going from 8.04 to 9.10

clay weber claydoh at midmaine.com
Wed Oct 7 13:50:36 BST 2009


O. Sinclair wrote:
> Christopher Rob JONES wrote:
>>> This is what it took for me, about a week. You have to fully update each
>>> install before you can make the jump to the next. Sorry. Ric
>> I think if I was in your shoes I would consider a completely fresh 
>> installation. backup /home to an external drive or similar, do a fresh 
>> installation, including reformatting home, and then just copy back the 
>> data from the /home backup. I think you should probably let the various 
>> config files (.XYZ etc.) remake themselves since the differences are 
>> likely large, particular for KDE going fronm 3 to 4.
>>
>> just my 2 pence worth.
>>
>> Chris
>>
> the only parts of the above that worries me is IF they said config 
> files, mail files etc will remake themselves if left in the KDE3 places.
> 
> 

All your current kde3 configs will be carried over - no conversion 
needed. The desktop settings (wallpapers, themes, etc) will obviously 
not carry over as that system is totally different, so you would have to 
customize that to your liking. But app settings all carry over.

The only thing I had to fix was that I had to re-create my email 
accounts, but not my folders or filters or anything. But that was during 
Intrepid's Alpha stage and a recovery from a backup, not an upgrade.

Another area to consider is nvidia/ati proprietary drivers. I am seeing 
some issues with fglrx from jaunty to karmic, and would assume these 
would hold true for a hardy-karmic jump due to the changes in kernbels 
and xorg between the 2.

Also, the dist-upgrade tool cleans some things, disables external repos 
and the like making for an easier and safer upgrade process. Worth the 
wait if they can get a hardy-karmic upgrade path fixed. Otherwise, I 
recommend a clean install, preferably using a separate /home partition 
and proper backups.

clay



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