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Post by fudgel » Sun Jun 16, 2019 7:47 pm

Hello, first post, and wouldn't you know, I wasn't sure where to post this question. Sorry if it is in the wrong section.

I've been using MX Linux on VirtualBox for a bit, and really like it. I've been using Linux Mint full time since 2015, and am seriously considering switching over to MX Linux.

However, I really don't like doing a fresh install because my computer is my work machine, and I just don't like taking chances that I might mess up somehow. So, that brings me to my question. When the Debian base switches over to the 10 series sometime this year, will MX Linux need to be re-installed, or will the new base be an "update".

If it will mean a fresh install, I'll just wait until MX is based on the new Debian 10 before I make the switch. If it is just an update, I'd like to switch over sooner.

I ask this question because I really can't seem to figure out whether MX Linux is a rolling release with updates like Manjaro, or needs to be re-installed when there is a new base like Mint.

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Post by Jerry3904 » Sun Jun 16, 2019 7:51 pm

It's like Mint, and will need to be reinstalled--especially on a work machine. That's what I will be doing with my production rig, though I may stay with MX-18.3 for a certain period to let anything shake out that needs to on MX-19.
Production: 4.15.0-1-amd64, MX-17.1, AMD FX-4130 Quad-Core, GeForce GT 630/PCIe/SSE2, 8 GB, SSD 120 GB, Data 1TB
Testing: AAO 722: 4.15.0-1-386. MX-17.1, AMD C-60 APU, 4 GB
Personal: XPS 13, 4.18.0-19.3-liquorix, 4 GB

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Re: First Post - Debian Base Version Question

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Post by seaken64 » Sun Jun 16, 2019 9:44 pm

I can understand the hesitance to update your main work machine. I decided to use a separate physical hard disk and only after I got it all verified as stable do I move to the new system. Hard disks are fairly inexpensive when compared to losing my work. And I keep my work data on a server share that I can access from any of my machines.

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Post by fudgel » Sun Jun 16, 2019 10:33 pm

OK, thanks for the replies.

I think I'll wait until MX-19 is out and has had a little time. That way I'll have maximum time to end of life for that release.

I like the idea of keeping the old SSD with everything intact, and a new SSD for the new install.

And yes, I have multiple backups of all data both in-hand, and off-site.

Thanks again for your help.

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