So it finished. After a failed network upgrade and a botched start, I am up and running the latest and greatest Ubuntu 8.04 on my laptop. I set up my partitions with a 15 GB for my ‘/home’ directory and the rest for ‘/’. This keeps my personal files safe from deletion (unless I try really hard to delete them… :-P) when I upgrade and it makes it a snap. I just do a format and fresh install rather than trying to upgrade everything.

My past experiences have led me to believe that upgrading is just too messy and a format and fresh install just keeps things cleaner. Sure I have to go back and install some custom programs that aren’t part of the base install, but I can’t even remember how many times I have had to uninstall then reinstall a program because it wasn’t compatible or didn’t like it when I simply upgraded the system.

One other thing I have started doing is to create another partition (15 Gigs or so) for the /opt directory. This makes it so I can install custom programs (usually binary distributions) and keep them safe from being deleted during my upgrades. For instance, I use two programs pretty heavily, Moneydance, and Aptana, but they aren’t packaged, so I have to download the binaries and runing them from /opt/Aptana/binary. I usually have to move these to my home directory during an upgrade so they don’t get formatted, but having their own partition they are safe and sound. Your mileage may vary…

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