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Old 11-23-2003, 03:21 PM   #1
Ross Clement
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Upgrading from redhat 9 to fedora - upgrade or fresh install


Hi. Is it advisable to move from redhat 9 to fedora by upgrading, or would people suggest a fresh install?

There is quite a bit of software I would prefer not to have to reinstall from scratch.

Thanks in anticipation,

Ross-c
 
Old 11-23-2003, 04:08 PM   #2
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Ross,

I just "upgraded" my RH8 installation to Fedora. If you choose "Upgrade" all the data and applications (in my case Gnucash) will be left intact. And only the distro is upgraded.

Hope this helps. Good luck.
 
Old 11-24-2003, 06:21 PM   #3
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Well, I always advocate for a fresh install. It wipes out any problematic files that you maybe forgot you installed. I know I am constanly trying new things and installing/uninstalling...and rpm has a nasty habit of renaming old config files which IMHO take up room I would otherwise employ. Plus, I dunno, it just seems right to me to reinstall every 3 months or so. But back up any data you want to have afterword of course. Just my .02$
 
Old 11-25-2003, 03:11 PM   #4
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I too am wondering if people had any problems with upgrading RedHat9 to Fedora. I've been working on my RH9 machine for about 6 months now, and it's beautiful. The only reason I consider moving is to follow the community. I don't want to be left out in the cold if I have problems. With that said, everything is already running beautifully now. Is it a smooth upgrade, or will I have to clock in some serious man hours (and serious typing on this forum) in order to move to Fedora?

Thx
 
Old 11-25-2003, 04:31 PM   #5
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from what i hear fedora still has problems with dvd playback and some other minor issues...might want to wait for the next release...
 
Old 11-25-2003, 08:03 PM   #6
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I upgraded from Redhat 9 with no problems, and by the way DVD playback is fine.
 
Old 11-25-2003, 08:14 PM   #7
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I upgraded from RH9 into two of the Fedora test releases and now into FC1 and beyond.
I have not have any typical upgrade related issues, other than the inability to get the graphical boot to operate correctly (I know the correct method for enabling rbgb and how it operates in the initscripts, this is related to my video init and partitioning scheme).

I do recommend upgrade, but once you get the upgrade complete, make sure to check into programs that were available on FC1 that you didn't have from RH9. It will only upgrade what you have, and there is not package choice when upgrading. Other than this I have nothing I can say is a big issue to watch out for.

While reformatting and installing an OS, even Linux, makes a very nice clean system, it is time consuming to reconfigure your environment and isn't necessary unless you have issues you can't otherwise work around. Its always very refreshing to have it nice and cleaned out, but a whole lot of work when the benefit is low.
 
Old 11-29-2003, 09:10 AM   #8
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No problems found yet after upgrading RH9.0. Really like the fonts in Mozilla. In fact I think the fonts are improved in Evolution also. Had to re-set a few settings and login to some websites, but this was painless.
 
Old 11-29-2003, 04:10 PM   #9
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Hi my friends!
OK, everybody knows that our RH9 will be supported untill apr/2004.
By the other hand, is very easy to upgrade it from the up2date; apt-get; yum or red-carpet commands ~you know, sometimes there's a heavy traffic and I have just these options with my onliest modem~
1.-Who knows what will happen with my RH9 by may/2004?
2.-Should I have to upgrade to Fedora? I see and feel my RH9 smooth, easy and fast even in a 5200 rpm's HDD, 1.4 Athlon and 712 RAM PC133. I WILL motherboard.
3.-I wish I could see the new GNOME 2.4 in my desktop, yes, I could download it, but I prefer (and hope) to wait and see what will happen.
4.-I'm coming from RH7.3, I do not recommend to overwrite the new distros,... as is wrote above, is better to install a brand new and clean installation in my very short experience. indeed, I have a new HDD waiting for Fedora.
Lets say that we obtain the ISOS' Fedora by april/2004, it will be, esentially, the same distro of these times?
Tomorrow never knows, by fortune.
 
  


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