The head of the Linux Mint project, Clem Lefebvre, has announced that it is now possible to upgrade from Linux Mint 18.3 to version 19, which was launched on June 29.
This will allow users of the previous version to jump without having to reinstall the entire system.
You can now upgrade to Linux Mint 19
This is a very important announcement for all users of Linux Mint 18.3, although it must be borne in mind that the update may leave residues of your last installation, such as remaining packages that would not be there in a clean installation of Linux Mint 19, it is always advisable to make a clean installation of a new operating system.
Also keep in mind is that Linux Mint 17, 17.1, 17.2 and 17.3 continue to have support until April 2019, and Linux Mint 18, 18.1, 18.2 and 18.3 until April 2021, so it is not urgent to upgrade to the new version.
To this we add that the old versions can be more stable because they are much more refined than the new ones.
You can try Linux Mint 19 on your hardware using live mode, which is very useful to make sure that all your hardware still works correctly in the new version before installing it.
To do the update, you only have to use the Linux Mint update tool, which will be responsible for carrying out the process as automatically as possible, although you may have to intervene at any given time, so it is recommended do not completely abandon your PC while the process is complete.
Linux Mint is the most popular GNU / Linux distribution currently, it is based on the LTS of Ubuntu and its top priority is to offer a very friendly environment for all users