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Should I update my Fedora 25 Workstation and if so how can I do it

asked 2019-01-03 19:59:56 -0500

I am running Linux on Latitude E6440 (Architecture: i686 CPU op-mode(s): 32-bit, 64-bit) with the Fedora operating system (Fedora (4.13.16-100 fc25.i686) 25 (Workstation Edition)) (32.bit) which I did not personally install. So should I update it and if so how can I do it, in particular should I install a 64 bit version. I tried to use the Fedora web page but it is not really helpful.

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answered 2019-01-03 23:12:55 -0500

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updated 2019-01-03 23:14:22 -0500

Upgrade to Fedora 29 using dnf system-upgrade may not be recommended since you are too far, so will recommend to download a Fedora 29 ISO and re-install your machine.

If your machine has 4 G of ram install 64 bits version. You can use with less memory but will work best if you have more that 4G.

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I agree that reinstalling would probably be the best option. If your home directory is in its own partition or LVM logical volume, you should be able to retain your home directories while reinstalling the OS on the boot and root partitions/volumes. I did this recently with a Fedora 29 system that I have been upgrading since Fedora 23 and I was losing confidence in the installation. During installation, I chose the custom partitioning option and basically instructed the installer to reformat the /boot and /root logical volumes and NOT to format the /home. I would backup /etc, just in case.

psg_nm gravatar imagepsg_nm ( 2019-01-04 00:44:35 -0500 )edit

it's not safe to skip more than one version, but you could go 25-27, make sure it's working properly, then 27-29. If all goes well, it's easier than a complete reinstall, because you don't have to go back and install everything you'd had before. Just make sure to back up /home before each upgrade, even if it's on a separate partition, Just In Case.

sideburns gravatar imagesideburns ( 2019-01-04 01:26:53 -0500 )edit

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