Peppermint 4

Have installed and updated onto a spare HDD.

Is there a restricted -extras package for this O/S…?.


Yes … you need to make sure the “Independent” and “Canonical Partner” repos are enabled.
Menu > Preferences > Software & Updates > Other Software (tab)

then close that dialog

then update the package cache

sudo apt-get update

Then install ttf-mscorefonts-installer

sudo apt-get install ttf-mscorefonts-installer

(hint … Use the Tab key to select OK and YES)

then install both ubuntu-restricted-extras and lubuntu-restricted-extras

sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras lubuntu-restricted-extras

Or check out stages 4, 5, and 7 in this tutorial

Got it Many Thanks.

A new O/S up and running in a couple of hours.

Jocklad ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D

I hope you enjoy Peppermint :slight_smile:

Now that you’ve installed the “extras” packages … if you’re likely to play any commercial DVD’s, you might also want to run:

sudo /usr/share/doc/libdvdread4/

to enable playback of DVD’s that use the CSS content scrambling system.

Thanks again Mark.

Have installed it.

Will give Peppermint a good run today. ;D


Delighted with Peppermint 4.

Its certainly given this old Dell a new lease of life.

Jocklad. ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D

Pleased to hear that … always nice to hear it’s saved another PC from the bin, and made it enjoyable again.
(not that I’m biased or anything ;))

Thanks for the feedback :slight_smile:

Have had no problems at all since Peppermint 4 installation.

How long is Peppermint 4 supported for…?.


Until Peppermint 5 is released next may/june(ish) … can’t be more precise than that as there’s no fixed release date, iit’s released when considered “ready” :slight_smile:

Peppermint is released annually, so is based on every “other” Ubuntu/Lubuntu release.

Peppermint 5 will “officially” be supported until Peppermint 6 a year later, but as it’ll be based on the Ubuntu/Lubuntu 14.04 Long Term Support release it will continue to receive at least security and bugfixes for the full 5 years.

Think of it like this … the Peppermint specific repository will stop receiving updates when a new version of Peppermint is released, but as 99% of it comes from the Ubuntu repos, you’ll get updates for 99% of it in line with the Ubuntu/Lubuntu release it’s based on.

And the 1% from the Peppermint specific repo tends to be mainly just configs, artwork, etc. … OK, and the Ice application, but nothing that should stop working or is a security risk if it’s not updated :slight_smile:


As Lubuntu are going fully LTS with 14.04, there’s a good chance Peppermint will too … I don’t think it will be too much work (if any) to support the Peppermint specific repo for the full 5 years, not much in there tends to need changes anyway.

Great Mark.

Thanks for your prompt reply.

Jocklad ;D

No problem :slight_smile:

Quote:Yes … you need to make sure the “Independent” and “Canonical Partner” repos are enabled.
Menu > Preferences > Software & Updates > Other Software (tab)

Does that include ticking the source tabs for Independent" and "Canonical Partner…???


No, you can leave the (Source) items unticked … or tick them if you wish :slight_smile:

The full answer is - the (Source) repos are not “necessary”, but nor will they hurt anything … so your call.

Thanks Mark :slight_smile:


You’re welcome :slight_smile:

Is there the restricted extras for Mint 16 too?

I’m guessing it would be the ubuntu-restricted-extras package (if any) … though if I remember correctly Mint has support for the stuff the “extras” package adds by default.

If you can play flash, mp3’s,and commercial DVD’s by default you don’t need the “extras” :wink:


ubuntu-restricted-extras is just a metapackage that pulls in some other packages as dependencies/recommends … here’s a list of the packages ubuntu-restricted-extras installs:-


ubunbtu-restricted-addons then pulls in:-

adobe-flashplugin | flashplugin-installer (either ONE of those, NOT both)

So if you already have the ones in bold, you’re not going to need the ubuntu-restricted-extras package.

Be aware the above info is for Ubuntu 13.04 … the package versions might be slightly different in Mint 16 which is based on Ubuntu 13.10

Muchas Gracias!

see the edit above.