Release Notes for Linux Mint 13 KDE


This is Linux Mint 13 KDE, codename Maya.

Linux Mint 13 "Maya" KDE Edition

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Known issues

Quicktime playback in Firefox

By default, this edition uses the Mplayer plugin which is able to play MP3 songs in Firefox but doesn't work with Quicktime. If you install the package "totem-mozilla", Quicktime content and websites such as Apple Trailers will then work in Firefox but you will lose the ability to play MP3 from the browser. Neither plugins work with both Quicktime and MP3 at the moment.

Boot hangs on systems using b43 wireless cards

An upstream issue in the kernel prevents Linux Mint 13 from booting on computers with b43 wireless cards. If you're in this situation, try the following:

  • To boot the live DVD, choose the "Compatibility mode" or add the following kernel argument to the boot options: b43.blacklist=yes
  • Install Linux Mint on the hard drive
  • If not present already, in Grub, modify the boot options to add: b43.blacklist=yes
  • Install the b43 firmware on the system

For more information on this problem, please read this bug report.

Other issues

Linux Mint 13 is based on Ubuntu 12.04. Make sure to read the Ubuntu release notes.

Important information

Black splash screen

In Linux Mint the boot splash screen is completely black. This is by design. Once the system is installed the boot sequence is relatively fast. The black loading sequence doesn't look out of place and it looks consistent across all computers, whatever driver you're using. If you'd rather get a splash screen you can select one by typing the following command and selecting mint-logo:

  • sudo update-alternatives --config default.plymouth

Local repository and GnomePPP

GnomePPP is not installed by default but it is present within the default installation of Linux Mint. Your Linux Mint system comes with a local repository which is disabled by default. You can enable it by removing the comment sign "#" in /etc/apt/sources.list.d/local-repository.list and refreshing your APT cache. This repository contains GnomePPP as well as a collection of drivers.