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I have the disk for OpenSuse 11.2, and I'd like to upgrade to this from 10.2 (as 10.2 is no longer kept updated), but I don't want to lose any ...
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    Upgrading from OpenSuse 10.2 to 11.2


    I have the disk for OpenSuse 11.2, and I'd like to upgrade to this from 10.2 (as 10.2 is no longer kept updated), but I don't want to lose any of my data files and other installed software.

    Is there a safe way to do this, or do I have to archive everything on dvd first and totally reformat etc. ??

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    I have no experience with upgrading from one version to another.
    But I think you have to install and not upgrade.
    Remember your installed software is for 10.2.
    And in 11.2 you have to install software for 11.2.

    Data you can store on a partion on one of your HDDs, if you have more.
    Or you do it on a DVD.
    It depends on what you have.
    During install of 11.2 you can select what partitions should kept as they were.
    A clean install of 11.2 should give the better results.

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    I prefer fresh install instead of Upgrade but a lot of users prefer upgrade only.
    There is a lot of changes in 10.2 and 11.2. I am not sure if it will work.
    I would suggest you to backup data and go for fresh install.
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    Quote Originally Posted by toastrack View Post
    I have the disk for OpenSuse 11.2, and I'd like to upgrade to this from 10.2 (as 10.2 is no longer kept updated), but I don't want to lose any of my data files and other installed software.

    Is there a safe way to do this, or do I have to archive everything on dvd first and totally reformat etc. ??
    You can check this HowTo if you want to attempt an upgrade using zypper:

    Upgrade/Supported - openSUSE

    It wouldn't be a bad idea to have a full backup of your current system just in case something should go wrong, as there is never any guarantee that an upgrade will go perfectly. I'd personally recommend backing up all important data, doing a fresh installation, then restoring your data as needed to the new installation.

    Good luck with it, either way!
    oz

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    If you do a fresh install simply DO NOT format your home partition. This will preserve your data. If you install KDE your desk top will not be perserved because of differences between KDE 3.5 and KDE 4.3

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