On 2014-07-14 03:26, davidsusey wrote:
> Thanks everyone for all your responses and suggestions.
> I think I will download the latest Opensuse and put this on a USB stick
> go from there.
> I believe this will be the easier method to get a clean install as long
> as I backup my /home directory.
> So I can do this repeatedly.
What do you want to do repeatedly? :-?
The typical procedure most people use, is to have openSUSE installed in
one system, aka root, aka “/”, partition
one /home partition
one swap partition
When the time comes to upgrade their systems, considering that all the
stuff they want to keep is only at home, and nothing outside⁽¹⁾, they
just make a fresh install on the same partitions, telling yast NOT to
format /home. In fact, there is a place during installation where you
tell the program to read the old fstab data from the previous install;
this choice also reads the user list and a few other things. I recommend it.
I would at least also backup /etc. If possible, I would backup
everything at all.
I understand you do not have a /home partition, but a /home directory.
In that case, you need to back it up on another disk, and later restore
it. I strongly recommend then that you take the opportunity to create a
/home partition now.
(1) Notice that this is not always the case. There are configs in /etc
which you may want to consult/keep/redo; there are global data used by
system daemons, such as fax server, printer server, mail server,
database server, named server, syslog server, etc, none of which store
data nor config on /home.
> Question, I use GRUB and have Windows partitions too, will the
> installationvia the USB stick protect and keep my Windows partition ?
That you use a USB to install from, or DVD, or a CD (if it fits) is
irrelevant to the result.
Cheers / Saludos,
Carlos E. R.
(from 13.1 x86_64 “Bottle” at Telcontar)