I posted, here on the Community Cafe this thread a day ago. It basically stated the typical problem one might face when he/she upgrade/install a new (ubuntu) distro version (btw the thread was moved to Installation/Upgrade, I believe it's not supposed to be there, I haven't had a problem installing ubuntu 9.10)
So, I want to list here what kind of problem I faced and others might as well and, hopefully, get feedback on how *you* would manage to solve this kind of problem (it all boils down to minimizing the time required to have your system running as before).
When considering to move to a new distro, it has been quite useful to me to have:
2) /home on different partition
3) Install the new distro on a different partition (if you have the space) instead of updating
--- why? If something doesn't work the way supposed to, you will still have your working environment within your old distro installation
I may or may not do:
4) Create NEW username for your new distro.
--- Why? many config folders/files (most of the time starting with . and written to $HOME) are Software version specific and may start giving random errors that may be a pain to find out why.
OK. Now, I would like to ask about 4) above. Instead of following that rule, I used the same username I had with 8.10 when upgrading to 9.10 and, therefore all my configuration files where used in 9.10.
BUT, when I go to use F-spot, for example, my database and configuration files are not being read. Also beagle's database had to be reconfigured. And other problems as well.
*With Compiz: I had to reconfigure all the corner/displays shortcuts I like to use on Gcompiz, that in itself takes about 10min, until I remember the correct plugin I used and so forth).
*With gpodder, my config rss feeds where lost as well.
So my question is, if you do a fresh install how do you keep your configuration files organized so that you don't have to use a lot of time to make your new distro running the way it's supposed to? How do you do it?