View Full Version : [ubuntu] Any difference between upgrade and fresh install?

April 22nd, 2008, 03:02 PM

I have machine that is running freebsd and I am going to put ubuntu on it. If I have 7.04 on a cd already is there any difference between me installing that and then upgrading to 8.04 using the gui compared to downloading 8.04 and installing it directly? Will I end up with the same kernel etc?


April 22nd, 2008, 03:32 PM
In theory, there should be no difference between doing an upgrade or doing a fresh install. However, I am not for sure if you are aware of this or not, but there was also a 7.10 release too so the updates might not be as easy. You will end up having all the things that the default install has on 8.04.

In my opinion, if you are going to start fresh anyway, you might want to go with the download of 8.04 and do a fresh install. The Intel and Broadcom wireless cards are now using a new driver and 8.04 is also using Firefox 3.0 beta instead of 2.0.x. I also can't remember if you will need to update from 7.04 to 7.10 to 8.04 or not either.

Hope that helps.

April 22nd, 2008, 03:35 PM
Fresh install anytime.

April 22nd, 2008, 03:44 PM
Ok thanks, I will download 8.04 on Thursday.

August 24th, 2009, 05:22 AM
I do fresh installs when I new version of ubuntu is released, but I'm using 8.04 right now.

August 25th, 2009, 11:24 AM
In my case I accidentally deleted wubi setup files from xp windows and can no longer access ubuntu 9.04 so if I go for a reinstall with the installation cd will it simply overwrite the existing 9.04 O/S? or will I have to do something special with the existing partition arrangement? Hope you can help - not yet all that familiar with how this forum works so my email address is dialogue_quest@hotmail.com
Thanks - 999terry