Here is How to Upgrade to Linux Mint 18.3

As you may already know, yesterday Linux Mint 18.3 left the beta stage and became available for everyone. It is now possible to upgrade all Linux Mint releases to version 18.3.


Mint 18 icon theme

It is now possible to upgrade the Cinnamon and MATE editions of Linux Mint 18, 18.1 and 18.2 to version 18.3. Before proceeding, you can always try a Live CD/USB mode to check out all the changes yourself and decide if you really need them. Linux Mint 18.3 offers updated software versions of essential apps, new wallpapers, and new versions of its  "x-apps", a set of apps available in all supported desktop environments. You can read in detail here:

Linux Mint 18.3 is out

How to upgrade to Linux Mint 18.3

  1. Create a system snapshot using Timeshift. The app has been backported to Linux Mint 18, 18.1 and 18.2. You can use timeshift to make a system snapshot before the upgrade. To install timeshift, open a new terminal as root and type:
    apt update
    apt install timeshift
  2. In the Update Manager, click on the Refresh button to check for any new version of mintupdate and mint-upgrade-info. If there are updates for these packages, apply them.
  3. Disable the screensaver. If you are running Cinnamon, update all its plugins and extensions.
  4. Launch the System Upgrade by clicking on "Edit->Upgrade to Linux Mint 18.3 Sylvia".Thumb Mintupgrade1
  5. Follow the instructions on the screen.Thumb Mintupgrade2
  6. When asked whether to keep or replace configuration files, choose to replace them.
  7. Once the upgrade is finished, reboot your computer.

Additional info

  • Although Linux Mint 18.3 features a newer kernel, this upgrade does not change the installed kernel. If you need the updated kernel, you can install it yourself any moment.
  • Same goes for the choice of display manager or the software selection. Applications won’t be removed or switched on your behalf. You can decide to make these changes, but you certainly don’t have to.
  • After the upgrade, you can install newly introduced applications such as redshift-gtk and mintreport from the repositories.
  • It is recommended to disable the screensaver before upgrading. If the screensaver activates during the upgrade and you’re unable to log back in, switch to console with CTRL+ALT+F1, log in, and type “killall cinnamon-screensaver” (or “killall mate-screensaver” in MATE). Use CTRL+ALT+F7 or CTRL+ALT+F8 to get back to your session.

Source: Mint Blog.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

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