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Linux Mint 20.2 arrives, upgrade path made available too
by Paul Hill
The Linux Mint team has announced the release of Linux Mint 20.2 ‘Uma’. Surprisingly, the upgrade path has also been opened up today. In the past, users normally had to wait a week or two before upgrades were allowed from older Mint versions but it looks like the team was confident enough to allow upgrades right away.
We already gave a rundown of the features new to Linux Mint 20.2 in June when the beta was made available so head over to that article to see what’s new. Here, we will look at how you can upgrade your Linux Mint 20 or 20.1 system to 20.2.
The upgrade to Mint 20.2 is quite minor so the likelihood that something will go wrong is really small but there is still the possibility, therefore, you should launch Timeshift from the application menu and follow the instructions to create a system snapshot that you can use to restore your system to an earlier state if it breaks. You also need to disable your screensaver and upgrade any Cinnamon spices you have installed from the System Settings.
With those pre-requisite tasks out of the way, head over to the Update Manager and press the refresh button. You’ll then need to install the new version of mintupdate or mint-upgrade-info if you’ve not already done so. After those updates are installed, press Edit in the Update Manager menu bar and press ‘Upgrade to Linux Mint 20.2 Uma’, you will be presented with the release notes, new features, system requirements and a summary before the upgrade proceeds.
Although not necessary, the Mint team recommends that you convert your system with usrmerge. This is already done on a clean install of Linux Mint 20.1 and Linux Mint 20.2 but if you need to do it you can convert your system with the following command: apt install usrmerge. You can learn more about usrmerge from the freedesktop.org website.
Once the upgrade is complete, you should restart your computer.
If you’d like to perform a clean install of Linux Mint 20.2, head over to the Mint downloads page and select the Cinnamon, MATE, or Xfce version. You can refer to the multilingual documentation to learn about writing Linux Mint to a USB stick or burning it to a DVD and installing it on your computer.
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Microsoft suspends SQL Server on Windows Containers Beta, recommends Linux instead
by Usama Jawad
Back in 2017, Microsoft announced the SQL Server on Windows Containers Beta program, enabling developers to connect to SQL Server instances from inside the same container or outside it. The benefits included facilitation of setting up and maximizing density of instances for development and test purposes, and to isolate and govern applications in a multi-tenant environment.
Today, Microsoft has announced that it is suspending the program.
In a brief blog post, Microsoft has highlight that the SQL Server on Windows Containers Beta program is being suspended because of ecosystem challenges and "usage patterns". The latter suggests that the program simply didn't have enough users to warrant continued support. The company has carefully worded its statement to indicate that there are no plans to resume the initiative in the foreseeable future, but it will make a public announcement if circumstances change.
The Redmond tech giant has suggested that users migrate to SQL Server on Linux Containers, which is already supported in production environments unlike its Windows counterpart. It is important to note that SQL Server on Windows Containers never managed to ditch its "beta" tag, so was not intended for production use anyway. That said, this announcement will still irk developers who had invested time in building applications that make use of this capability, or those who utilized it in production environments.
Moving forward, Microsoft has stated that the SQL Server Express and Developer for Windows Containers Docker repositories will be deleted soon. The tags in these repositories will be deleted as well and Docker images will not available for download.
Canonical announces end of life date for Ubuntu 20.10 Groovy Gorilla
by Paul Hill
Canonical has announced that Ubuntu 20.10 Groovy Gorilla is set to lose support on July 22, 2021. As the release was one of those between the Long-Term Support (LTS) releases, it only has nine months of life. Those running this particular version of Ubuntu are urged to upgrade their systems to Ubuntu 21.04 Hirsute Hippo which has been available since April.
To assist you in upgrading your computer, Canonical has published a guide that runs through everything you need to know and do to get to the latest version. If you’re not sure which version of Ubuntu you have, open Settings, scroll down the left-hand pane until you reach About, and then look under OS Name and you should be able to see which version you are on. Most people checking should find that they’re on Ubuntu 20.04.2 LTS, which is supported until 2025.
After July 22, systems with Ubuntu 20.10 can still be used but they won’t receive important security updates. Quickly, you’ll notice your web browser become outdated which will only increase your risk. If you have a particular use for Ubuntu 20.10 which is preventing you from upgrading, disconnecting your computer from the internet and keeping it offline is another option you have for staying safe
For most people, the Long-Term Support versions of Ubuntu are best because upgrades are only needed every couple of years. The interim releases, while stable, act more like a testing ground for new features between LTS releases.