(SOLVED) LTS release?

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(SOLVED) LTS release?

Post by Mike-Linux-Mint » Thu Dec 06, 2018 12:40 pm

I've read somewhere that Mint has a long term release up to 5 years and I was wondering how do you know when it's time to upgrade it?
Do updates suddenly become unavailable or is there any notification we get?
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Re: LTS release?

Post by xenopeek » Thu Dec 06, 2018 12:43 pm

You can always check your release end of support date here: https://linuxmint.com/download_all.php

End of support and options for upgrading will be announced here on the forums, on our blog https://blog.linuxmint.com/ and other websites.
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Re: LTS release?

Post by Mike-Linux-Mint » Thu Dec 06, 2018 1:13 pm

Thanks!

And when it's time, do you have to do a fresh install and have to reset everything again?

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Re: LTS release?

Post by xenopeek » Thu Dec 06, 2018 1:17 pm

It's recommended to do a fresh install but there is a way to upgrade in place without reinstalling. As an example, see instructions for upgrading from 18.3 to 19: https://blog.linuxmint.com/?p=3615
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Re: LTS release?

Post by Mike-Linux-Mint » Fri Dec 07, 2018 1:00 pm

Oh thanks!
I'm gonna take a look. I was wondering if it was indeed possible

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Re: LTS release?

Post by Pjotr » Fri Dec 07, 2018 1:11 pm

Mike-Linux-Mint wrote:
Fri Dec 07, 2018 1:00 pm
Oh thanks!
I'm gonna take a look. I was wondering if it was indeed possible
Yes, but I strongly recommend to do a clean fresh installation when upgrading from one Mint series (e.g. 18.x) to a newer Mint series (e.g. 19.x).

Upgrading within a series (e.g. from 19 to 19.1) can safely be done in-place, i.e. without a clean installation. That's because within a series, the underlying codebase remains identical.
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Re: LTS release?

Post by Hoser Rob » Sat Dec 08, 2018 11:34 am

Pjotr wrote:
Fri Dec 07, 2018 1:11 pm
Mike-Linux-Mint wrote:
Fri Dec 07, 2018 1:00 pm
Oh thanks!
I'm gonna take a look. I was wondering if it was indeed possible
Yes, but I strongly recommend to do a clean fresh installation when upgrading from one Mint series (e.g. 18.x) to a newer Mint series (e.g. 19.x).

Upgrading within a series (e.g. from 19 to 19.1) can safely be done in-place, i.e. without a clean installation. That's because within a series, the underlying codebase remains identical.
True except that a web upgrade from 17 to 17.1 broke the Intel video on my laptop, so the 2nd part is false really.

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Re: LTS release?

Post by Mike-Linux-Mint » Sun Dec 09, 2018 8:50 am

The morale of the story I guess is to always do a fresh install.
After all, it only takes maybe an hour to redo all the settings every 4 or 5 years

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