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oops, realized i hadn't actually answered your question. yes, you can upgrade a (recent) previous release to a current one. start the computer with the first install cd in (assuming you have "boot to cd" option in bios enabled) and select "Upgrade". all your packages will be upgraded and your settings will still remain. always back up your system because even though these options are well tested, an unknown bug could still manage to sneek in. btw, this is a problem with any operating system.
ummm... hate to tell you this, but if you throw in an install disc and select "upgrade," that means that it will mearly write over what is there with what is ON THE CD. This means that if, say, you're running 9.1 with all the upgrades from mandrake, and you "upgrafe from the CD, you are going back to the state that you had when you originally had when you installed 9.1 plus your personal files and settings.
If you want to upgrade a particular program that mandrake isn't current with, you have to download it from whoever made the program (hopefully they have an rpm).
Ok. Thanks for the advice guys. Problem is, I already tried once before to use the "upgrade" feature of 9.1. It recked the system completely - it broke X, KDE, and a whole host other things. Nothing worked, and more then 90% of the startup scripts failed. All I did was click "upgrade".
Any advice to stop that from happening - I have an old machine that I try things out of first, so lucky my main Linux box isn't cabbaged, but I don't fancy trying my luck with upgrading if its gonna go all pair shaped.