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breadbin 05-01-2016 11:57 AM

how to update linux mint from 14 to latest?
 
hi, i have been trying to update my linux distro of mint 14 to the latest edition. i was trying to convert a few flac files to mp3 and it seems like i need to update the libraries first so i tried

sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

and

sudo apt-get update

which gave me these errors

404 Not Found [IP: 91.189.88.161 80]
Err http://archive.ubuntu.com quantal/universe amd64 Packages


obviously the quantal packages are moved or missing or something but how do i point them to the new ones or is it as easy as that? i was thinking of doing a fresh install of linux mint from a cd or whatever but thought there might be an easier way. i like the way the linux distro is now apart from outdated packages.

thanks in advance

HT-Borås 05-01-2016 12:36 PM

This tutorial may be useful for you.

un1x 05-01-2016 12:41 PM

it is BETTER to start from zero [new installation] (17.3) >>> https://www.linuxmint.com/

https://www.linuxmint.com/documentat...glish_17.3.pdf

:hattip:

yancek 05-01-2016 12:46 PM

Mint 14 is based on Ubuntu 12.10 and support for it ended two years ago so the repositories from which you would update are no longer available. You could try the method suggested above if it doesn't seem to complex or move your data from your /home directory to a new partition and do a clean install of the system on a different partition. Currently supported releases are Mint 13 and Mint 17.

breadbin 05-01-2016 03:26 PM

I did see that tutorial when I was looking for info but was hoping that I could update it without a fresh install.

I did buy a bigger hard disk to pop into the laptop. Then had second thoughts but might go ahead with it now:)

breadbin 05-01-2016 03:27 PM

Would you guys recommend Mint 17? The laptop is terrible. Amd e-300 but has 4gb ram. Would it struggle? It flies with Mint 14:)

yancek 05-01-2016 08:01 PM

Not knowing the details on your hardware, difficult to recommend. Mint Mate or XFCE are lighter versions.

https://www.linuxmint.com/download.php

frankbell 05-01-2016 08:39 PM

4 GB Ram should be quite sufficient for Mint 17, regardless of your choice of desktop environment.

Given the gap between Mint 14 and Mint 17, a fresh install after backing up crucial files is indicated.

DavidMcCann 05-02-2016 11:07 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by breadbin (Post 5539059)
hi, i have been trying to update my linux distro of mint 14 to the latest edition. ... first so i tried sudo apt-get dist-upgrade ... which gave me these errors 404 Not Found [IP: 91.189.88.161 80]

That was because the command was trying to access the repository for Mint 14 that no longer exists.
Quote:

i was thinking of doing a fresh install of linux mint from a cd or whatever but thought there might be an easier way.
When you think of how many files are installed, it's really a wonder that updating to a new version actually works! Some distros won't do it and most will only update from one version to the next. You'll have to re-install.
Quote:

i like the way the linux distro is now
The configuration data for the desktop and programs are stored in /home, so if you keep that the new version should work in the same way. That's one reason why /home should always be on its own partition.

Habitual 05-02-2016 12:04 PM

Let's be clear, you can NOT upgrade 14 to 17.

mark_alfred 05-02-2016 12:31 PM

Maybe starting by upgrading from 14 to 15 (instructions here), then from 15 to 16 (instructions here), and then finally from 16 to 17, might be what you'd need to do.


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