Liam Proven lproven at
Sat Jan 9 17:07:31 UTC 2016

On 9 January 2016 at 17:49, Jim Byrnes <jf_byrnes at> wrote:
> I'm sure you are right, about upgrades being safe, and I value your opinion.
> I may be just a little paranoid, but the extra effort I go through makes me
> feel more comfortable.

You stayed with OS/2 a lot longer than me. I was a big fan in the
early 1990s, but I left it in 1995 and never looked back.

Linux upgrades are a lot less traumatic than Windows or OS/2. (Mac
upgrades are usually painless, too.)

On my old desktop, I kept 2 Linux partitions: one main, on the current
Ubuntu, and one emergency spare, with the current LTS version. I
usually worked on the main copy, updating it a few weeks after each
new release came out. They shared a /home partition so all my data was
available in both. This scares many people but it works fine.

On the rare occasion when an upgrade broke something, I could use the
LTS while I found out how to fix it.

But that's using the short-term releases. If you only use LTS versions
you don't need to be so paranoid. They get more testing and you're
only doing an upgrade every 2 years. That is not a lot of work.

If you have left it 1½ years before reinstalling, your system is not
working well for you. It is too late to be going to 14.04 now -- you
may as well wait 3mth and go to 16.04.

Seriously, it is time to re-evaluate your strategy, for your own good
and your own convenience.
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