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wilbuzz2
September 24th, 2010, 08:07 PM
i have 438mb ram xubuntu 8.04 should i upgrade also will it keep all my programs and files?

halj32
September 24th, 2010, 08:21 PM
i have 438mb ram xubuntu 8.04 should i upgrade also will it keep all my programs and files?

I always find it best to copy anything I want to keep to an external HDD & do a clean install.
just read some of the posts about help wanted after a failed upgrades. updates are fine even new kernels but upgrades Ive always had problems.
good luck

Rubi1200
September 24th, 2010, 08:28 PM
I always find it best to copy anything I want to keep to an external HDD & do a clean install.
just read some of the posts about help wanted after a failed upgrades. updates are fine even new kernels but upgrades Ive always had problems.
good luck
+1

@wilbuzz2
Unless you have a separate /home partition an upgrade could potentially destroy your data in the event that something goes wrong.

Backup important data and go for a clean install.

Lateralis
September 24th, 2010, 08:32 PM
So far I've never had a problem with data loss or corruption with upgrading my distribution through Ubuntu. Of course it is really important that you do make backups of all your important data to an external drive or to CDs/DVDs in case something does go wrong. But if you can boot into a LiveCD and do a fresh install, then you may as well do that. Of course, you'll have to reinstall all of the programs and packages that you have installed in the last two years...

snowpine
September 24th, 2010, 08:34 PM
i have 438mb ram xubuntu 8.04 should i upgrade also will it keep all my programs and files?

According to the system requirements, 438mb RAM is plenty for Xubuntu 10.04:

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Installation/SystemRequirements

Here are the instructions for updating from 8.04 to 10.04:

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/LucidUpgrades#Upgrade%20from%208.04%20LTS%20to%201 0.04%20LTS

Yes, it should keep all of your programs and files intact, with the exception of programs you have installed from outside the Ubuntu repositories--the update process will disable 3rd party repositories to prevent things getting weird. :)

mrgs
September 24th, 2010, 08:39 PM
Xubuntu 10.04 will work, but if you want something really fast, go for Lubuntu:
http://ubuntuforums.org/showpost.php?p=9834517&postcount=261

Old_Grey_Wolf
September 24th, 2010, 11:55 PM
Whenever I do something significant to my OS I make sure I have a backup of important files.

Is there something you need or would like to have in the current release?

If not, 8.04 will be supported with security updates until 11.04 is released.

wilbuzz2
September 25th, 2010, 10:17 AM
thanks guys i think i will backup and install from cd i have a heck of alot of games though but i dont mind installing them again