A new command line tool is coming in Celena BETA 018 called “apt”. It’s a very simple addition which merges commands from apt-get, aptitude and apt-cache. It also doesn’t require the user to type “sudo” in front of the command.

This tool will make life easier for command line afficionados who used to type a lot of APT commands.

For instance instead of typing:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get upgrade

sudo aptitude reinstall gnome-utils

sudo aptitude show gnome-utils

You’ll be able to type:

apt update

apt upgrade

apt reinstall gnome-utils

apt show gnome-utils

Supported commands include:

  •  update
  • upgrade
  • dist-upgrade
  • dselect-upgrade
  • build-dep
  • check
  • install
  • remove
  • source
  • clean
  • autoremove
  • autoclean
  • search
  • show
  • changelog
  • reinstall
  • stats
  • depends
  • rdepends

As you can see there’s nothing new but it’s all about comfort. Of course if you prefer to use apt-get, aptitude and apt-cache they still will be there for you.

Starting with Celena Linux Mint will maintain its own Firefox package. Based on the Ubuntu package it will include Linux Mint’s own modifications and prevent Ubuntu rebranding when Firefox gets a security upgrade.

For the user this means:

– The default Firefox homepage won’t be impacted when Firefox gets upgraded any more.

– There might be a slight delay between the moment when Ubuntu releases an upgrade for Firefox and the moment when Linux Mint does the same.

For this to work the Mint package will use a different versionning scheme, removing dots between minor numbers. For instance Firefox 2.0.0.6-ubuntuX in Ubuntu will correspond to Firefox 2006-mintX in Linux Mint.

A bug was introduced between BETA013 and STABLE within the Cassandra KDE Community Edition.

The installer crashes when the user chooses to manually partition his drive.

Fortunately, the bug is in the KDE frontend and not in the installer itself, so it is possible to use the Gnome frontend instead by typing these commands in a konsole:

  • sudo apt-get install ubiquity-frontend-gtk
  • sudo apt-get remove ubiquity-frontend-kde
  • sudo ubiquity

As a result of this incident a series of measures will be taken for this kind of problems not to happen again:

  • A freeze will take place before the release of the last beta. Maintainers will not be able to upgrade packages before a stable release.
  • Feature tests will be formalized and releases will have to comply and satisfy every test before going public.
  • The Ubuntu Backports repository will be commented out in future versions of Linux Mint and disabled by default. In Cassandra it broke the wine package, in Bianca it brought hardware support problems.