Monthly News – August 2016


For once, we’re publishing the Monthly News early.


In July, we’ve received $12,753 thanks to the generous donations of 530 people. I’d like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for helping us fund Linux Mint. During the attacks we were able to purchase additional servers and pay for services (some of which are now free, credits to Sucuri for sponsoring us) without ever worrying about how much things cost. We’re also able to have a budget which allows us to pay our development team. Although Mint developers are passionate and benevolent people, we send them money so that they can purchase fancy equipment or so they can be more comfortable and have more spare time (which they usually spend on improving Linux Mint anyway). They’ve no idea how much they’ll get, when and why, but they’re one of the core reasons Linux Mint gets better, so the same way you donate to Linux Mint, we love donating to them. On occasions and when something benefits the distribution in a tangible way, we’re also able to donate upstream. In preparation for Linux Mint 18, we sent money to various artists and some upstream developers. In brief, we’re extremely comfortable and free in the way we develop Linux Mint. Whenever we need something, we’re able to buy it. Whenever money can improve a particular aspect of the distribution we’re able to spend it. This frees our hands, it empowers us greatly and it makes our job much easier. I usually just say thank you and emphasize the fact that your help does help us a lot. Behind the curtain there are a lot of people involved at various degrees and doing very different things. Since we started in 2006 we never had to worry about money. We were able to grow our quality and success thanks to your enjoyment and support and we never had to feel small or revise our ambitions. You can see the effects this had on development and the decisions to maintain a new desktop environment, or lately in the decision to switch to XApps. I’m very grateful for this. Many thanks to you.


Unlike other Linux Mint editions, the KDE edition will ship with the SDDM display manager.

Bad news for the nostalgic, the KDE edition will also abandon its distinctive blue Linux Mint icon and adopt the same green icon, and boot sequence as other editions.

LTS kernels and stacks in Linux Mint 17.x

In Linux Mint 17.x (17, 17.1, 17.2, 17.3) the 3.16, 3.19 and 4.2 kernel series reached end-of-life, so they will no longer receive any new kernels.

The following series will continue to receive new kernel versions until 2019:

  • 3.13
  • 4.4

You can use the Update Manager, click on the View Menu, and select “Linux Kernels” to see which kernel you are currently using and which kernels are available. As always we recommend caution when switching to a new kernel. After installing a new kernel, both the previous and the new kernels are installed. Your proprietary drivers (if any) are compiled against the new kernel and your boot screen (grub) is using this new kernel by default. If anything goes wrong or if you notice regressions, you can remove the kernel using the Update Manager. This will recompile your driver with your previous kernel and reset your boot screen to use it.

Xorg 1.15 and Mesa 10.1.3 (which came with Linux Mint 17, 17.1 and 17.2) are supported upstream until 2019. Xorg 1.17 and Mesa 10.5.9 (which were used in Linux Mint 17.3) will also be supported by Linux Mint until 2019.

Cinnamon 3.2

I’d like to thank two of my favorite Mint developers for bringing two exciting changes in Cinnamon 3.2.

Sometimes it’s the little things which make all the difference. JosephMcc made it possible for notifications to make a sound. Like all other Cinnamon sounds, you’ll of course be able to configure it or disable it.

Mtwebster took it upon himself to rewrite the Cinnamon screensaver from scratch. Before I describe some of the visible benefits, this is great news for the screensaver because it means development and bug fixing for this component will be much faster and much easier than before going forward (not only because it’s now all written in Python, but also because we’re effectively ditching a huge amount of code which was written in the early days of GNOME 2, a design which was inherited from XScreensaver and a lot of technical debt).

The first thing you notice when you run the screensaver is how fast and smooth it is to come up. It’s immediate and it fades in with a nice animation. The background is no longer static, so if you’re using a slideshow in Cinnamon, the backgrounds will also change in your screensaver.

The new codebase and much simpler design means the login dialog is better integrated within the screensaver and the entire screen feels much lighter than before. Xscreensaver hacks are still supported of course (the configuration screen is exactly the same as before) but switching back and forth between a hack and the login dialog is much faster than it was (it’s so fast I’m actually thinking of slowing it down… if you keep the Escape key pressed things do flash quite a lot).

The clock is no longer stuck on the left of the screen. Its position changes around the screen.

As you can see we’re just getting started with the new development cycle but we’re already having a lot of fun 🙂


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Platinum Sponsors:
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Donations in July:

A total of $12753 was raised thanks to the generous contributions of 530 donors:

$510, Markus W.
$269, Bjoern W.
$200 (19th donation), Ralph Siegler aka “ziggy”
$180 (15th donation), Andreas Schmidt
$140, Zakharchenko A.
$108, Philippe L.
$108, Jürgen H.
$108, Download.BG
$100 (13th donation), Jon Espenschied aka “xeno”
$100 (6th donation), Nono W.
$100 (4th donation), Efran G.
$100 (3rd donation), Roy Q.
$100 (3rd donation), Glen A.
$100 (2nd donation), Christopher B.
$100 (2nd donation), Using PayPal
$100, Bert-jan W.
$100, John G.
$100, Paul R.
$100, Octavio R.
$100, Timothy M.
$100, G. L.
$100, Walter W.
$100, Michael E.
$100, Jeffery J.
$100, Theodore M.
$100, Brad C.
$100, David V. aka “Big Davos”
$100, William H.
$81 (4th donation), Stuart Tilley
$75 (14th donation), Robert D B.
$54 (18th donation), Pasi K.
$54 (3rd donation), Heinrich S.
$54 (2nd donation), Daniel S.
$54 (2nd donation), Niall C.
$54 (2nd donation), Weber Technics
$54 (2nd donation), Roberto S.
$54 (2nd donation), Stephan S.
$54 (2nd donation), Christophe G.
$54, Michael K.
$54, Andreas M.
$54, Theo V. R.
$54, Denis P.
$54, Jean C. A.
$50 (70th donation), Matthew M.
$50 (12th donation), Anthony C. aka “ciak”
$50 (7th donation), Carlos H. G.
$50 (6th donation), V. Mark Lehky aka “SiKing”
$50 (5th donation), Rudolph C.
$50 (4th donation), Volker P.
$50 (4th donation), Michael C.
$50 (3rd donation), David H. W.
$50 (3rd donation), Eric S.
$50 (3rd donation), Hans J.
$50 (3rd donation), John G. aka “newlinuxuser”
$50 (3rd donation), Jeffrey M. T. aka “JayBird707”
$50 (2nd donation), Tom M.
$50 (2nd donation), Kevin L.
$50 (2nd donation), David P.
$50 (2nd donation), Don Gates
$50, John V.
$50, Thomas B.
$50, Dejan Levaja
$50, R. B.
$50, Kim P.
$50, Lynn H.
$50, Sam B.
$50, Bill P.
$50, Albert K.
$50, Mirza B.
$50, Christopher C.
$50, Peter C.
$50, Lisa R.
$50, Byron J.
$50, Christopher D.
$50, Robert S.
$50, James G.
$50, Lee R.
$50, Steven C.
$45 (2nd donation), James M.
$45, Rohan A.
$43, Michael C.
$42 (2nd donation), Aubert (Holdup)
$40 (2nd donation), Dale H.
$40, Hector G.
$38 (2nd donation), Petr P.
$38, Florentin C.
$35 (9th donation), Geoff_P
$35, H J. P.
$35, Edward L.
$32 (3rd donation), Peter Fitzsimons aka “Peter4933”
$32 (3rd donation), Javier C. M.
$32, Kirsten L.
$32, Jens B.
$32, Anders F.
$30 (77th donation), Olli K.
$30 (5th donation), Josue M.
$30 (5th donation), Steve T.
$30 (3rd donation), Joe K.
$30, Omar O.
$30, Peter T.
$30, Edward R.
$30, Ian G.
$30, Frank V.
$30, Joseph R.
$30, Allan C.
$30, Urs N.
$30, Steffen K.
$30, Ian B.
$29 (2nd donation), Stefan N.
$27 (26th donation), Mark W.
$27 (3rd donation), Gerhard E.
$27 (2nd donation), Michael H. S.
$27, Timo E. P.
$27, Antonio V.
$27, Volker V.
$27, Manfred B.
$27, Martyna S.
$27, Martin K.
$27, Paul J.
$27, Thomas K.
$25 (60th donation), Ronald W.
$25 (25th donation), John M.
$25 (8th donation), Kwan L.
$25 (3rd donation), Jeffrey V.
$25 (2nd donation), Jon C. S.
$25 (2nd donation), Holt D.
$25 (2nd donation), Karen J.
$25 (2nd donation), Eugene H.
$25 (2nd donation), Nance M.
$25 (2nd donation), Curtis O.
$25 (2nd donation), Yuriy G.
$25 (2nd donation), Jack C.
$25 (2nd donation), cocasema
$25 (2nd donation), Mark N.
$25 (2nd donation), Conrad M.
$25, Lee B.
$25, Jesse M.
$25, William S.
$25, Khanyi M. C.
$25, Donald H.
$25, Eugene H.
$25, Kyle K.
$25, Sam S.
$25, Madhusudanan S.
$25, Al M.
$25, William L. F.
$25, Gregory B.
$25, Andrew C.
$25, Charles B.
$25, William B.
$25, Mark H.
$25, Barry C.
$25, Nicholas R.
$25, Dale C.
$25, Bernie’s Fine Dining
$24 (4th donation), Bretislav W.
$24 (2nd donation), Sebastian W.
$24, Stefan R.
$22 (4th donation), Theodore S.
$22 (3rd donation), Peter V.
$22 (3rd donation), Henrik H.
$22 (3rd donation), Wolfgang K.
$22 (3rd donation), Hermann W.
$22 (3rd donation), Sebastiano C.
$22 (2nd donation), Bernd M.
$22 (2nd donation), Tom B.
$22, Peter B.
$22, Michael K.
$22, Sven-uwe U.
$22, Roman S.
$22, Goran L.
$22, Ulrich L.
$22, Simone G.
$22, David P.
$22, Michel G.
$22, Paolo G.
$22, Brice C.
$22, Antonio F. G.
$22, Florian F.
$22, Horst S.
$22, Georg J.
$22, Aleksander J.
$22, Dionisios K.
$22, Mar R. R.
$22, Rüdiger T.
$22, Silvio A.
$22, Ludwig S.
$22, Petr G.
$22, Ivan V.
$22, Arne D.
$22, Dieter R.
$22, Georges N.
$20 (17th donation), Toronto Maple Leafs
$20 (17th donation), Curt Vaughan aka “curtvaughan ”
$20 (9th donation), Julie H. aka “Kjokkenutstyr”
$20 (9th donation), Thomas M.
$20 (6th donation), Peter J.
$20 (4th donation), Dany V.
$20 (3rd donation), Dinresh K.
$20 (3rd donation), Charles W.
$20 (3rd donation), bwjpg
$20 (3rd donation), Roger S.
$20 (3rd donation), Anonymous
$20 (3rd donation), Cloud Storage Boss
$20 (2nd donation), Claus P.
$20 (2nd donation), Ragchew A. M. I.
$20 (2nd donation), TomT3rd
$20 (2nd donation), Darin W.
$20 (2nd donation), Goran L.
$20 (2nd donation), William C.
$20 (2nd donation), Tarik M. Hoshan aka “Tarik”
$20 (2nd donation), David W.
$20 (2nd donation), Sourav Ghosh aka “Sourav”
$20 (2nd donation), Nick J.
$20 (2nd donation), Dan R.
$20, Nicholas N.
$20, Jeff S.
$20, Stadnichenko V.
$20, Declan T.
$20, Guy L.
$20, Artem K.
$20, 有川 康夫 aka “yarisan”
$20, Rolland B.
$20, Uwe L.
$20, John B.
$20, Ron S.
$20, Destry
$20, Ereni K.
$20, Dan C.
$20, Eli G.
$20, Erwin D.
$20, Walter D.
$20, James S.
$20, Make M. S. P.
$20, Brett S.
$20, Ralph C.
$20, Luis A. S.
$20, Colten B.
$20, Don A.
$20, Anton R.
$20, Peter D.
$20, K B
$20, Greg W.
$20, Bob B.
$20, Philip S.
$20, Aaron V.
$20, Anonymous
$18 (8th donation), Anton W. aka “redant”
$16 (6th donation), Frederic S.
$16 (2nd donation), 裴 丰硕 aka “Beafuture”
$16 (2nd donation), Fred W.
$16, Claus P.
$16, Ulrich K.
$16, Emmanuel B.
$16, Marco S.
$16, Thord J.
$16, Noel S. aka “Savigny”
$16, Giovanni F.
$16, Jean-philippe F.
$16, Krister R.
$16, Nicolaas V. D. R.
$16, Nils K.
$15 (7th donation), Andjelko Stojsin aka “Andjelko S.”
$15 (6th donation), Michel C.
$15 (4th donation), Alan B.
$15 (2nd donation), Keith Smith aka “Keifur”
$15 (2nd donation), Randy M.
$15, Hascal B.
$15, Randy T.
$15, Kari H.
$15, Chris R.
$15, lpmdesigns
$15, Karl M.
$15, Clint M.
$15, Alexander L.
$15, Vu N.
$15, David S.
$15, Leo M.
$15, Robert W.
$15, Stephen F.
$15, Murilo S. H.
$15, Lisa B.
$13 (2nd donation), Anonymous
$12.34 (14th donation), Paul B. aka “Dude”
$12.1 (5th donation), Marcin Ziółkowski aka Mario Nesta
$12 (64th donation), Tony C. aka “S. LaRocca”
$12 (6th donation), Stefan M. H.
$12 (5th donation), Michael P. aka “”
$12 (4th donation), Raymond M.
$12 (2nd donation), Harm R.
$12 (2nd donation), Volker B.
$12 (2nd donation), Seahawks 12th Man
$12, vera playa vacaciones sl stuyvesant
$12, Andrey K.
$12, Miroslav S.
$11.18, Thomas S.
$11 (9th donation), Andreas S.
$11 (8th donation), Francisco L. D. A.
$11 (8th donation), Uncle Geek
$11 (7th donation), Hector Richart P.
$11 (6th donation), Hans P.
$11 (3rd donation), F.D.P. Geurink
$11 (3rd donation), Thorsten H.
$11 (2nd donation), Thomas Klang
$11 (2nd donation), aka “Wurzelmann”
$11 (2nd donation), Frank M.
$11 (2nd donation), Augusto P.
$11 (2nd donation), Isidoro L.
$11 (2nd donation), Rajesh Nair aka “Nair”
$11 (2nd donation), Lucian V.
$11, Gerald K.
$11, John H.
$11, Nico H. aka “Nijco”
$11, Julio G. D.
$11, Roman Melnyk
$11, Tamás Bene
$11, Gary H.
$11, Rade
$11, Viktor D.
$11, Mario L.
$11, Tim B.
$11, Sumire Language Service Kinga Bulsiewicz
$11, Mark Y.
$11, Michael H. S.
$11, Brian R.
$11, Martin P.
$11, Reemt K.
$11, Julien C.
$11, Andreas M.
$11, László C.
$11, Michael K.
$11, Michał Borysewicz aka “michaelborysewicz”
$11, Albin S.
$11, Peter A.
$10 (54th donation), Tsuguo S.
$10 (23rd donation), Carlos W.
$10 (10th donation), Jobs Near Me aka “Jobs Hiring”
$10 (8th donation), Thomas C.
$10 (7th donation), Wilson G.
$10 (7th donation), Hormis K.
$10 (6th donation), Dave B.
$10 (5th donation), Kristian O.
$10 (4th donation), Debora G.
$10 (4th donation), Rolf V.
$10 (4th donation), Peter K.
$10 (4th donation), Steven L.
$10 (4th donation), Todd M.
$10 (3rd donation), George H.
$10 (3rd donation), Doug Berch
$10 (3rd donation), Prepress by Sloane
$10 (3rd donation), Larry J.
$10 (3rd donation), Gary N.
$10 (2nd donation), Pavel N.
$10 (2nd donation), John M.
$10 (2nd donation), Chris K.
$10 (2nd donation), Don S.
$10 (2nd donation), Ruslan P. aka “Ruslan707”
$10 (2nd donation), William D. aka “marketshare2008”
$10 (2nd donation), Peter H.
$10 (2nd donation), Matsko I.
$10 (2nd donation), Alpheus M.
$10 (2nd donation), David S.
$10 (2nd donation), Victor H.
$10 (2nd donation), Ian H.
$10 (2nd donation), Go Live LIvely
$10, Hyunsu M. aka “LuHa”
$10, Yuriy B.
$10, Duan L.
$10, Jeffrey R.
$10, Earl H.
$10, Ioannis R.
$10, Jan Pokorný
$10, Конов А.
$10, Andrew Hooper aka “Lykaestria”
$10, Ethan G.
$10, Donnie L.
$10, George I.
$10, Krzysztof D.
$10, Frank K.
$10, Cody J.
$10, Jennifer M.
$10, Ronald C.
$10, Raymond W.
$10, Lpkang
$10, Toms F.
$10, Elena M.
$10, Li Z.
$10, David G.
$10, Jonathan T.
$10, Ernesto L. B.
$10, David R. M.
$10, Steven S.
$10, Justin H. aka “Jill2917”
$10, Luciano Z.
$10, Melvin C.
$10, Ilya H.
$10, Robert S.
$10, Joseph C.
$10, R A. C.
$10, Giovanni B.
$10, Sergey S.
$10, Bryan K.
$10, Donoterase
$10, Alessio R.
$10, Adrian N.
$10, David M.
$10, Jose C. D. S. D.
$10, David S.
$10, Jose C.
$9 (3rd donation), Kevin M.
$8 (11th donation), Jens-uwe R.
$8 (3rd donation), Geoff P.
$8, aka “ecryptfs”
$8, Trevor W.
$8, Paul B.
$8, David W.
$8, Konstantin S.
$7, Amit K.
$5.3 (2nd donation), Michael H.
$5 (18th donation), Libertad Tecnologica
$5 (15th donation), Dan J
$5 (7th donation), Artur T.
$5 (7th donation), Graham A.
$5 (6th donation), Jeldert P.
$5 (5th donation), Rachael N.
$5 (5th donation), Eugene T.
$5 (5th donation), Darlan P. C.
$5 (4th donation), Cathi I.
$5 (4th donation), Carl B.
$5 (4th donation), F A Cianciolo
$5 (4th donation), Vyacheslav K. aka “veZuk”
$5 (4th donation), Korneliusz M.
$5 (4th donation), Serbu I. aka “ionut.linux”
$5 (3rd donation), Niko K.
$5 (3rd donation), Fresh Food HQ
$5 (3rd donation), Raul C.
$5 (3rd donation), Adam P.
$5 (2nd donation), Gabriel R. S.
$5 (2nd donation), aka “Ayahuasca”
$5 (2nd donation), Juan S. T.
$5 (2nd donation), Arturo S. G.
$5 (2nd donation), Hweyun J.
$5 (2nd donation), aka “Cachafaz”
$5, Giorgos P.
$5, Daniel M.
$5, Lukáš Z. aka “djzelee”
$5, Srinivas C.
$5, Matthew B.
$5, Mian S.
$5, Overnight Mattress Topper
$5, Ellis
$5, Jens R.
$5, Raghuvardhan R. M.
$5, Nicolas S.
$5, Robert W.
$5, Rafał K.
$5, Giovanni V. H.
$5, Kevin Z.
$5, Simo P.
$5, Alex P.
$5, Robert W.
$5, Facundo Sago
$5, Jan L.
$5, Emiel S.
$5, Ernesto C.
$5, Melnik Pavel aka “MPV”
$5, Gary V.
$5, Emmanouil T.
$5, Vladimir P.
$5, Doug M.
$5, Anzhel D.
$5, Robert H.
$5, Lisa G.
$5, Timothy B.
$5, Mario B.
$5, Volodymyr D.
$5, Lars G.
$5, Mauricio H. L.
$5, Go Live LIvely
$5, Douglas T.
$5, Florian C.
$5, Dmitri aka “Dimar”
$5, Jagpreet P.
$5, Đông T. L.
$4 (2nd donation), Michael H.
$4, Moerad A.
$4, Dhanushka S.
$4, Stanley T.
$4, Massimo G. aka “FortNhyverIII”
$3.5, Root A.
$3 (20th donation), Kouji K.
$3 (6th donation), elogbookloan
$3 (3rd donation), Przemysław S.
$3 (2nd donation), Fresh Food HQ
$3 (2nd donation), Marco van H.
$3, Steve J.
$3, Vladimir M.
$3, Tagger aka “Youtube Tag Questions”
$3, Shiv G.
$3, Aliaksandr C.
$2.5 (3rd donation), Scott L.
$2.5 (2nd donation), Julio J. S.
$36.12 from 26 smaller donations

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