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J_angel2000 11-17-2010 06:39 PM

Migrating from Ubuntu to Fedora

I have used Ubuntu for 4 years. I'm thinking of trying Fedora. I have a 1TG HD with three partitions (/,/home,swap).

Any suggestions about how to migrate? Do I clean /home of programs files? Just my personal files? Etc.


barriehie 11-17-2010 09:27 PM

Just in case you don't like it I'ld backup /home and retrieve a list of installed packages:

dpkg --get-selections | grep -v deinstall > MyInstalledPackages
and consider trying it by running it in virtualbox-ose.


pbharris 11-17-2010 09:41 PM

your home directory should be fine to be left alone - else just install it, it should be able to to another partition and boot both easy enough

stoggy 11-18-2010 12:30 AM

The only problem with saving your home is all the apps from fedora will be using settings from ubuntu. this isn't a big problem unless you have really old versions from ubuntu. or vice versa.

ie gnome-2.1 and gnome-2.3 config files are very different. it will be so bad that your screen would even be all sorts of screwed up. X will work fine though just the layout will be all messed up. Fortunately i don't think Ubuntu has ever used a gnome-2.1 version.

I would create a new home in Fedora. just move your old home aside. `mv $HOME $HOME-ubuntu` then install Fedora, and move any files you need or want over.

Or you could just delete all the config directories. You have to becareful doing it this way though because apps like firefox and evolution store all your info, like bookmarks and email, in their config dirs, at least by default.

John VV 11-18-2010 12:34 AM

i would just save your important data to a separate drive or to dvd
reformat ( fedora 14 might be using a different format for /boot, / and /home -- ext4

and the fedora /boot WILL BE VERY VERY different than ubuntu
500 meg in size for starters

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