If you read the Linux Mint Blog, you’ll have noticed that there is a new release of Mint coming up shortly. You may be wondering what this means for you as a re-pute.it customer.
The first thing to note is that the arrival of a new release in the Linux world is totally different to the way it happens in other operating systems you may have used in the past. There will be no nag screens trying to coax or trick you into accepting an “upgrade” you don’t want. In fact, that kind of behaviour has been one of the things that’s been driving more and more previous Windows users to ask re-pute.it to convert their Windows computer to Linux – a process we are happy to advise on or do for a small fee.
If you’re using Linux Mint 17.3, you can rest assured that this is a long-term supported (LTS) release, so you don’t have to think about moving to a new release until 2019 if you don’t want to. If this is what was on your computer when we supplied it, we recommend sticking with it. If you’re one of our very first customers who got Mint 17.2, it is a good idea to move to 17.3 using the update manager.
The forthcoming release of Mint 18 is aimed at people who just can’t wait to try out some new technologies. Unless you need to use some new software that won’t work with Mint 17.3, we don’t recommend switching.
Within Mint 17.3, there is an update manager to keep your software up-to-date with any bug fixes. When re-pute.it launched, we suggested customers be cautious about applying these updates because “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it”. With your future security in mind, we’ve been applying and testing all the updates at re-pute.it HQ over the last 6 months and we’re happy to report that they all work well on the ThinkPad X200s. On balance, we think that the possibility of fixing security vulnerabilities is now a bigger advantage than the stability of not changing anything, so we recommend X200s users apply all the updates available.
Summary – update Mint 17.3 YES, upgrade to Mint 18 NO.