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Early upgrade Linux Mint from 17.2 to 17.3

Early upgrade Linux Mint from 17.2 to 17.3

As you know, the Linux Mint developers are working on the release of Linux Mint 17.3 "Rosa" Cinnamon and MATE based on a batch basis Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. In fact as an update to the base packages and especially the desktop environments Cinnamon (2.8.x) and MATE (1.12) in Linux Mint 17.

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The final version of Linux Mint 17.3 "Rosa", on assurances of developers, is due out at the end of this month, but want to "touch" the new system can do the update from Linux Mint 17.2 "Rafaela" to Linux Mint 17.3 "Rosa", without waiting for the official release right now a few commands in the terminal.

Note. Upgrading from Linux Mint 17.2 "Rafaela" to Linux Mint 17.3 "Rosa" is really officially released for all desktop environments of Linux Mint: Cinnamon, Mate, KDE and XFCE.

First of all, the system needs to be put in the current state with the following commands:

apt update
apt upgrade

After all the updates, restart the computer:

sudo reboot

After updating, to update the distribution code you want to change the name of the official repositories for rosa with the following commands:

sudo sed -i 's/rafaela/rosa/' /etc/apt/sources.list
sudo sed -i 's/rafaela/rosa/' /etc/apt/sources.list.d/official-package-repositories.list

These commands will update the system files and will do the distribution upgrade:

apt update
apt upgrade
apt dist-upgrade

After all the updates, restart the computer:

sudo reboot

After a new login you can check the version of the distribution in a graphical application: System info.

Early upgrade Linux Mint from 17.2 to 17.3

Rolling back to Linux Mint 17.2 "Rafaela"

If the upgrade process was not normal or something goes wrong in the system, run the following commands to undo the changes:

sudo rm /etc/apt/sources.list.d/official-package-repositories.list
sudo mv /etc/apt/sources.list.d/official-package-repositories.list.bak /etc/apt/sources.list.d/official-package-repositories.list
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

And then restart the computer.

Good luck!!!


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  1. John Spirko
    EDIT: Will fix with backup and a full DVD install of 17.3

    Very new to Linux and Mint. Just recently installed and enjoying it.

    However, after the commands apt update; apt upgrade, I get the following message:

    Configuration file '/etc/issue'
    ==> Modified (by you or by a script) since installation.
    ==> Package distributor has shipped an updated version.
    What would you like to do about it ? Your options are:
    Y or I : install the package maintainer's version
    N or O : keep your currently-installed version
    D : show the differences between the versions
    Z : start a shell to examine the situation
    The default action is to keep your current version.
    *** issue (Y/I/N/O/D/Z) [default=N] ?

    I have no idea what any of this means or what the correct action should be. And since I can't sit here waiting for a quick reply, I've no choice but to hit N and hope that action doesn't mess anything up.

    And I have installed the Nvidia driver.

    Now what?
  2. Putra
    I've been wondering wether or not I can use apt-fast, thanks for your correction
  3. eMcE
    apt update
    apt upgrade
    apt dist-upgrade

    Should be:
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get upgrade
    sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

    Not everyone have those "apt only" aliases ;)

    And second thing..
    Sometimes on some machines uninstallation of proprietary drivers is needed and/or disabling repos with them.
    After upgrade the drivers can be reinstalled and repos enabled.
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