Mint 16: How to upgrade from RC to Stable (KDE edition)
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Apply all safe updates (level 1 and 2) Run the Update Manager Click on the “Clear” button Select all Level 1 and Level 2 updates Click on “Install Updates” Remove OpenSSH The OpenSSH server was present in the RC and needs to be removed. Open a terminal and type: apt remove --purge openssh-server 1 apt ...

Mint 16: How to upgrade from RC to Stable (MATE/Cinnamon editions)
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Important notes If you used PPAs during the RC, it is strongly recommended that you perform a fresh installation with the stable ISOs, especially if you used the xorg-edgers PPA. Fix APT priorities Open a terminal and type the following command: In Cinnamon: gksu gedit /etc/apt/preferences.d/official-package-repositories.pref 1 gksu gedit /etc/apt/preferences.d/official-package-repositories.pref In MATE: gksu pluma /etc/apt/preferences.d/official-package-repositories.pref ...

Answering controversy: Stability vs Security is something you configure
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Answering controversy: Stability vs Security is something you configure
I hear a Canonical dev was more opinionated than knowledgeable and the press blew what he said out of proportion. I wouldn’t mind too much, if we weren’t finding ourselves answering questions from panicked users rather than working on what matters right now (i.e. Mint 16 RC). So I’ll be brief. About package updates: We ...

Linux Action Show reviews Cinnamon 2.0
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Here’s a video review of Cinnamon 2.0 from the Linux Action Show: The review starts at 38:30. Notes: The menu is still a little slow to open and that still isn’t fixed in 2.0. We think it’s to do with Clutter and the rendering of the icons. In the sound applet the layout is a ...

How to build and install the latest Cinnamon from Git
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Introduction This article explains how to install the very latest Cinnamon, not the very latest stable release, but the current version from the Github development repository. Warning If you are not experienced with APT/DPKG, do NOT try this at home. This is trivial for certain users and really complicated for others. If things go wrong, ...

Cinnamon 2.0 released!
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Cinnamon 2.0 released!
On behalf of the team and all the developers who contributed to this build, I am proud to announce the release of Cinnamon 2.0! This new version will be featured in Linux Mint 16 “Petra” planned for the end of November and will then be backported to LMDE and Linux Mint 13 LTS. Cinnamon 2.0 ...

Cinnamon 2.0 feature-freeze
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The following projects are under feature-freeze: cjs cinnamon-desktop cinnamon-translations cinnamon-session cinnamon-settings-daemon cinnamon-control-center cinnamon-screensaver nemo Pull requests are being reviewed for Muffin and Cinnamon at the moment with the aim to feature freeze them this week. Feature-frozen projects are labelled “2.0.0”. They continue to receive bug fixes on the 2.0.x series (for instance, cinnamon-settings-daemon and cinnamon-control-center ...

MDM lost 10 pounds
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MDM lost 10 pounds
MDM is central in Linux Mint and at the crossroads of many important technologies, plymouth, bumblebee, upstart, consolekit, Xorg, DE sessions, screensavers… so it needs to work well but also to be easy to maintain. Originally it was designed as GDM in 2007. At the time features which mattered (XDMCP, Xnest, Solaris support) don’t matter ...

Cinnamon Sound Events
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Cinnamon Sound Events
Swoosh.. swoosh … when switching workspaces. Some lasers shoot in the distance as I plug in my USB stick… the kids are properly impressed… and I’m already annoyed at the amount of noise my desktop generates. Of course it’s configurable and right now it’s configured to put a smile on the kids’ face :) You ...

MDM’s distro.conf
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MDM's distro.conf
MDM now allows distributions to define their own default configuration in /usr/share/mdm/distro.conf. For any given configuration key, the value is looked up in the following files and in the following order: /etc/mdm/mdm.conf (set up by the user with or without mdmsetup) /usr/share/mdm/distro.conf (provided by distributions) /usr/share/mdm/defaults.conf (provided by MDM) This is obviously great news for ...