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Monthly News – February 2015

Spring is coming and so is “Betsy”. QA testing for the new version of LMDE (Linux Mint Debian Edition) is starting today. If you want to follow our progress on this please visit and

Thanks to our partner eUKhost we’re doubling the capacity and performance of one of our main servers. Many Linux Mint services are involved but we’ll migrate them one by one and we don’t expect any downtime. Note that the package repositories are not affected by this upgrade.

A preview of some of the new features developed for Cinnamon was published on Segfault. Among other things, Cinnamon 2.6 will introduce search providers and support for multiple panels.

Multiple panels in Cinnamon 2.6

Multiple panels give users more flexibility and they will be useful for users with more than one monitor.

Search providers will be a core part of Cinnamon. Applets, desklets and the Cinnamon desktop itself will be able to query them to retrieve search results. This will allow us but also applet developers to make it easy for you to search for a variety of things (a movie on IMDB, one of your emails, a Firefox bookmark, a page you recently visited, or one of your files on the hard drive…etc).

Example of an applet using search providers in Cinnamon 2.6

Last month we received donations from 380 people. Together they raised a total of $9,036. Many thanks to all of you who contribute to our project, to the people who donated and to our sponsors and partners. Many thanks also to the many people who help other users in the forums and chat rooms, and special thanks this month to two of our developers: dalcde and glebihan, whose exciting work on Cinnamon 2.6 was featured above.


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A total of $9,036 was raised thanks to the generous contributions of 380 donors:

$200 (16th donation), Ralph Siegler aka “ziggy
$200, Beth A.
$120 (2nd donation), Jan-erik Ö.
$119.19 (2nd donation), Ian L.
$119.19, Stephan S.
$119.19, Stefan A.
$119.19, Thomas Z.
$119.19, Martin Z.
$100 (8th donation), Ronald S.
$100 (5th donation), Peter D.
$100 (3rd donation), Kory W.
$100 (2nd donation), Glen A.
$100, Jerry C.
$100, Roger W.
$100, Terri O.
$100, Amanda B.
$100, Wesley H.
$100, Daniel B.
$100, Sai Vinoba
$100, Carl G.
$100, Ruben F.
$89.39, Martin G.
$71.51 (2nd donation), Fiorello F.
$60 (2nd donation), Brandon L.
$59.6, Ralf V.
$59.59 (13th donation), Philippe W.
$59.59 (3rd donation), Carlos M. S.
$59.59 (2nd donation), Markus M.
$59.59 (2nd donation), Javi Dieltron aka “ososoft
$59.59, Jgb S.
$59.59, Tuomo aka “Happy Hacking Day
$59.59, Yves M. A.
$59.59, Marc W.
$59.59, Volker P.
$50 (4th donation), jmro3006
$50 (2nd donation), Larwence P.
$50 (2nd donation), Mike H. aka “sloan”
$50, Andrew G.
$50, Jean-Christophe B.
$50, Forrest B.
$50, James P.
$50, Fred W.
$50, Douglas K.
$50, Stewart B.
$50, Marcin L.
$50, Paul D.
$50, Willy J.
$50, wilson.c
$47.67, Neil S.
$40, Pablo L. aka “LAFO”
$40, Jeffrey K.
$40, William S.
$40, TRC Technologies
$36 (59th donation), Olli K.
$35.75 (4th donation), Anne-christine U.
$35.75 (3rd donation), Pentti T.
$35.75 (2nd donation), José R. L. B.
$35.75, Maurizio C.
$35.75, Davud Evren
$35.75, Thomas B.
$35.75, Andreas W.
$35.75, Beat D.
$35.75, Lars-gunnar S.
$33, Raymond M.
$30 (4th donation), Gordon T.
$30 (2nd donation), Bill L.
$30, James P.
$30, Lonnie J.
$30, Mark F.
$30, David M.
$30, Itamar D. Z.
$30, Mark F.
$30, Max P.
$30, 500it aka “bOsO400″
$29.97, Bobby R.
$29.8 (3rd donation), Mark E.
$29.8, Shamana S.
$29.8, Enric P. R.
$29.79 (5th donation), Lars H.
$29.79 (3rd donation), Tony H. aka “TonyH1212″
$29.79, Berthold W. V. D. H.
$29.79, Eric L.
$29.79, Jan V. D. W.
$29.79, Jan B. L.
$29.79, Christof R.
$29.79, Ken J.
$29.79, Frits M.
$27.95, Armand V. D.
$26.9 (2nd donation), Marcin Ziółkowski aka Mario Nesta
$25 (40th donation), Ronald W.
$25 (12th donation), Robert H.
$25 (5th donation), Samson S. aka “Samtastic”
$25 (2nd donation), Ewa K.
$25 (2nd donation), Joseph M.
$25 (2nd donation), Robert A.
$25 (2nd donation), Thomas Nielsen
$25 (2nd donation), Viktor V.
$25 (2nd donation), Raphael C.
$25, Michael M.
$25, Carmelo G.
$25, Max M.
$25, Gavin S.
$25, John L.
$25, David L.
$25, Grant M.
$25, Data H. I.
$25, Timothy L.
$25, Randy S. H.
$25, Tim M.
$25, Phillip G.
$25, Gerhard E.
$25, Thomas F.
$25, Brent G.
$25, Cindy P.
$25, Ty F.
$25, Jose T. G. T.
$25, Carmelo G.
$25, Carmelo G.
$25, Walter S.
$25, M. S.
$24 (2nd donation), Gabriele B.
$24, Stefan W.
$24, Daniel K.
$24, Toomas M.
$23.84 (2nd donation), Iain S.
$23.84, Adriano A.
$23.84, Bernhard S.
$23.84, Giovanni R.
$23.83 (14th donation), Orlando M. M.
$23.83 (7th donation), Kevin D.
$23.83 (6th donation), Alessandro P.
$23.83 (4th donation), Ross M.
$23.83 (3rd donation), Daniel P.
$23.83 (3rd donation), Paul G.
$23.83 (2nd donation), Gabriel S.
$23.83 (2nd donation), aka “Roullio_n3″
$23.83 (2nd donation), Oliver G.
$23.83 (2nd donation), Jose Ayala V.
$23.83, Maximilian K.
$23.83, Marcus S.
$23.83, Alexander R.
$23.83, Roger B.
$23.83, Michael K.
$23.83, Rachel A.
$23.83, Joost S.
$23.83, Simone M.
$23.83, A W.
$23.83, Reijo H.
$22, Geraldo C.
$20.26 (12th donation), Ion B.
$20 (42th donation), Tsuguo S.
$20 (3rd donation), Leonardo Frazao aka “Liozek
$20 (2nd donation), Matsufuji H.
$20 (2nd donation), Jon R.
$20 (2nd donation), Ivan R.
$20 (2nd donation), William N.
$20, Warren F.
$20, Peter S.
$20, Ernst L.
$20, Che H.
$20, Simon R.
$20, Larry K.
$20, Robert J.
$20, Marie B.
$20, Juan A. S. aka “okelet
$20, Pierre T.
$20, Daniel A.
$20, Tony N.
$20, Doug E.
$20, Steve G.
$20, Michael M.
$20, Nicholas P.
$20, Reed W.
$20, Shaun T.
$20, Danny W.
$20, Charles H.
$20, Dane R.
$20, Geoff Ingram aka “jellybean”
$20, Skip H.
$20, Anders D.
$18, Florian U.
$17.88, Goran H.
$17.88, Renzo P.
$17.87 (3rd donation), Kevin O.
$17.87 (3rd donation), Anonymous
$17.87 (2nd donation), Gabriele B.
$17.87, Christoph Z.
$17.87, Emilio R. E.
$17.87, Luca Abbati
$16, Colin O.
$15 (3rd donation), Christopher D.
$15, Italo I.
$15, Harry E.
$15, Douglas M.
$15, Jesús H. M.
$15, Stan C.
$15, Ladislav M.
$15, Allan C.
$12 (3rd donation), Juan C. S. A.
$12 (2nd donation), Darek P.
$12 (2nd donation), Kevin C.
$12, Manfred B.
$12, Sinisa M.
$12, Stephen H.
$12, Marcelo G.
$12, Wsewolod W.
$12, Louis-Philippe L.
$12, A S.
$11.92 (6th donation), Dr. R. M.
$11.92 (2nd donation), Queenvictoria
$11.92, Kay K.
$11.92, Günther K.
$11.92, Jochim L.
$11.92, Philippe Dias aka “Philou
$11.92, Sonoda H.
$11.92, Oliver H.
$11.91 (17th donation), Raymond E.
$11.91 (17th donation), Mark W.
$11.91 (6th donation), Nicolae Crefelean aka “kneekoo
$11.91 (4th donation), Matúš L.
$11.91 (4th donation), Gabriel T.
$11.91 (3rd donation), Richard S.
$11.91 (2nd donation), Gerryt M.
$11.91 (2nd donation), Brian H.
$11.91 (2nd donation), Waldemar K.
$11.91 (2nd donation), Daniel W.
$11.91 (2nd donation), Lionel aka “Kinobi
$11.91, Georg K.
$11.91, Frederic C.
$11.91, Moritz G.
$11.91, Milan K.
$11.91, Juan D. C. C.
$11.91, Franz D.
$11.91, Kilian U.
$11.91, P V. D. L.
$11.91, Filip Magnusson aka “FilleMang
$11.91, Jan-albert D. L.
$11.91, Paul G.
$11.91, Ilmo P.
$11.91, F.D.P. Geurink
$11.91, Ivan S.
$11.91, Ilia D.
$11.91, Jakob B.
$11.91, Bo Simonsen
$11.91, Liviu B.
$11.91, Roberto R.
$11.91, Marcel M.
$11, Yalın A.
$10 (46th donation), Tony C. aka “S. LaRocca”
$10 (11th donation), Mark C.
$10 (10th donation), Mark C.
$10 (3rd donation), Alistair G.
$10 (3rd donation), Jeffrey T.
$10 (2nd donation), Jan O. A.
$10 (2nd donation), Neil B.
$10 (2nd donation), Arno S.
$10 (2nd donation), John C.
$10 (2nd donation), Ireneusz W.
$10, Alexander J.
$10, Люблев Н.
$10, Troy E.
$10, Randy D.
$10, Kenneth B.
$10, Sylvia R.
$10, Dave V.
$10, Aaron M.
$10, Alexander C. M.
$10, Brock C.
$10, Neil E.
$10, David G.
$10, Ramon O.
$10, Viktor Z.
$10, Gavin M.
$10, Ian H.
$10, Allen D.
$10, Uğur D. S.
$10, Anderson L. S. M.
$10, STEX Motorsports LLC
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$10, Reginaldo M. D. S.
$10, Barry L.
$10, William R.
$10, Limon Monte
$10, Thomas K.
$10, Gyurics L.
$8.34, Alexander B.
$8.34, alvfrias
$8, Wong H. Y.
$8, Felipe V. M.
$8, Ludek F.
$7.15 (5th donation), Hector Richart P.
$7.15, Nik K.
$7, Micha E.
$7, Jesús D. G.
$6.1 (3rd donation), Carpet Cleaning London aka “ParadiseCleaning
$6 (7th donation), Nicholas S.
$6 (4th donation), Hector Richart P.
$6, Kai G.
$6, Yvo T.
$5.95 (8th donation), Albert J. P.
$5.95 (4th donation), Stijn D.
$5.95, Christopher Reay aka “DAZY
$5.95, Adam P.
$5.95, Christoph B.
$5.95, Tuomas K.
$5.95, Christoph K.
$5.95, Krisztián P.
$5.95, Yulian M.
$5.95, Adrián G. P.
$5.95, Carsten K.
$5.95, Miguel R.
$5.95, Marian V.
$5.95, Alberto Medici
$5.95, Marcel Schoenherr
$5.95, Rem
$5.95, Alfredo C.
$5 (15th donation), Carlos W.
$5 (11th donation), Randy R. aka “MonkeyMint”
$5 (10th donation), Randy R. aka “MonkeyMint”
$5 (4th donation), frisky
$5 (4th donation), William Menezes
$5 (3rd donation), Thedrish
$5 (3rd donation), Matthew L.
$5 (2nd donation), John M.
$5 (2nd donation), Murat Kutluer
$5, Robert M.
$5, Arif A.
$5, Devin K.
$5, Larry H.
$5, Toronto Maple Leafs Rumours
$5, Jiří J.
$5, Bernard B.
$5, Robert C. E.
$5, Luiz E. A. L.
$5, Юрий Л.
$5, Mojmír S.
$5, Leonard F.
$5, Radek H.
$5, Abraham P.
$5, Les R.
$5, Marcin Ziółkowski aka Mario Nesta
$4.76, Matteo T.
$4.66, Dimitri N.
$4.2, Edward F.
$4 (3rd donation), Donald H.
$4, Ali B.
$3.57 (2nd donation), Alberto B. C.
$3.57, SiriS Emanuel
$3.57, Luca F.
$3.5, Sinisa P.
$3 (2nd donation), Kouji Kobayashi
$3, Správa IT
$3, Frederic J.
$3, Scott L.
$3, Charles-david H.
$2.38 (5th donation), Guillaume G. aka “Tidusrose”
$2.38, George Navro
$28.23 from 22 smaller donations

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by Clem at 2015.02.23 01:06 PM



Recent Cinnamon development

Just a quick update to let you in on a few early changes to Cinnamon for version 2.6 – one of them fairly significant:

Panel support for multiple monitors

You can now add panels to every monitor, and configure them each individually.  Many thanks to dalcde for all the effort and time he put into this – it adds an entirely new dimension to the desktop.  After upgrading, your panels should be essentially as they were before, but if you check the panel menu, you’ll notice an extra entry, Modify Panel:


You can quickly perform a number of actions from this menu – adding a new panel, moving or deleting.  If you click Add Panel, you’ll get on-screen guidance to allow you to choose where to place the new panel:


The same goes for Move Panel.  If you change your mind, you can simply cancel the operation.  Note:  There are some visual elements that are supplied by the theme to assist in placing panels.  For now, these are only available in the default Cinnamon theme.  We’re hoping to have them available regardless of the theme, but for now, if it seems like nothing is happening, make sure you’re on the default theme and try again.

The panel settings page has also been reworked a bit to support this new functionality:


From here you can cycle through all the panels on your desktop (the current one will be highlighted, so you can be sure which one you’re configuring), and individually set auto-hide and height options.

A number of applets have already been updated to allow their being added to multiple panels.  One notable exception is the default window list – it currently still displays all windows on all monitors.  We will be updating  this soon to allow multiple instances, and have it behave appropriately, depending on how it’s used (for example, only showing windows in its own monitor if you have them on a panel on each monitor,) and to ensure that everything works properly when a window is dragged between monitors – update – 2/23/2015 – The window list applet now fully supports multiple monitors and panels as of this commit.

A few minor notes:

  • Applet developers, or anyone interested, you can browse the commits here.
  • I encourage applet developers to evaluate their code, and set a max-instances in their metadata.json file if they are confident their applet is multiple-instance-safe.  We’ve also added an ‘infinite’ option for that key – instead of setting a randomly high number, just set max-instances to ‘infinite’ and there will be no limit on the number of instances allowed.
  • There is a new option in Panel settings that removes the artificial barrier normally created at either end of a panel – it allows you to mouse up against an end without ‘falling off’ into the next monitor.  With the ability to have two adjacent panels now, it might be desirable to be able to easily move from one panel to the next without having to detour.  One warning: If you have monitors of different height resolutions, you will still end up with a barrier of sorts on the bottom edge of the larger monitor.  Monitors are normally mapped out with their upper edges aligned – so the height disparity creates a ledge.  We don’t have plans to address this for now, but will consider it depending on the feedback we receive.
  • You have the ability to copy a panel’s applets from one panel to another.  However, the applet’s own configuration will not be copied in this process – you will have to configure this new instance.  A workaround is to go into the configuration for the existing instance, and in the menu you can export your settings, then import them into the new instance.


Search providers

You will now have the ability to add search providers to Cinnamon:


There are a few initial offerings here that are packaged in Cinnamon, as well as a sample applet (shown in the picture) to demonstrate some of what it can do.  This has the potential to be an extremely powerful tool for applet developers – it currently can only be configured with a bit of work, as we’re still deciding on how best to implement this for developers, as well as users.  Feel free to give us a shout on #linuxmint-dev if you want to discuss it, or need some help trying it out.

Improved support for client-side-decorated windows

In preparing for the new LMDE release, we’ve finally updated our support for the newer GTK3 client-side-decorated windows.  Tiling and dragging now works as it should, and the traditional right-click window menu once more appears if you click on the header bar.  Note, this last fix will only be effective in GTK 3.12 and newer, as GTK itself doesn’t do a very good job yet in 3.10 (what we currently use in Mint 17.)

Improved the overlay when using media keys

We’ve ported the popup that appears when you change volume, brightness and other things to be rendered entirely in Cinnamon.  This will allow Cinnamon theme developers to fashion these popups more in line with their theme.  You can also now configure the size of this popup, or disable it entirely, if you like living dangerously.

Improved tiling overlays and previews

As we did with the media key popups, the tiling popups are now rendered in Cinnamon – again making them easier to theme, as well as making them function much more smoothly, particularly on performance-challenged systems.


There have been lots of other minor improvements, as well as a number of important bug fixes, many of which have already been backported to Cinnamon 2.4.  As always, there may be bugs and unforeseen issues with all of these changes – and we appreciate those intrepid explorers who enjoy living on the edge with us running the latest builds!  Please report any issues or ideas you might have on Github.



by mtwebster at 2015.02.19 09:49 PM