How to move from ubuntu to mint

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How to move from ubuntu to mint
Linux Mint is a user-friendly alternative to Ubuntu Linux. (Burke/Triolo Productions/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

Ubuntu Linux and Linux Mint are both considered to be among the more user-friendly variations of Linux. Mint is based on Ubuntu, bundled with some of the more commonly installed software packages by default -- along with most of common multimedia codecs. Even though Mint is based on Ubuntu, a direct upgrade from Ubuntu to a newer version of Mint is not an obvious or simple procedure. However, there is a method for migrating your system from Ubuntu to Linux Mint.

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Things you need

  • An external hard drive

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    Back Up Your Data

  1. 1

    Connect an external hard drive to your computer.

  2. 2

    Click on the "Applications" menu, and select "Accessories" and "Terminal" to open a terminal window.

  3. 3

    Type "sudo apt-get install sbackup" to install the "sbackup" software utility.

  4. 4

    Click on the "System" menu, then select "Administration" and "Simple Backup Config" to start sbackup. Enter your administrator account password if prompted.

  5. 5

    Click the "Manual Backup" option under the "General" tab in the window that pops up.

  6. 6

    Click on the "Include" and "Exclude" tabs. Click on the "Add" and "Remove" buttons to modify which directories will be backed up, if desired. Make sure your "/home" directory is among the directories being backed up. When you have configured to your satisfaction the list of directories to be backed up, proceed to the next step.

  7. 7

    Click on the "Destination" tab and select "Use custom local backup directory." Then select your external hard drive from the pull-down menu as your backup location.

  8. 8

    Click "Save" then the "Backup Now!" button to begin backing up your /home directory and any other directories and files you selected.

    Install Linux Mint and Restore Your Data

  1. 1

    Download the latest version of the Linux Mint ".iso" disc image file.

  2. 2

    Right-click the .iso disc image file and select "Write to disk..." A dialogue box will open where you can verify the disk type, size and burn speed. Click "Burn."

  3. 3

    Reboot your computer with the Linux Mint installation disc inserted. Change the boot order to your CD/DVD drive -- this will vary depending on your computer manufacturer.

  4. 4

    Follow the steps of the Linux Mint installation wizard when it starts. Choose the installation option that erases the data on the hard drive and performs a clean install.

  5. 5

    Restart the computer when prompted once the installation is complete.

  6. 6

    Navigate to the backed up files on your external hard drive and manually transfer the data from the locations on the external hard drive to their respective locations on the internal hard drive.

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