Now that you know the 10 reasons why I recommend you to upgrade Linux Mint 18.1 Serena Cinnamon, you may want to know how to upgrade your computer.
Upgrade to Linux Mint 18.1
- You need to be on Linux Mint 18 to perform this upgrade
- Linux Mint 17.3 users must first upgrade to 18 before attempting 18.1 upgrade
- This is not mandatory, but it is recommended to disable the screensaver before upgrading. The problem arises when the screensaver activates during the upgrade and you may not be able to log back in. Workaround is to press CTRL+ALT+F1 and login. Then type “killall cinnamon-screensaver” (or “killall mate-screensaver” in MATE). Use CTRL+ALT+F7 or CTRL+ALT+F8 to get back to your session. So avoid all this mess and disable screensaver before upgrade. To do that go to Settings > Screensaver > Settings and choose ‘Never’ for ‘Delay before starting the screensaver’.
What you should know?
- Although Linux Mint 18.1 features a newer kernel, this upgrade does not change the kernel. You can do it after the upgrade from Update Manager if required. This is not mandatory and often safe to keep the current working kernel unless until you run into hardware compatibility issues later on.
Method I: Upgrade by GUI way
STEP 1: Look for ‘Update Manager’ in Applications menu and launch it.
STEP 2: Click on the Refresh button to check for any new version of mintupdate and mint-upgrade-info. If there are updates for these packages, apply them first before attempting 18.1. This makes sure your upgrade will go smooth.
STEP 3: Click ‘Edit’ > ‘Upgrade to “Linux Mint 18.1 Serena”‘.
METHOD II: Terminal Way
STEP 1: I recommend to give your terminal unlimited scrolling. To do that launch Terminal and click ‘Edit’ >’Profile Preferences’ > ‘Scrolling’. Then check the ‘unlimited’ option and click ‘OK’.
STEP 2: Next install the upgrade tool. To do that type following command in the terminal.
apt install mintupgrade
STEP 3: Check for upgrade and then upgrade. Type following commands one at a time.
mintupgrade check mintupgrade download mintupgrade upgrade
FINAL STEP: After the download is finished you should see an upgrade window. Follow the on-screen instructions to upgrade to 18.1. It is simple and straight forward.
How did the upgrade go? Do let us know in comments below.