I have used linux for over 10 yrs, but, following several strokes and the fact that I am 70 and live alone in Spain I still need a little help, so please bear with me as I try to help myself.
I have never upgraded before, as my erstwhile Wiz advised me always to do a clean install.
However, I find Mint 12 very easy to use and I trust Clem and his team so I am minded to look to the future. I use the Mint model of Gnome 3, which I rather like, although I will elect to use Cinnamon for the future.
I have printed out the instructions and I am preparing to download and upgrade over broadband.
Is it necessary to make a backup, and will any of my settings/files be overwritten so should I make a copy of hidden files as well?
I would be most grateful for any advice.