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    upgrading and installing

    hi,
    i wanted to know the difference between upgrading a version of kubuntu and installing new version of kubuntu from a live cd?

    i want to know why people prefer to upgrade?

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    Re: upgrading and installing

    When you upgrade, you don't have to format the drive and so you don't lose all the settings and the apps that you have installed over time. But, upgrading can be cumbersome - as in it takes more time since old packages need to be removed and new ones installed. In my experience installing a new OS from a Live CD is much faster than the upgrade. Also, upgrade will not work, if you have removed any of the default apps that come bundled with your distro. So for eg if you remove kubuntu-desktop, then you will have to install it again prior to the upgrade.
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    Re: upgrading and installing

    so that means it would be smarter and easier if i copy the contents of my folder (home/j) into a pen drive and install the latest kubuntu from live cd?

    would the above be equivalent to upgrading?

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    If you have a separate home drive, you dont even need to do that. Simply use the same home during the installation and make sure you DONT format it.
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    Re: upgrading and installing

    i know this sounds like a stupid question,but i'm a newbie!
    how do you know if you got a separate home drive and how do you make sure you dont format it at the time of installation?

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    Re: upgrading and installing

    Post the output of the following command here and we can tell you
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    df -h
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    sudo fdisk -l
    -l is lowercase L
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    Re: upgrading and installing

    +1 to what Inxsible said. Its better not to upgrade. Upgrades freeze up, kill HAL etc. and your PC might become unusable. Though you can save your data through the LiveCD after upgrade screws up, but why take chances..
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    Re: upgrading and installing

    here is the output for the first code

    Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on
    /dev/sda1 36G 3.0G 32G 9% /
    varrun 125M 136K 125M 1% /var/run
    varlock 125M 0 125M 0% /var/lock
    udev 125M 68K 125M 1% /dev
    devshm 125M 0 125M 0% /dev/shm
    lrm 125M 34M 91M 28% /lib/modules/2.6.22-14-generic/volatile

    here is the out put in the second code

    Disk /dev/sda: 40.0 GB, 40020664320 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 4865 cylinders
    Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0x35023501

    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/sda1 * 1 4772 38331058+ 83 Linux
    /dev/sda2 4773 4865 747022+ 5 Extended
    /dev/sda5 4773 4865 746991 82 Linux swap / So

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    Re: upgrading and installing

    A separate partition for /home is not required any more. The install CD will detect that you already have a /home folder and ask you if you want to delete it. If you say no then it will delete everything except /home and install a clean system. You get the advantage of a separate /home without the mucking around with partitioning and fstab.
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    u sure?
    i never saw it when i installed 7.10 via live cd
    must be a new feature of 8.04!

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