Wednesday, 31 December 2014

How To : Upgrade to Linux Mint 17.1 (Rebecca) from Linux Mint 17 (Qiana)

    As we all know, Latest stable version of Linux Mint OS - Linux Mint 17.1, which is based on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, having a codename Rebecca has been released and is available for download with two desktop environments viz. Cinnamon and Mate. Just like Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr and Linux Mint 17 (Qiana), Linux Mint 17.1 (Rebecca) will be officially supported till 2019. This tutorial will help you in upgrading to Linux Mint 17.1 Rebecca from Linux Mint 17 Qiana.


  • Fixed 30 Memory leaks and improved responsiveness.
  • Much more customizable and smoother
  • Settings: Background and Theme settings re-designed, added Privacy and Notification settings,
  • Nemo: Nemo toolbar re-designed and much configurable
  • Update Manager: Introcudes grouping of packages to prevent partial or incomplete updates
  • Language Settings: Redesigned the UI which shows more information now.
  • Welcome Screen: Redesigned Login windows preferences, with simpler theme selection.
  • Introduces pastebin command.
  • Kernel: Linux Kernel 3.13 with Ubuntu 14.04 package base.
  • Uses Noto font, by deault.
For more details, please find the release notes here.

Upgrade from Linux Mint 17 (Qiana)

Step 1: Make sure that the version of Linux Mint you are using is Linux Mint 17 Qiana. You can check this by executing any of the following commands in Terminal.

$ sudo cat /etc/issue
$ sudo cat /etc/
Step 2: Once you confirm the Linux Mint version you are using, you can proceed to the upgrade procedure. But, before doing so, you are advised to take backup of certain file related to repository sources, so that, if something goes wrong, we can revert back the changes easily. This file is /etc/apt/sources.list.d/official-package-repositories.list

$ sudo cp /etc/apt/sources.list.d/official-package-repositories.list /etc/apt/sources.list.d/official-package-repositories.list.bkp
Step 3: Now, in the above mentioned file, replace every occurrence of "qiana" with "rebecca". For our convenience, we make use of sed command as follows.

$ sudo sed -i 's/qiana/rebecca/g' /etc/apt/sources.list.d/official-package-repositories.list
Step 4: Now, it's time to upgrade to Linux Mint 17.1 Rebecca.

$ sudo apt-get update

$ sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

$ sudo apt-get upgrade
During the upgrade process, you will be asked certain questions related to Config files and Services restart, you are advised to type "Y".

Step 5: After the completion of upgrade process, reboot your system by executing sudo reboot command. The check the OS version installed in your system by issuing any of the commands mentioned in Step 1.


  1. Hi
    Is it possible to install Linux Mint 17(Qiana),on Linux Mint 16(Petra) without a complete re installation of the system?

  2. I have a Dell D630, and it was running fine under 17. I tried the above upgrade, following all the instructions, and now the computer fails to load a session, and there is no indication of what to do. So I'll go back to my iso cd and reload 17. I don't know if 17.1 will run on a D630. I also have a D820, and 17 won't load on that.