How to call a move from 9.04 to 9.10 as a new install?

John Scott fyrbrds at
Wed Nov 4 13:26:54 UTC 2009

-----Original Message-----
From: Dotan Cohen <dotancohen at>
To: ubuntu-users. <ubuntu-users at>
Sent: Wed, Nov 4, 2009 12:56 pm
Subject: How to call a move from 9.04 to 9.10 as a new install?

>How should one call a move from Ubuntu 9.04 to Ubuntu  9.10 as a new
>install? The word "upgrade" seems reserved for the procedure of
replacing 9.04 files with 9.10 files. But in my case I wiped the drive
and reinstalled everything, then restored personal files from backup.
What is the term for this?


>Dotan Cohen

Technically, you upgraded from 9.04 to 9.10 by using wipe and fresh 
install as the upgrade method. The term "upgrade" implies a transition 
 from one thing to another. For example if you said that you decided to 
upgrade from a 3 series BMW to a 5 series BMW, no one would expect you 
to gut the car and salvage the frame and wheels, then replace then 
engine, seats, body, and feature set of the car but making it 
technically the same car because of the chassis number. Everyone would 
assume you traded in your old one and purchased a new one. This is both 
a new car purchase--and an upgrade by way of trade-in.

So here we have several important points:
1. An upgrade need not retain something of old.
2. The terms Upgrade and Fresh install need not be mutually exclusive.
3. Anyone who comments on this has too much free time on his hands.



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