10.4 upgrade vs install
kassube at gmx.net
Sun May 2 07:07:31 BST 2010
> I've been noticing a lot of complaints both on this list and several
> others on upgrading from 9.10 to 10.4. Over the last couple of
> years, I have learned a dear lesson. The lesson is that you should
> have all your personal data and various configs on a secondary
> drive. When a new system is released, never, ever use the update
> function. Over the last five years I've been using Kubuntu, I have
> yet to see an update work perfectly, first time. During this time,
> I've installed and updated more than two dozen systems at home and
> at my office.
Well, that may be your lesson and I can feel your pain. My experience is
quite the opposite to yours. I have used the upgrade option since about
7.04 and I have used it on many (10 to 15) machines with various
hardware and varying amounts of installed packages. There were only a
few cases of problems and the problems were no big issues (for me
anyway). I never had to do a fresh install on those machines where the
upgrade didn't work well.
Therefore I would always suggest to first backup the important data and
then _try_ the upgrade. If it really fails, you still can do a fresh
install, but usually that step isn't necessary. The advantage of an
upgrade is that you don't have to make notes of the installed packages
because they are also upgraded to the new version. Overall it saves a
lot of time.
Furthermore there seem to be a lot of grub problems due to the new grub
since 9.10. However that seems to only affect those with fresh installs
which is another reason to try the upgrade first.
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