Time for an update I think. I love my Hardy system, its so stable, but I need to move with the times I guess. I've never done an upgrade before, only clean installs from CD/DVD, and I'm a little nervous (dont want to lose all my settings and data and whatnot).
Hardy 8.04.2 (64-bit Studio).
All updates applied, lot of extra software and server stuff.
running on an AMD Athlon 5000 x2 with 2 gigs of RAM,
integrated sound and graphics (Gigabyte MB)
250 gb HDD
I want to upgrade to Ibex 64 bit (Studio of course), and keep as much of my software as possible, and settings. Dont mind if look and feel changes, if things are moved around a bit or whatever, just hoping I won't break too much.
I have enough space on an external drive to backup my whole /home directory, and my var/www tree, which are the most important things for me, and I will be doing that regardless; can I simply copy the directory trees over the top of any new install, if I was to install Ibex straight from the DVD?
Any pro-tips anyone could share to help me avoid disaster? What's the best way to do it, using do-release-upgrade? Or should I just wipe it all off, close my eyes and think of England? My life no longer allows me the traditional all-nighters I used to pull when playing with Linux, so I want to do this as cleanly as possible!
TIA for any advice.
PS I've heard good and bad things about Ibex, re: slowness...is it as slow as some ppl say?