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Monthly News – May 2015

Many thanks to all the people who donated to Linux Mint. Donations are lower than last year but they’re still pretty high. We also have more developers than before (which is great) so we adjusted our budget accordingly to ensure they wouldn’t see a drop. This budget is there thanks to your efforts to support our distribution, so a big big thank you to all the people involved in funding us, donors, sponsors and also to our partners.

A preview of the MintBox Mini was posted on Segfault at The mini-computer is very cute and surprisingly small in size :)

MintBox Mini

Beta-access to Cinnamon 2.6 was given last week to Rebecca and Betsy users via the Romeo repositories. Many of you took the initiative to help us test the new desktop environment and thanks to your feedback many bugs were fixed early. If you want to join them, please visit

In the next couple of days Cinnamon 2.6 will be released officially and it will then reach the Betsy and Rafaela repositories. Its list of new features will also be announced. I know some people were excited by the new look and feel of the settings when testing it, but there’s much more than initially catches the eye, so we’ll detail all of that :)

An example of the new Cinnamon settings

MATE 1.10 is almost completely labeled upstream but still not officially released. Packaging started and we’re planning to add a couple of things in time for it to join Betsy and Rafaela as well.

Work continues on MDM. The display manager is now able to unlock sessions via both consolekit and logind (and does it more smoothly than before), to display avatars on systems using encrypted home directories and to work with infinality fonts.

Work is also planned on the Mint tools. We gathered a lot of bug reports and great ideas from you on many of them, so we’ll try to make as many improvements as we can there as well.


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Donations in April:

A total of $6,542 were raised thanks to the generous contributions of 295 donors:

$500, Am33r
$105 (8th donation), Goran A.
$105 (4th donation), Frederic L. aka “”nofrog””
$105, Juergen W.
$105, DeMus aka “DeMus”
$100 (2nd donation), Nono W.
$100, Mike G.
$100, Louis Ayotte
$100, Eugene H.
$100, Sunshine Elevator Products, Inc
$100, Bo D.
$75, Patricia L.
$60 (4th donation), Gabriel D.
$52 (2nd donation), David Barrow aka “barrowd”
$52, Garikoitz L. C.
$52, Ulrich H.
$52, Bernd P.
$52, Sybren H.
$52, Adri R.
$51.3, Lorenzo N.
$51.3, Thorbjorn W.
$51.3, John G. aka “newlinuxuser”
$50 (60th donation), Matthew M.
$50 (7th donation), Marcus M.
$50 (6th donation), James S.
$50 (5th donation), Anthony C. aka “ciak”
$50 (3rd donation), Roy B.
$50 (2nd donation), Meta N.
$50, Gerard D.
$50, Michael D.
$50, Carl T.
$50, William S.
$50, Wong Y.K.
$50, Eric K.
$50, Gary H.
$50, Joel W.
$50, Matthew D.
$50, David W.
$50, Daniel S.
$50, Boyd W.
$50, Kristopher D.
$42, Felix W.
$37.5, A B Custom
$36 (4th donation), Reinhard W.
$35 (2nd donation), Yang C. C.
$35, Mohammad R.
$35, Alan B.
$31 (7th donation), LDW
$31 (2nd donation), Michele B.
$31, Ludwig E.
$31, Carsten M.
$31, Giovanni N.
$31, Paul H.
$30.78 (62th donation), Olli K.
$30.78, Antonio R.
$30.7 (4th donation), Ole P.
$30.7, Zerlono
$30, Stephen B.
$30, Timothy, A. C.
$30, Daniil K.
$30, Paul R.
$30, Iain U.
$30, Peter D.
$30, Dirk M.
$29, Ian D.
$26 (2nd donation), Michał M. aka “Zaraki
$26 (2nd donation), Peter J.
$26, Timm A. M.
$26, Slavisa K.
$26, Massimiliano I.
$25.6, Alberto M. P.
$25 (43th donation), Ronald W.
$25 (5th donation), Scott L.
$25, Bill S.
$25, Paul S.
$25, ANV
$25, Jason N. aka “IggyNelix”
$25, amicus usa
$25, Bruce N.
$21 (12th donation), Robert D B.
$21 (3rd donation), Ostap M.
$21 (3rd donation), Manfred
$21 (3rd donation), David M.
$21 (2nd donation), Johannes F.
$21, Per W.
$21, Anthony S.
$21, Daniel M.
$21, Norbert V. D. aka “Norvan
$21, Christian F.
$21, Robert W.
$21, Antti B.
$21, Patrick V.
$21, Mattia P.
$21, Felix B.
$21, Tommaso P.
$21, Konstantin C.
$20.5 (3rd donation), Daniel W.
$20.5 (3rd donation), Laurent M. aka “lolomeis”
$20.5, Marcel K. aka “Emsik88″
$20.5, Javier D.
$20.5, Rainer B.
$20 (18th donation), Utah B.
$20 (17th donation), Utah B.
$20 (9th donation), Henry W.
$20 (7th donation), David Kelly aka “Daveinuk”
$20 (3rd donation), Jaroslav L.
$20 (3rd donation), Viktor V.
$20 (2nd donation), William H.
$20 (2nd donation), Anthony S.
$20 (2nd donation), Curt Vaughan aka “curtvaughan ”
$20 (2nd donation), Stephen H.
$20 (2nd donation), Jan P.
$20, Efran G.
$20, Daniel C.
$20, Kim S. M.
$20, Ross C.
$20, Kiran K. aka “iKare
$20, 末次 英.
$20, Roger K.
$20, Carlos U.
$20, Dana M.
$20, Lewis E. D.
$20, Stephen C.
$20, Simon
$20, Wombatacus
$20, Bradley B.
$20, Phil aka “peileppe
$20, Dr. H. D. S.
$20, Garry W.
$20, Sean S.
$20, Gary I.
$20, Chris S.
$20, Russell P.
$16, Mathias W.
$16, Hermann G.
$16, Tim M.
$16, Felipe H. M.
$16, Martin S. aka “stancikcom
$15.62, Doug B.
$15.39, Marijn V.
$15, Sascha L.
$15, Briely M.
$15, Shawn C.
$15, Сергеев А.
$15, Andrew A.
$15, Paul S.
$15, Yuri M.
$15, Rodney L.
$15, David R.
$12, Simon B.
$11.5, Troyce B.
$11.39 (7th donation), Rufus
$10.5 (18th donation), Mark W.
$10.3, Linkevich K.
$10.26 (5th donation), Christian B.
$10.26 (3rd donation), Lionel aka “Kinobi
$10.26 (2nd donation), Dirk K.
$10.26 (2nd donation), Roberto S.
$10.26 (2nd donation), Reginaldo M. D. S. aka “re4397
$10.26 (2nd donation), Renate J.
$10.26, Hans-peter G.
$10.26, Alexandre G.
$10 (49th donation), Tony C. aka “S. LaRocca”
$10 (43th donation), Tsuguo S.
$10 (6th donation), Kouji Kobayashi
$10 (5th donation), Kouji Kobayashi
$10 (4th donation), Nicholas T.
$10 (4th donation), Jobs Near You aka “Find Jobs
$10 (3rd donation), Günther K.
$10 (3rd donation), Stefan M.
$10 (3rd donation), Toronto Virtual Office
$10 (3rd donation), Robert L.
$10 (2nd donation), Georg K.
$10 (2nd donation), Chalermpon K.
$10 (2nd donation), Marcelo G.
$10 (2nd donation), Tuna aka “Tunafish”
$10 (2nd donation), Anonymous user
$10 (2nd donation), Pasquale A.
$10 (2nd donation), Galileo M.
$10, Raul S.
$10, Sam D.
$10, Philip W.
$10, Дмитрий С.
$10, Garry C.
$10, Colin A.
$10, Peter H.
$10, Michel44 aka “Michel44″
$10, John D.
$10, Joao D.
$10, Raynald
$10, Ricardo T.
$10, Carlos N.
$10, Anastasios N.
$10, John W.
$10, Michael O’C.
$10, Giulio T. P.
$10, Evgeny T.
$10, idomath
$10, Jessie B.
$10, Joseph G.
$10, Graham P.
$10, Jean-Francois T.
$10, Stu B.
$10, Cheng K.
$10, Paul E.
$10, Jacob A.
$10, Global Conference Call, Inc.
$10, Darksky
$10, Johan G.
$10, Yehezkiel L. R.
$10, Petar Ž.
$10, Ben C.
$10, Dinresh K.
$10, Aleksandrs O.
$10, John A. C.
$10, Ard B.
$10, Magnon D.
$10, Jorge Canaan
$10, Robert S.
$10, Philippe TEMESI aka “NpLUG
$10, Eric M.
$6 (4th donation), Snorri G.
$5.13 (2nd donation), Rik aka “rik”
$5.13, satan64
$5.13, Michael L.
$5 (17th donation), Mein Lenovo aka “LinuxMint
$5 (7th donation), frisky
$5 (7th donation), frisky
$5 (5th donation), Knut E. E. aka “Animoy”
$5 (4th donation), Crusader
$5 (3rd donation), Crusader
$5 (2nd donation), Earl H.
$5 (2nd donation), Marko R.
$5 (2nd donation), David G.
$5 (2nd donation), Ryan L.
$5 (2nd donation), Steven M. C.
$5 (2nd donation), Sascha H.
$5 (2nd donation), Frank R.
$5, Domagoj M.
$5, Oscar P.
$5, Chris Quedado
$5, Christian O.
$5, Bruno B.
$5, William V. P.
$5, Alex C.
$5, Kevin D.
$5, Crusader
$5, Tobias R.
$5, Matthias W.
$5, Ihab R.
$5, Andrew K.
$5, Michael B.
$5, Crusader
$5, Itshak M.
$5, Andre T.
$5, Joel N.
$5, Randle L.
$5, Gregg M.
$5, Иванов Д.
$5, Sean B.
$4 (7th donation), Nicolás Costa de la Colina aka “NCosta”
$4, Jannik T.
$4, Francisco G. R.
$3.98, Chen Liang-Yu aka “Andymememe”
$3.31 (2nd donation), Taeyuun M.
$3.15 (2nd donation), Peter F.
$3.07, Jofre P. C.
$3 (4th donation), RoDi – sprava siete
$3 (3rd donation), Ankur R, Kerala, India
$3 (2nd donation), Ankur R, Kerala, India
$3, Rey aka “Software Download
$3, Alexandros C.
$3, Ilpo J.
$3, Nima C.
$26.84 from 20 smaller donations

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by Clem at 2015.05.28 09:06 AM



Cinnamon 2.6 updates (Romeo)

Thanks for your feedback on Cinnamon 2.6, the following updates were pushed today.


  • Updated pidgin tray icons

cinnamon-desktop, cinnamon-session, cinnamon-settings-daemon, cinnamon-screensaver

  • Split “use-systemd” configuration key into three different keys for cinnamon-settings-daemon, cinnamon-session and cinnamon-screensaver

Note: In Betsy, you’ll want to set the session and settings-daemon keys to true, and the screensaver key to false. In Mint 17.x, set all keys to false. In systemd distributions, set all keys to true.


  • nemo-application: register with org.gnome.SessionManager – this should fix the race condition where c-s-d dies before nemo does, causing all of our icons to revert to fallbacks briefly.
  • menus: Always show icons in Open With and Templates submenus.
  • nemo-bookmark-list: make sure to keep the bookmarks file writable by the user (and not just root) when running nemo as root.


  • Power settings: Don’t rely on output.get_backlight_min|max() to show brightness controls as it’s not reliable with all hardware. Try to get backlight() info directly to see if it’s supported instead.
  • Theme settings: Fixed regression caused by gettext fix ;)
  • Power settings: Don’t show “When the battery is critically low” option with upower 1.0 (it no longer supports that)
  • Power settings: Don’t use variables that don’t exist (in UPS handling)
  • Calendar applet: Refresh view when show-week-numbers setting is changed
  • Network applet: Properly detect active VPN connection at session start when updating the panel icon
  • On-Screen keyboard: Affect Struts
  • On-Screen keyboard: Removed transparent background in default theme.
  • Sound applet: Only read position for seek-supported players, only support seek when playback rate is 1.0, don’t support seek for Totem/GNOME-MPlayer/Pithos (either getting or setting the position isn’t fully functional), only update position at most once per second
  • Systray applet: Factorize icon resize code, removed special cases (we know they don’t work for pidgin and thunderbird)
  • Systray applet: force natural icon sizes for known buggy icons (pidgin, thunderbird)
  • Keyboard settings: Renamed horizontal/vertical maximization options
  • fix crash when file change
  • expo.js: don’t respond to scrolls when animating
  • Sync GNOME HiDPI settings
  • Fix panel launcher dnd
  • cinnamon-settings: be compatible with old gi
  • use gtk_container_foreach instead of gtk_container_forall
  • better protection against broken panel config
  • Don’t show stack switcher on applet configuration page
  • Follow date format setting in notification applet
  • Load default icon if icon theme doesn’t have application icon
  • js/docInfo.js: don’t make a thumbnail factory (it never gets used)
  • cinnamon-settings: invert mouse sensitivity setting so it makes sense, eliminate rubber-banding of GSettingsRange by restricting int setting types to whole number adjustments in the slider.
  • cs_privacy: replace broken unbind() – take advantage of the behavior that a new binding will overwrite a previous one on the same object property.
  • Add image for default screensaver preview.
  • bring the currently selected screensaver row into view when the panel is displayed.
  • menu applet: when refreshing happens, apps, recent and places need to end up in the same order as before. Also, since we empty the whole container during an app refresh, we need to rebuild recent and places.
  • SettingsWidgets: display the correct number of SpinButton digits depending on the step value. (fixes issue with font scale spinner)
  • cs_panel: don’t connect to settings until the page has been constructed. Don’t crash and burn if cinnamon isn’t running.
  • cs_panel: don’t crash when there aren’t any panels
  • osd: fix the media keys osd not showing on top of full screen windows
  • allow disabling of pointer barriers on all panels
  • Added missing method to ExtensionSidePage class, which blocked the update of the indicator of the active theme

by clem at 2015.05.27 11:48 AM


LMDE 1 will reach EOL on January 1st 2016

The first release of Linux Mint Debian, i.e. LMDE 1 “debian”, will reach End Of Life on January 1st 2016.

If you are using LMDE 1, please upgrade to LMDE 2 “Betsy” by following the instructions at

Alternatively, you can switch to the following long term support releases, via a fresh installation:

  • Linux Mint 13 “Maya”, supported until 2017.
  • Linux Mint 17 “Qiana” or 17.1 “Rebecca”, supported until 2019.

by Clem at 2015.05.27 09:10 AM



Early-Access Cinnamon 2.6 in Romeo

Cinnamon 2.6 reached feature-freeze on the 15th of May and was recently given 2.6 labels. As we’re still bug-fixing it and it’s all very fresh out of the oven it wasn’t officially released/announced yet.

Early builds were added to the “Romeo” section of the LMDE 2 Betsy and Linux Mint 17.1 Rebecca repositories.

If you want to beta-test Cinnamon 2.6:

  • Launch Software Sources (mintsources) from your application menu
  • Tick the “Unstable packages (romeo)” checkbox
  • Click the “Update the cache” button
  • Use the Update Manager to upgrade the Cinnamon packages (don’t forget the cjs and muffin packages)

Screenshot from 2015-05-21 13:59:38


  • You’ll be amongst the very first non-developer users of Cinnamon 2.6… so you WILL find bugs
  • If you can’t afford to break Cinnamon or risk to experience regressions, please do not beta-test Cinnamon 2.6 and wait for its official release instead
  • When finding a bug, please make sure to specify the version of Cinnamon you’re using and confirm that the bug was not present in 2.4 (all bugs are interesting to us, but more than anything we’re very interested in potential regressions)

by clem at 2015.05.21 05:08 PM