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A clean install eliminates any problems that may exist from version to version.
I prefer not to because I have better things to do with my time than to reinstall my desktop each time a new version is released. I did run a rolling release for a while but before that I ran Ubuntu and I never had issues with doing dist-upgrades and the upgrade processes seem to have gotten better over time since I first started with Linux.

Currently on running Fedora and will upgrading to the next Major release when it comes out. So why bother doing a clean install if you can upgrade from one major version to next and because everyone always makes backups before upgrading? If something breaks you can than always try to troubleshoot it or decide to do an in clean install then. Things can break during an upgrade process but they aren't guaranteed to break.
 


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I ran Ubuntu and I never had issues with doing dist-upgrades and the upgrade processes seem to have gotten better over time since I first started with Linux.
I haven't tried doing an upgrade for quite a while as I've never had good results just problems.

They may have improved now haven't tried recently.
 

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Just an update (yes, I could have helped that):

Dave from Maine, that link from April https://news.itsfoss.com/linux-mint-new-upgrade-tool/ was only for the Beta version of the tool.

The full tool was released yesterday (my time), and is making its way across the download servers.

Brian, FYI I usually use AARnet for my Mint but it was not available yet. I changed the Linux one (not the Ubuntu) to New Zealand's

http://mirror.xnet.co.nz/pub/linuxmint/packages

and succeeded in installing it on my LM 20.3

Code:
[email protected]:~$ apt policy mintupgrade
mintupgrade:
  Installed: 2022.08.05
  Candidate: 2022.08.05
  Version table:
 *** 2022.08.05 500
        500 http://mirror.xnet.co.nz/pub/linuxmint/packages una/main amd64 Packages
        500 http://mirror.xnet.co.nz/pub/linuxmint/packages una/main i386 Packages
        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status

I don't actually need it, as I have Vanessa already on deck from a full install.

Cheers and

Avagudweegend

Wizard
 

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if you would prefer to do a fresh install....but are having nightmares because of the reconfiguration/customisation necessary....

"If re-installing your Linux system gives you nightmares because of all the setup and customisation that you need to do after installing it, then Aptik provides a simple solution.?


Aptik is not a free tool....approx $25.00 USD (Single-user licence with perpetual validity. Includes future updates.)

Because it is designed by teejeetech (tony george) it is quite likely, highly reliable
 

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If you have Linux Mint 20.3 installed and working without problems stick with a sure thing it's supported until April 2025.

There can't be anything that new that will make that big of a difference.

Just my opinion.
 

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Aptik is not a free tool....approx $25.00 USD (Single-user licence with perpetual validity. Includes future updates.)

Because it is designed by teejeetech (tony george) it is quite likely, highly reliable

IIRC, I started using Aptik around end September 2014, a few days before I met you, Brian :) having been alerted to its existence by one of the Members at the forum we were at.

It was, and probably still is, a great product. A day or two later, I found Timeshift.

The only problem I can see with Aptik is if you were to use it on a Distro upgrading from eg Lubuntu before it went from using the LXDE desktop to the LXQt desktop, and maybe Peppermint going from Peppermint 10 or Peppermint 10 Respin to the new PeppermintOS (v11), the latter which uses Debian rather than an Ubuntu base.

Neither of those is the case here with Mint, so I would see it as being a good option.

Of course I would perform a full Timeshift snapshot before I used the upgrading tool, as well.

Cheers

Wizard
 
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