Discussion in 'Forum Assistance' started by Jay Roberts, Aug 1, 2014.
How do I upgrade from Linux 15 to 17?
What is Linux 15? What is the NAME of the distro?
Linux mint 15 "olivia" if that's what you mean. And I want to upgrade to Linux mint 17 "quiana" since 15 is no longer supported which means I can't get updates including important security updates. I read somewhere that if you have 15 and want to upgrade you should do mint 17 rather than mint 16 since it is about to be no longer supported either soon.
This should help you. Mint doesn't really have an "upgrade" from a previous version to a current one like Ubuntu does. This article explains the reasons why. But it should get you on the road.
Mint Petra is now obsolete (as of July 2014).
A new install is required, but at least Qiana will be supported until April 2019.
First of all, back up. Then install Mint 17 on the same partition as the old one, without formatting (you'll have to pick custom partitioning during setup, but it's pretty easy). This solution works great for ubuntu and perhaps all its derivatives, like Mint.
Method 3: Fresh install from DVD to the Mint 16 partition WITHOUT formatting the partition.
This one was the easiest and fastest, and works great - with one little problem - I tried it twice, and both times I ended up with my software sources messed up. The linuxmint.com links were changed to qiana, as they should be. But the ubuntu links were also changed to qiana, which is wrong. It should be trusty. The cure for that is quick and easy. Open Menu > Administration > Software Sources. Wait for it to load and then click "Restore the Default Settings". That's all. You are done! That could be a big problem for someone who was not forewarned.
EDIT: This problem with the Software Sources may have been fixed in the new Mint 17 Qiana “v2″ ISO respins - http://blog.linuxmint.com/?p=2662
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