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Do I upgrade or start over

asked 2014-01-06 20:35:49 -0600

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updated 2014-09-29 16:12:44 -0600

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I have a system with Fedora 15. should I do the upgrades needed to get to Fedora 20 or just start over...

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I would suggest to re install the OS, I tried to upgrade using the recommendations made by Fedora coomunity "Using Network Upgrade", but it consumes lot of time. Instead, have a backup of existing Fedora distro files and re-install 20. However, even after installing it from DVD , again there were aroug 700MB updates found the systme when I executed YUM UPDATE.

bpawanchand06 gravatar imagebpawanchand06 ( 2014-01-08 04:07:03 -0600 )edit

Thanks... I had 3 reply to my question and they gave the same basic answer... Start Over... So I did...Thanks again

jimm gravatar imagejimm ( 2014-01-17 18:48:10 -0600 )edit

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answered 2014-01-06 21:03:08 -0600

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A few things might affect your answer:

  1. Do you have separate partitions for Home(/home) and Root (/). If yes, then reinstalling might be easier.
  2. Do you have other OS's installed? This will potentially make installing Fedora harder.

F15 is very old. I would install fresh install if you can. Make sure you do a backup of your harddrive data though.

Also note, Gnome Shell and undoubtedly other DEs, have changed alot in 2+ years. I would consider getting rid of many of your dot file (.config and others) since sometimes devs don't test upgrading all features.

In my experience upgrades back then didn't go so smoothly. F18->F19 and F19->F20 seemed to work quite well though.

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Systemd might be also worth a reinstall. Afaik you can't get it via updates.

terminalid gravatar imageterminalid ( 2014-01-07 03:32:55 -0600 )edit

That is a good point, forgot about that big change.

hmaarrfk gravatar imagehmaarrfk ( 2014-01-07 10:55:13 -0600 )edit
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answered 2014-01-07 09:15:32 -0600

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Having just attempted to use fedup to upgrade from 17 to 20, I strongly recommend you just reinstall. I've been a fedora user since before it was fedora, and I had to give up on fedup, and then on the yum method (which I believe you need for 14-17). Being more of a yum wizard might have helped, but then again, it might not.

The advantage of an upgrade vs. reinstall is you don't have to back your stuff up and can keep whatever configuration you have. It probably will not save you much time.

However, such an "advantage" only encourages bad habits, such as not keeping appropriate back-ups anyway, and not considering your configurations things that should be backed up and/or documented so that they can be transferred (in some form) to other systems (such as a fresh install) easily. The only thing that was a hassle for me is KDE, which has an opaque and AFAICT not-easily-transferred config system. Everything else I rely upon has a transparent, text based configuration, and an effort is made to keep these backward compatible.

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Gnome also moved to an opaque config system with dconf ... pretty annoying IMO. Wouldn't it be nice if we could use version control for our DE configuration :(

hmaarrfk gravatar imagehmaarrfk ( 2014-01-07 10:56:33 -0600 )edit

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