lauert
$11 (4th donation), H.V. L.
$11 (4th donation), Patrick T.
$11 (3rd donation), Carlo R.
$11 (3rd donation), Harold H.
$11 (3rd donation), Paul R.
$11 (2nd donation), Brian L.
$11 (2nd donation), Christian G.
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$11 (2nd donation), Olivier F.
$11 (2nd donation), Quentin A.
$11, Amer Kheir
$11, Carlo B.
$11, Carlos F.
$11, Christian S.
$11, Christopher O.
$11, Daniela K.
$11, Familie F.
$11, Fox W.
$11, François D.
$11, Franz M.
$11, Gilles V.
$11, Günter B.
$11, Gusa C.
$11, Heinz-dieter H.
$11, Helmut S.
$11, Istvan K.
$11, Iztok M.
$11, Jean, Jacques G.
$11, Joel E.
$11, Johannes S.
$11, Jonas H.
$11, Jose J.
$11, K. M.
$11, Kévin G.
$11, Manfred W.
$11, Matthew W.
$11, Michael O.
$11, Niclas B.
$11, Oleg G.
$11, Pawel H.
$11, Philip H.
$11, Rainer S.
$11, Robert G.
$11, Roger G.
$11, Sasa B.
$11, Saverio A.
$11, Thomas M.
$11, Thomas S.
$11, Ulf K.
$11, Vancs O.
$11, Vladimir S.
$11, Volodymyr S.
$10 (92th donation), Thomas C.
$10 (86th donation), Frank K.
$10 (39th donation), Philip Woodward
$10 (17th donation), Harold R.
$10 (13th donation), Philip E.
$10 (9th donation), Daniel Tan
$10 (9th donation), Dave S.
$10 (6th donation), Ricardo C N aka “V
$10 (4th donation), Simon Clark
$10 (3rd donation), Go to
$10 (3rd donation), Leandro Garcia aka “leojg”
$10 (3rd donation), Lloyd H.
$10 (3rd donation), Lynn Z.
$10 (3rd donation), Volker K.
$10 (2nd donation), Mark S.
$10 (2nd donation), Matthew W.
$10, Agustín K.
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$10, Awesome LLC
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$10, Donald C.
$10, Emmanuel Octavio aka “EmmanuelOctavi0”
$10, Firma SEO
$10, Gavin H.
$10, Grzegorz W.
$10, Harmony Ophelia C.
$10, Jucării din Lemn
$10, Kenneth E.
$10, Michael C.
$10, Musa U.
$10, Optimizare SEO
$10, Richard M.
$10, Salvatore L.
$10, Vitaliy P.
$10, William D.
$9 (33rd donation), Sami Mannila
$8 (10th donation), Z. K. .
$6 (4th donation), John B.
$183 from 49 smaller donations

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  1. Thank you to all the development team for their hard work, and here’s to another great year for Linux Mint in 2024.

  2. What is the main reason to use the kernel 6.2 (with LM 21.3 EDGE ISO)? LM update manger shows current info, that this kernel should have EOL on February 2024 (next month?!).

    1. EDGE ISO is extremely important due to the well known fact, that notebooks with INTEL CPU gen13 does not boot from any ISO with kernel 5.15.

    2. I wonder the same thing. Why not use kernel 6.6 which is LTS and “ends” on December 2026? I’m sure they have their reasons, but I’d like to know just to learn.

    3. Mint uses Ubuntu Kernels from, same as Ubuntu’s HWE initiative, not upstream Linux Kernels from

      6.2 is the latest available there

    4. The kernel will be updated to 6.5 by February 2024 and lastly to 6.6 LTS by August 2024. Linux Mint 21 is based on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS which maintains 2 kernel series, LTS and Hardware Enablement (HWE). The LTS kernel will always be 5.15 while the HWE kernel is updated every 6 months by February/August based on the latest Ubuntu non-LTS (interim) release kernel version and the last HWE kernel version will be the 6.6 LTS which will come with Ubuntu 24.04 LTS. To use the HWE kernel install ‘linux-generic-hwe-22.04’ apt package and reboot. Kernel 6.5 is currently available by installing the ‘linux-generic-hwe-22.04-edge’ apt package which is like a staging package for the next HWE kernel update

    5. Hi,

      Tony explained it really well. We’re using LTS kernels for our releases and the latest available HWE kernel at the time, assuming it already has support for proprietary drivers, for our EDGE ISO.

      That said, I made a mistake in this blog post. It is kernel 6.5 (from linux-generic-hwe-22.04-edge) we tested, not 6.2 (HWE), and that’s the one we’ll ship with.

      I updated the blog post to reflect this.

  3. 2024 will be my 10th year using Linux Mint, I started with Mint 17 “Quiana”. Never looked back!
    I started with xfce desktop, tried Cinnamon when I used Mint 18.3, but went back to xfce.
    It has served me well on three desktop computers.
    Thank You to Clem and all those at Linux Mint who provide and maintain such a great operating system.
    It’s a Happy Tenth Anniversary for me personally, and A Happy New Year to Linux Mint and all you other Mint users.

    1. Oh this so warmed my heart 🙂 On my second year myself with Cinnamon, and never looking back 😀

  4. I too wondered about the choice of a 6.2 kernel, I have been using 6.2.0-39 and predecessors for a while with 21.2 Cinnamon, and suffered very slow recovery from suspend.
    Then I found kernel 6.5.0-14 in the repository, tried it, and my slow suspend recovery vanished. Now rarely more than a second, on a not so hot (by modern standards) machine, Ryzen 3 300G with internal graphics. Suits me fine. I too migrated in the 17.something era, on an ancient core2quad with a bios dating from 2008. That is now running LMDE6. Love it, would never go back to Redmond Rubbish. Working on migrating others, pace slowly accelerating as we get closer to Dec’25.

  5. Happy New Year Clem and Team. Thank you for making the best Linux distro and desktop environments and for protecting user freedom and Free Software Principles. Wishing you and the team a fantastic and fun 2024.

  6. I’d be happy to donate but don’t have credit card/paypal. Can you please add some more common options for Europeans such as iDeal?

    1. LMDE 5 is based on Debian 11 and this version of Debian is now in the “Old version section” of Debian repository

      Since the release of Debian 12, Debian 11 like LMDE 5 is only updated for major security issues.

      It is recommended to upgrade LMDE 5 machines to LMDE 6 to benefit from optimal support.

      Happy New Year 2024.

  7. Hi Clem,

    Pray you have a blessed 2024.

    To help with dyslexia, please be kind enough to pop a comma in the donation values $10,191 in November and $24,146… (much easier to read). Thank you in advance! 🙂

    Kind regards.

  8. Happy New Year!

    Hopefully this year we’ll get a fix for the iwlwifi driver. After occasional disconnects with kernel 6.1, upgrading to newer ones made it worse. With kernel 6.5 it’s so bad, I can get even tens of disconnects per hour. And them sometimes it works for an hour or two, and then more random disconnects. So for now I reverted to kernel 6.1, which sadly no longer gets updates, but at least the wifi is a lot more stable with it – despite still getting many disconnects a day.

    I have an Intel AX201 on an MSI PRO Z790-P WIFI (MS-7E06) motherboard on Linux Mint 21.2 Cinnamon. Intel has been doing a very poor job in recent years.

    1. Hello, I am very surprised to read you. I have 2 machines equipped with Wifi (Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200 & Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX 211) which work with kernel 6.1 and I have no stability problems with Wifi.

  9. Hi Clem,

    Are there any plans to implement tool like Spotlight search is on macOS? Another feature I’d like to see is the ability to do a restart and have all your applications and windows open back like they were. MacOS does this also for unsaved files. I’m not sure what wizardry it would require.

    1. I’m not a Mac person, so never used Spotlight, but I’ve found a search tool called Recoll that locates virtually any item or keyword for me. Inside Emails, Documents, archives – it finds everything. I set it up to re-do it’s index scan during the night, via cron. Works very well. Recoll is in the Mint Software Repos. I also install it’s helper apps: cpan Image::ExifTool, antiword, unrtf. The first index can take a while, but subsequent runs usually go much faster. Never used a better search tool.

    2. I think integrating Gnome’s search system in the Mint menu could also work, I think it shouldn’t be too much hassle since Cinnamon is based on Gnome but idk.
      In the meantime you could try Cinnamenu which has search options for files, web search and browser history.

    3. If you use spotlight only to run applications, you can just press the Super key and start typing, that works pretty well… 😉

    4. To clarify. I use Spotlight to find files (finds by name and contents of the file), do quick calculations, start applications or navigate quickly to some specific system setting. I used to use Albert previously on Linux to get somewhat similar results, but it’s not working correclty for me anymore. Like for example I type in chrome and it will suggest me some obscure directory instead of the crome browser. Among other issues.

    5. I see…
      I wasn’t aware of Albert, thanks for that! 🙂 It seems to be pretty configurable, including enabling and disabling plugins – maybe it can be configured to refine its queries and get you a better result? 🙂

    6. @Thomas Hansen It was also freezing and crashing and strangely the “3” key on my keyboard stopped working when Albert was running. Maybe it was bound as a hotkey or something, but I ended up just uninstalling it. I’d rather have this kind of very useful tool to be available by default instead of having to troubleshoot things.

  10. Godbless Clem and his team.

    Thanks for all your work. Also thanks to all supporters. Have a good 2024!

  11. Wish you a happy 2024! God Bless! Mint is THE distro I always recommend, because you manage to satisfy all users: from complete computer newbies, to Windows converts to long-time Linux users. Everything is so simple yet powerful and customisable.

  12. Happy New Year! And congrats to the LM team for their continued great work! Looking forward to what you guys do in 2024!

  13. Hi,

    Wish you a happy new year!
    May I ask whether it is feasible to upgrade from EDGE ISO for Linux Mint 21.2 to EDGE ISO for Linux Mint 21.3? Thanks a lot!

    Best regards

  14. Thanks team for developing such a great OS. I changed to Mint from windows 10 back when mint 19 came out, and Ive never looked back. Mint is my weapon of choice, never had a days problem, never crashed, never frozen, it just works!!!!! And finding solutions for me is a welcome challenge that takes me back to my 80s computer days. Well done team, and keep up the good work!!!! Looking forward to the next update 🙂 Long live the penguin !

  15. Happy New Year and many thanks to Clem and the whole team! I’ve been using only Mint for more than 15 years now and LMDE for the last 4 years, I think. The Forums have answered all my problems – thanks so much to the experienced guys who check in and help out us, less experienced ones. Such a great family of users!

  16. Downloaded Mint 21.3 mate and cinnamon. Copied .ISOs to Ventoy disk. Booted 21.3 mate from the Ventoy. Seems to be working. More later!

    1. I installed Mint 21.3 mate on an NVME drive without difficulty and quickly installed several of my favorite application programs. So far my limited testing shows no problems.

    1. LMDE 6 boots fine from the Ventoy flashdrive. I had trouble when I first tried Ventoy but some helpful folks pointed out that when the system says it is through copying the ISO to the Ventoy, it probably isn’t done. They said to type sync in a terminal and wait until it returns a prompt. Ventoy is very new to me.

  17. Happy New Year to the entire Mint team 🙂

    Thank you for your excellent work on EDGE ISO which will certainly be very useful for installing Mint on recent machines.

    Thank you also for shortening the deadline for publishing the LMDE. It is very satisfying that the development, release and update priorities of LMDE gradually become similar to those of Mint 2x.x !!

    Today I dream of a version of Mint for my RPi5 🙂


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