Want To Go From One Distribution Of Linux To Another?

When your computer is containng two or more operating systems including Windows, Mac or Linux. Sometimes the user wants to switch from this operating system to another one or even go from one operating system’s platform to another one. In the case of Linux, there are some steps you should pay attention to.


The first decision that you will need to make is to decide whether it is appropriate to wipe the hard drive or just install the new version on it’s own partition. This will depend on the setup that you already have installed on your computer. If you are dual booting Windows and Linux, you will not want to wipe out the entire hard drive but you may just want to install over the Linux side. If you have a very large hard drive, then you can just make a new partition for your new Linux installation. Make sure you know what you are doing, otherwise you could remove important programming that you may not be able to recover again. If there is any doubt in your mind then, it is best to seek the help of a technical expert.


The next step will involve having to backup your home folder. Do not make the mistake of backing up just the visible files. There are hidden directories in the home folder that contain all your user settings. Show your hidden files and make copies of all those files and directories so that you have a backup for any emergencies.


Backup the names of the programs that you have installed to your computer system. If you are using Synaptic for example, be sure to export your installed files so that the new system can reinstall those easily. This is because you can install the applications again in your new distribution to have the same program set-up as you had before.


Once you have loaded and installed the new version of Linux, drop the contents of your home folder into your new home folder and download your software again. While it’s not a hard process to do leaving out a step can make the change over considerably more difficult and time consuming than it needs to be.