Easy upgrade to Linux Mint 17


With the recent release of Linux Mint 17, I have seen a few forum threads on how to upgrade from Mint 16 the easiest way possible. Let me share on what I did.

I really enjoy how well Mint works. I only started playing with it with Mint 16 (was previously a openSUSE lover …. still am), and only a short time later Mint 17 came out. I was curious to see if I could upgrade without reinstalling. A bot of searching around found the below. Tried and tested by myself, please ensure you backup any critical/personal data first. The usual disclaimers apply whereby this website and owners/authors take no responsibility if things go South.


First of all you need to update the repositories:

sudo sed -i ‘s/saucy/trusty/’ /etc/apt/sources.list
sudo sed -i ‘s/petra/qiana/’ /etc/apt/sources.list
sudo sed -i ‘s/saucy/trusty/’ /etc/apt/sources.list.d/official-package-repositories.list
sudo sed -i ‘s/petra/qiana/’ /etc/apt/sources.list.d/official-package-repositories.list

Now, you can start the upgrade:

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

It’ll take a while and you will get a few prompts to replace config files so it is by no means an unattended upgrade.

Once done, you will be asked to reboot and then after that you will be using Mint 17!

Have you upgraded?  How did it go? Leave a comment below.





Previous Post

Buying your first Raspberry Pi

Next Post

Windows XP alternatives

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.