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Cinnamon 2.4 updates coming through!

The following Cinnamon 2.4 updates should hit the Mint and LMDE repositories shortly:


  • Fixed wrong week number in calendar applet
  • Background slideshow: use os.execvp instead of os.system to keep cinnamon-slideshow from having child processes
  • Update xlet stylesheet as well on “Alt+F2 rt”
  • Added missing tooltip for Keybinding xlet widgets
  • Fixed a memory leak
  • Tweaked how the panel icon is used to prevent occasionally getting an oversized icons when restarting cinnamon or changing cinnamon themes
  • Applet.js: reallow themes to control symbolic icon heights – caused by
  • Mouse/dnd: merge Cinnamon dnd threshold back to using the Gtk one – this reverts what was done in 8388640bed1b6e7582fc7, which was a workaround for buggy drag-and-drop
  • Dnd.js: refactor to eliminate dnd freeze bug
  • St: Use a more up-to-date cogl API when creating textures (efforts to reduce freezes)
  • Dnd.js: Allow control over certain callbacks


  • Allow programmatic minimization without MWM_FUNC_MINIMIZE
  • Update _NET_DESKTOP_LAYOUT with the current workspace layout.
  • Update _NET_DESKTOP_NAMES when appropriate. Before we only did it when the MetaScreen was initialized – during startup – which would result in the server having the wrong names (or worse, the wrong length array of names.)
  • Made meta_window_get_xwindow introspectable
  • Added _NET_WM_STATE_MAXIMIZED_VERT to the _NET_WM_STATE for tiled windows
  • Fixed right-click support for CSD windows
  • Improved support for CSD windows
  • Fixed CSD windows properly, to account for unscaled GTK_FRAME_EXTENTS.


  • Improved garbage collection and release of memory


  • Fixed OnlyShowIn in desktop file
  • Fixed some memory leaks, readability
  • Fixed black background (GTK 3.14)
  • Fixed regression in gnome-wall-clock.c (from b021f6f07ad8b4295ddd755eadf3e031f4456fe6)
  • DBus listener: correctly reply so the client doesn’t block waiting
  • Reduced the number of wakeups


  • Updated translations
  • Fixed Nemo crash in Korean when copying files (due to wrong order of arguments in translation)
  • [Internal] Fixed translation checking tool not detecting the issue in Korean Nemo translation


by clem at 2015.03.31 10:29 AM



Monthly News – March 2015

The release candidate for LMDE 2 “Betsy” was announced. Bugs were fixed and we’re now getting ready for a stable release. Working on Betsy was very exciting and it paved the way for some of the work planned for Linux Mint 18 (in 2016). It also highlighted a few areas where things could be improved further, so some of Betsy’s improvements will also find their way into Linux Mint 17.2. I’d like to thank all the people who helped us test Betsy and who sent us their feedback.

The team also worked on MDM (the display manager which is responsible for your login screen) and redesigned the way it detects sessions. Technical details were posted on The upcoming version 2.0 of MDM should also bring better support for encrypted home directories, in particular where it comes to language, session and avatar detection.

Bugs were fixed also in mintstick (the USB formatting tool and ISO image writer) and in Cinnamon 2.4 (drag’n drop freezing issues, black bars in the screensaver, many small bug fixes). We want to test these a little more first and possibly put them in “Romeo” before we serve them to you as updates in Rebecca and Betsy.

A huge amount of work went into making Cinnamon load faster. Sadly, we’re only half-way there and the results aren’t conclusive yet. On one of our test machines Cinnamon is able to load in less than a second in normal conditions, but can take up to 12 seconds to load the very fist time the computer is turned on. Investigations showed that this delay took place in cinnamon-menus and cinnamon-desktop, during the initial loading of application info (from /etc/xdg/menus, /usr/share/applications) and icon themes. Through optimization, the loading time was reduced from 12 seconds to 7 seconds average… which is a first step but doesn’t yet solve anything (“slow” and “slower” both feel “slow”). We’re still working on this and hoping we’ll be able to drastically reduce that initial loading time.

New tools were released for Linux Mint developers and to make it easier to compile Linux Mint projects. For more info on the “mint-dev-tools”, please read

Linux Mint has a brilliant development team, but we need more artists, more photographs and more Web developers:

  • Web interfaces: Many components in Linux Mint use Web technologies (the login screen, the welcome screen and the software manager use HTML, Cinnamon and GTK3 are styled in CSS…)
  • Backgrounds: Each new release brings a new set of gorgeous photographs and backgrounds. We always need help on this.
  • Widgets and icons: Our themes and icon themes are great but we’ve been using them since Linux Mint 10. We need to work on something new, maybe adapt to new trends in UI design, successfully marry our identity with flatter looks without falling into something that might be too minimalistic… there’s a lot of work on that and we’d like to get started.
  • Websites: Some of them look old, some of them look bad even. We’d like to redesign all of them, make them look simpler, more in line with the current trends and more consistent with each others. If we can’t find the talent internally we’ll contract this work to an external company.

Producing themes, backgrounds, icons is something we can do or get done at least. When there’s a particular need or shortage of artwork, we’re able to outsource and either acquire or find material we can use. Long term though, we’d like to work with people, internally, and have them empowered to change and improve our visual identity, not only online, but within the operating system as well. If you know how to make things “look good”, if you’re talented with HTML, graphic design or even just your camera, don’t hesitate to come and talk to us on IRC at #linuxmint-dev (

Last but not least, we just got word from CompuLab that the first MintBox mini were produced… and we’re welcoming a champion of online privacy as our new Platinum sponsor. While we’re waiting to publish pictures of the new unit and details about this sponsorship I’d like to thank CompuLab and PIA, it’s a real pleasure to be working with them.

As always many thanks to our sponsors and to everybody who contributes to our project, via donations, feedback or even simply time spent on making Linux Mint better. Congratulations and thanks to all people involved.


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by Clem at 2015.03.30 11:29 AM



Introducing mint-dev-tools, a collection of tools for Linux Mint developers

A new project was started. It’s called “mint-dev-tools” and its purpose is to make it easier for people to quickly get set up and compile and run the very latest Mint projects.

Mint-dev-tools is primarily made by and for the Linux Mint developers, but it can also be used by people who want to get involved, or even by users who want to check out what we’re working on, or to troubleshoot an issue (running the latest version for instance to see if a particular bug was fixed).

The package mint-dev-tools is available in Qiana, Rebecca and Betsy. By installing it and running a setup command you can get your environment ready and you’re then all set to compile and run the very latest Linux Mint source code.

apt update
apt install mint-dev-tools

Installing mint-dev-tools automatically installs the following development tools on your computer:

  • git tools (git, gitk, gitg)
  • meld (a nice visual diff tool)
  • sublime-text (a great development text editor)
  • packaging tools (devscripts, git-buildpackage, dpkg-dev, debhelper)
  • search/replace tools (regexxer, pyrenamer)
  • development tools/resources (glade, gdb, awf, gnome-dbg, devhelp)
  • monitoring/configuration tools (d-feet, gconf-editor, dconf-editor)

As for the mint-dev-setup command, well it sets up the following for you:

  • Creates your Sandbox (that’s where you code, download source code, compile..etc)
  • Configures your Git profile and SSH key
  • Sets up APT sources repositories

After that, you’re ready to build any Mint project with the mint-dev-build command.


Typing “mint-dev-build” shows the list of available projects on the screen:

1. Cinnamon (all sub-projects)
2. blueberry
3. cinnamon
4. cinnamon-Screensaver
5. cinnamon-control-center
6. cinnamon-desktop
7. cinnamon-menus
8. cinnamon-session
9. cinnamon-settings-daemon
10. cinnamon-themes
11. cinnamon-translations
12. cjs
13. mdm
14. mint-common
15. mint-themes
16. mint-themes-gtk3
17. mint-translations
18. mint-x-icons
19. mintdesktop
20. mintdrivers
21. mintinstall
22. mintlocale
23. mintmenu
24. mintnanny
25. mintsources
26. mintstick
27. mintsystem
28. mintupdate
29. mintupload
30. mintwelcome
31. muffin
32. nemo

Select the number of the project you want.. and mint-dev-tools does the following:

  • It downloads the source code in your ~/Sandbox
  • Installs any build dependency you might need to compile it
  • Compiles the project
  • Installs the resulting packages onto your machine

Next thing you know, you’re running the latest Git version of whatever project you just built.

It goes without saying that this is mostly aimed at developers, that Git versions are by definition unstable and that you should be careful when using tools like these…

In any case, it never got easier to set up a new box for Linux Mint development or to join the development team or compile Mint projects without any prior knowledge.


by clem at 2015.03.27 02:52 PM