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2014.10.15

Segfault

Improvements in the Update Manager

The Update Manager no longer shows package updates, but updates (i.e. one line per source package). This means you will no longer see 20 lines or so per libreoffice update but just a few. To give you an example, on my box this reduced the number of updates from 550 to just under 200.

Our policy is for users to be selective when they update software, so showing less information and more relevant information makes a lot of sense.

A Cinnamon update for instance doesn’t need to list cinnamon, cinnamon-dbg, cinnamon-common… assuming you were able to only update one of these 3 packages, it wouldn’t work anyway. So that cinnamon update is now listed simply as “cinnamon” and it includes updates for all 3 packages.

Screenshot from 2014-10-15 14:30:38

Short descriptions also now appear in the list of updates.

Size and old version columns are still available in the View menu but hidden by default.

Last but not least, the Update Manager no longer hides itself after applying updates.

by clem at 2014.10.15 12:34 PM

2014.10.13

Segfault

Nemo bookmarks update

We’ve had a few people over time ask for the ability to keep their bookmarks in Nemo’s sidebar in a dedicated section, rather than as part of ‘My Computer’ – now you can. Here’s how it works:

For new and old users alike, when you fire up nemo, all of your existing bookmarks will be where they always are, in the My Computer section:

nemo-sb-1

At this point, any new bookmarks you create via menus (Bookmarks->Add Bookmark, for instance) are placed in a new Bookmarks section:

nemo-sb-2

If you don’t wish to populate this new section, you can just drag that new bookmark into the other section, and the Bookmark heading will disappear, so this is completely optional to use.  Drag and drop creation or rearranging of bookmarks is even simpler: just drag the item wherever you want it.  If the bookmarks section is hidden, it will temporarily appear during the drag, so you can place items there if you want.

That’s all there is to it – no options to enable, just use it how you’d like, or keep it out of the way.

 

by mtwebster at 2014.10.13 03:05 PM

2014.10.10

News

Monthly News – September 2014

News:

  • A big thanks to all the people who donate to Linux Mint, and to our sponsors. You help us move forward and focus on the important things without worrying about income or commercial aspects. Many thanks to all the people who help us in other ways as well. Whether it’s users helping newcomers on the forums and IRC, developers joining the team or contributing pull requests, people coming with ideas, we’re very grateful to see so many people help like that.
  • A lot of new features were developed in anticipation for the upcoming releases. Cinnamon looks a lot more polished, with a new startup animation, background slideshows, a visual theme selector and a faster javascript interpreter. MDM received graphical improvements and important bug fixes. The default theme for the login screen no longer features a background animation but a background slideshow, it’s more noticeable but also cleaner and less intensive on the CPU. To make it easier for people to help each others on the IRC, mintSystem got a new pastebin command, to quickly share files or text from the command line, either via piping (“somecommand | pastebin”) or by specifying a filename (“pastebin <filename>”).
  • Debian Jessie isn’t frozen yet and a lot of packages are still making their way into it. The recent upower and GTK updates show that the base isn’t quite ready just yet. Work continues on Betsy but a lot of what’s required for it will only happen once the base is completely frozen. We might be looking at Spring 2015, it’s hard to say just yet.
  • Cinnamon 2.4 is on track for its public release at the end of October and it should get into our distribution after a month of maturation with the release of Linux Mint 17.1 “Rebecca” in late November.

Development preview:

One of the projects we worked on this month is the program in charge of the login screen, i.e. the MDM display manager.

The new layout of the MDM configuration tool is similar to mintDesktop, with icons in the sidebar to access the different parts of the tool.

The concept of “greeters” was confusing to users so it was replaced by a simpler theme selection. All themes (HTML and GDM) as well as the GTK greeter are now available from the same list.

It’s also worth noting the addition of a new button (the one with the cog) to launch the login screen and thus quickly visualize the active theme.

Under the hood, we also improved the following aspects of MDM:

  • Syndaemon was added to MDM’s Init, to disable the touchpad while the keyboard is being used.
  • The option to disable the user list in the GTK greeter was brought back.
  • Work started on updating the documentation for MDM.
  • When .dmrc pointed to a non-existing session (which could be the case when the user kept his/her home directory and moved to Mint from a previous release, a different edition or a different distribution) MDM would fail to log in until the user selected an existing session. It now automatically switches to the default session.
  • In certain cases where 2 or more users logged in, switched users and logged out MDM could end up showing the wrong virtual terminal, placing the user in front of a black screen even though a login screen was available on another VT. This is now fixed.

Last but not least, as mentioned in the introduction, the Mint-X theme received a beautiful new slideshow. A new developer, Philipp Miller, created a flexible and adaptable theme called MDModern, full of innovations and elegance from which was inspired this slideshow and which could be used by artists to produce the next generation of MDM themes.

The team is currently working with Philipp, not only on the theme but on the MDM theme API  and we’re hoping to add MDModern to Linux Mint 17.1.

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by Clem at 2014.10.10 12:18 PM