Re: Installing a new distro
- From: unruh <unruh@xxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Thu, 09 Feb 2012 05:54:21 GMT
On 2012-02-09, Dan C <youmustbejoking@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
On Wed, 08 Feb 2012 13:11:48 -0500, Dan Espen wrote:
Dan C <youmustbejoking@xxxxxxxxxxx> writes:
On Tue, 07 Feb 2012 17:50:03 +0200, Steve Hayes wrote:
Last year I installed Fedora 14.
Now I have got a disc with Fedora 16 on it.
If I install it will it wipe all my data, or will it just upgrade the
It depends on what you ask it to do. If you ask it to upgrade, it will
replace the current programs with newer ones, possibly wiping out old
configuration files, or saving them, or using the old config files with
the updated programs. It may also not put in a new program because the
name has changed from the old one ( eg gimp-> gimp2 say, and since gimp2
is a different word from gimp, it will not know that gimp should be
updated. Or it will update but leave pieces of gimp lying aroud to cause
If you ask it to reinstall, it will wipe out the parttions containing
/etc and /usr. If you only have one partition it will wipe out
everything on that partition including your data. If you have many
partitions and your data is on a separate partition to your programs,
your data should be left alone.
You will however have to reconfigure all the programs.
It is ALWAYS a good idea to have a backup. Even if you choose upgrade,
something could happen which would wipe out your data. Probably not, but
probably is not certainly.
The fact that you need to ask such questions indicates that you should
just stick with Windoze.
Dan C, the famous internet troll.
Really? What's "troll" about my post above?
That's right. Nothing.
I agree troll is the wrong word. Rude, inconsiderate, combatitive,
obnoxious for some obscure reason all come to mind, but troll does not.
Sure it's a beginner type question. I'm sure _you_ were never a
That is correct.
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