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Old 08-15-2005, 12:32 AM   #1
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Fedora Core 4 Upgrade

Hi all,

Perhaps this is a topic better suited to the Newbie forum, but.....

I'm currently running Red Hat 9. I am still very much a newbie to Linux. I wish to put Fedora Core 4 on my machine. I really don't have anything on my computer I wish to keep, so I can probably wipe it clean and just put Fedora on it. However, there are a lot of things I have "personalized". Is there an easy way I can upgrade it and retain those personalizations? Or would it be easier for me (being a newbie) to just install from scratch?

Thanks to anyone who can help

Old 08-15-2005, 12:56 AM   #2
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Re: Fedora Core 4 Upgrade

Yeah, back up your entire /home folder.
After you install Fedora, copy the /home folder back.

That's the simple answer.
Here are some complexities:

You may want to create a /home partition (not just a folder, but an entirely separate disk partition), so that you can retain your settings easily when you reinstall Linux. For more info about separate /home partitions, check out this thread:

You may not want to copy back the entire /home partition, as there may be some conflicts in terms of how things are stored in Fedora and Red Hat. I usually just make backups of my .mozilla and .thunderbird folders and reconfigure all the themes and backgrounds and such by hand.
Old 08-15-2005, 07:46 PM   #3
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also make a backup of /etc these are configuration of your linux system.


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