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fedora 29 install hesitation

asked 2019-03-08 14:09:14 -0500

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updated 2019-03-18 11:02:15 -0500

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I've been using Fedora at work & now at home since Fedora 11 and been mostly keeping abreast of current releases. At least keeping within the window of currently supported releases, but I am having apprehensions about installing fedora 29. I upgraded to F28 in October last year and attempted an upgrade to F29 directly after but after download it failed due to some conflict or other. (As an aside is there any way to query the dnf history file to get details on failed updates?) At the time I just put the upgrade on hold assuming that the issues would be worked out. Since that time, I've been monitoring these pages, and it seems that there are a significant amount of problems reported around the F29 release. More so than I remember with other releases.I am nervous. Am I being overly cautious here? The life cycle on Fedora 28 will come to an end with the release of F30 I think in April. How confident can I be of an upgrade without problems. Is there a statistic on how robust each release has been? If so where can I find it?

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There were some dependency conflicts in the week leading up to the official release end of October 2018. That was quickly solved shortly after.

villykruse gravatar imagevillykruse ( 2019-03-09 05:59:53 -0500 )edit

Yes. That was the trouble. It was definitely a dependency problem. I don't remember what packages were causing the upgrade to fail though. Glad to hear that it was resolved. I will retry the upgrade in a couple of weeks and keep my fingers crossed that none of the other problems reported here complicate my life. Thanks for the reassurances. If I have trouble with it, I will document them here.

nmgiffin gravatar imagenmgiffin ( 2019-03-09 11:16:58 -0500 )edit

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answered 2019-03-08 15:32:36 -0500

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Relax yourself, you have plenty of time to figure out a way to system-upgrade before Fedora 28 reaches end-of-life (EOL). F30 will be released some time in May, which means F28 will turn EOL some time in July 2019.

So, which of the common bugs listed for F29 do you think would apply to your setting? Just FYI, I have been running F29 since its release and has been damn stable.

I would suggest you run another system-upgrade process as described here, and if there are any errors, post them here and share the link. Usually those errors result from unsolved dependencies or packages from multiple architectures, so not a big deal to fix it. It is usually easy to remove the conflicting package, upgrade the system, and then reinstall the package. But let's have look at your issue first.

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answered 2019-03-24 21:38:39 -0500

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I successfully installed fedora 29 today with a few minor glitches. There were a few package issues with: AdobeReader_enu; dvdrip-master; fontmatrix packages and had to add the --allowerasing switch to the > sudo dnf system-upgrade download command. Download and installation went smoothly. I had an issue with DraftSight drawing package failing due to a failure to find a fontconfig library but resolved the issue with a fix I found on the FedoraForum websight. So all is good. Thanks for all the help and encouragement. `

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