Linux Mint 17 was just released. It is a Long Term Support (LTS) release and will be supported until 2019. I would love to upgrade to it. I’ve tried, but on my system its simply too buggy. My network board, a TP-Link TL-WN951N, which was supported by Linux Mint 16 simply does not work in LM 17. So, if I use a different network interface I can get LM 17 installed, but if I apply any updates then my system will refuse to boot. I’ve tried LM 17 x64 with Xfce, MATE, and Connamon destops. All to no avail.
On July 1 Linux Mint 16 (and Ubuntu 13.10) support ends. What does this mean, and what can I do about it? What I did was install Linux Mint 13 over Linux Mint 16 since LM 13 is supported until 2017.
What end of support means is:
- the repositories such as archive.ubuntu.com and security.ubuntu.com will stop getting any updates for the old release
- repository tools (apt-get, update manager, etc..) will start showing errors
- after a time (weeks, months?) the repositories will get moved to http://old-releases.ubuntu.com.
If you wish to keep LM 16 (or any other unsupported version) what you can do is edit the repository list. The one to edit depends on your Linux Mint version:
- /etc/apt/sources.list.d/official-package-repositories.list (Linux Mint 15+)
- /etc/apt/sources.list (Linux Mint < 15)
Its the Ubuntu repositories that change. The Linux Mint ones do not.
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