(SOLVED)When to upgrade?

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(SOLVED)When to upgrade?

Post by BoDill » Fri Dec 04, 2015 1:08 pm

Hello,

You have probably seen my posts in the past, as I am not a computer whiz, but I like Linux. At present, I am using Linux Mint 17 Qiana Mate 32, and I don't remember the expiration date. In other words, when will I have to upgrade or switch to another version?

By the way, I am very happy with 17 Qiana Mate, and have no desire to change to something else; I just want keep current and I couldn't find an "Expiration date" when I looked around today.

Thank you ahead of time...

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Re: When to upgrade?

Post by Pjotr » Fri Dec 04, 2015 1:16 pm

May, 2019. That's when the entire 17.x series of Mint expires. :)
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Re: (SOLVED)When to upgrade?

Post by Cosmo. » Fri Dec 04, 2015 5:28 pm

Assuming that the current version system will be valid in the future (likely, but nothing is written in stone), there comes a new "major" version with 5 years support every 2 years:
LM 18 in 2016, LM 19 in 2018, LM 20 in 2020.

If you do not want to switch, you can skip LM 18. But if LM 19 gets out, you should use the one year until 2019 to prepare for the upgrade. It would be a bad idea to wait until the last day LM 17 branch gets support. Use this year to collect information and to find some free time, when you can do the upgrade without urgent need to do any important things with your computer.

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Re: (SOLVED)When to upgrade?

Post by BoDill » Fri Dec 04, 2015 6:08 pm

To Cosmo and others;

Thank you for the sage advice.

Following that advice, I will likely upgrade to 19, as I don't mind waiting and my computer use is rather elementary, so my 17 is satisfactory. When the time comes, however, I will probably show up again asking for explicit directions as to how to perform the upgrade, hopefully while still being able to use 17.

(By the way, it is NOT necessary to give me upgrade instructions now, as I would rather wait and see what develops between now and the beginning of 2018).

Again, thank you very much,

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Re: (SOLVED)When to upgrade?

Post by austin.texas » Fri Dec 04, 2015 6:35 pm

BoDill wrote: When the time comes, however, I will probably show up again asking for explicit directions as to how to perform the upgrade, hopefully while still being able to use 17.
No, by then you will be instructing others how to do it.
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