Upgrading to Ubuntu Karmic Koala 9.10

Dave Hall dave.hall at skwashd.com
Mon Oct 19 04:12:05 BST 2009


On Sun, 2009-10-18 at 03:18 -0700, Timmy wrote:
> You would be better off doing a clean-install of Kubuntu 9.10 Karmic
> Koala because you need to do a clean install to get the better
> performance from the enw file system it uses as default.

You can upgrade to ext4 in place.  See
http://maketecheasier.com/how-to-upgrade-from-ext3-to-ext4-without-formatting-the-hard-disk/2009/04/21 as an example - google found many similar articles.

This "do a clean install" for each new release mantra is not only wrong,
it is very annoying.  Debian (and so ubuntu) has had excellent package
management for over a decade.  Even fedora allows seemless upgrades
these days.  Windows users are used to reinstalling every 6 months,
Linux users shouldn't have to.

Cheers

Dave




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