Started in 2006, Linux Mint is now the 4th most widely used home operating system behind Microsoft Windows, Apple Mac OS and Canonical's Ubuntu.

Some of the reasons for the success of Linux Mint are:

  • It works out of the box, with full multimedia support and is extremely easy to use.
  • It's both free of cost and open source.
  • It's community-driven. Users are encouraged to send feedback to the project so that their ideas can be used to improve Linux Mint.
  • Based on Debian and Ubuntu, it provides about 30,000 packages and one of the best software managers.
  • It's safe and reliable. Thanks to a conservative approach to software updates, a unique Update Manager and the robustness of its Linux architecture, Linux Mint requires very little maintenance (no regressions, no antivirus, no anti-spyware...etc).

If you are interested in giving Linux Mint a try on your current computer without running any risk, please check out our Guide: Running Linux From a USB Drive As a Virtual Machine or Bootable Disk.

What's New:

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all! Many thanks for your support and donations!

We had a fantastic release and it was an amazing feeling to be able to deliver it to you just before the holiday season 🙂

Bug Fixes

Before we move ahead and start working on Linux Mint 20 and LMDE 4, we’ll make a few adjustments and fix some of the things you expressed in your feedback.

First, I noticed some of you regretted the removal of keyboard shortcuts in Cinnamon’s grouped window list. When we removed this feature, we assumed it wasn’t discoverable and so very few people were likely to use it. It looks like we were wrong, so we’ll bring this feature back.

We finally managed to solve the 1px border bug which impacts full screen windows in Cinnamon, and we also have a fix for the screensaver lag. We’ll be pushing these fixes as package updates.

The new version of the System Reports tool was very well received but the root password notice confused a huge number of people. I talked to some of our IRC moderators and it’s their number 1 complaint with the new release. We’ll review this and find a solution for it.

There was a packaging issue with grub2-theme-mint and grub2-theme-mint-2k. These packages couldn’t be removed cleanly. This is fixed now.

We’re chasing an issue with the clock format in Cinnamon. If you’re impacted, don’t hesitate to comment at https://github.com/linuxmint/cinnamon/issues/9042.

In your feedback we noticed many issues with the system tray and the XappStatusIcon applet. Everything’s in place on our side for this to work smoothly and we can’t reproduce issues here. If you’re impacted by a tray problem, please report it at https://github.com/linuxmint/linuxmint/issues, tell us which desktop you’re using, what your panel layout is (i.e. which applets it contains), and the list of your installed packages (you can get this with “dpkg -l”).

MintBox3

The MintBox3 is finally out, and not only were we able to play with it, we were able to send units to some of the developers in our team. As we go along I hope we’ll be able to continue to do that and more and more Mint developers will get their hands on it.

It’s an amazing machine and there’s nothing else quite like it. I was using an Airtop1 as my main computer so I was already used to the look, the form factor, the build quality and the passive cooling… I didn’t expect to be that impressed with it, but the gap in performance really took me by surprise. I hope we’ll be able to gather our impressions and write a full review next month.

If you’re interested in the MintBox3 check the press release at https://fit-iot.com/web/products/mintbox3/mintbox3-press-release.

The MintBox3 is currently available for $1399 and $2499 depending on the specification:

  • The MintBox3 Basic is the entry model with Core i5-9500 6 core CPU, 16 GB RAM and 256 GB Samsung NVMe SSD.
  • The MintBox3 Pro is the high-end model with Core i9-9900K 8 core CPU, GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6 GB graphics, 32 GB RAM and 1 TB Samsung NVMe SSD.

This is a luxury computer and it feels really unique. When you show it to neighbors and friends the first thing they ask is “what is it?”. We know this unit isn’t for everybody, and it certainly doesn’t look like a budget computer or a commodity product. Since 2012, everything we’ve done with Compulab has felt really special. We’ve put our logo on some of the cutest and smallest silent computers and we’ve been really proud to be part of this. Today we’re admiring our diamond laser cut logo on a machine which doesn’t just look cute and unique, but which is also brutally powerful. This is the fastest computer I’ve put my hands on, it’s the best built machine I’ve ever played with, and it runs Linux Mint.

Complete release notes can be found here.