Originally posted by frob23
Very few distros come with SMP enabled by default and who knows what other optimizations have been done on your machine. In all likelyhood your "upgrade" would downgrade the performance of the machine until you tinkered with it for weeks on end.
Excuse me, but if he has ANY distro that gives him
the kernel source as well, getting SMP back on that
box (even with reading the kernels README's) wouldn't
take longer than a few hours. :}
I do, however, agree that a re-install is not necessary in
this case, and is bad practice in terms of using Linux.
Just because people re-install their windows on a
regular basis doesn't mean that Linux has to be (mis-)
treated the same way ;)