RE-INSTALL and UPGRADES
due to whatever dark reason , you will have to do a re-install of your
distro. ( As you´re new to Linux you often mess up your system
because you´re not sure how to do things in Linux and try
mouse clicks at random. It has happened to the best of us ! ) In that
case it´s good to know that all the personal files and
settings can be saved without a problem. All these files are stored (
sometimes hidden ) in your /home directory. So at a reinstall you
re-format all your partitions except your /home and in the case you
have one the /backup partition. This way you won´t have to redo
preferences of your desktop and all your mail, mail-settings &
addresses will be saved !
Because a re-install does often not take more then half an hour, it
really is no big problem . . .
now and then ( mostly 6 month ) there will be a new release of your
favorite distro, with updated packages and the newest versions of KDE,
Gnome, Mozilla etc.
There is a golden rule for upgrading: for a jump
from let´s say 9.1 to 9.2 you can take the upgrade option at
This will only upgrade those packages that are new. However this is NOT
always the best solution, but any software that you installed yourself
after the previous install will stay intact. ( I personally do prefer a
clean install at every change of version number. I just leave the /home
and /backup as it is )
A jump from 8.2 to 9.0 ( major version )
however means always a clean install: re-formatting all partitions (
also /home, not the /backup ) The personal settings for KDE and Gnome
will simply have to be done again . . .
Your mail and bookmarks however can be backed up and imported in the
new version after install.
nothing beats a clean install !
-- Jun 13 2003 ( Revised Dec 11 2005 ) --