Mint 19.3 EOL

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Mint 19.3 EOL

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I know that this is a long way's off (in computer years), but I know that eventually I will need to upgrade my version of Mint. How different is that from, say, upgrading from Windows 7 to Windows 10? Besides being free of course.

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EOL is expected to be in April of 2023...DAMIEN
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Re: Mint 19.3 EOL

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Speaking for myself, but going from 19.2 to 19.3 was a very simple process. Can do it through the Update Manager or "sudo apt-get dist-upgrade". It handles the rest. When I did my upgrade there were a few small things I had to fix, but it literally walked me through the conflicts. Was my first time upgrading Mint. I had upgraded Ubuntu a number of times and those were very easy too.

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AidFHonda wrote:
Mon Jan 13, 2020 6:59 pm
I know that this is a long way's off (in computer years), but I know that eventually I will need to upgrade my version of Mint. How different is that from, say, upgrading from Windows 7 to Windows 10? Besides being free of course.
I've never done that so I can't compare.

There are several ways to upgrade from Mint 18.x to 19.x; there probably will be similar ways to upgrade to Mint 20. My preferred method is a new installation, while keeping the complete /home intact so all settings are carried over. This means I will need to reinstall my software, which is not a problem and which would probably have been needed anyway.
Note that /home is a separate partition, not a directory inside /. That's the way I installed it, mostly because this is my preferred way of upgrading.
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Konaan wrote:
Mon Jan 13, 2020 8:35 pm
Speaking for myself, but going from 19.2 to 19.3 was a very simple process.
It was. Upgrading to Mint 20 will most likely be more involved.
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Going from an LTS base to another LTS base is USUALLY best, or most reliably done with a clean install.
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Thanks for the input! I'll be sure to store important stuff on my old Windows drive or my new 4TB drive (not the M.2 drive I boot from).

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by the time you need to upgrade, you will probably have a need to replace the disk with a bigger disk or make some other changes. A clean install of a later release will often work better than an upgrade. You get a chance to change partitions and clean out all the apps you installed then forgot because you really do not need 25 text editors to edit your shopping list.

The last time I used an LTS to the bitter end was an attempt to keep XP working because nobody wants Vista.

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