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Old 2012-03-05, 14:49   #7
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Originally Posted by ET_ View Post
The question is: is there a way to update my system without formatting everything?
I have always found the thought of upgrading frightening, whatever the OS is. No upgrade will leave the system in a clean state.

I just reinstall, which doesn't mean reformatting. Of course that also means you need to have your /home directory in a separate partition or disk from / directory. If you have such a setup, reinstalling is no harder and no longer than upgrading (just did it yesterday going from Fedora 12 to Mint Linux). If you don't, then backup your home (you should do that anyway before upgrading) and install your new OS using a separate partition for /home.

Another nice trick is to create a new user so that you get correct default configuration files and then transfer what you need from your old account.

HTH
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