I'm hoping to get some advice on the best way to upgrade from from FC 4 to FC 5.
The choices seem to be:
-a. do a "fresh" install, then re-install any locally added software and configuration changes
-b. do an "upgrade" install, (hopefully) preserving locally added software and configuration changes
-c. upgrade via yum (apparently not recommended)
-b. would seem to be the best choice (less work), but are there advantages to doing a "fresh" install?
Here are some references I've found (and quotes therefrom):
- Install Fedora Core
Choose this option to freshly install your system. Existing software and data may be overwritten depending on your configuration choices.
- Upgrade an existing installation
Choose this option if you would like to upgrade your existing Fedora Core system. This option will preserve the existing data on your drives.
Doing a clean installation and then restoring user data from backups is known to work better.
You can do an upgrade using the installation CD/DVDs, which is the recommended method.
Although upgrades with yum have been tested and work, live upgrades are not recommended by the Fedora Project.
If you are not prepared to resolve issues on your own if things break, you should probably use the recommend installation methods instead. (i.e., 1.)
Since FC 4 was my first Linux install, any recommendations would be appreciated.