xenopeek wrote:Between now and the release of Linux Mint 18, which you can expect mid 2016, releases of Linux Mint (17.1, 17.2, and so on) will all based on Linux Mint 17. Those releases will give you new versions of Linux Mint developed software like Cinnamon, MATE, and the Mint tools, and new versions of other popular software as well as enablement of drivers for newer hardware. You'll have the option to upgrade in-place to those releases without needing to do a clean installation.
xenopeek wrote:On the blog it was noted by Clem that the upgrade would be optional, by how exactly it will work I think won't become clear till closer to 17.1
karlchen wrote:Hello, AviR.
Clem might have expressed more clearly that there is no need to upgrade, provided your Mint edition is still supported.
I have got a bunch of Mint 13 / Ubuntu 12.04 systems. Both will be supported till April 2017. There is no need to upgrade them to Mint 17 / Ubuntu 14.04 at this point in time.
I have got a Mint 16 system. It has just reached the end of its supported life. Because it will no longer receive security updates, I will stop running it in the near future.
The best way of finding out whether Mint 17 will work correctly on your machine that runs Mint 16 now, is by using the Mint 17 live system from a bootable pendrive or from a bootable DVD.
In case you upgrade by re-installing from the scratch, you will have to install the operating system and the software products which you added to your Mint system and which are not part of the normal Mint installation. (Personally I have got a list of the products that I add to newly setup Ubuntu / Mint systems.)
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