upgrading form suse 10.0

I am going to upgrade from Suse 10.0 to OpenSuse.
I have a lot of Linux source and personal files in my home directory. Will Open Suse overwrite those files or will it preserve them like it did when upgrading from Suse 9.0 to 10.0 did?

i did a fresh install to upgrade from 10.3 making sure that i used the same partitions and that it would not reformat. it worked for me but i always recommend backing up before upgrades or anything else that could possibly endanger your data

I see the step from 10.0 up to 11.1 as a giant leap. And as you know, anything can happen when taking a giant leap. So I also recommend you backup the /home directories and other personal data.

If you don’t have a separate /home directory, now would perhaps be a good time to make one. Then when you upgrade from 11.1 to 11.2, it’s simpler than if “/home” is physically on a different partition from “/”.

I think swerdna means, /home on a separate partition. DO NOT upgrade from 10.0 !!! Don’t go for chances, go for “sure”.

If your /home has it’s own partition, do a fresh install of 11.1, make sure the partitioner takes your old /home for the new install, with no formatting. And READ READ READ:


I think you will run into a lot of dependency issues because if the major release numbers (10 vs 11).

You should upgrade them sequentially, 10.0 to 10.1 2 or 3 and then to 11 and 11.1.

Those kind of major upgrades always failed to me in the past.

Now I upgrade all minor version one by one.
I successfuly upgrade version 10.3 to 11 and now I upgraded 11 to 11.1 without issues. Some packages needed to be removed and the rest was updated. Everything kept on working fine as before.

@Knurpht: Oops – I’ve edited it

@fmcmurra: I suppose I should say that I think upgrading from 10.0 to 11.1 will probably fail, if not outright, then in some more subtle way. Which is why you must backup your data.

I think the best approach is to:

  • backup your data on a different hard drive or medium different from the original
  • If you don’t already have a separate /home partition, then create a separate /home partition and transfer your data to it (maybe this way as on the link)
  • install a fresh 11.1 ensuring to format the old root partition and ensuring to mount the newly created home partition (with it’s data) into the installation as /home