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Old 10-13-2006, 10:43 AM   #1
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should I upgrade to 11.0 or install it fresh

Hi friends,
I was trying out Ubuntu for some time now, but I am back to Slackware. I always do come back to good old Slackware, sooner or later, no matter what distro I try as an alternative. Nothing even matches the stability and speed of Slackware. And, no, I haven't tried Gentoo.
I want a small advice from you. I have got my self Slackware 11.0 CDs. I have Slackware 10.1 installed on my system. I have customized it minorly to suit my needs. My question is what is the best way to install Slackware 11.0 on my system. Should I go for a fresh install of should I upgrade? If I want to upgrade, then what is the best procedure for doing so?
Some of my software like firefox, f-spot, opera, etc are installed on /usr/local/ directory and some s/w like kde3.5.4 and are installed on /opt.
If I make a fresh install then probably I would have to format /usr which is mounted on a separate partition, there by having to install these all over again.
So I am eagerly awaiting your suggestions.
Thanking in advance,
Old 10-13-2006, 11:32 AM   #2
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Hi, welcome back. My suggestion is to go for a clean install. I used to think slackware's weak spot was that it was not a "rolling distro" like debian or gentoo. Well, after upgrading gcc on Gentoo for a few days i came to the conclusion it's faster/cleaner/better to just reinstall, just like openbsd. Imo it's not worth upgrading and besides it keeps your "installation skills" sharp. I can now install a full slackware in 5 min and go get a coffee while it copies files. Total time maybe 20 mins. Well, that's my opinion, good luck
Old 10-13-2006, 11:32 AM   #3
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You could read carefully the current changelog and use something like slackpkg to update to current. Look for packages in changelog that have been split and added. There are a few.


Install afresh. This is what I did because I also had some things in /usr/local which I've now eliminated. Just wanted to have a good clean out really so I formatted / and /usr and kept /home as it was. I also use slackpkg to keep up with current though and have a bash script that checks the changelog daily.
Old 10-13-2006, 11:37 AM   #4
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I personally had done lots of customization, so I've been upgrading since 10.1. So far so good, just follow UPGRADE.txt closely and be relatively competent at system work and you'll be fine.
The process for upgrading is outline pretty well in the text file, and I just backed up /etc/ and my home directory first. Worst case scenario your install doesn't reboot, so you just live CD in and tweak around until things are back to normal.
Old 10-16-2006, 03:45 AM   #5
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Thanks for all your advice! I have decided to install slackware 11.0 afresh. I have installed kernel 2.6 huge. It was giving me some problems like modules not being loaded etc. I came upon the solution on this forum and accordingly installed the kernel-modules package and all the problems are now gone. Thank you guys!


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