Monthly News – October 2019

GNOME vs Trolls

Before we start with the news, I’d like to bring this to everyone’s attention:

We are standing on the shoulders of giants, and among them GNOME is probably the tallest. Ubuntu provides an amazing base for us to build upon. If tomorrow they were to disappear it would be a tragedy for our project. Would it be the end? No, we wouldn’t have to start from scratch. Mint without Ubuntu is LMDE. What would Mint be without GNOME though?

When people hear GNOME they often just think of the desktop environment, i.e. GNOME Shell, a project we don’t use.. a project we don’t use but without which Cinnamon wouldn’t have existed. And a project which came from GNOME2, which we used for years, and without which MATE wouldn’t have existed.

Beyond the desktop environment, GNOME is also a large project which provides us with utilities and applications we use every day: our calculator,  agenda, the disk, screenshot, logs utilities, the system monitor are just a few of them.

Without GNOME there would be no Xapp project either. Xed, Xplayer, Xreader, Pix, Xviewer are forked from GNOME apps. Blueberry is a frontend to gnome-bluetooth etc etc..

Last but not least, absolutely “everything” we do, everything we develop here at Linux Mint relies on GNOME libraries and toolkits. What would Mint be without GNOME, GTK and its many libraries? I really don’t know. If it existed at all, it would definitely be completely different.

Today GNOME is under threat and it needs your help. If there’s ever been a moment to acknowledge how much this project means to us, this is it. I hope you can support them as much as you’re supporting us.

You can contribute to the GNOME Patent Troll Defense Fund at

Alternatively you can also help them by donating at

Date format

The default date format was fixed in Cinnamon and MATE. It will now properly follow the locale set by LC_TIME, and this locale is configurable in the Language Settings.


Work on the XAppStatusIcon API is finished. Applets were added to Cinnamon, MATE and Xfce. LibAppIndicator was patched. We’ll have crisp icons in all environments in 19.3, HiDPI compatible, with support for symbolic icons and without rendering issues.

Linux Mint 19.3 ETA and codename

The upcoming version of Linux Mint will be codenamed “Tricia”. It will be released for Cinnamon, MATE and Xfce in 32-bit and 64-bit just before Christmas.

New logo

New splash screens were made for Grub:

Grub boot screen

and Plymouth:

Plymouth boot splash animation


Xplayer and VLC will be replaced by Celluloid 0.17.

Celluloid 0.17

The mpv based player will be properly integrated within the OS and provide much better performance.


Tomboy will be replaced by Gnote 3.34. With the exception of the tray icon, Gnote provides the same functionality as Tomboy but it is built on modern technology.

Gnote 3.34

With Tomboy gone we no longer need Mono in Linux Mint. Tomboy was also one of the very few remaining apps we shipped by default which didn’t support HiDPI.


Xfce will be upgraded to 4.14, based on GTK3 and with initial support for HiDPI.

Xfce 4.14

HWE stack

To boost compatibility with modern hardware, Linux Mint 19.3 will ship with kernel 5.0 and Xorg 1.20.


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Donations in September:

A total of $8917 were raised thanks to the generous contributions of 523 donors:

$300, B
$216, Julius G.
$216, Maximilian P.
$150, Steve J.
$120, William C.
$112 (2nd donation), Mary A.
$109, Cédric B.
$108, The Badgast
$108, Claude L.
$104, Pete M.
$100 (2nd donation), Stephen J. K.
$100 (2nd donation), Laserlab, Inc.
$100 (2nd donation), Leon K.
$100, Frank K. aka “Schlumpel”
$100, David B.
$100, Erik A.
$100, Eddy Ferguson aka “Fast_Eddy”
$100, David L.
$100, Christopher G.
$80 (2nd donation), Regis F.
$62 (4th donation), Allan G.
$60 (3rd donation), Troy O.
$60, David B.
$54 (11th donation), Volker P.
$54 (6th donation), Hans-Georg Thien
$54 (4th donation), D P. B.
$54 (3rd donation), Renaud C.
$54 (2nd donation), Gildas M.
$54 (2nd donation), Ioannis F.
$54, Guillaume B.
$54, Stephanie B.
$54, Niall E.
$54, Stefan S.
$54, Hans H.
$50 (16th donation), Thomas T. aka “FullTimer1489”
$50 (10th donation), Peter S. aka “Pierre”
$50 (6th donation), Wade T.
$50 (2nd donation), Eugene Z.
$50 (2nd donation), Jens U. S.
$50 (2nd donation), Johannes O.
$50 (2nd donation), Dan O.
$50, John L.
$50, Aaron S.
$50, Terry W.
$50, Steven A.
$50, Shekhar T. V.
$50, Robert S.
$50, Jason R.
$50, Andy H.
$50, Herve L.
$50, Enid H.
$50, Andrew Smith
$50, Nicholas J. aka “Nickcib01”
$44, Torsten P.
$43 (2nd donation), Jörg B.
$42, Nicolas Ambrose Books
$40 (21st donation), Lance M.
$40 (3rd donation), Robert T.
$40 (3rd donation), John S.
$40 (2nd donation), Alan M.
$38 (2nd donation), C. M. .
$36 (3rd donation), Christian Z. aka “CyboSan”
$35, Getson M.
$33 (113th donation), Olli K.
$32 (114th donation), Olli K.
$32 (4th donation), Daniel S.
$32, Jürgen H.
$32, Mokueda Ltd.
$32, Alexander M.
$32, Florian S.
$30 (6th donation), B. H. .
$30 (4th donation), Clemens N.
$30 (3rd donation), Annie B.
$30 (2nd donation), Patrick M.
$30, JongCheol Lee aka “jclee”
$30, Terry G.
$30, Felipe C.
$30, z .
$27 (5th donation), Gerryt M.
$27 (4th donation), Jose M. K. Z.
$27 (2nd donation), Ismael G. B.
$27, Kanthavel P.
$27, Arnd G.
$27, Andries Johannes O.
$27, Jouke L.
$27, Paul S.
$27, Ulf S.
$27, Wolfgang S.
$27, Andreas T.
$25 (97th donation), Ronald W.
$25 (6th donation), George R. aka “Az4x4”
$25 (6th donation), Lennart J.
$25 (4th donation), Ed T aka “EdBot”
$25 (4th donation), Keith M.
$25 (4th donation), Chester L.
$25 (2nd donation), Sidney F.
$25 (2nd donation), Paul D.
$25 (2nd donation), John Brines
$25 (2nd donation), William C.
$25 (2nd donation), Robert P. aka “Rob“
$25 (2nd donation), Matt H.
$25, Robert O.
$25, Christopher R.
$25, Craig K.
$25, Peter O.
$25, James L.
$25, Larry B.
$25, Thomas-Louis Simard
$25, Pigswill aka “Post-Industrial Music“
$25, Keith V.
$25, Gary R.
$25, Indranuj D.
$25, George E.
$25, Matthew S.
$25, Todd G.
$25, Roby V.
$25, Edward S.
$25, Peter O.
$22 (29th donation), Derek R.
$22 (12th donation), David M.
$22 (5th donation), Steverj aka “Somerset Scrumpy”
$22 (4th donation), Marcel S.
$22 (2nd donation), Christian L.
$22 (2nd donation), Dominik Ch.
$22, Thomas G. aka “thg14”
$22, Laurent G.
$22, Vasilis G.
$22, Iker K. L.
$22, Arnulf A.
$22, Friedrich S.
$22, Antonio O.
$22, Jim aka “Decoherence”
$22, Alf O.
$22, Necla T.
$22, zero
$22, Jean-louis C.
$22, Jean-marc L.
$20 (19th donation), Mike C.
$20 (13th donation), Bryan F.
$20 (11th donation), Mike W aka “bajan52”
$20 (10th donation), Mike W aka “bajan52”
$20 (10th donation), vagrantcow
$20 (6th donation), Robert K.
$20 (6th donation), Martin B.
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$20 (4th donation), Matthew L. A. aka “Matt”
$20 (3rd donation), Ramon A.
$20 (3rd donation), Raymond L.
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$20 (2nd donation), Manuel O.
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$20, Werner K.
$20, Craig J.
$20, David V.
$20, Gissel E. P.
$20, Malcolm S.
$20, Victor A P.
$20, A C.
$19 (33rd donation), Johann J.
$19 (14th donation), Ke C.
$18 (34th donation), Johann J.
$16 (31st donation), Andreas S.
$16 (2nd donation), Eduard K.
$16, Jean-louis G.
$16, Michael D.
$16, Francisco L.
$16, Eddy W.
$16, Stanko Č.
$15 (23rd donation), Stefan M. H.
$15 (5th donation), Tyler B.
$15 (5th donation), C T Johnson, Inc
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$15 (3rd donation), Joel C.
$15 (2nd donation), Igor Chistruga aka “dreadangel”
$15, Paul G.
$15, Lynda W.
$15, Felipe M.
$15, Richard F.
$15, Elvio Lampugnani aka “elviolmp”
$15, Edward A.
$13, Konstantin Motovilov aka “motokot“
$12 (102th donation), Tony C. aka “S. LaRocca”
$12 (42th donation), JobsHiringNearMe
$12 (3rd donation), Dennis K.
$12 (2nd donation), Krzysztof S.
$12, Victor V.
$11 (35th donation), Paul O.
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$11 (12th donation), Denis D.
$11 (11th donation), Raymond M. (retired)
$11 (8th donation), Tomi P.
$11 (8th donation), Michael R.
$11 (7th donation), Christian K.
$11 (6th donation), Piotr L aka “xpil“
$11 (4th donation), Franklin P.
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$11 (3rd donation), Alexander G. B.
$11 (3rd donation), Serhii B. aka “sinpavla“
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$11, Carl Bagge aka “CJ”
$11, Johannes D.
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$11, Fabiano M.
$11, Ruben C.
$11, Peter L.
$11, Maarten L.
$11, Thomas P.
$11, Jurij K. aka “JuKo”
$11, Rémi F.
$10 (37th donation), Frank K.
$10 (22nd donation), Rick R.
$10 (17th donation), Laura NL aka “lauranl“
$10 (11th donation), Richard L. S.
$10 (10th donation), Dohaeng L.
$10 (7th donation), Tony H. aka “TonyH1212”
$10 (7th donation), Andreas S.
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$10 (5th donation), Dana S.
$10 (5th donation), Don S.
$10 (4th donation), Harold R. aka “cyberwolf751”
$10 (4th donation), Kai-ming L.
$10 (3rd donation), Kevin K.
$10 (3rd donation), Francois-R L.
$10 (2nd donation), Marek B.
$10 (2nd donation), Leroy B.
$10 (2nd donation), Erik L.
$10, Robert C.
$10, Juan Carlos Núñez L. aka “proyectos.cading”
$10, Enio B.
$10, Dimosthenis P.
$10, Tim W.
$10, Herman B.
$10, Christian E.
$10, charles crame
$10, Zachary E.
$10, Michael K.
$10, Martin S.
$10, Kris B.
$10, Danail S. aka “Danny”
$10, Window Tinting Sarasota
$10, Isaac E. S. V.
$10, Thomas M.
$10, Kristofer K.
$10, Jim J.
$10, Andy A.
$10, Robert Z.
$10, Felipe H.
$10, Wynton F.
$8 (4th donation), Yuji O. aka “ogaty“
$7 (16th donation), Tomasz K.
$7, G W.
$7, François C.
$6 (5th donation), gmq
$6, Rob aka “Venture Lessons“
$6, Olivia H.
$6, Helmut R.
$5 (40th donation), Eugene T.
$5 (31st donation), Bhavinder Jassar
$5 (22nd donation), Dmitry P.
$5 (14th donation), Jan Miszura
$5 (10th donation), William Menezes
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$5 (6th donation), Artur M.
$5 (6th donation), Hristo Gatsinski
$5 (5th donation), Willem V. U.
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$5 (5th donation), Easyumzug24
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$5 (4th donation), A.F.F. aka “ANgazu”
$5 (4th donation), Dominique M.
$5 (4th donation), Alexander G. B.
$5 (4th donation), Mik aka “mikstico”
$5 (3rd donation), Maria L. G. N.
$5 (3rd donation), Florian P.
$5 (3rd donation), Krzysztof S.
$5 (3rd donation), Mark O.
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$5 (2nd donation), Heinz H.
$5 (2nd donation), Johannes E. aka “élections“
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$5 (2nd donation), Rogério F.
$5 (2nd donation), Bernd Lauert
$5, Peter W.
$5, Camila B.
$5, Thomas H.
$5, Richard O.
$5, Justin G.
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$5, Jose Luis T.
$5, Dino
$5, Rogério F.
$5, Des S.
$5, Steuerberater Zürich
$5, Manuel M.
$5, Jean M.
$5, Juliano C.
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$5, Dinko Š.
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$5, Karl H.
$5, Thomas L.
$5, Alexander G. B.
$5, Daniel S.
$5, Roger B.
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$5, Radko C.
$5, Joshua L.
$5, Evio M.
$5, Swemed
$5, Daniel A. M.
$5, Krankenkassenvergleich
$5, Tyler D.
$5, Oleksii S.
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$5, Fabio B.
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$5, Ramon S.
$4 (5th donation), Nachtstuck Records
$4 (2nd donation), Absolutely Elite
$4, Christina J.
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$4, Tiffany C.
$4, Eva T.
$4, Todd N.
$4, Karen D.
$4, Gary S.
$4, Jennifer O.
$4, Richard O.
$3 (39th donation), Kouji Sugibayashi
$3, Simon B.
$3, Kuntal Kundu
$3, Everton S.
$3, Ivan Grekov aka “Grival”
$3, Stefanie F.
$3, Magdala D.
$3, Russ F.
$3, Linda S.
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$2 (3rd donation), Jonas C.
$2 (3rd donation), Felicia G.
$2 (3rd donation), Kelly M.
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$2 (2nd donation), Tito W.
$2 (2nd donation), Kathy M.
$2 (2nd donation), Matt M.
$2 (2nd donation), James B.
$2 (2nd donation), Ivanov M.
$2, Grzegorz N.
$2, Anand V.
$2, Juuso A.
$2, Ali A.
$2, Lubomyr C.
$2, Sigrid S.
$2, Stefan B.
$2, Bob aka “bobzr”
$148.6 from 148 smaller donations

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