Liam Proven lproven at
Sat Jan 9 13:14:36 UTC 2016

On 8 January 2016 at 18:35, Jim Byrnes <jf_byrnes at> wrote:
> I'm reminded of the old saying "if it's not broke don't fix it". 12.04 has
> worked extremely well for me, but it and some of it's software is getting
> pretty old.  I dread moving to a new version because of all the time and
> effort involved. I put in a new HD and then do a fresh install. Being able
> to boot back and forth helps, but I have a ton of data and programs to move
> and setup. I am still finding stuff I forgot.

You know, your 4th sentence here contradicts the ones before. I don't
know if you'd noticed that.

"If it ain't broke" means "I don't want to get rid of something that I
know works".

"I put in a new HD..." means "I throw away a working install & start
completely afresh every time".

If you have a good, working config, then *back it up* and then
upgrade! Then you don't need to reinstall and rebuilt everything.

This isn't Windows. It doesn't need to be wiped & reloaded every 6mth
to keep that as-new performance.

Sure, once every 3-4 *years* helps. My big laptop is currently on
15.10. It started on 12.04 or thereabouts. It's been upgraded through
every version since. That's 8 different versions.

It still works completely fine. The *only* issue is that my 16GB root
partition is now getting a little full. I think for 16.04 I will

But that's once in 4 years.

You don't need to treat it like it's a new version of Windows.
Successive versions of Ubuntu are much, much more alike than versions
of commercial OSes. It's safe to update.

And these aren't classic cars, they're computers. You can just save an
image of your root and home partitions and go back if something is

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