|Quantal Quetzal to Raring Ringtail|
To Upgrade or Not to Upgrade This is the Question
I'm running Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal Desktop and and 13.04 Raring Ringtail Desktop has been available for for some time.
I have delayed upgrading because I still have one final project I'm working on and was apprehensive about the potential of an upgrade-gone-wrong.
I have no complicated external devices beyond basics, and internally one program that depends on Wine.
This will be the first time upgrading a Linux OS for me. I have a simple question.
Beyond the obvious task of creating an external backup of my onyx for safe-keeping to ensure I don't loose data should I:
- Perform a complete wipe of the drive and fresh install from CD, or...
- Upgrade existing installation from the command line using aptitude?
I've been wanting to wait until my final project was completed but now I'm wondering if I should upgrade to maybe potentially flush out any gremlins in which case a full reinstall might be better?
Any other pointers or insight would be appreciated too, thanks.
Firstly, have you put your home folder on a separate partition? If you have you have the option of wiping your OS without wiping the data.
I see not point in upgrading to 13.04 - you may as well go to 13.10. I think that means you have to upgrade twice if you, so you may as well do a fresh install.
If you were on 13.04 I would have no hesitation in telling you to update from the command line (or the GUI, for that matter). However it seems a waste to upgrade, and then upgrade again immediately afterwards.
So do a clean reinstall, and if you do not have a separate home partition, take the opportunity to do that as well. What I do is use most of the hard drive for /home, and have a / partition of between 10GB and 20GB depending on whether disk space it tight (if you are a gamer you will need a much bigger / because games are so big).
Thanks for the reply graeme_p.
The 13.04 was actually a real typo this time (as compared to my recent intentional loophole ones ;p). I really did mean 13.10.
I don't have my home directory on a separate partition no. Drive space isn't a problem, I've got 8 GB (the 7.3 GB models are discontinued!). But I'm not a gamer, I don't play games, all seriousness here, sometimes it makes the Joker a dull boy but oh well.
If I may ask you another opinion. I've done plenty of Windows upgrades and fresh install over the last decade but I can't remember, for the life of me, if I can delete the boot partition before beginning the whole process. Kinda ZERO the drive I guess.
The reason is because I want to attempt another dual-boot with Windows 8 and Ubuntu that I had to abandon previously. I think my previous issues were related to the residual GRUB. If you or anyone can guide this blind boy I'd be grateful. Thanks again.
No idea about dual boot (especially with Windows 8 and "secure" boot!). Never done it (I started with Linux on a new PC, and kept the old one for a few months while I still needed some Windows stuff for a course I was doing).
8GB? In total or to spare for a / partition? Or do you mean 800GB? If last, I would use 20GB for /.
See, another unintentional typo, yes sorry 800 GB in total, 730 GB available. 8 GB is my RAM.
I did have it dual booted at one point but the process was sooooo sloppy that I kept at it until I couldn't get it to dual boot any more and had to go with just Ubuntu.
Thanks for your feedback, I appreciate it. I'll hold off on the upgrade for a bit to see if anyone else can guide me concerning the boot partition. I can probably dig it up somewhere on the net but I trust the members of webmaster world's expertise most. I'm not in the hurry.
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Also, have you considered Windows in a VM rather than dual boot? Virtualbox with seamless mode is very nice.
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Thanks again. I'll check that out bit later. I've got a few loose ends to tidy up here first.