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Old 04-14-2010, 10:52 PM   #1
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End of support for Mint6


The bad news comes that active support for Mint6 is set to end Apr. 30.

The worse news is I don't know what to do about it. Complicating this is that I have about 5 drive partitions and duplicate Mint6 operating systems because of password problems and just partitioning the drive and rebooting the OS instead of trying to fix the issue.

I hear good things about Mint8, but my 80 Gig drive is getting pretty thin on partitions. I know there must be a way to safely remove the partitions and duplicate operating systems. I just don't know how to do it.

The goal is to upgrade to Mint8.

Help?
 
Old 04-14-2010, 11:44 PM   #2
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The only significant question is: Where is your data?

The short answer is:
  1. Secure your data and make sure it is backed up.
  2. Delete all the old partitions
  3. Install the new Linux system

With only one 80GB drive, I would strongly recommend adding another drive. One arrangement that I favor is one drive for the various operating systems, and another drive strictly for data. (Plus a USB external drive for backups.)

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Old 04-16-2010, 01:05 PM   #3
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Well, I don't really have any data to worry about. My kid would probably like to keep his bookmarks. But nothing else.

I've looked at some tutorials about removing drive partitions and seen SOME suggestion that you can really foul things up if you don't know what you're doing.
 
Old 04-16-2010, 01:10 PM   #4
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The goal is to upgrade to Mint8.
Wait for LinuxMint 9 ...it's going to be an LTS release
 
Old 04-16-2010, 01:24 PM   #5
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I've looked at some tutorials about removing drive partitions and seen SOME suggestion that you can really foul things up if you don't know what you're doing.
The only reason this should concern you is if you have important data. You say you don't (bookmarks are easily saved to a usb flash drive or even floppy if your box has one), so no worries! I agree 100% with custangro, wait for mint9, when it's released, backup your bookmarks, wipe the whole drive clean, and let mint do its thing during install. Should be fairly painless, but if you have troubles, post back, and we'll do our best to help.
 
Old 04-16-2010, 01:50 PM   #6
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Thanks the help. I just found out that mint 8 asks if you want to erase and format the drive when you install it. Likely 9 will have that function too.

Out of curiosity, does end of support just mean there will be no more updates and upgrades like I think it does or will the whole OS just stop working?
 
Old 04-16-2010, 02:02 PM   #7
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Just means they stop the updates. Probably close down the repositories for that version. Mint will continue working, although you probably donīt want to run without security and other updates.
 
  


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