A huge thank you to all of you who helped us find bugs during the BETA. You sent us so much feedback we had to literally stop reading just so we could focus on processing and fixing what you pointed out. We’ve never received so many reports so fast before. Although we couldn’t possibly answer everyone or fix everything, it helped us fix a lot and improve the quality of Mint 19 significantly since its BETA release.

Many thanks also to our sponsors and to all the people who sent us donations. You help us so we can work on Linux Mint. You’ve been empowering us and supporting us since the start of this project. This is the result of your efforts as well. We hope you’ll enjoy this new release.

All three editions passed QA yesterday and are slowly syncing worldwide towards the download mirrors. We’ll officially announce the stable release of Linux Mint 19 at the end of the week.

“MBM2”, the MintBox Mini 2, is live. CompuLab is working hard to get it ready with the announcement of Linux Mint 19.

Worldwide shipping from Israel will be available in a few days at https://fit-iot.com/web/products/mbm2/ and Amazon.com will provide shipping to the USA and Europe in a few weeks.

There will be an upgrade path between Linux Mint 18.3 and Linux Mint 19. We’re expecting it to look and work a lot like the one we provided between Linux Mint 17.3 and Linux Mint 18. Announcements will be made when this becomes available. If you are running Linux Mint 17.x or 18.x and you are waiting to upgrade to Linux Mint 19, you can get ready before it is available:

  • Although this isn’t necessary, back up your data to keep it safe.
  • Set up a system snapshot with Timeshift, so you can go back in time and cancel the upgrade if anything goes wrong.
  • Upgrade to Linux Mint 18.3 (from any 17.x to 17.3, then from 17.3 to 18, then from any 18.x to 18.3). We recommend creating a Timeshift snapshot before each upgrade.
  • Once in Linux Mint 18.3, if you are still using MDM, switch to LightDM (“apt install lightdm lightdm-settings slick-greeter”, “apt remove mdm”, “dpkg-reconfigure lightdm”). Again, please rely on Timeshift as a way to go back in time before doing this.

Next on our list is LMDE 3 aka “Cindy”. We upgraded it with the latest Cinnamon and all the components which got into Linux Mint 19 already. We’re hoping to release it as BETA by the end of July. LMDE is an interesting project, because it has a small audience but one of the most passionate. It’s also a very important project for us because it challenges us to design our software with more than one development target in mind and because it shows us how far we can go without our best upstream component, Ubuntu. How Minty can we be without Ubuntu? How similar, alike, close to Mint can we make LMDE? How much effort, how many resources, how long would it take for us to make Mint again if Ubuntu was ever to disappear? LMDE answers this for us and this is the key aspect of the LMDE project. It’s never been a priority, it doesn’t need to succeed as a distribution, it’s a challenge which tells us more about ourselves, which we need to face and in which we need to do well, not for you, not for anyone, but for us.

We’ll also start accepting pull requests again, merge contributions and work on implementations for Linux Mint 19.1, for which the development cycle is about to start. Before we tackle big ideas and get ambitious for the next release, a few things were postponed and we can’t wait to go back to them and make them happen.

Many thanks everyone, here’s to a happy release 🙂

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Donations in May:

A total of $10,784 were raised thanks to the generous contributions of 466 donors:

$1088, SunWare Solartechnik Produktions-GmbH & Co KG
$1000, LiveSport s.r.o.
$200 (2nd donation), Jan K. aka “fotonix”
$109 (4th donation), Richard G.
$109, Dirk W.
$109, Remko R.
$109, Erik E.
$100 (6th donation), Mike M.
$100 (4th donation), Matthew P.
$100 (2nd donation), Edwards W.
$100, Ignacio M.
$100, Christian C.
$100, Greg B. aka “GBrayUT”
$100, Robert W.
$100, William M.
$100, Ray G.
$100, Timur Elzhov
$75, Larry T.
$60 (2nd donation), Trent I. aka “The Linux Critic
$60, Ingo S.
$60, Peter S.
$54 (4th donation), Quim aka “slackjp”
$54 (2nd donation), Rienk R.
$54, Bjoern S.
$54, Paul W.
$54, Ernst E.
$54, Julia K.
$50 (8th donation), Alfred H. aka “Varmint Al
$50 (7th donation), Alfred H. aka “Varmint Al
$50 (4th donation), Basic I. I.
$50 (4th donation), Michael S.
$50 (3rd donation), Donna B.
$50 (3rd donation), Stephen M.
$50 (3rd donation), Gerardo V.
$50 (2nd donation), John Mrochek aka “pcwabbits”
$50 (2nd donation), Michael H.
$50 (2nd donation), John P.
$50 (2nd donation), Alexander Z.
$50, Roxanne P. D.
$50, Edmund B.
$50, Walter D.
$50, Nicolas R.
$50, Sivaguru
$50, Karl H.
$50, Jason F.
$50, Wayside Tech aka “Ben
$50, Kanstantsin S.
$50, Chris W.
$50, Steven B.
$50, Neal C.
$49, Kacper B.
$45 (6th donation), Roberto O. L.
$45 (3rd donation), Frank T.
$45, The W.
$45, Lane Ventures
$44, Paul D.
$42 (99th donation), Olli K.
$35, Joe L.
$34 (4th donation), Rosalea R.
$34, Daniel S. C. O.
$33 (9th donation), Henk van C.
$33 (2nd donation), Paul Richter
$33, Ugo J.
$30 (3rd donation), Paul C.
$30, Peter B.
$30, Robert T.
$30, Thomas W.
$30, Aliaksandr B.
$29, Teresa V.
$27 (4th donation), Tony L. aka “tone39”
$27 (3rd donation), PZL Games
$27 (2nd donation), Philippe P.
$27 (2nd donation), Harald M.
$27, Robert N.
$27, Juergen B.
$27, Jaroslav K.
$27, Adria P. R.
$26, Giuse Rossetti
$25 (82th donation), Ronald W.
$25 (23rd donation), Larry J.
$25 (7th donation), Real F.
$25 (5th donation), Michael G. aka “Vaughn”
$25 (5th donation), Computers Reborn LLC
$25 (4th donation), Blake A.
$25 (3rd donation), Leopoldo G.
$25 (3rd donation), Blake A.
$25 (2nd donation), Tim K.
$25 (2nd donation), Marc B.
$25 (2nd donation), Daniel B.
$25 (2nd donation), Jon S.
$25, Gary M.
$25, crumpy
$25, Robert G.
$25, George T.
$25, Eddie B.
$25, Hunter B.
$25, Thomas F.
$25, Philip B.
$25, Henry K.
$25, Alex G.
$23, Christian T.
$22.53 (8th donation), Douglas T.
$22 (16th donation), Derek R.
$22 (12th donation), Doriano G. M.
$22 (5th donation), Annette T.
$22 (4th donation), Susanne E. W.
$22 (4th donation), Gabriele B.
$22 (3rd donation), Jorge R. R.
$22 (3rd donation), Alain P.
$22 (2nd donation), Reimund M.
$22 (2nd donation), Antonio F. G.
$22 (2nd donation), Jens D.
$22 (2nd donation), Luis P.
$22, Kilian L.
$22, Daniel R. M.
$22, Jaap V. G.
$22, Rainer J.
$22, Jose A. F. M.
$22, John M.
$22, Alexandre H.
$22, Louis C.
$22, Mogens J.
$22, Michael T.
$22, Gabriel T.
$22, Jean-François O.
$22, Bernhard W.
$22, Hans-juergen S.
$22, Jan H.
$22, Matthias S.
$22, Balder S.
$22, Bernard S.
$22, Paul Richter
$22, Philipp M.
$22, Conrado A. M. M.
$22, Michael O.
$22, Ivan Z.
$22, Stefan Becker aka “Appeltaler”
$20 (13th donation), Matsufuji H.
$20 (6th donation), Samarth M.
$20 (5th donation), Dohaeng L.
$20 (5th donation), John C.
$20 (5th donation), Donald M.
$20 (3rd donation), Anthony C.
$20 (3rd donation), Larry R.
$20 (3rd donation), Harris Lowry Manton LLP
$20 (3rd donation), Hans M.
$20 (3rd donation), Sourav Ghosh aka “Sourav”
$20 (3rd donation), John D.
$20 (2nd donation), Gene S.
$20 (2nd donation), Jens Wedel
$20 (2nd donation), Harvey M.
$20 (2nd donation), Phillip R.
$20, Andrew L.
$20, Rolf T.
$20, Markku M.
$20, Nathan S.
$20, 珊 孙
$20, Christopher A.
$20, Reed N.
$20, Devin S.
$20, Thiago D. I. J.
$20, Michael H.
$20, Shao Z.
$20, Jose C.
$20, Nikita P.
$20, Mirtatrev
$20, Andriy L.
$20, Johnathon L.
$20, Robert K.
$20, Jacek K.
$20, Kong P. H.
$20, David D.
$20, James M.
$20, Keith W.
$16 (16th donation), Andreas S.
$16 (6th donation), Florian U.
$16 (5th donation), Jan V. P. aka “putteboem”
$16 (5th donation), Robert D. aka “Wilbobob”
$16 (3rd donation), Gilles L. aka “Gil-s”
$16 (2nd donation), Norbert V.
$16 (2nd donation), Peter E.
$16, Robert W.
$16, Hans J. S.
$16, Aart H. B.
$16, John O.
$16, Marc S.
$16, Paulo P.
$15 (39th donation), Curt Vaughan aka “curtvaughan ”
$15 (16th donation), Stefan M. H.
$15 (11th donation), Ray
$15 (4th donation), Sam S.
$15 (2nd donation), Brian S. G.
$15 (2nd donation), Luiz N.
$15, Sharyn B.
$15, Гармаш Олег
$15, Firespark S.
$15, Joachim A.
$15, Levi S.
$15, Gary S.
$15, Charley P.
$13 (26th donation), Anonymous
$13, Jan B.
$12 (86th donation), Tony C. aka “S. LaRocca”
$12 (31st donation), JobsHiringnearMe
$12 (8th donation), Raymond M. (retired)
$12, Timothy M.
$11.95, Anton K.
$11 (16th donation), Johann J.
$11 (15th donation), Ky LMDE
$11 (7th donation), Denis D.
$11 (5th donation), John Scott aka “‘Whitefort'”
$11 (5th donation), François L.
$11 (4th donation), Derek T.
$11 (3rd donation), Adis H.
$11 (3rd donation), Jean C. A.
$11 (2nd donation), Erik H.
$11 (2nd donation), Stephan L.
$11 (2nd donation), Miguel G. G.
$11 (2nd donation), Linda S.
$11 (2nd donation), Artur M.
$11 (2nd donation), Folkert D. P. G.
$11 (2nd donation), James
$11 (2nd donation), Manfred B.
$11 (2nd donation), Marcus N.
$11 (2nd donation), Günter W.
$11 (2nd donation), Cezary F.
$11 (2nd donation), Dino Brugnolaro aka “brgdni
$11, Ralf K.
$11, Chris S.
$11, Heimo H.
$11, Valter L.
$11, Jiri D.
$11, Gabriele B.
$11, Lina S.
$11, Michael S.
$11, Benjamin F.
$11, G T.
$11, Carlos P.
$11, Christian F.
$11, Luc T. P.
$11, Frederic C.
$11, Uwe O.
$11, Martin H.
$11, Roberto U.
$11, Alexandre S.
$11, Björn S.
$11, Marc S.
$11, Nikolay G.
$11, Mathias U.
$11, Maciej P.
$11, Lorenz D.
$11, Barcella W.
$11, André H.
$11, Matthias G.
$11, Jocelyne B.
$11, aka “ilya40umov”
$11, Vittorio F.
$11, Niklas E.
$11, Kuznetsov D.
$11, Yannis P.
$11, Manfred R.
$11, Nicholas C.
$11, Johan F.
$11, Ryan B.
$11, Csaba S.
$11, Oleg L.
$11, Markus O.
$11, Pierpaolo S.
$11, Thomas S.
$11, Sergio P.
$11, Ed V. D.
$11, Armin G.
$11, Michael W.
$11, Thomas Grochalski
$11, Wouter B.
$11, Chrysanthos K.
$11, Rene N.
$10 (30th donation), Thomas C.
$10 (21st donation), Frank K.
$10 (17th donation), Jim A.
$10 (14th donation), Dinu P.
$10 (12th donation), Rick R.
$10 (9th donation), Chris K.
$10 (9th donation), J. S. .
$10 (9th donation), Richard L. S.
$10 (7th donation), Thomas D. Y.
$10 (7th donation), hotelsnearbyme.net
$10 (6th donation), Carl B.
$10 (5th donation), Joseph G.
$10 (5th donation), Lance M.
$10 (4th donation), Wayne C.
$10 (4th donation), Joseph C.
$10 (4th donation), Anthony C.
$10 (3rd donation), Jack G.
$10 (3rd donation), Carlos V. M.
$10 (3rd donation), Terry B.
$10 (2nd donation), Paulo C.
$10 (2nd donation), Ric D.
$10 (2nd donation), Rob H.
$10 (2nd donation), James D.
$10 (2nd donation), Christian Peyrusse
$10 (2nd donation), Robert K.
$10, Manish P.
$10, Catherine D.
$10, Mark B.
$10, Nathaniel A.
$10, Allen L.
$10, Z A.
$10, Randolph W.
$10, Ron E.
$10, Jon J.
$10, Eric W.
$10, Volkan A.
$10, Nishil K.
$10, Donald H.
$10, Timothy S.
$10, William N.
$10, Andrew C.
$10, Intraland Investments
$10, Chris B.
$10, Steve F.
$10, Ishiyama T.
$10, Varadraj
$10, Vladimir M.
$10, Pedro Couto de Brito
$10, Chris V.
$10, Eric B.
$10, Kozyntsev Alex
$10, Josue C.
$10, Daniel Z.
$10, Khrystyna S.
$10, José A. aka “Tito”
$10, Kiri K.
$10, Phillip F.
$10, Ilija L.
$10, Peter D.
$10, Shane N.
$8.33, Jan W.
$7.49, Michael W.
$7 (18th donation), CV Smith
$7, Anton D.
$7, Paul E.
$6, Davo
$5.93, Vladimir Husnullin
$5 (24th donation), Eugene T.
$5 (16th donation), Bhavinder Jassar
$5 (16th donation), Kouji Sugibayashi
$5 (14th donation), Alessandro S.
$5 (7th donation), GaryD
$5 (5th donation), Leszek Bober
$5 (4th donation), GrowthPath Pty Ltd
$5 (4th donation), A. K.
$5 (3rd donation), Alex Luton aka “Starcross
$5 (3rd donation), Benjamin H.
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$5 (3rd donation), Eigenhaushalt.de
$5 (3rd donation), Daniel G.
$5 (2nd donation), Larry G.
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$5 (2nd donation), P. S. aka “Mosqueteroweb
$5 (2nd donation), Clevere Itee aka “Kalle
$5, Daniel K.
$5, Richard D.
$5, Alisdair L.
$5, Sándor C.
$5, Seby C.
$5, Desert Forge Precision Rifle
$5, Andrew M. aka “Mutchy”
$5, Sergei K.
$5, Brian H.
$5, Jordan R.
$5, Ben B. aka “Ralim
$5, Takahashi H.
$5, Guillaume G.
$5, Marcel M.
$5, Chris V.
$5, Stefan E.
$5, Roman I.
$5, Rainer V.
$5, Hasan A.
$5, Thomas F.
$5, Ryavkin D.
$5, Ralf S.
$5, David W.
$5, Marjan B.
$5, Joel C.
$5, Daniel A.
$5, Slavi L.
$5, Luebke J.
$5, Zoltan T.
$5, John E. L.
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$3.49, Website
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$3, Tree Service Mentor
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$3, OKC Roofing
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$3, Georgi D.
$2.93, Tree Removal
$2.6, Daniel L.
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This is the BETA release for Linux Mint 19 “Tara” Xfce Edition.

Linux Mint 19 Tara Xfce Edition

Linux Mint 19 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 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 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 18.3. Upgrade instructions will be published after the stable release of Linux Mint 19.

Bug reports:

  • Please report bugs below in the comment section of this blog.
  • When reporting bugs, please 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.
  • Please visit https://github.com/linuxmint/Roadmap to follow the progress of the development team between the BETA and the stable release.

Download links:

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

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

Integrity and authenticity checks:

Once you have downloaded an image, please verify its integrity and authenticity.

Anyone can produce fake ISO images, it is your responsibility to check you are downloading the official ones.

Enjoy!

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

This is the BETA release for Linux Mint 19 “Tara” MATE Edition.

Linux Mint 19 Tara MATE Edition

Linux Mint 19 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 MATE“.

Important info:

The release notes provide important information about known issues, as well as explanations, workarounds and solutions.

To read the release notes, please visit:

Release Notes for Linux Mint 19 MATE

System requirements:

  • 1GB RAM (2GB recommended for a comfortable usage).
  • 15GB of disk space (20GB recommended).
  • 1024×768 resolution (on lower resolutions, press ALT to drag windows with the mouse if they don’t fit in the screen).

Notes:

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

Upgrade instructions:

  • This BETA release might contain critical bugs, please only use it for testing purposes and to help the Linux Mint team fix issues prior to the stable release.
  • It will be possible to upgrade from this BETA to the stable release.
  • It will also be possible to upgrade from Linux Mint 18.3. Upgrade instructions will be published after the stable release of Linux Mint 19.

Bug reports:

  • Please report bugs below in the comment section of this blog.
  • When reporting bugs, please 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.
  • Please visit https://github.com/linuxmint/Roadmap to follow the progress of the development team between the BETA and the stable release.

Download links:

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

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

Integrity and authenticity checks:

Once you have downloaded an image, please verify its integrity and authenticity.

Anyone can produce fake ISO images, it is your responsibility to check you are downloading the official ones.

Enjoy!

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