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Upgrade from 32-bit to 64-bit Fedora Linux without a system reinstall

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 207.118.61.57] on January 14, 2008 03:32 AM
Talk about making something complicated! I upgraded Kubuntu from 32-bit to 64-bit on an AMD64 system and it took me only 1-1/2 hours, from start to a complete finished system, including all the downloading from the internet for stuff not on the CD, the latest nVidia proprietary driver (via Envy, which I keep on my home partition-- I did have to upgrade to the latest Envy script, which I was prompted to do when I clicked on the old one-- it was automatic after that) and all the codecs necessary to play movies, listen to music MP3s, etc.. I do have a DSL connection which delivers between 1.5 MB and 6.0 MB depending on what time of day it is. I did it during mid morning hours, after 9 am. I started by formatting my OS partition (I have a separate /home partition, which I never format for a new upgrade) and installing everything from scratch with the Gutsy Gibbon 7.10 Kubuntu Alternate CD (not the live CD) and when I finished, everything worked perfectly. I cannot imagine spending an entire day doing this. With Kubuntu, I have NEVER had to spend more than an hour or two upgrading, and everything always works. If doing it WITHOUT a system reinstall takes a whole day, I'd rather do it with a clean install in 1-1/2 hours, and be done with it. All of my hardware was fully recognized, including my nVidia (on the motherboard) chip, and there were absolutely no hitches whatsoever. Even all of my passwords for accessing websites were still intact. My user and administrator passwords were the same as before the install, because I typed them in during the OS installation, as prompted.

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