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Look for hidden directories in your home directory. Most likely, settings are contained in ~/.kde, but some applications will have their own hidden directories as well.
Gnome based applications won't save there settings in ~/.kde of course. I think they tend to have there own hidden directories. For email, look in /var/mail or /var/spool/mail. One may be a link to the other.
I would recommend switching to using IMAP instead of POP. This would keep the email on the server until you delete it. Then you can update to a new distro or even a different computer and not have to transfer you email.
For an upgrade, most of these items should be retained, but backing up the items would be good insurance just in case. If you chose a new install, this will definitely cause you to loose the data because you will probably reformat the partitions they reside in.
I'd suggest using a backup now and creating the additional partition during the installation of 10.1. During the installation procedure, you'll come across the option to partition your hard drive, and there you'll also be able to specify that the additional partition should be mounted at /home. Have a look at the following list, item 4: http://www.novell.com/products/susel...tallation.html
Last edited by spirit receiver; 06-28-2006 at 05:08 AM.