How to upgrade from Linux Mint 17 to 17.1

It is now possible to upgrade from Linux Mint 17 to version 17.1. Both the Cinnamon and MATE editions. However Linux Mint team suggests to only update if you have a reason. If you have the reason, for example something is broke in your current Linux Mint 17, or you’d like to try the new features of Linux Mint 17.1 then here are the steps.

  1. In the Update Manager, click on the Refresh button to check for any new version of mintupdate. If there is one, apply it and wait for the Update Manager to restart itself.

  2. Launch the System Upgrade by clicking on “Edit->Upgrade to Linux Mint 17.1 Rebecca”.mint_17_to_171_upgrade_2
  3. Follow the instructions on the screen.mint_17_to_171_upgrade_3

That’s it, so simple. Here are some additional info from Linux Mint website:

  • The same upgrade path will be available for the Xfce and KDE editions, after they are released as stable 17.1 at the end of the month.
  • Although Linux Mint 17.1 features a newer kernel than the one used in the 17 release, this upgrade does not change the kernel on your behalf. This is a decision only you should take. Should you decide to upgrade to 17.1′s recommended kernel you can do so by applying the “linux-kernel-generic” update, post-upgrade.
  • Although they are featured in the 17.1 release, this upgrade doesn’t automatically include “retro” backgrounds and backgrounds for Maya, Nadia, Olivia and Petra. They represent a significant amount to download so the choice to do so was left to you. These backgrounds are provided via packages which name start with “mint-backgrounds”.
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