New Linux Mint Upgrade Tool Aims to Simplify the Updating Process

The next release of Linux Mint, based on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS, is fast approaching. You should expect it soon after the release of Ubuntu 22.04 LTS later this month.

In the latest monthly blog post, Clem Lefebvre (founder of Linux Mint) has revealed that Linux Mint 21, codenamed “Vanessa”, will be the next update based on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS.

It will support all three editions with Cinnamon, MATE and Xfce.

Besides that, Clem also shared some exciting details about the planned new leveling tool to make the process seamless.

Linux Mint Upgrade Tool

Yes, Linux Mint already has an upgrade tool to help make things easier. It required command line access for a few things and it’s simple.

However, with the new upgrade tool, they plan to further improve it to handle complex builds from Linux Mint 21 and LMDE 5 onwards efficiently.

The new leveling tool is currently in its alpha phase, available on GitHub.

So you will use it to upgrade Linux Mint 20.3 to 21 and LMDE 4 to 5. This is great news as it minimizes the hassle of the upgrade process.

An “Upgrade Tool” GUI program where you just have to follow the on-screen instructions sounds great, doesn’t it?

Key highlights of the new leveling tool include:

  • It lets you do everything in the GUI, with no command line needed.
  • Enable localization (current tool only supports English)
  • Added more checks like if you are connected to mains power, available free space, list of deleted packages, etc.
  • Introducing more user control by allowing you to skip some of the steps (you need to know what you are doing)
  • It respects the current choice of mirrors only if it is up to date.
  • Checks existing custom repositories and PPAs to see if they support upgrading, and it doesn’t automatically remove them.
  • Notifies you of packages that are no longer in the repositories.
  • Ability to detect common issues and a one-click button to fix them.

Obviously, the screenshot shared by the Linux Mint team shows that you get a lot of details and more useful stuff with the next upgrade tool.

However, note that even with a better upgrade tool in place, you should use tools such as time lag to back up your existing data to prevent data loss.

Not to mention, there are more developments regarding Linux Mint and other tools, you can take a look at the official blog post to learn more.

What do you think of the new Linux Mint Update Tool? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.


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Steven L. Nielsen