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Re: Replacing one Linux with another non-destructively?

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____/ Richard Rasker on Saturday 20 December 2008 22:42 : \____

> poachedeggs wrote:
>> I'd put Linux Mint Light 2.2 on my XP machine, having found it
>> conveniently on a magazine CD.  It works pretty well, though not as
>> graphically smooth as I'd seen it on a Compaq I had that recently
>> blew.  I was relieved the partitioning and whatnot went well and XP is
>> intact.  However, today I have looked at four more versions of Linux -
>> Xubuntu 8.10, Kubuntu 8.10, the current Linux Mint and version 4 of
>> it.  I'm favouring Xubuntu and would like to put it where Mint 2.2
>> currently is.  The machine is second hand and I don't have the XP disk
>> so I'd like to know if I can cleanly get the job done non-
>> destructively.
>> Failing that, could I upgrade 2.2. to 4 successfully?
>> I'm no boffin so if you can keep the jargon down....
>> Many thanks in advance.
>> p.s. I've been thinking of putting Ubuntu 8.10 or the current Mint on
>> my Vista laptop (dual boot) and have taken a 'run-up' but I don't get
>> the partition manager, i.e. how to adjust a partition.  It offers
>> installation on about 50 gb and I'd like to switch it to about 20 or
>> 30gb.  I'd hoped for a slider or something to adjust.
> If by non-destructively you mean "without losing user data", then it's
> pretty easy.
> One of the basic differences between Linux and Windows XP is that in all
> Linux distributions I know of, there's always a separate disk partition
> (/home) containing all user data and settings. This means that you can
> install any Linux distribution on the other partition(s) without losing
> data, as long as you don't format the partition with /home on it.
> In Windows, by contrast, everything is by default stored in one partition --
> and that means that reinstalling Windows automatically means destroying any
> user data and settings. Still, it's always a VERY good idea to back up any
> data and settings, be it in Linux or Windows, before starting juggling
> around with hard disks, partitions and installations.
> If by "non-destructive" you mean that you want to try another Linux
> distribution while keeping the existing one fully functional, well, that's
> only slightly more complicated: create enough free space (say, 6-8GB) on
> the hard disk (and you have done that before), and install your
> distribution of choice in there, while still designating the partition
> containing /home as such.
> The only thing you have to be careful about is identifying the partitions
> while installing; beforehand, make certain that you have an overview of the
> order of all existing partitions and their sizes.
> I hope this helps, best regards,
> Richard Rasker

Another nice thing is that you can work on the same /home partition from
several distributions at the same time. It only makes sense to separate
personal files from /progra~1 ;-)

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