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Mint versions

Postby gert3d » Sat May 18, 2013 11:26 am

Am I correct in the assumption that a Mint version (now 14) always includes the same set of applications, but the graphical interface may differ?
For version 14 currently: Mate, Cinnamon, KDE, XFce (and for other versions LXDE, Gnome, Fluxbox)

Second question: If I start using version 14, how can I update in the future?


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Re: Mint versions

Postby TBABill » Sat May 18, 2013 11:37 am

Updating Mint versions hasn't historically been recommended, but it can be done by a few, and users usually do a fresh install. I find the Ubuntu (and derivatives) upgrade to new versions slow, sometimes buggy and occasionally prone to failure. New installs are just faster and I can backup my /home, reinstall, and copy my files back over faster than an upgrade.

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Re: Mint versions

Postby mhauden » Tue May 21, 2013 1:28 pm

A clean install is definitely the way to go ... although I've used Ubuntu's in-place upgrades between minor versions (e.g. 11.04 to 11.10) it just makes me nervous about what will break... and when.

A combination of Mint's backup/restore tool (which will backup both your files and your installed packages), and specifically *selectively* bringing subfolders from .cinnamon and .config back into your profile after reinstalling is a fairly painless way to go.

To the point made here[1], an upgrade isn't necessary by definition, unless you're running an unsupported OS or want the features of the new version (e.g. hardware support in the kernel, desktop manager tweaks, etc.).


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