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Old 03-09-2006, 03:42 PM   #1
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can i install new version of linux over old?

I am running caldera linux 2.2 on this machine, and can't
seem to install openoffice or mozilla on it. Can I solve
this problem by downloading a later version of Linux and
installing it over my current version? The version I have
connects to the internet via a switch, router and dsl modem
on an otherwise MS lan using Netscape 4.1.
Old 03-09-2006, 03:53 PM   #2
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Have you tried compiling from source?

You can always install over the top of another linux. The question is do you need to keep anything on the old distribution, because it will not UPGRADE, it will ERASE and install new. So back up all your important information first. Debian based distributions (like Debian and Ubuntu) allow easy upgrades to the next version, which is handy if you want to move to a newer version at any time.

If you're looking for a new distro to try, take the quizes in my signature.
Old 03-09-2006, 05:26 PM   #3
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Not quite, probably, but you definitely should back-up anyway. (Those removable USB 2.0 disk-drives are terrific for this.)

When you install a new version of Linux, what's basically going to have to happen is that all of the old system materials are going to be removed and an entirely new system installed ... all of this taking place while the system is booted from a CD-ROM. Indeed, the simplest way to "get 'er done" is to move everything of value off to an external disk, then just do a "clean install from scratch." I say that because of the rather large jump you are making.

What you do not want to do is to "kinda sorta do it halfway" while you are still running the old system. There are a lot of subtle dependencies that need to be changed "all at once," and your CD-ROM based installer (your choice) will do all of that correctly.

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Old 03-09-2006, 10:52 PM   #4
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The quickest & easiest way to do is:
1. back up all your critical data
2. Wipe the hard disk off
3. Install any modern distribution Mandriva/Slack/Ubuntu/Suse afresh, which will give you all modern utilities with better stability,security.

If you decide to install by compiling from the source, I believe if you want to upgrade everything from kernel to softwares than I think on your machine, it will probabaly take a long.. long...long time.


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