All I hate from reinstalling is setting everything up to my liking :P Most probably why I sticked with XP that long.
I really hate reinstalling Windows too; it always takes a whole evening to get everything set up & patched and apply all the tweaks it needs, and then I spend the following week or so still tweaking more things here & there. I don't mind reinstalling Mint though as it only takes about an hour to get everything sorted out with that.
Downloaded Ubuntu Mate 16.04LTS during the evening, and burn a dvd. Did live boot, had a look and said F$#% that I'll upgrade later when either have a week off with no interruptions (doubt that'll happen soon) or Mint ending support for 17.3.
Mint 17.3 will still be supported for a few more years, so it's no problem if you want to stick with that :)
That is not true. I have been using Centos on my company servers for 10 years and never had a single problem. And I dont think I upgraded from 17.2 to 17.3 because the versions still shows as 17.2. All I did was open the update manager and run it. If it is going to go insane at first upgrade then this is not linux. Atleast not in the mental sense.
Hmm, there must be something *very* wrong going on there then, because I've never had this kind of problem on any of the systems and VMs I've had Mint installed on. I still have the older .ISOs to hand, so I'll set up a VM with Mint 17.2 and try updating it to see if it breaks here too.