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how risky is it to upgrade?

Postby andrew_D14 on Wed Dec 23, 2009 2:03 am

i want to upgrade from gloria to helena but i want to keep my settings and data. Normally i would do a fresh install but im feeling pretty lazy to transfer all my data to my laptop and transfer it back, then redo all my settings. So how risky is it? Would you recommend it?
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Re: how risky is it to upgrade?

Postby mick55 on Wed Dec 23, 2009 2:51 am

I can only speak from personal experience, but I upgraded
from Mint 7 to Mint 8 main using this guide
http://www.linuxmint.com/blog/?p=1144
and everything went perfectly.I used the GUI method.
I backed up my home directory first just in case.

Follow the instructions to the letter and you should be fine.
It does not upgrade you to Grub2 so your existing Grub
will be intact after the upgrade, it will just
have Helena instead of Gloria.

I initially was not going to upgrade and was going
to wait for the next LTS but an update to Gloria caused
me stability issues that disappeared after the
upgrade to Mint 8.

All your settings and data will remain intact.

Good luck
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Re: how risky is it to upgrade?

Postby markfiend on Wed Dec 23, 2009 4:45 am

I completely concur with mick55 (apart from the bit about stability issues, I never had that.)

It went completely fine for me.
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Re: how risky is it to upgrade?

Postby andrew_D14 on Thu Dec 24, 2009 1:07 am

ok thanks, which method is the GUI one?
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Re: how risky is it to upgrade?

Postby mick55 on Thu Dec 24, 2009 1:22 am

The one that says
Upgrading graphically (easier):

not the one that says
Upgrading from the command line (faster):


GUI = graphical user interface
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Re: how risky is it to upgrade?

Postby andrew_D14 on Thu Dec 24, 2009 2:37 am

ahh ok thanks
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Re: how risky is it to upgrade?

Postby slider on Thu Dec 24, 2009 2:56 am

Just be advised that things can go the wrong way: viewtopic.php?f=53&t=38454

In mick55's case he was justified because he needed it.

The choice is yours however. Choose wisely! :)
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Re: how risky is it to upgrade?

Postby kabelsalat on Mon Jan 04, 2010 3:12 pm

DON´T DO IT!!

Linux Mint 7 was fine...
the new LINUX MINT 8 isn´t what you like, if you think about Linux.

New, fat, slow, and GRUB 2 - Problems...

it´s not the user-friendly linux-system like Linux Mint 7
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Re: how risky is it to upgrade?

Postby markfiend on Tue Jan 05, 2010 6:17 am

kabelsalat wrote:DON´T DO IT!!

You don't get GRUB2 if you do the upgrade, only if you reinstall. 8)
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Re: how risky is it to upgrade?

Postby breaker on Tue Jan 05, 2010 6:51 am

markfiend wrote:
kabelsalat wrote:DON´T DO IT!!

You don't get GRUB2 if you do the upgrade, only if you reinstall. 8)


That doesn't matter because you can install the grub-pc package after you upgrade, if you want...
rtfm - read the fine manual...
Boot info script: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1291280
grub2 https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Grub2
PC-BIOS based booting, mbr, boot records; http://thestarman.pcministry.com/
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Re: how risky is it to upgrade?

Postby markfiend on Tue Jan 05, 2010 7:49 am

Yeah but kabelsalat was complaining about grub2 :wink:
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