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how can i update to fedora 20 alpha

asked 2013-09-25 15:16:00 -0500

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updated 2014-05-12 21:15:39 -0500

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using fedora 19 and want to try fedora 20 alpha.. how can i make it easiest way? (dont want to burn a dvd or delete my data)

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answered 2013-09-28 07:12:06 -0500

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updated 2013-09-28 07:15:47 -0500

During the Alpha and Beta releases I install to a USB HD which I boot via the BIOS boot feature on my Motherboard. If your MB has this capability (most recent MBs do) there is a prompt during startup identifying the correct key to enter BIOS boot.

My process:

1) download install DVD iso

2) as root from the directory containing the downloaded iso, create an install USB stick ( be very careful you get the right usb-dev name since this will completely replace everything on the device with the iso contents)

dd if=<f20aDVD>.iso of=/dev/<usb-dev> bs=4M; sync

3) it takes 10s of minutes to copy the iso to the stick and there are no indicators that anything is happening until completion, then a copy summary is provided

4) BIOS boot from the USB stick and install to a clean USB HD

5) BIOS boot from the USB HD and you are running a clean install of F20a with all of your F19 + data still intact on your hard drive

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answered 2013-09-28 03:34:23 -0500

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updated 2013-09-28 03:39:31 -0500

Before upgrading, be sure what you do and backup your data!

  1. You can use fedup: man fedup

  2. You also can make an upgrade with yum:

Upgrading Fedora using yum

  1. Download the DVD iso file and create a bootable media like usb stick or DVD and boot from that and choose upgrade option.
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answered 2013-09-28 15:52:05 -0500

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In case your hardware is up to it, install alpha and beta releases on virtual machines. Please read Virtualization Getting Started Guide to learn more about virtualization.

The method of using a separate USB disk as kobuck suggested is also recommended.

Updating you working system to an alpha version... well, forget about that.

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answered 2013-09-25 16:45:15 -0500

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sudo fedup-cli --network 20 Maybe

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