Archives For Linux Mint

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

Linux Mint 13

Are you still using Linux Mint 13 Maya? Well, there’s a good news! Linux Mint developer has made a few backports from Petra to Maya. Which means you can now upgrade to MDM 1.4, Cinnamon 2.0 or MATE 1.6, and the latest versions of mintwelcome, mintstick, mintnanny, mintupload, mintupdate, mintinstall, mintsystem, mintmenu, and mintdesktop in Mint 13 Maya from the Mint backport repository.

To get started:

1. Open up Software Sources from start menu. In the first tab, check the box which says “Backported packages (backport)”

enable backports repository Mint

2. Launch the Update Manager from Menu. After checking for updates (Update Manager do it automatically), you’ll see a list of available updates, including Cinnamon 2.0 or MATE 1.6, MDM 1.4 and other latest packages.

Cinnamon 2.0 MATE 1.6 backports to Mint 13

3. Click on Install Updates and Enjoy!

Linux Mint 16 Petra usb

Linux Mint 16 has been released recently. It’s based on Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy. This tutorial shows beginners how to install Linux Mint 16 from USB stick.

All you need to do is download the ISO file, burn the image into USB, boot from usb and install Linux Mint.

1. Download Linux Mint 16 ISO file:

The Cinnamon and MATE editions are available in official download page

2. Burn Linux Mint 16 into USB

a. Insert 2GB+ USB and format it into FAT32 (DON’T check the “quick format” box).

b. Download Unetbootin, which allows you to create bootable Live USB drives for Ubuntu, Fedora, and other Linux distributions without burning a CD.

c. Open Unetbootin, choose the downloaded image file and click OK to start burning.

burn linux mint 16 into usb

d. Once done, in BIOS choose to boot with USB. You’ll see the screen below:

Linux Mint usb boot screen

3. Install Linux Mint 16 from USB:

In previous boot screen choose “Start Linux Mint”. When system boots up, click “Install Linux Mint” icon on Desktop to bring up install wizard and then you can follow this step by step guide to install Linux Mint.

bitdefender linux repository

This tutorial shows how to install BitDefender Antivirus Scanner in Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy or Linux Mint 16 Petra from bitdefender repository.

Bitdefender is an antivirus software suite developed by Romania-based software company Softwin. You can use the Free Edition on Ubuntu Linux to scan remove devices and ntfs partitions.

Tutorial Objectives:

  • Install BitDefender Scanner in Ubuntu 13.10 or Linux Mint 16
  • Enjoy!

To get started, press Ctrl+Alt+T on your keyboard to open terminal. When it opens, run commands to add BitDefender repository for Linux:

sudo sh -c 'echo "deb bitdefender non-free" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/bitdefender.list'

Then get the key:

wget -O- -q | sudo apt-key add -

After that, you can install the Scanner after checking for updates. Or run:

sudo apt-get update; sudo apt-get install bitdefender-scanner-gui

You can also install Bitdefender-samba, Bitdefender-mail with the commands below:

sudo apt-get install bitdefender-samba bitdefender-mail

Once installed, restart your computer and you’ll see the shortcut icon in Unity Dash.

bitdefender ubuntu 13.10