mintCast 213 – Linux Mint 17.1 “Rebecca”

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  • We have all  winner! Fresh Linux Mint 17.1 – hands down the best
    Beats Ubuntu, Fedora, openSUSE, Elementary (
  • Linux Mint 17.1 finally makes MATE’s fancy Compiz graphics easy to use (
  • Systemd fallout: Debian fork Devuan set up (
  • OS X 10.10 vs. Ubuntu 14.10 vs. Fedora 21 vs. openSUSE Factory (

Main Topic: Linux Mint 17.1 “Rebecca” Released!


  • Linux Mint 17.1 is a long term support release which will be supported until 2019. It comes with updated software and brings refinements and many new features to make your desktop even more comfortable to use.


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  • 11 Useful Utilities To Supercharge Your Ubuntu Experience ( Whether you’re a relative novice or a seasoned pro, we all want to get the most from our operating system. Ubuntu, like most modern OSes, has more to offer than what is presented at first blush.  From tweaking and refining the look, behavior and performance of the Unity desktop to performing system maintenance, there are a huge array of useful utilities and apps that can help tune Ubuntu to meet your needs in no time..

Tip of the Podcast:

  • 10 Sed (Stream Editor) Command Examples ( Sed is a stream editor in UNIX like operating system which is used for filtering and transforming text. Sed is derived originally from the basic line editor ‘ed’, an editor you will find on every unix system but one that is rarely used because of its difficult user interface.
  • Xfce window borders missing ( On one bad day if you find your nice, slick Xfce desktop environment is all messed up and there are no window decorations or title bar in the application windows.. it can be because your window manager has crashed.

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5 Replies to “mintCast 213 – Linux Mint 17.1 “Rebecca””

  1. Brian36, Dorset, UK

    Thanks guys. Very thought-provoking. It seems we are at the stage when Linux, despite the Debian politics, is now quite stable. I don’t know about the ‘year of the desktop Linux’, but I’ve been using Mint for years now. I settled on Mate as I like a straight-forward flexible desktop to get stuff done. I don’t need rotating cubes. I use the on-board graphics card on this Acer M3920 quad i5-2300. I just need the boring distros with essential updates. So, I only select options 1 and 2, having deselected 3. I’m not bothering with LM17.1 until I break it, then I nuke and pave.

  2. Will

    I can’t speak to any of the other packages that Joe brought up, but personally I regularly run LibreOffice 4.2.* any way because that is the stable version (what the Document Foundation calls the “Still” version). The last time I tried the 4.3.* version (about two weeks) it had a nasty bug that caused it to crash whenever I tried to copy a table to the clipboard in Impress. This bug has been in the 4.3.* branch since at least late August. There is a closed bug report that claims to fix the problem but it must not have made it into a release yet. Even when that bug is fixed in a release, I might stay with the Still version because its feature set is still relatively recent and so far I have not had problems with it, whereas I know already that it is possible for significant bugs to make it into the “Fresh” version of LibreOffice (the table copying bug made LibreOffice unusable for the way I use Impress).

    I just mention my experience to point out that there is some wisdom in staying with a stable package set, though maybe in Mint’s case it is just a coincidence that they have stayed on 4.2 instead of moving to 4.3, and not a conscious decision based on the program’s stability.

  3. Mister Sterling

    Excellent show, guys! I was delaying upgrading from 17.0 to 17.1 (Cinnamon), hesitant to point my Update Manager to a new repository. Well today (Sunday December 7), the Mint Update came through in the Update Manager for me, and I was able to use the Edit menu to upgrade to 17.1. It was very fast and smooth once I got past the annoying update window. It forces users to click on several links, each of which opens a web page detailing release notes and new features. Only after opening these sites, did the installer allow me to proceed. I’ve only been a Mint user since version 16 – just 13 months – but I am sure Joe would go on a rant if he had to go through that annoying exercise. It didn’t seem to be the Mint way of doing things.

    I also appreciated Joe’s reiteration of his opinion of System D. It was the first time I had heard him use Red Hat as the reference point for the possible future of Lunux distros. I don’t yet know where I stand, philosophically, but I am closer to understanding what it is and the implications of it becoming the standard.

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