[SOLVED] Clean install 20 or along side 18.3

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MyM
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[SOLVED] Clean install 20 or along side 18.3

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Hello and thanks in advance for any suggestions or offers of advice.
I'm new to Linux. LM 18.3 was my first install. I use daily on my desktop -- love it, never a problem. Aside form that, I swapped OS on a rarely used laptop for LM 19.3. Recently tried unsuccessfully to get Tauon Music Box (flatpak) up and running. I suspect it may have something to do with being sand-boxed and the fact that my music files are on a separate HD. I've used symlinks to point to my data. Anyway, that led to consideration of moving up to LM 20, so ended up launching a live session and everything looks to run okay save for a glitch that may have something to do with the live session: Pix is having trouble displaying jpeg image files. (Not all but many.) Beyond that, I'm wary of doing a clean install and experiencing losses in functionality. I realize my data is safe but wonder what else could be lost with a clean install ... settings, tweaks, etc. Therefore, my subject line.

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System:    Host: donner-desktop Kernel: 4.13.0-36-generic x86_64 (64 bit gcc: 5.4.0)
           Desktop: Cinnamon 3.6.7 (Gtk 3.18.9-1ubuntu3.3) dm: lightdm Distro: Linux Mint 18.3 Sylvia
Machine:   Mobo: INTEL model: H61 Bios: American Megatrends v: 4.6.5 date: 07/19/2017
CPU:       Dual core Intel Core i3-2130 (-HT-MCP-) cache: 3072 KB
           flags: (lm nx sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx) bmips: 13568
           clock speeds: min/max: 1600/3400 MHz 1: 3392 MHz 2: 3392 MHz 3: 3392 MHz 4: 3392 MHz
Graphics:  Card: Intel 2nd Generation Core Processor Family Integrated Graphics Controller
           bus-ID: 00:02.0 chip-ID: 8086:0102
           Display Server: X.Org 1.18.4 drivers: intel (unloaded: fbdev,vesa) Resolution: 1920x1080@60.00hz
           GLX Renderer: Mesa DRI Intel Sandybridge Desktop GLX Version: 3.0 Mesa 17.2.8 Direct Rendering: Yes
Audio:     Card-1 Intel 6 Series/C200 Series Family High Definition Audio Controller
           driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 00:1b.0 chip-ID: 8086:1c20
           Card-2 Z-Star Micro Venus USB2.0 Camera driver: USB Audio usb-ID: 001-004 chip-ID: 0ac8:3420
           Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture v: k4.13.0-36-generic
Network:   Card: Realtek RTL810xE PCI Express Fast Ethernet controller
           driver: r8169 v: 2.3LK-NAPI port: e000 bus-ID: 02:00.0 chip-ID: 10ec:8136
           IF: enp2s0 state: down mac: <filter>
Drives:    HDD Total Size: 1064.2GB (14.0% used)
           ID-1: /dev/sda model: KINGSTON_SV100S2 size: 64.0GB serial: 08AAA0008423
           ID-2: /dev/sdb model: WDC_WD10EZEX size: 1000.2GB serial: WCC6Y5SL0LFU
Partition: ID-1: / size: 39G used: 11G (31%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda1
           ID-2: /home size: 21G used: 1.5G (8%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda2
           ID-3: swap-1 size: 12.58GB used: 0.00GB (0%) fs: swap dev: /dev/sdb2
RAID:      System: supported: N/A
           No RAID devices: /proc/mdstat, md_mod kernel module present
           Unused Devices: none
Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 29.8C mobo: 27.8C
           Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A
Repos:     Active apt sources in file: /etc/apt/sources.list.d/official-package-repositories.list
           deb http://mirror1.ku.ac.th/linuxmint-packages sylvia main upstream import backport
           deb http://mirror.kku.ac.th/ubuntu xenial main restricted universe multiverse
           deb http://mirror.kku.ac.th/ubuntu xenial-updates main restricted universe multiverse
           deb http://mirror.kku.ac.th/ubuntu xenial-backports main restricted universe multiverse
           deb http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ xenial-security main restricted universe multiverse
           deb http://archive.canonical.com/ubuntu/ xenial partner
           Active apt sources in file: /etc/apt/sources.list.d/rvm-smplayer-xenial.list
           deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/rvm/smplayer/ubuntu xenial main
           deb-src http://ppa.launchpad.net/rvm/smplayer/ubuntu xenial main
           Active apt sources in file: /etc/apt/sources.list.d/spotify.list
           deb http://repository.spotify.com stable non-free
           Active apt sources in file: /etc/apt/sources.list.d/team-xbmc-ppa-xenial.list
           deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/team-xbmc/ppa/ubuntu xenial main
           deb-src http://ppa.launchpad.net/team-xbmc/ppa/ubuntu xenial main
Info:      Processes: 188 Uptime: 18 min Memory: 1168.9/7870.9MB
           Init: systemd v: 229 runlevel: 5 default: 2 Gcc sys: 5.4.0
           Client: Shell (bash 4.3.481 running in gnome-terminal-) inxi: 2.2.35 
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Re: Clean install 20 or along side 18.3

Post by Jeffex »

Hi there MyM,
I recently did a clean install of Linux Mint 20, moving up from 19.3. I had the same concerns about settings etc being lost.
I discovered Aptik: https://teejeetech.in/aptik-3/ which saved all of my settings from my 19.3 installation, and reinstalled them to my clean install of 20.
Works like a charm.
It does cost $US25.00, but it is worth every cent in my opinion, it is also a lifetime license.
Hope that helps.
Jeff
Linux Mint 20 Ulyana, Cinnamon: 4.6.7
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Re: Clean install 20 or along side 18.3

Post by Pierre »

if you don't have an pressing reason to move away from your LM18.3
- - the general advice, is to stay where you are.

some have us, have moved to LM20, as we wanted to use the later LinuxMint System,
and in most cases .. it was an clean installation, over the top of the older LM18x series.

you will lose all of your customisation settings, though.
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Re: Clean install 20 or along side 18.3

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Yup, well thanks for the feedback. I'll stick with the prevailing advice to stay with what works despite always being keen to jump to the latest. The decision, as I said, was failing to get a flatpak music player up and running. (I read where a jump to LM 19.3 solved the problem for someone else.)

I'm curious to know when it is advised or optimal to move to a new release. If not owing to a hardware upgrade or termination of support, then for the sake of a better experience?

I'll try to resolve the flatpak issue with another thread.

Thanks, again.
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Re: [SOLVED] Clean install 20 or along side 18.3

Post by Pierre »

most folks would move, after any Hardware Upgrade,
or upon the Termination of that LinuxMint Series.

some folks, will only use an particular version in any series:
- usually the middle release .. LM18.2,, LM19.2,, LM20.2 etc
as that version is perceived to be the most stable version.
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