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    rgarrick NNTP User

    Default OpenSuSE 11.0 - Upgrade or Clean Install?

    I'm looking forward to the latest OpenSuse and will be an early adopter. I am wondering if anyone has any recommendations regarding a clean install vs. upgrading a current version (10.2)? Thanks.

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    Default Re: OpenSuSE 11.0 - Upgrade or Clean Install?

    with you having 10.2, i would recommend a clean install,whilst preserving your /home partition. that way you won't lose any kde settings

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    Default Re: OpenSuSE 11.0 - Upgrade or Clean Install?

    FWIW, I never upgrade on any platform, always fresh install... If you have a good back-up solution in place for your /home directories and other odds and ends it shouldn't be that much of an issue. Just the little tweaks after install...

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    Jim Henderson NNTP User

    Default Re: OpenSuSE 11.0 - Upgrade or Clean Install?

    On Tue, 10 Jun 2008 17:36:03 +0000, mister anderson wrote:

    > FWIW, I never upgrade on any platform, always fresh install... If you
    > have a good back-up solution in place for your /home directories and
    > other odds and ends it shouldn't be that much of an issue. Just the
    > little tweaks after install...


    Same here - I did an in-place upgrade of 11.0 from Beta 3 to RC1, but I
    don't like having all the cruft around from old installs if I can avoid
    it.

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    Default Re: OpenSuSE 11.0 - Upgrade or Clean Install?

    > I don't like having all the cruft around from old installs if I can avoid
    > it.
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    > Jim


    For some reason I thought of that engine sludge commercial when I read your
    post.

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    Default Re: OpenSuSE 11.0 - Upgrade or Clean Install?

    I always go for clean install. For minimum hassles with clean install and importing your older content:

    1. Have /home on separate partition, so that with clean install you can always format the system / partition, with all data saved on /home partition

    2. Once installed, import all that you need from your older user account to a newer one. Before clean install, I usually rename my account, ex. old_me, then create new /home/me with install, and later import that all is needed.

    Has worked for me for several years.
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    Will Honea NNTP User

    Default Re: OpenSuSE 11.0 - Upgrade or Clean Install?

    rgarrick wrote:

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    > I'm looking forward to the latest OpenSuse and will be an early adopter.
    > I am wondering if anyone has any recommendations regarding a clean
    > install vs. upgrading a current version (10.2)? Thanks.


    I cloned a copy of my 10.2 installation from my laptop to the desktop just
    to see how the upgrade went. I upgraded the clone with 11.0 RC1 and it
    went a lot better than I expected - I lost a few apps like pdksh and some
    browser plugins but the result was entirely satisfactory. I suspect it
    depends on how many 3rd party apps you have aboard. Since I was just
    testing, I just told the installer to ignore all the conflicts expecting to
    have some real problems but none have shown up to date. Much better than
    the 10.1 -> 10.3 upgrade but I was trying to avoid a few major
    re-installation and rebuild hassles so I gave it a go. Even the DB2
    database survived intact.

    Unless you have some really good reason for not doing a clean install I
    wouldn't try it without testing a clone copy (or making a full backup)
    first myself.

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    Default Re: OpenSuSE 11.0 - Upgrade or Clean Install?

    Yep, with openSUSE 11, a clean install is the safest course of action. I am putting mission-critical files on a flash drive, then formatting everything. Squeaky-clean install is what I am calling it.

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    rivenought <rivenought@no-mx.forums.opensuse.org> expounded:

    > Yep, with openSUSE 11, a clean install is the safest course of action.
    > I am putting mission-critical files on a flash drive, then formatting
    > everything. Squeaky-clean install is what I am calling it.


    I've got a MythTV server at home that I intend to bring up from 10.2 to 11.0. I've
    already compiled a 2.6.25 kernel for it which made certain firewire things function a
    lot nicer. But I'd really like to have the full distro to go with it.

    Thanks to the buckets of space on the /video partition, I can tar up the / partition
    for disaster recovery if it borks up solid.

    As for my laptop... don't know yet what I'm going to do. Probably should flatten and
    install, considering it was upgraded from 10.2 as well.

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    martosurf NNTP User

    Exclamation Re: OpenSuSE 11.0 - Upgrade or Clean Install?

    Hi!

    Since you talk about keeping /home partition and so on I think I can ask here instead opening a new thread, if I'm wrong please move this post where it should be, tnx!

    I will install OS 11 on a 24gb partition.
    I'm new to Linux and I need to know how much space I give to / partition and how much to the /home partition.

    Because I have XP too all my multimedia files (aka "My Documents") are stored on another partition on other drive - actually an NTFS partition.

    So, the /home partition will we used to store GUI/system preferences, downloaded files to the desktop and so, not as my primary multimedia container.
    I think with 3gb i should be right but I don't know how much space needs Linux and 3rd party apps to store it's files/settings.

    Thanks for the advice!

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