Release Notes for Linux Mint 17.2 MATE

Introduction

This is Linux Mint 17.2, codename Rafaela.


Linux Mint 17.2 "Rafaela" MATE Edition

Important links


Known issues

UEFI support

UEFI is fully supported.

Note: Linux Mint does not use digital signatures and does not register to be certified by Microsoft as being a "secure" OS. As such, it will not boot with SecureBoot. If your system is using secureBoot, turn it off.

Note: Linux Mint places its boot files in /boot/efi/EFI/ubuntu to work around this bug. This does not prevent the installation of multiple releases or distributions, or dual-boots between Ubuntu and Linux Mint, as they can all be bootable from the same grub menu.

Solving freezes with NVIDIA GeForce GPUs

The open-source drivers present in Linux Mint do not support some of the NVIDIA cards very well. You might experience black screens, freezes or kernel panics.

The best way to solve the issue is to keep trying, until it eventually works. Once the system is installed:

  • Run the Driver Manager
  • Choose the NVIDIA drivers and wait for them to be installed
  • Reboot the computer

With these drivers the system should now be stable.

If you're using an Optimus card, you've nothing more to do. Upon reboot, a systray icon should show up indicating which GPU is currently active. Click on it to switch GPUs.

Note: If no matter how many times you try, you cannot boot or install with the open-source drivers, try one of the following solutions:

  • At the boot menu of the live DVD/USB, press Tab to edit the boot arguments and add "nomodeset" at the end of the line.
  • Remove "quiet splash --" from that same line.
  • Append "nouveau.noaccel=1" at the end of the line.

Booting with non-PAE CPUs

To boot Linux Mint 17.2 on CPU which do not officially support PAE (Pentium M processors for instance), please use the "Start Linux Mint with PAE forced" option from the boot menu.

Misconfigured Swap when using home directory encryption

When using the option to encrypt the home directory, an upstream issue in the installer results in the Swap partition not being configured properly.

Click here and here for more information on this bug.

Watching Flash DRM content

To watch videos from a video/replay/VOD website using Flash with DRM, please follow this tutorial: http://community.linuxmint.com/tutorial/view/2028

DVD Playback with VLC

If VLC does not find your DVD player, click on Media->Open Disc, and specify '/dev/sr0' as the disc device.

Bluetooth

Bluetooth is not present by default.

To add Bluetooth support, please install the package "blueman".

Issues with KDE apps

If you're experiencing issues with KDE apps (Okular, Gwenview, KStars..etc) run the following command:

  • apt install kdelibs-bin kdelibs5-data kdelibs5-plugins

Note: These issues do not affect the KDE edition. A regression in KDE 4.14 prevents these applications from working fine out of the box outside of KDE.

Other issues

If you're experiencing keyboard or mouse freezes, please check the following bug report: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/nfs-utils/+bug/1270445

If you own an AMD CPU with an MSI card and your computer keeps rebooting, please check the following bug report: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/linux/+bug/1309578

Linux Mint 17.2 is based on Ubuntu 14.04. Make sure to read the Ubuntu release notes.