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Can I skip a release when updating my system?

asked 2017-03-20 20:02:49 -0500

lohroc gravatar image

I have a dvd with Fedora 23 I want to install. Can I upgrade to 25 and skip 24? And Is there a way to upgrade while installing the system?

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Why do you install it with the DVD and not create a new install medium with Fedora 25? All packages must be downloaded as well, so I don't think bandwidth would be a problem here.

mithrial gravatar imagemithrial ( 2017-03-21 12:07:22 -0500 )edit

@mithral is right. Just download Fedora25, write the iso as a bootable USB thumb drive and do a clean F25 install.

gobigobi66 gravatar imagegobigobi66 ( 2017-03-22 23:46:18 -0500 )edit

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answered 2017-03-20 20:59:23 -0500

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Generally speaking, it's safe to skip one version, as you're suggesting, but not more. There are times, such as when systemd became an integral part of Fedora or when there was a major reconfiguring of the directory structure that it's not a good idea to skip the version where the change is made, but this isn't one of them. Alas, however, you can't upgrade during installation. My suggestion would be to install F23, make sure that it works and then upgrade to F25. Don't even wait to update your system before the upgrade, because you're just going to be installing the newest version anyway. Good luck, and please keep us informed.

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I would at least update the dnf plugin that is responsible for the system upgrade: sudo dnf update dnf-plugin-system-upgrade

florian gravatar imageflorian ( 2017-03-21 23:39:56 -0500 )edit

How long will it be possible to upgrade from older versions? When is old version deleted? After 1 year?

FaraMirza gravatar imageFaraMirza ( 2018-03-22 10:12:26 -0500 )edit

You can always upgrade to the latest version of Fedora, but if the number of releases between your current installation and the target is too high, the upgrade may not work. So, don't wait too long after your installed Fedora reaches End-of-Life (there is really no reason for that).

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Unsupported Fedora releases are not deleted, they are archived here

florian gravatar imageflorian ( 2018-03-22 23:16:35 -0500 )edit

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