[CALUG] Upgrading from RH 7.3
bazell at comcast.net
Sat Feb 11 11:09:28 CST 2006
I will look into Xandros, I have not heard of it till now. I am a programmer but not a linux developer so I have no need/desire for the latest changes to the OS. I assume Xandros allows for the standard things like connecting to my cable modem for networking and configuring my printers, etc., with relative ease?
I'll check out their website.
----- Original Message -----
From: Rajiv Gunja
To: Dave Bazell
Cc: lug at calug.com
Sent: Saturday, February 11, 2006 11:11 AM
Subject: Re: [CALUG] Upgrading from RH 7.3
Unless, you have a really really good reason, business or personal, I would never suggest upgrade. Best thing to do is to wipe the partitions clean and do a fresh install. I used to try upgrade as I had Intel C++ compiler and did not want to lose the config, But that just kept me up all night trouble-shooting the issues with the upgrade.
Since then, I have switched to Xandros desktop and I no longer have to trouble shoot upgrade issues. Xandros Networks lets me know that there are application updated and I just click one button, "install all updates" and I come back in 20 minutes and it is all done. Of course upgrading kernel is a different thing. They do not come out with a new kernel very often. Since I use my Linux as my primary desktop, I do not intend to keep upgrading, so I am fine.
The other best part of Xandros is that I can install both rpm and deb pkgs right off the menu and not worry about missing library files, since XN downloads any missing libs and installs them too.
But if you are a developer and want to try out all the latest, cutting edge software, then you should go with RH or SELS, they are good for messing around.
Rajiv G Gunja
System Analyst / Engg
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On 2/10/06, Dave Bazell <bazell at comcast.net> wrote:
I have dual boot Windows XP/RHLinux system running RH 7.3 (Valhalla) with
kernel version 2.4.18-3. I want to upgrade to whatever is the current RH
version since I am more frequently downloading sw that won't compile becuase
I have an old version of something, usually libc.
Any suggestions about the best way to do this? Just install current version
that I download from RH (hours worth of downloading over my cable modem)?
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