Re: Alternative to 12.4 Upgrade
Your system ... your choice ... but I would advise against jumping into a version upgrade the minute it becomes available.
Because there is no way, in the event that you run into problems, of rolling-back to the old, WORKING, 11.10 version you have in place now.
You would either have to (1) fix the problems, or (2) reinstall 11.10 from scratch.
Which is why it is ALWAYS a better approach to try a LiveCD or LiveUSB of the new version on your PC before doing the upgrade.
Ubuntu 16.04 Mate, Mint 18 Mate; MS Win 8.1, MS Win10 Pro.
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