SparkyLabs wrote:ok so if I install the ubuntu based version what do I do when a new version comes out ? am I reformatting and reinstalling ? can I update/migrate to the newer one without too much hassle ?
craig10x wrote:You could update, using the information on the link that Vincent gave you...though of course, best results are usually had with a fresh re-install of the system
Normal mint editions get updates for the same period as ubuntu (as it is ubuntu based) so that means for 18 months...the LTS (long term versions) of mint get the same longer term updates like ubuntu's LTS does....Mint 13 will be based on ubuntu 12.04, which is LTS and those versions come out every 2 years...and they get 5 years of updates..
What you might want to do, is install mint 12 for now and when mint 13 arrives in late May or so, re-install to that...then you could go on a 2 year run (until the next LTS comes out) and go with the next LTS on 2 year cycles...that way you always have a system that gets updates and you'd only have to re-install every 2 years instead of 6 months...
Again, you don't have to re-install newer versions...you could probably put on mint 11 and run it for the next several years if you so chose...just because a system no longer gets updates, doesn't stop you from continuing to use it...
Kind of like the fact that you could still be on windows vista right now...even though 7 had been around for a long time and they are about to go to windows 8 (just as a comparison)
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