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    Administrator ad4mg's Avatar
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    Upgrade to Linux Mint 19

    I have two computers here running Linux Mint (Mate). Both were version 18.3, which Mint stopped supporting at the end of April.

    Upgrading Linux Mint isn't as straightforward as upgrading Ubuntu. Until I gave the attached upgrade instructions a shot, I would usually just back up all of my data, and install a fresh copy of Mint.

    Pay particular attention to the display manager section on page 2. You must install LightDM and remove MDM if indicated.

    On both machines, I backed up my Home folder (including hidden & config files) manually into a tar.gz file. I used Timeshift to create a backup of the system files to an external (ESATA) 500 GB HDD partition formatted to Ext4.

    The upgrade ran flawlessly on both machines. My slower machine (Intel Duo-Core + 12 GB RAM) required a little over 2-1/2 hours to complete. The faster machine (AMD FX-8120 8 Core CPU / ASUS Sabertooth 990FX MB, 24 GB RAM) completed the task in just under 2 hours.

    You'll be using the 'mintupgrade' tool to do the actual work. It has a "dry run" mode you should use to pick up any conflicts or issues. Once you get a clean "dry run", it's all very easy to complete the upgrade.

    Linux Mate 18.3 was very popular, and I'm hoping the attached upgrade instructions will help get any 18.3 users up to 19.3 without a complete re-install.

    The URL to the upgrade web page is: https://community.linuxmint.com/tutorial/view/2416
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    Been running 19.3 for a while now. Hopefully it stay in support for a while to come.
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    Quote Originally Posted by N8YX View Post
    Been running 19.3 for a while now. Hopefully it stay in support for a while to come.
    I've been doing new installations with 19.3 for a while, just hadn't gotten around to updating my two 'main' computers. They're pretty consistent on support... version 19.3 will be supported until the end of April 2023.

    ETA: Upgrading 19.3 to version 20 is very similar to the upgrade to 19. I just skimmed over one of the many 'upgrade Linux Mint to version 20' step by step web pages. This one appears to offer the clearest instructions:

    How to Upgrade to Linux Mint 20 (Step by Step Tutorial)


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    VirtualBox 5.x.x.x a no-go in version 19

    The version of Oracle's VirtualBox (5.x.x.x) in the Mint repositories of version 18.3 depends on a kernel driver and DKMS to run. DKMS was dropped from VirtualBox following the end of VB 5. There is a work-around, but it's so much easier to purge (sudo apt purge virtualbox*) VB 5, and upgrade to 6.0.x.x or 6.1.x.x) with the ready to run .deb files available for download.

    Instructions are in the next to last post on this forum page:

    [Kernel driver not installed (rc=-1908)

    I always run the latest and greatest VirtualBox version on my main computer. It was on my secondary machine that I caught this hiccup.


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