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Fedora Core "The Fedora Project is pleased to announce the release of the fourth and final test release of Fedora 7! Test 4 is for beta users." Announcement and release notes here. Update: Screenshots.
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Rolling updates.
by AlexandreAM on Thu 26th Apr 2007 23:09 UTC
AlexandreAM
Member since:
2006-02-06

I was thinking in testing Fedora, but I must know some thing first: Am I able to update my system from one version to another... say.... will Fedora 7 guys be able to update their system from 7 to Fedora 8 without having to reinstall the whole beast ?

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RE: Rolling updates.
by chocobanana on Thu 26th Apr 2007 23:19 in reply to "Rolling updates."
chocobanana Member since:
2006-01-04

Yep, that's possible, though the best with any distro is to backup the .folders in your home partition and make a fresh install. This way, you'll get most of your settings preserved, have little to tinker with configuration and above all else, you get a clean system.

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RE[2]: Rolling updates.
by AlexandreAM on Thu 26th Apr 2007 23:25 in reply to "RE: Rolling updates."
AlexandreAM Member since:
2006-02-06

Well, not exactly the "best with any distro"

Rolling release based distros like Archlinux are made to be used that way.

And I simply love it ;)

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RE: Rolling updates.
by Finalzone on Thu 26th Apr 2007 23:29 in reply to "Rolling updates."
Finalzone Member since:
2005-07-06

It is possible although it is not recommended. However, upgrading from distro n to distro n+1 can be bad especially when third parties packages are installed and there is a major changes those brake the installed application (example, Nvidia driver incompatibility with newest Xorg-X11 and new SELinux policies). A good advice is to back up your data and reinstall the system from scratch.

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RE: Rolling updates.
by raver31 on Thu 26th Apr 2007 23:46 in reply to "Rolling updates."
raver31 Member since:
2005-07-06

Hmmm, NO.

Mine failed going from FC5 to FC6. It was running the upgrade for around 3 hours, then would not reboot.
I had to wipe/reinstall.

They need something like "update-manager"

Which, on my other machine went like this...

6.06
"sudo update-manager -c -d"
reboot into new 6.10
"sudo update-manager -c -d"
reboot into newer 7.04

there you go, updated through 2 newer versions and it is still running sweet.

thats the difference between DEB and RPM.

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RE[2]: Rolling updates.
by buff on Thu 26th Apr 2007 23:59 in reply to "RE: Rolling updates."
buff Member since:
2005-11-12

They need something like "update-manager"

I updated from Fedora 6 to the test using the shell command 'yum update' and it worked okay. In general this is not recommended since it can cause problems. I backed up my home directory and .hidden files just in case.

Edited 2007-04-27 00:11

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RE[2]: Rolling updates.
by Lunitik on Fri 27th Apr 2007 01:05 in reply to "RE: Rolling updates."
Lunitik Member since:
2005-08-07

No, that's the difference between yum and apt, if anything.

Fedora also doesn't utilize depends as Ubuntu does, Ubuntu upgrades go smoothly because of 'ubuntu-desktop'...

'aptitude show ubuntu-desktop'


This is also the primary reason Ubuntu is bad, to have smooth updates, you need to have everything installed that they think you need... which is fine for novices...

Edited 2007-04-27 01:07

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