Jim Byrnes jf_byrnes at
Sun Jan 10 01:12:08 UTC 2016

On 01/09/2016 11:10 AM, Liam Proven wrote:
> On 9 January 2016 at 18:00, Ralf Mardorf <silver.bullet at> wrote:
>> I've got a better idea. You backup your Ubuntu, you keep the old
>> install and instead of making a copy of the old install, you restore
>> the backuped install on new partitions and then run a release upgrade,
>> so you'll see that making a backup and restoring a backup isn't hard to
>> do.
> This is a good idea, too.

This definitely something I will try when I move from 14.04 to 16.04.

> I have done this. Copied a root partition into a spare one, then
> adjusted /etc/fstab and GRUB so now I am
> dual-booting 2 copies of the same install.
> Then you can upgrade one and keep the spare.
> Jim, you need to relax a bit. You're not running something proprietary
> any more. It doesn't mind that you have 2 copies side-by-side. You can
> have 4 or 6 if you want -- disk space is very cheap.

> Unlike OS/2 there are no licences, no restrictions. Ubuntu doesn't
> care what partition it is on and will ignore other copies.
> Unlike Windows, there are no hidden registry settings telling it what
> drive it's on, so if you duplicate it, they interact, loading files
> from the wrong partition. Ubuntu uses the root partition GRUB gives it
> and ignores other copies.

this is what I have now, but how I got 14.04 up and running is different 
than how you would do it.

I have another question about upgrading, but  since this thread started 
about SpaceFM I'll start a new one for it.

Regards,  Jim

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