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Old 10-29-2005, 02:25 PM   #1
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Upgrading 9.1 to 10.2


I am considering upgrading from 9.1 to 10.2. I have a rather old system, Athlon 700 with 375MB RAM. Am I best off sticking with 9.1 or upgading? If I do upgrade is it best to do a fresh install on a spare partition or use a tool like swaret?

Thanks

Alan
 
Old 10-30-2005, 06:16 AM   #2
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3) stick with 9.1 if it's working without problems..........

2)when upgrading, it's best to do a full install from scratch, just backup your important data from /home/<dir>/

1)SAVE yourself some serious HEADACHES and Never use Swaret!!!!
 
Old 10-30-2005, 11:28 AM   #3
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9.1 to 10.2 is a pretty big leap, I would definitely recommend a fresh install. I've had no problems with swaret going from 10 to 10.1 to 10.2 with incremental security updates here and there. The only real problem with swaret is that if you install your own customized package it can be overwritten but that's easy to fix by excluding that package from being updated.

In general as long as you meet some certain minimum specifications (and leave some elbow room for specific circumstances) you can only improve performance by upgrading to newer packages, but once you hit the wall performance degrades seriously. I have a K6-2 450 system with 64MB RAM that runs better with 10.1 than it did with 9.0, but I don't think it would be able to handle much more than that. Yours should be fine for a while yet. You could always test with a dedicated partition before making the switch permanently.
 
Old 10-31-2005, 02:37 AM   #4
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Thanks. I have now gone 10.2 as a fresh install.
 
Old 10-31-2005, 11:20 AM   #5
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How do you like it? Do you notice a drop or increase in performance?
 
Old 10-31-2005, 04:15 PM   #6
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It is fine. Performance seems much the same. If anything logging on to kde might have been faster.

I like it that I have not had to edit rc.4. I never understood why slack defaulted to gdm.
 
Old 11-01-2005, 02:31 PM   #7
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Maybe Pat liked the way gdm looked better than kdm, but now that Gnome is gone he had no choice.
 
  


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