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ad001
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Checking before updating

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How can I check if the package that I am updating is stable or not and it will not cause any damage to my system
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Re: Checking before updating

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Generally speaking, level 1, 2 and 3 updates are either tested by the Linux Mint team or are components that don't affect your system stability as a whole. Level 4 and 5 updates can affect your system stability as a whole (either making it more stable, or introducing instability). There's no easy way to know what will happen as at those levels it's highly dependent on your specific hardware configuration and the chance of a tester having had the exact same hardware configuration are slim. That said, you're not a guinea pig and all updates are prepared with care and with intent to keep your system stable or improve it.

If you're comfortable enough with Linux to recovering from any problems, updating level 4 and 5 is fine. Many users always update them without issue. However, if you're not comfortable enough with Linux, don't have anybody around that is comfortable enough with Linux, or you can't do without this computer for duration of any problems, then probably you should stick to level 1, 2 and 3 updates.

What some users do is install Linux Mint a second time on their computer; alongside their current installation, just using 20 GB or so disk space would be enough. If your main installation of Linux Mint has problems, you could fall back to that second installation to continue your work. Or, you could use this second installation to test compatibility of level 4 and 5 updates with your hardware configuration.
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Re: Re: Checking before updating

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xenopeek wrote:
What some users do is install Linux Mint a second time on their computer; alongside their current installation, just using 20 GB or so disk space would be enough. If your main installation of Linux Mint has problems, you could fall back to that second installation to continue your work. Or, you could use this second installation to test compatibility of level 4 and 5 updates with your hardware configuration.
that's interesting, you mean with one home partition shared between these 2 mints?
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Re: Checking before updating

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You could also do that, yes.
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