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I have installed FC14(X86), which seems to be supported no more. I would like to upgrade to FC16 because many libraries cannot be updated through yum. However, I wonder if the softerwares and libraries, say, hdf, ifort, could word properly after upgrade.
well nothing is *meant to* be broken as part of an upgrade, take a system backup first and give it a go. Note that if you are actually looking to upgrade an existing system, you might not have the best experience. My current laptop has happily been bounced from F12 to F15 one by one though. You may wish to upgrade to F15 first though rather than jumping to F16 directly. Check the upgrade release notes on the official fedora site.
It is my humble opinion from experience it is best overall to just do a clean installation instead of an upgrade. Save every configuration file you can think of and all your stuff in your home directory to an external storage device of some kind. Another word of advice which others might disagree is disconnect every drive except the one on which you want your installation. I've had nightmarish consequences of leaving additional drives connected during a new installation only to discover later that some changes unknown to me had been made in the way "automatic" partion management works. Not meaning to frighten you, just make you aware some things aren't handled the way you think any more. You can always add those additional hard drives later and edit /etc/fstab to mount them. Jumping straight from 14 to 16 is, as acid_kewpie said, not as wise as upgrading to 15 then 16. I'll wager, however, that this will introduce big problems anyway. I did a fresh install of 16 up from from 14 and I'm glad I did -- in spite of the many differences you will encounter at least everything is compatible. And there are plenty of nice people here willing to help you understand the new changes. Good Luck. GO FOR IT!
I stopped using fedora with 12 but
people have been having good LUCK with the install dvd and using the "upgrade" option
results WILL vary so PREPARE to do a full clean new install
but give the dvd upgrade a go
it might work .
I agree with SharpyWarpy. It may just be me, but I have NEVER had a pleasant experience upgrading from one version of a given distro to the next. The only exception is Arch Linux, but that's a rolling release distro, so there aren't really any "upgrades" to speak of.