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Jan 13, 2014 - 06:56pm

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    01 Staff (not verified)

    Hi all,

    Thanks a lot for this new version...but it doesn't work with Linux Mint 16 Petra.

    No errors but only "Checking distribution... Failed".

    From, we can read : Linux Mint 16 is based on Ubuntu 13.10. Make sure to read the Ubuntu release notes.

    I have the new haswell Intel architecture and I can't use me, please

    Some informations :

    bertrand@BFT-UX302LA ~ $ cat /etc/lsb-release
    DISTRIB_DESCRIPTION="Linux Mint 16 Petra"


    Linux BFT-UX302LA 3.11.0-12-generic #19-Ubuntu SMP Wed Oct 9 16:20:46 UTC 2013 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux

    System:    Host: BFT-UX302LA Kernel: 3.11.0-12-generic x86_64 (64 bit) Desktop: Gnome Distro: Linux Mint 16 Petra
    Machine:   Mobo: ASUSTeK model: UX302LA version: 1.0 Bios: American Megatrends version: UX302LA.207 date: 10/30/2013
    CPU:       Dual core Intel Core i5-4200U CPU (-HT-MCP-) cache: 3072 KB
               Clock Speeds: 1: 1200.00 MHz 2: 759.00 MHz 3: 1500.00 MHz 4: 1600.00 MHz
               CPU Flags: fpu vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic sep mtrr pge mca cmov pat pse36 clflush dts
               acpi mmx fxsr sse sse2 ss ht tm pbe syscall nx pdpe1gb rdtscp lm constant_tsc arch_perfmon pebs bts
               rep_good nopl xtopology nonstop_tsc aperfmperf eagerfpu pni pclmulqdq dtes64 monitor ds_cpl vmx est tm2 ssse3 fma cx16 xtpr
               pdcm pcid sse4_1 sse4_2 movbe popcnt tsc_deadline_timer aes xsave avx f16c rdrand lahf_lm abm ida arat epb xsaveopt
               pln pts dtherm tpr_shadow vnmi flexpriority ept vpid fsgsbase tsc_adjust bmi1 avx2 smep bmi2 erms invpcid
    Graphics:  Card: Intel Haswell-ULT Integrated Graphics Controller
               X.Org: 1.14.3 drivers: vesa,intel (unloaded: fbdev) Resolution: 1920x1080@0.0hz
               GLX Renderer: Gallium 0.4 on llvmpipe (LLVM 3.3, 256 bits) GLX Version: 2.1 Mesa 9.2.1
    Audio:     Card-1: Intel Lynx Point-LP HD Audio Controller driver: snd_hda_intel Sound: ALSA ver: k3.11.0-12-generic
               Card-2: Intel Device 0a0c driver: snd_hda_intel
    Network:   Card-1: Intel Wireless 7260 driver: iwlwifi
               IF: wlan0 state: up mac: 5c:51:4f:2e:7d:c7
               Card-2: Atmel
               IF: N/A state: N/A speed: N/A duplex: N/A mac: N/A
    Drives:    HDD Total Size: 272.1GB (2.5% used) 1: id: /dev/sda model: OCZ size: 256.1GB
               2: id: /dev/sdb model: SanDisk_SSD_U110 size: 16.0GB
    Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 51.0C mobo: N/A
               Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A
    Repos:     deb petra main upstream import #id:linuxmint_main
               deb petra main #id:linuxmint_extra
               deb saucy main restricted universe multiverse
               deb saucy-updates main restricted universe multiverse
               deb saucy-security main restricted universe multiverse
               deb saucy partner

    I hope this can be help you.

    Best regards,


    Jan 13, 2014 - 06:56pm
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    fledermaus (not verified)

    Hi there - at the moment we target the most recent releases of Fedora and Ubuntu: We have
    a very small team and only so many hours we can devote to this, so while we'd like to support
    more distros we just can't realistically do it right now: None of these decisions are set in stone,
    of course, and no doubt which (and how many) distros we try to support is a decision that we
    will re-visit from time to time.

    However all is not lost: Every package in this project is available as a source package too, in the same
    repositories that the installer uses, and while we can't support another distro right now we'd be more
    than happy for someone involved with Mint (maybe you, if you have the time?) to pick up the work
    and prepare it for Mint: If you do decide to do this, please do get in touch with any questions you have.

    Jan 14, 2014 - 05:44pm
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    anandrkris (not verified)

    Hi - I had a discussion with Clem, Project manager of Mint Distribution, and he gave me certain details which I think will be helpful in providing support for Mint. As Mint is based on Ubuntu, Mint's release is directly mapped to Ubuntu's release and can be found by "lsb_release -u -c"

    "I’m not expecting Intel to keep up with each of our codenames, but they can simply test the existence of /etc/linuxmint/info to know it’s Linux Mint, and once that’s done, a simple “lsb_release -u -c” for instance will give them the Ubuntu codename “trusty”, “lsb_release -u -r” will give them the Ubuntu release number.. see? -u is for “upstream”, without it you get Mint info, with it you get Ubuntu info." - Clem

    Please look into the feasibility of implementing support for Mint as there is a siginificant user base for Mint. Appreciate your Linux support and grateful for all you hardwork. Thanks.


    Anand R

    Oct 17, 2014 - 05:46am
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    fledermaus (not verified)

    That's interesting. How divergent is Mint from Ubuntu, in a vague, finger in the air, take a guess kind of way? I can always ask, but no promises.

    Oct 21, 2014 - 06:28am
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    anandrkris (not verified)

    Thanks for replying. I am not a developer, so take my response with a pinch of salt. Mint uses same base packages as Ubuntu. Mint releases are based out of Ubuntu and main difference is in terms of certain Mint tools and Mint's DE CInnamon. See below screenshot, you can see that Mint points to Ubuntu base. Also, have myself just changed lsb-release file on few occassions and had a fine upgrade. You can catch Mint dev team over IRc sportchat @ #linuxmint-dev.

    Objectively, Mint is becoming one of the most popular distro and feel Intel would please a large Linux community by supporting Mint.

    Oct 21, 2014 - 09:59am
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    fledermaus (not verified)

    I'll bring it up at the next review: No promises, it's not my decision :)

    Nov 04, 2014 - 07:58am
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    twosquid (not verified)

    Distrowatch is an impartial third party:

    Mint has a solid lead in 1st place. It's extremely compatible with Ubuntu under-the-hood. No reason at all for anyone to NOT support it, if they're going to support ANY Linux distro at all.

    1. Mint 2522

    2. Ubuntu 1845

    3. Debian 1608

    4. Mageia 1215

    5. Fedora 1157

    Oct 21, 2014 - 06:24pm
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    twosquid (not verified)

    Here are the impartial figures from "DistroWatch" -- which covers all Linux distributions:

    This site is completely unbiased; when I first went there around 2000, Red Hat was in the lead.

    The numbers below are "hits per day" on the various Linux distributions.

    As you can see, Debian is a *sloppy* second. 

    You basically chose to support the #3 and #5 distributions -- ignoring the #1. Why?

    1. Mint 3571

    2. Debian 1876

    3. Ubuntu 1869

    4. Mageia 1500

    5. Fedora 1379


    Jan 17, 2014 - 02:49pm
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    qasim (not verified)

    STEP NO 1.

    sudo nano /etc/lsb-release


    STEP NO 2.


    DISTRIB_DESCRIPTION="Linux Mint 16 Petra"



    DISTRIB_DESCRIPTION="Linux Mint 16 Petra"


    Save And Close ( ctrl +x )


    STEP NO 3.

    sudo intel-linux-graphics-installer


    STEP NO 4.

    Install and Reboot




    Please Note : Every time when you update the driver you need to edit /etc/lsb-release file.


    Jan 17, 2014 - 09:25pm
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    skylarmb (not verified)

    Hey, this worked for me! Thanks! Just different numbers in my case

    Changed mine to 



    Dec 30, 2014 - 01:30pm
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    drfits (not verified)


    Thank you, this workaround worked on Linux Mint 17.1 at my laptop.

    Jan 22, 2015 - 12:27pm