Release Notes for Linux Mint 17.3 MATE

Introduction

This is Linux Mint 17.3, codename Rosa.


Linux Mint 17.3 "Rosa" MATE Edition

Important links


Known issues

Can't boot? Use a previous release and upgrade instead

There are 4 different Linux Mint 17.x releases available:

  • Linux Mint 17 "Qiana" (kernel 3.13, xorg 1.15, mesa 10.1.3)
  • Linux Mint 17.1 "Rebecca" (kernel 3.13, xorg 1.15, mesa 10.1.3)
  • Linux Mint 17.2 "Rafaela" (kernel 3.16, xorg 1.15, mesa 10.1.3)
  • Linux Mint 17.3 "Rosa" (kernel 3.19, xorg 1.17, mesa 10.5.9)

All four of them share the same base and they're all supported until 2019.

Each new release introduces noticeable innovations and improvements, updated software and desktop environments.

Upgrading from any of these releases to the latest one:

  • Is safe, very easy and it only takes a few minutes
  • Gives you access to updated software and desktop environments, as well as the latest Linux Mint features and innovations
  • Doesn't affect hardware support (i.e. upgrading does not update the kernel, xorg or mesa)

So if kernel 3.19 or the new Xorg/Mesa don't agree with your hardware and you find yourself unable to install Linux Mint 17.3, just download 17.1 or 17.2 instead and upgrade from there. You'll find yourself running 17.3 in no time, enjoying the latest features with the same hardware support as in the release you installed.

New APT priorities

In previous releases, Linux Mint repositories had an APT priority of 700 (as opposed to 500 for Ubuntu, Debian and 3rd party repositories).

This was changed in Linux Mint 17.3:

  • The "upstream" component of the Linux Mint repositories was kept at priority 700.
  • All other components ("main", "import", "backport", "romeo") as well as the "extra" repository, had their priority lowered to 500.

This improves support for PPA archives and makes it easier to upgrade software provided by Linux Mint (LibreOffice, KDE, MATE, Cinnamon... etc.) via 3rd party repositories.

If you're upgrading from a previous release and you modified the default priorities, please revert your changes.

UEFI support

UEFI is fully supported.

Linux Mint is not certified by Microsoft (and should not need to be). If your computer is using "secureBoot", turn it off.

Note: If you really need secureBoot, you will need to use rEFInd and sign the kernel with a MOK).

Solving freezes with NVIDIA GeForce GPUs

Some NVIDIA GeForce cards don't work well with the open-source driver present in Linux Mint.

If Linux Mint freezes during boot time, use the "nomodeset" boot option as illustrated in the video below:

If you're booting in EFI mode, the procedure is similar but the menu looks slightly different:

Thanks to "nomodeset" you should be able to boot Linux Mint and install it on your computer.

After the installation, reboot the computer and hold SHIFT to force the boot menu to appear.

Add the "nomodeset" option as illustrated below:

Once in Linux Mint, perform the following steps to install the NVIDIA drivers:

  • 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 and you no longer need to use "nomodeset".

Note: 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 you still cannot boot try one of the following solutions:

  • Try with "nouveau.noaccel=1" instead of "nomodeset".
  • Use the "Compatibility mode" to boot and install Linux Mint.
  • After the installation, use "Advanced Options" -> "Recovery mode" from the boot menu and choose "resume".

Booting with non-PAE CPUs

To boot Linux Mint 17.3 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.

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.

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 17.3 is based on Ubuntu 14.04. Make sure to read the Ubuntu release notes.