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Desert Sailor
September 16th, 2009, 09:12 PM
I was reading how the 9.10 release will ship with a new GRUB but only for new installs... That got me thinking, should a noob like me plan on doing a new install every year or so. I switched to Ubuntu at 8.4 and have loaded new releases via update manager. Would I be better off doing new installs? What is the considered opinion of the great Ubuntu Gurus?

scragar
September 16th, 2009, 09:17 PM
Back when ubuntu was my main operating system I used to do clean installs every 6 months, around a month after the actual release of each new version(before then I would upgrade one of my PCs to the beta versions for testing, but reinstall them anyway once the official release came out). It worked really well, I also got into the habbit of cutting out large sections of my grub menu file, since most of the kernel versions it lists aren't installed after a system cleanup.

lovinglinux
September 16th, 2009, 10:36 PM
I do only new installs, preserving my home partition (http://www.psychocats.net/ubuntu/separatehome) to keep most of the settings and restoring previous applications with Umarks (https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/13153) extension for Firefox.

I also have the habit of backing up all configuration files from outside home, that I have edited manually, so I can restore them after a clean install. Nevertheless, instead of just overwriting these files, I compare them with meld, to see if there any important changes between Ubuntu releases. I also keep records of important system changes, so I can reproduce them if necessary.

Nevertheless, I didn't update from Hardy to intrepid. I was planning to go directly to a new LTS. But after reading so many positive reviews about Jaunty, I decided to install it. I haven't decided if I will try Karmic when it is released, since my system is working pretty well. I will probably wait for some reviews.