Originally Posted by rmknox
Since I have been wrong on other things - may I'm wrong here? Maybe I can do an upgrade keeping the installed stuff - but from a cd or dvd? Is that an option? How do you recommend doing an upgrade?
I have been a long time Fedora user, and the short interval between upgrades has been a bit of a pain. I used 'preupgrade' a few times and although it was generally successful, the times it wasn't was enough to cause me to look at another approach.
I now use two discs, and do a clean install of the new system to the disc which is isn't my current/old system. I always use a separate /home partition, and copy my old /home across to the new /home.
I then use the advice at <http://docs.fedoraproject.org/en-US/Fedora/16/html/Installation_Guide/> to get all the info on packages installed on my old system (see section 9.10.2), and apply it to my new system (see section 18.2).
If anything goes wrong with the new system install I can simply fall back to booting from the old disc. After a couple of weeks I disconnect the old disc, which is brought back into play at the next release.
It might sound a bit daunting and a lot of work, particularly if you are a new user, but it does work pretty well.
I do this because I use quite a few packages/libraries etc that aren't in the standard release. If my system was much closer to the standard release I think I would simply do a clean install and manually add the few extra packages I needed. Either way the use of the two discs ensures that I don't lose anything.