Many thanks to all of you, for your donations and for your support.

I hope you had a great summer (or winter if you live in the South hemisphere). Here we’re eager to get into September, with LMDE 3 and Mint 19 behind us, we’re ready to get started on some of the big projects.


LMDE 3 was released today. I’d like to thank all the people involved in the project and also all the people who reported issues to us and who helped us fix bugs during the BETA.

The upgrade path for the Cinnamon edition was also opened. Timeshift, Slick Greeter and mintupgrade were backported towards LMDE 2 to facilitate the upgrade and the switch from MDM with sysvinit to LightDM with Systemd.

If you are running LMDE 2 Cinnamon, please upgrade before the end of the year. We’ll continue to support LMDE 2 until the 1st of January 2019.

The LMDE 2 MATE edition cannot be upgraded (Debian’s version of MATE is only 1.16 and this edition is no longer present in LMDE 3), we recommend users perform data and software backups and upgrade their OS via fresh installations. MATE packages in LMDE 2 will also be supported until the 1st of the January 2019.

Software Sources

The Software Sources tool was given a new look. Similar to the welcome screen, it’s now using an Xapp sidebar and a headerbar.

The optional sources section was also simplified and we’re planning to add a new option to make it easy to add debug repositories (to adapt to Debian’s decision to move debug symbols to dbgsym packages/repositories).

Mint-Y theme contrast

Within the feedback we received during the release of Linux Mint 19 it was highlighted that the Mint-Y theme didn’t have enough contrast and that some labels were hard to read.

Work started on improving the theme’s contrast.

Here’s a picture of Timeshift as it appears in Mint 19:

And here’s a picture of it with the contrast improvements:

The foreground colors were darkened (this is particularly visible here in the symbolic toolbar icons). The titlebar label is more pronounced as well, and the frame and contour of some of the widgets appear more clearly within the user interface.


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Donations in July:

A total of $11,880 were raised thanks to the generous contributions of 553 donors:

$200 (18th donation), Jon Espenschied aka “xeno”
$163 (3rd donation), Philippe L.
$123, Cary R.
$109 (19th donation), Pasi K.
$109 (5th donation), Marco L. aka “MAR9000
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$82, M H. U.
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$75 (2nd donation), Duncan G. aka “catraeus
$70 (3rd donation), Gerald H.
$65, Werner H.
$60 (2nd donation), Kostiantyn M.
$55, Arsen S. aka “arsen-s”
$54 (20th donation), Pasi K.
$54 (7th donation), Roger D. P. aka “Linux Users Group Monitor Niel
$54 (3rd donation), David B.
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If you’ve been waiting for this I’d like to thank you for your patience.

It is now possible to upgrade the Cinnamon edition of LMDE 2 to version 3.

The upgrade instructions are available at:

Take your time

Read all the instructions and take the time to understand them, ask for help if you’re stuck.

The instructions will ask you to make backups and to prepare system snapshots. Don’t rush into upgrading and do not take shortcuts.

Don’t panic

If you’re stuck or wondering about something don’t hesitate to ask for help:

  • You can post here in the comments section.
  • You can ask for help in the forums.
  • You can connect to the IRC (from within Linux Mint, launch Menu->Internet->Hexchat). If you’re new to IRC, please read this tutorial.

The team is proud to announce the release of LMDE 3 “Cindy” Cinnamon Edition.

LMDE 3 Cindy

LMDE is a Linux Mint project and it stands for “Linux Mint Debian Edition”. Its main goal is for the Linux Mint team to see how viable our distribution would be and how much work would be necessary if Ubuntu was ever to disappear. LMDE aims to be as similar as possible to Linux Mint, but without using Ubuntu. The package base is provided by Debian instead.

There are no point releases in LMDE. Other than bug fixes and security fixes Debian base packages stay the same, but Mint and desktop components are updated continuously. When ready, newly developed features get directly into LMDE, whereas they are staged for inclusion on the next upcoming Linux Mint point release.

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 LMDE 3

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).


  • 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:

Announcements will be made shortly with instructions on how to upgrade from LMDE 2.

If you are running the BETA, perform a system snapshot and use the Update Manager to apply available updates.

Download links:

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

A 32-bit ISO image is also available at

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.


We look forward to receiving your feedback. Thank you for using Linux Mint and have a lot of fun with this new release!