How to upgrade to Linux Mint 18.2

Linux Mint Tutorial – Hello everyone, today I am going to show you how to upgrade to Linux Mint 18.2 from Linux Mint 18.1. This tutorial might be a little bit outdated but in case you are still using Linux Mint 18.1 and want to upgrade to version 18.2. Linux Mint 18.1 can be upgraded to the new Linux Mint 18.2 Sonya via Update Manager, so you don’t have to worry about typing the update command etc.

Before we go through the update/upgrade process, you may want to know why we should upgrade to Linux Mint 18.2. Some new features and bug fixes have been added to Linux Mint 18.2 Sonya. And many users believe that the new Linux Mint 18.2 Sonya has better performance compared to any previous version of Linux Mint. When this post is being written, Linux Mint 18.3 is in development version. The new Linux Mint 18.3 brings the following update on board:

  • The user interface looks more modern and its layout is inspired by Gnome Software. Its simpler, more consistent than before and it makes the application look much cleaner.
  • The software manager no longer uses Webkit. The only toolkit used is GTK and the entire application was ported to GTK3, to bring support for HiDPI.
  • The software manager launches 3 times faster than before. Browsing categories and apps is almost immediate.
  • The backend was ported to AptDaemon and the Software Manager now runs in user mode. Consequently you do not need to enter any passwords to browse applications, and if you enter a password to install or remove an app, the authentication is remembered for a little while so you can install or remove other apps without having to enter that password again.

Steps to upgrade to Linux Mint 18.2 Sonya

First, open the Update Manager from app menu. And then go to Edit and select Upgrade to “Linux Mint 18.2 Sonya”

Then, follow on screen wizard. It will start download packages from the internet. Make sure you have a good internet connection.

upgrade to linux mint 18.2

Once completed, you will see the following greeter.

Reboot your computer and now Linux Mint 18.2 is officially operational.



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