Archives For Linux Mint


Linux Mint 19, a popular Ubuntu-based Linux distribution, was officially released today for Cinnamon, MATE, and Xfce editions.

Linux Mint 19, codename “Tara”, is a long term support (LTS) which will be supported until 2023. It ships with Linux kernel 4.15 and based on Ubuntu 18.04.

Linux Mint 19 features:

  • Ships with Cinnamon 3.8, MATE 1.20, Xfce 4.12 for respective editions.
  • TimeShift now is used for performing OS system snapshots (system restore points).
  • Brand new welcome screen.
  • Various improvements to Update Manager and Software Manager.
  • Great improvements for HiDPI support
  • The multimedia codecs now include the Microsoft fonts.
  • All the Mint tools support HiDPI, GTK3 and Python3.
  • XApps, Artwork, and many other improvements.


Download Linux Mint 19

Cinnamon 3.4

Cinnamon desktop environment has reached the new massive 3.4 release a few days ago. Though there’s no official announcement published on Linux Mint blog at the moment of writing, you can now install it in Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 17.04 via PPA.

Cinnamon 3.4.0 brings over 160 changes, and here are some of them:

  • The settings daemon is split into multiple processes. Make it easy to identify excessive CPU or memory usage and isolating crashes to only affect a particular plugin.
  • Nemo is split into two separate processes. One for the desktop icons, and one for the file manager windows.
  • Added “Run now” button in the settings’ module for managing startup applications
  • Support for configuring the LightDM login manager in Cinnamon Settings.
  • New Cinnamon Settings option for configuration acceleration and sensitivity of the mouse.
  • Cinnamon is now capable of adapting to the multi-process CSD.
  • See the full changelog for details.

Cinnamon Desktop 3.4

How to Install Cinnamon 3.4 via PPA in Ubuntu:

The unofficial PPA has just build the Cinnamon 3.4 packages for Ubuntu 16.04, and Ubuntu 17.04.

1. Open terminal via Ctrl+Alt+T or by searching for “Terminal” from start menu. When it opens, run command to add the PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:embrosyn/cinnamon

Type in your password (no visual feedback due to security reason) and hit Enter.

Cinnamon 3.4 PPA

2. Then update and install Cinnamon desktop via commands:

sudo apt update

sudo apt install cinnamon

After that, log out and select log in back with Cinnamon session.

Cinnamon session in greeter

HP printers in Linux

HP print, scan and fax Drivers for Linux just got an update a few hours ago with new printers and Linux Distros support, Linux Mint 17 Qiana is included.

HPLIP (Hewlett-Packard Linux Imaging & Printing) is an HP-developed solution for printing, scanning, and faxing with HP inkjet and laser based printers in Linux. It is free, open source software distributed under the MIT, BSD, and GPL license.

The latest HPLIP 3.14.6 was released on June 4th, which added support for Boss 5.0, Debian 7.5, Linux Mint 17, and following new printers:

  • HP DesignJet Z6600 PostScript
  • HP DesignJet Z6800PS Photo
  • HP DesignJet D5800 60-in Production Printer
  • HP DesignJet T3500 36-in Production eMFP
  • HP Designjet T7200 42-in Production Printer
  • HP Deskjet 2543 All-in-One Printer
  • HP Deskjet 2549 All-in-One Printer
  • HP OfficeJet Pro 8640 e-All-in-One Printer
  • HP OfficeJet Pro 8660 e-All-in-One Printer

Also there are a few bug fixes:

  • Fixed Device Communication Error on launching HP Device Manager
  • Unable to add/remove file in ‘hp-sendfax’ wizard
  • Fax cover page does not get changed after changing recipient second time
  • Improved scan performance for ‘hp-scan’ utility

Install HPLIP 3.14.6:

1. Download the installer:

Download HPLIP 3.14.6

Or check out if there’s a new release at official page.

2. Press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard to open the terminal. When it opens, run the installer via:

cd ~/Downloads && chmod +x && ./

Answer the questions to finish the installing process. Once done, restart your computer.

Linux Mint 17 Qiana

Linux Mint 17 Qiana, a long term support release which will be supported until 2019, is finally available for download for both the Cinnamon and the MATE flavors.

Linux Mint 17 “Qiana” is based on Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr LTS and all future Mint releases will be based only on Ubuntu LTS.

The first flavors released are Cinnamon and MATE and the ISOs come before the official announcement, available for download at Irish mirror:

Linux Mint 17 (Irish mirror)

The official announcement is coming soon, be sure to check out release details at

Linux Mint 16

Linux Mint 16 “Petra” KDE & Xfce has been released on 22 Dec. Both releases feature Xfce 4.10 / KDE 4.11, MDM 1.4, a Linux kernel 3.11 and an Ubuntu 13.10 package base. Let’s see what’s NEW in these two release and how to upgrade from a previous version of Linux Mint.

New features in Mint 16 Xfce (complete overview):

  • Xfce 4.10 Desktop
  • Whisker Menu 1.2
  • Pulse Audio (allow to switch back to ALSA)
  • Login Screen (MDM 1.4)
  • USB Stick support
  • Performance improvements
  • Bug fixes and performance improvements on Software Manager
  • Lots of system improvements
  • Artwork Improvements


New Features in Mint 16 KDE (See complete overview):

  • KDE 4.11
  • Samba Mounter -mount network shares graphically and locally
  • Login Screen (MDM 1.4)
  • USB Stick support
  • Performance improvements
  • Bug fixes and performance improvements on Software Manager
  • Lots of system improvements
  • Artwork Improvements


Download Links & Upgrade instructions

Both releases can follow this instructions to upgrade from a previous version of Linux Mint.

Download Links:

Linux Mint 16 Petra KDE 32-bit | 64-bit

Linux Mint 16 Petra Xfce 32-bit | 64-bit