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So what happens when Linux Mint 18.2 Cinnamon crashes?

Since I started mining Ethereum with my main desktop computer, my Lenovo G50 laptop has become my main computer. Aside from the Windows 10 that shipped with it, it also has three Linux distributions installed on it, with Linux Mint being the one I use most often.

Last week I upgraded it from Linux Mint 18 to Linux Mint 18.1, used it for several days, then upgraded it again to Linux Mint 18.2. That last upgrade gave me the Cinnamon desktop 3.4.4. All was well for one day before I got the dialog prompt shown in Figure 1.

Cinnamon desktop crashed
Figure 1: Prompt announcing the crash of Cinnamon 3.4.4

Because it crashed, the desktop was then operating in fallback mode. To restart or not to restart? That’s was the question, my friends! Not knowing what to expect, because I likely had unsaved documents, I chose to restart.

Cinnamon desktop in faallback mode
Figure 2: Linux Mint 18.2 in fallback mode after the Cinnamon 3.4.4 desktop crashed

Restarting a Cinnamon desktop means restarting just the desktop itself, not the whole operating system. It’s a really neat feature. After restarting, which seemed more like a refresh of the desktop, I was back to a normal Cinnamon desktop. And, thankfully, I didn’t lose any unsaved work. The bad news is, since that first crash, it has crashed four more times.

 Cinnamon desktop on Linux Mint 18.2
Figure 3: Linux Mint 18.2 in normal mode after the Cinnamon 3.4.4 desktop was restarted

So my shiny new Linux Mint 18.2 desktop running Cinnamon 3.4.4 is very buggy. Unfortunately, Linux Mint, as far as I know, does not provide a means to auto-report issues. So if you’ve been planning to upgrade to Linux Mint 18.2 Cinnamon. be prepared for the occasional crash.

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9 Comments

  1. DL Herring

    I have to chime in with a “same here”. With LM 18 & 18.1 I had no crashes. With 18.2 it’s frequent. At least now I know I’m not the only one. Otherwise, I’m pleased with Mint and have used it as my primary system for many years.

  2. Yes, same problem here 🙁

  3. I have Lenovo b50-10, i installed directly Linux Mint 18.2 and for the moment never had any crash of Cinnamon (it’s 3.4.4) just some few bugs : sometimes wifi disconnect (i have to desactive/reactive to be connected), and sometimes it doesn’t turn off well so i have to force turn off with the power button. Do you have these bugs sometimes ?

  4. I’ve been getting the same problem since upgrading to Linux Mint 18.2. 18.1 worked fine.

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