[SOLVED] Can I just change distros?

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[SOLVED] Can I just change distros?

Postby muzzargh on Thu Nov 22, 2012 6:20 pm

Hi All,

I currently have an Ubuntu variant installed with my /home on a separate partition, if I want to install Mint14 is it as simple as pointing Mint to the existing /home partition (and change a few permissions) and most things will still work?

Or do I have to start from scratch?
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Re: Can I just change distros?

Postby bimsebasse on Thu Nov 22, 2012 6:39 pm

Well, you can also backup your home folder and then restore after installation - it doesn't take a lot of time.
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Re: Can I just change distros?

Postby muzzargh on Thu Nov 22, 2012 6:45 pm

and that should work from the other distro?
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Re: Can I just change distros?

Postby remoulder on Thu Nov 22, 2012 6:59 pm

muzzargh wrote:and most things will still work

Unless the ubuntu version is the same as that underlying the version of mint you install, then the configuration data on your home will not be compatible and likely cause problems. So many posts on these forums are down to users trying to re-use old homes on new versions. By all means use the same home but delete all the hidden folders except your browser and email leaving just those and documents, music, etc.
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Re: Can I just change distros?

Postby muzzargh on Thu Nov 22, 2012 7:30 pm

Sweet, I will give it a try. Thanks for the input :D

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