Release Notes for Linux Mint 19.1 Xfce
This is Linux Mint 19.1, codename Tessa.
The default touchpad driver in this edition is "synaptics" (provided by the xserver-xorg-input-synaptics package).
If you experience problems with it, you can switch to another driver called "libinput" (provided by the xserver-xorg-input-libinput package).
To know which driver is used by your input devices, run the following command:
grep -i "Using input driver" /var/log/Xorg.0.log
When both drivers are installed, "synaptics" takes priority.
To switch to the "libinput" driver, remove "synaptics" with the commands:
apt remove xserver-xorg-input-synaptics
Then log out and log back in.
To go back to using "synaptics", simply reinstall it:
apt install xserver-xorg-input-synaptics
Then log out and log back in.
Note: You can also try installing the "evdev" driver (provided by the xserver-xorg-input-evdev).
Garbled screen in Virtualbox
If the screen is garbled when launching Linux Mint in Virtualbox, switch to console with HOST+F1 (e.g. the RIGHT Ctrl key, no ALT) and back to tty7 with HOST+F7.
Another workaround is to disable "nested paging" (in the System -> Acceleration settings) and to increase the video memory to 128MB (in the Display settings).
Note: This issue only affects the live session. You don't need these workarounds post-installation.
Virtualbox Guest Additions
To add support for shared folders, drag and drop, proper acceleration and display resolution in Virtualbox, click on the "Devices" menu of Virtualbox and choose "Insert Guest Additions CD Image". Choose "download" when asked and follow the instructions.
For more info, read Installing the VirtualBox Guest Additions.
Home directory encryption
Benchmarks have demonstrated that, in most cases, home directory encryption is slower than full disk encryption.
The move to systemd caused a regression in ecrypts which is responsible for mounting/unmounting encrypted home directories when you login and logout. Because of this issue, please be aware that in Mint 19 and newer releases, your encrypted home directory is no longer unmounted on logout: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/gnome-session/+bug/1734541.
The move to systemd caused a regression affecting LightDM guest sessions. Please be aware that in Mint 19 and newer releases, guest session processes are no longer properly confined: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/lightdm/+bug/1663157.
You can still enable guest sessions in the "Login Window" utility, but this option is now disabled by default.
Scanner not detected
A regression in libsane affects many scanners (Epson, Brother, Xerox, Samsung..etc).
The bug was reported at https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/sane-backends/+bug/1728012
The bug report contains various workarounds for the different branch of scanners.
Vertical band in scanned documents
Ubuntu 18.04 introduced another libsane regression:
The bug report is available at https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/sane-backends/+bug/1731459
Samba changed their protocol to work with Windows 10 and that can prevent you from seing your Windows network.
To work around this issue, edit /etc/samba/smb.conf and add the following line in the [global] section:
client max protocol = NT1
Save the file and reboot.
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
Linux Mint 19.1 is based on Ubuntu 18.04. Make sure to read the Ubuntu release notes.
Username and password in the live session
In the live session, the username is "mint" and the password is empty (i.e. just press Enter if asked for a password).
Moving windows which don't fit in the screen
If your screen resolution is too low, some windows might not fit in the screen.
While pressing the ALT key, you can grab any part of a window with the mouse and move it across the screen.
Installing multimedia codecs offline
To download the multimedia codecs into an installable archive:
- Boot from the Linux Mint ISO on a computer which is connected to the Internet
- Open a terminal and type "apt download mint-meta-codecs" (without the quotes)
- This creates a "mint-meta-codecs.tgz" archive
On computers which do not have an Internet access, you can decompress this archive and run ./install.sh (or alternatively "sudo dpkg -i *.deb") to install the multimedia codecs.
Booting with non-PAE CPUs
To boot Linux Mint on CPUs 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.
Solving freezes during the boot sequence
Some graphics 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:
If your graphics card is from NVIDIA, 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 system tray 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".
- Try with "noapic noacpi nosplash irqpoll" instead of "quiet splash".
- 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".
Choosing the right version of Linux Mint
Each new version comes with a new kernel and a newer set of drivers. Most of the time, this means newer versions are compatible with a larger variety of hardware components, but sometimes it might also introduce regressions. If you are facing hardware issues with the latest version of Linux Mint and you are unable to solve them, you can always try an earlier release. If that one works better for you, you can stick to it, or you can use it to install Linux Mint and then upgrade to the newer release.