Fresh install?

Willy K. Hamra w.hamra1987 at
Wed Oct 15 17:24:17 BST 2008

Paul Lemmons wrote:
> There is something that has been bugging me for several years. While
> fairly new to Ubuntu I have been using Linux as my primary OS since
> Fedora core 2. The thing that has been a irritation for all of that time
> is the repeated recommendation to do a "Clean Install" instead of an
> upgrade. I spent most of the weekend rebuilding a friend's Windows
> laptop because it had gotten slow (tripled the speed just by
> reinstalling!). I was feeling quite superior in that I never have to do
> that with my laptop. It is always snappy regardless of what I add or
> remove and I am a software junky Then I check my email this morning and
> I see again the recommendation to do a "clean install" (<=rebuild your
> machine) and all the superior feelings dissipated.
> I upgraded my laptop from Fedora Core-2 through Fedora-7 without any
> issues. I did rebuild the laptop to convert it to Kubuntu. I installed
> GG-Beta and upgraded it through HH-Beta and the current HH. I plan on
> upgrading again when II goes GA. If I have to rebuild my laptop and my
> workstation at work I will be sorely disappointed, to put it lightly.
> Am I the only one with such a positive experience with the upgrade
> process? Do more of you upgrade or rebuild? Why the constant advice to
> backup your system, remember all of the apps you installed and then
> trash it to install clean and restore apps and files with a prayer that
> you did not miss anything?

in my experience, i never had any performance problems, but you usually
get loads of junk settings files here and there. some files stop being
used in later releases, and such stuff. as for performance, non that i
know of. but the thing with intrepid, is that you will be upgrading from
KDE3 to KDE4, and with it, there might be loads of such junk settings
files. i know of no person who upgraded to intrepid to be sure of how
bad the upgrade will be, you might need to check here and there a bit.

Willy K. Hamra
Manager of Hamra Information Systems
Co. Manager of Zeina Computer & Billy Net
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