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    Default going to 11.1

    I'm on 11.0. A distro is just a superset of install packages, window manager and kernel right? So if I upgrade everything that I have installed I'll eventually been on 11.1?
    I think this is wrong but why?

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    Default Re: going to 11.1

    You could upgrade that way (replacing 11.0 with 11.1 repos) but it's better to make a clean install (export installed packages with YaST, upper left corner there is an option to export it), then import it with YaST in 11.1

    It is possible if you don't have to many "not standard" repositories otherwise you may hit quite some issues, otherwise a clean install is recommended
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    Default Re: going to 11.1

    moconnell wrote:
    > I'm on 11.0. A distro is just a superset of install packages, window
    > manager and kernel right? So if I upgrade everything that I have
    > installed I'll eventually been on 11.1?
    > I think this is wrong but why?


    In theory, one should be able to upgrade everything; however, in fact,
    an upgrade will leave behind configuration information that might
    screw up the OS. For that reason, I usually reinstall every new
    version. I have kept /home on a different partition from /. That way I
    can keep my personal files while replacing all the system files.

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    Default Re: going to 11.1

    It's a simplification, but mostly I think the problem lies in that a distro is the superset you mention plus configuration files.

    If there are scripts designed to 'migrate' a configuration from one version to another, and they work, you can upgrade. Debian has historically been good at this. SUSE were planning to have it working with 11.2 - though how far they've got I couldn't tell you.

    [posted that before I saw your post lwfinger... What he said ]

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    Thumbs up Re: going to 11.1

    Ok thanks. A reliable way to migrate settings would be great..especially since Linux requires so much tweaking from a clean install..I've only really been using Firefox, since I can back that up easily I'll clean install.
    Cheers

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