Release Notes for Linux Mint 17.1 Xfce


This is Linux Mint 17.1, codename Rebecca.

Linux Mint 17.1 "Rebecca" Xfce Edition

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Known issues

Issues with Skype

In 64-bit, if you're experiencing issues with Skype, install the package "ia32-libs".

DVD Playback with VLC

If VLC does not find your DVD player, click on Media->Open Disc, and specify '/dev/sr0' as the disc device.


Bluetooth is not present by default.

To add Bluetooth support, please install the package "blueman".

Compiz in Virtualbox

Compiz is unable to render window decorations when running in Virtualbox.

To work around the issue, you can run Compiz in Software Rendering mode.

Open a terminal and type:

  • LIBGL_ALWAYS_SOFTWARE=1 compiz --replace

EFI support

If your system is using secureBoot, turn it off.

Note: Linux Mint 17.1 places its boot files in /boot/efi/EFI/ubuntu to work around this bug.

Misconfigured Swap when using home directory encryption

When using the option to encrypt the home directory, an upstream issue in the installer results in the Swap partition not being configured properly.

Click here and here for more information on this bug.

Solving freezes with some NVIDIA GeForce GPUs

If you are unable to boot Linux Mint with an NVIDIA card, or if you are experiencing constant freezes and system lock ups, please append "nomodeset" to your boot arguments. At the boot menu of the live DVD/USB, press Tab to edit the boot arguments and add "nomodeset" at the end of the line.

If you're still having issues, you can also remove "quiet splash --" from that same line.

Alternatively you can use the "nouveau.noaccel=1" boot argument.

Once the system is installed, use the Driver Manager to install the nvidia-304 driver.

Issues with KDE apps

If you're experiencing issues with KDE apps (Okular, Gwenview, KStars..etc) run the following command:

  • apt install kdelibs-bin kdelibs5-data kdelibs5-plugins

Note: These issues do not affect the KDE edition. A regression in KDE 4.14 prevents these applications from working fine out of the box outside of KDE.

Booting with non-PAE CPUs

To boot Linux Mint 17.1 on CPU which do not officially support PAE (Pentium M processors for instance), please use the "Start Linux Mint with PAE forced" option from the boot menu.

Other issues

If you're experiencing keyboard or mouse freezes, please check the following bug report:

If you own an AMD CPU with an MSI card and your computer keeps rebooting, please check the following bug report:

Linux Mint 17.1 is based on Ubuntu 14.04. Make sure to read the Ubuntu release notes.