Question About Updating 11.0 to 11.1 beta 4 or future distro

Hey

I know this is a weird question but I just want to know if I update
11.0 to beta 4 and future distros will it do a clean install or will it
update my current install??? or is there any other way to change 11.0


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LearningKameleon;1894393 Wrote: 
> Hey
> 
> I know this is a weird question but I just want to know if I update
> 11.0 to beta 4 and future distros will it do a clean install or will it
> update my current install??? or is there any other way to change 11.0

No, an update will not do a clean install; it will retain many of your
old config files.

When changing versions, I recommend a clean install (from the
beginning, i.e., format the partitions) after backing up your data.


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snakedriver
11/11/2008 4:56:01 AM
how do I back-up my data?? or is there some "Drive Imaging" Program? Or
do you mean just save all of the programs and stuff??


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LearningKameleon
11/13/2008 1:06:01 AM
Hi there,

If you are going to do a full (destructive) install, you might get by
with just not formatting your /home directory - this assumes you have a
separate /home partition. If that is the case you can just install
whatever distro you like, but keep your old home partition and mount it
as your new /home. 

Now, this will not save all your programs, as those might be store in
/usr/local or /opt or /usr/bin or any number of places. However, most of
the time reinstalling desktop apps is so easy it is not a big deal -
just zypper install whatever. This also makes sure you have the latest
versions and the associated dependencies, libraries, etc. 

Also, preserving your /home does not mean ALL your setting will
actually be preserved. Some things will work fine, others are going to
be broken, etc. 

If you need to back up your entire /home directory (maybe it is not on
it's own partition) that is very easy too. You could look at using rsync
or even just tar from the command line - tar up all of /home and then
move it to an external drive, burn it to a CD / DVD and then extract it
back into your new /home after your reinstall.

If you plan on playing around with a lot of different distors then
something like VMWare Server or Virtual box is absolutely the way to go.
This will let you test drive pretty much any distro you want and not
have to make any changes to your OS - such is the wonder of
virtualization. It is not too hard to get these set up and well worth
your time.

Good luck and have fun!

Pete


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11/13/2008 3:26:02 AM
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