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asked 2017-05-19 16:30:00 -0500

timon gravatar image

I'm hesitating to upgrade my system from F24 to F25. F24 will be EOL this summer, so I should be upgrading in a few months. Now I have a few questions about the whole thing.

  • How do you guys plan an upgrade?
  • How do you backup your system so you can restore it in case it goes wrong?
  • What are the usual casualties that cause the upgrade to break things?
  • Is it possible to upgrade from F24 to F26? If so, would it be wise?

This upgrade is very critical to me, because I use Fedora Workstation on my laptop for work. I started using Fedora on my work 8 months ago, so this thing is kind of new to me.

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Well, I have upgrade from Fedora 24 to 25 then with no problem using dnf system-upgrade steps on from the wiki, Always made home backup tar file of my home and place it on another disk, It may brake if you have external repositories, if you use Fedora repos plus repo you should be ok to upgrade to Fedora 25. You could upgrade to Fedora 26 but not sure repos are ready for 26 yeat, normally the run a bit behind. Good Luck

aeperezt gravatar imageaeperezt ( 2017-05-19 17:21:58 -0500 )edit

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answered 2017-05-26 14:39:33 -0500

timon gravatar image

A week later now, I'm running F25 now :).

So what I did was a reinstall, but keeping the home directory. That seemed to work great! I had some driver issues on F24 because my machine has an Optimus setup, and I did as well in F25. After installing the RPMFusion Nvidia drivers it works great. It seems that in F25+, the RPMFusion Nvidia drivers seem to support Optimus devices.

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I use BackInTime (in the standard repos) to back up my home folder to a flash drive, formatted ext4, so that it can use links to back up files that haven't changed, saving considerable space. I make sure I've done a fresh backup before upgrading, and upgrade instead of a clean install. However, /home is on its own partition, Just In Case.

sideburns gravatar imagesideburns ( 2017-05-26 15:18:04 -0500 )edit

answered 2017-05-26 16:14:16 -0500

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  • How plan: Backup everything that is of importance.
  • Backup: Of course, you should always have a recent backup, not only before upgrading (Backintime as recommended by @sideburns works really well)
  • Upgrade usually works just fine using dnf: If you have 3rd party repos other than rpmfusion, I'd recommend disabling them before the upgrade
  • F24 --> F26: Not a problem: sudo dnf system-upgrade download --refresh --releasever=26.
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I assume, may I use the same command, as the red-one above, to upgrade from F26 to F27?... I had tried Kernel and it's much more faster and stable on my Toshiba Satellite C855... As I'm using Enterprise Linux 7 repositories, I somehow succeeded to update the regular updates with EPEL-testing by yum config-manager --enablerepo epel-testing - but it wont work with F26 updates-testing?

avramoff gravatar imageavramoff ( 2017-08-29 18:29:42 -0500 )edit

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