Release Notes for Linux Mint 6 Felicia


This is Linux Mint 6, codename Felicia, based and compatible with Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid Ibex and its repositories.

New features

Based on Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid Ibex, Linux 2.6.27, Gnome 2.24 and Xorg 7.4, Linux Mint 6 "Felicia" comes with a brand new "Software Manager", FTP support in mintUpload, proxy support and history of updates in mintUpdate, tabbed browsing in Nautilus and a lot of other improvements. For a complete list of new features read: What's new in Felicia?

Important links

Upgrade instructions

From Linux Mint 5 Elyssa Main Edition, install the package "mintupgrader-elyssa-main" and run the upgrade tool from the menu ("Upgrade to Linux Mint 6" in the Administration category).

When the upgrade is finished. Reboot the computer by opening a terminal and by typing "sudo reboot" (without the quotes).

Warning: The recommended way to install Linux Mint 6 is to download the ISO, to backup your data and to perform a fresh install. This upgrade tool can potentially break your current configuration and leave you with an unusable system :)

Known issues 2 vs 3

Ubuntu decided to stick with 2.x in Intrepid due to the late release of 3.0 and the lack of exciting new features for this major release. After much consideration the decision was taken neither to pin nor to maintain the related packages. Linux Mint will therefore follow Ubuntu and provide the same packages for

gnome-themes-extra conflicts with mint-artwork-gnome

The upstream package gnome-themes-extra conflicts with mint-artwork-gnome. Both packages provide the Gion icon set. If you want to install the icon sets contained in gnome-themes-extra you need to install them manually.

software-properties-gtk doesn't work

software-properties-gtk does not work. It contains hard-coded references to Ubuntu and Debian and fails to identify Linux Mint after reading the LSB info. Do not install this package. You can edit the repositories by using Synaptic. Without this package installed Synaptic uses its own graphical editor (which works just fine).

problems with mintMenu

Sometimes mintMenu gets stuck between two categories and keeps switching between one and the other. It's a known issue which we haven't managed to fix yet.

On some computers mintMenu remains open after an item is clicked. Try to disable compiz or to change its focus policy to see if it fixes the problem. Alternatively, try using a different theme or use the Gnome menu instead.

Open as root

In root mode, the nautilus background isn't red if the selected view is "list". In this case there is no visual indication that nautilus runs in root mode.

Opening / as root works fine but it shows an error message.

Upstream issues

Linux Mint 6 is based on Ubuntu Intrepid Ibex. Make sure to read the known issues related to this release.