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by default, you get the new fedora-release rpm and install it. then do a "yum upgrade". BUT - when it's out there will be detailed information on the official fedora wiki. this will detail potentially critical caveats, that you'd be a fool to ignore, so check with the official wiki.
Looks to me like a system for using smaller Delta updates applied to original package versions instead of simply installing the larger new versions of packages. It's similar to what OpenSUSE uses for its Online Updates. I'd just remove the 3rd party repos and put back any official versions of stuff they've installed first.
I think on any distro (excepting Debian where it continuously upgrades when using the testing distribution) it is most stable to just do a new installation, and the next category down in stability would be to remove 3rd party customized versions of software and they're respective repositories and restore the official packages before doing the official distribution upgrade. More bother than it is worth for me, but that assumes you continuously keep your personal files backed up to cdr or dvd+r and can easily redo your home folder and install your personally compiled programs onto the new system once you have your fresh installation going. That's what I prefer to do. My massive personal files of Music are on cdr's but since I have a Windows partition I just copy them over to my new home once installed. And I have pictures and tarballs on cdr's to copy and install as well.
You could install using a separate home partition to avoid most of that kind of thing, but again I just like a fully fresh start with no need to use customized partitioning in the distro installers to mount that home partition as my user's home and not to format it. I'd just rather not bother figuring that stuff out. I actually just use one big partition, except for swap of course. And I think Fedora actually uses a separate boot partition, but I haven't seen it myself not having installed Fedora yet. I've used OpenSUSE and Debian as my alternating installed distributions and always just have the installer format it all (except for my Windows hard drive of course) and install a new installation fresh.
Some systems can do a perpetual rolling upgrade, so that unless you really want to, you do not have to get a new image and install or reinstall the software each time a new release comes out. Debian systems have always been great at this, though at a few points in history, where major changes have occurred, there have been a few intervening steps required.
When the recent Ubuntu 7.10 release called Gutsy Gibbon came out, I found that you could update from Alpha and Beta versions to the final version, but I also found that if you were running the previous release, the 7.04 Feisty Fawn release, when you did an update and upgrade, it would offer to "upgrade" to Gutsy Gibbon.
Arch Linux always works on a rolling upgrade basis.
As far as the Fedora project goes, I know that yum, the package manager for Fedora, also supports updates. At most, you may have to change entries in the yum configuration files to point to the newest and most current repositories. I have done this in the past so I know that it can be done. I have not done it recently, though, so I do not have the exact steps memorized.
The Fedora project has very good forums and I would speculate that this topic has already been brought up there. If you have not figured out a solution, I would suggest browsing there to look for a discussion of this. If you do not find one, ask. I am almost sure I have seen this discussed many times for earlier versions, and the general idea should still apply, just the names and locations may differ.
If you have problems, I'd be glad to do a bit of hunting and experimenting, but the best way to learn is to experiment and try things, so I ask you to do that first.
Nice full info on the wiki! The procedure is not for me since I think it's less bother reinstalling my personal stuff than to go through all that. I install a great many unofficial 3rd party things and when installing them they just work. The amount of hunting and removing, reinstalling, fixing up links, whatever, is just not worth the trouble.
Besides, installing a new distro fresh is kind of fun!
And yes, that's quite a forum over at fedoraforum.org. I joined that while learning Fedora even though I wound up installing Debian at the time instead. But there isn't much that isn't covered by some thread in there, and the folks who do the helping are very knowledgeable and supportive.