upgrade or clean installation?

Darryl Clarke smartssa at gmail.com
Sun Apr 23 18:00:33 UTC 2006

On 4/23/06, Daniel Carrera <daniel.carrera at zmsl.com> wrote:
> Jan Moren wrote:
> >>Why? What do you mean by keeps the PC clean? Ubuntu doesn't naturally
> >>degrade over time.
> >
> > I do the same. It's just like moving house every five years or so -
> > you've accumulated a bunch of cruft, and cleaning out and starting over
> > means a lighter, simpler life (of course, you just start accumulating
> > again).
> This is a flawed comparison. Operating systems are not like houses. The
> filesystem doesn't naturally get littered over time. At most, consider a
> clean up of your home directory.

If users are worried about old, unused packages, these can easily be
removed using Synaptic or Aptitude (and friends)

These packages will end up with a status of 'Installed (Local or
Obsolete)' in Synaptic, or you can find them under "Obsolete and
Locally created packages' in Aptitude.

Things end up here after time and dist-upgrades and are easily removed.

There are also various other ways of cleaning up unneeded packages as well.

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