I generally am not too crazy about upgrading one version of Linux (or any other operating system) to another. I'm of the old-school "clean install" mindset when it comes to that. However, since I was facing an upgrade on a heavily tweaked and customized Mint 17.0 Cinnamon installation, I decided to try Mint's official
way to go from that to 17.1 since I had already resolved to do it anyway. "Nothing ventured..." and all that, right?
Well...that was two days ago. And I'm happy to report that in this instance, it all went as smooth as butterscotch with absolutely no (as in zero
) bad surprises during or afterwards. The entire process took approximately 10 minutes - and everything just worked
. And the upgrade procedure itself was handled entirely within Mint's own Update Manager. Now how logical is that?
To do this upgrade requires only a few simple steps.
The first step is to run the Update Manager and hit refresh
to see if mintupdate
itself needs updating. If it does - do it. Then hit the refresh
button again to make sure it was done.
Once that's completed (if needed), go to the Edit
drop-down in the menu bar and select Upgrade to Linux Mint 17.1 Rebecca
That's pretty much it. After a few confirmations, Update Manager will download, install, and configure all requisite software. It will then prompt you to reboot (one of the very few times you'll ever be asked to do that in Linux btw) your machine. When it comes back up, you'll have a spankin' new 'Rebecca' machine.
Doesn't get much easier than that. Hope this is the shape of things to come for Mint's workstation upgrades going forward.
More detailed instructions (with pretty pictures) can be found here