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Linux upgrades the easy way


You haven’t seen any new stories from me for the last few days because I’ve been moving. I hate moving. With luck, I’ll never have to buy another house so long as I live. With that off my chest, along the way, I’ve been re-assembling my office-all 28 computers of it. I decided to update an Ubuntu 9.04 desktop to Ubuntu 9.10 and an openSUSE server from openSUSE 11.1 to openSUSE 11.2.

No, I’m not crazy. I know, all too well, that upgrading Windows, say from XP to Windows 7 is a big job. In fact, as far as I’m concerned, the best way to ‘upgrade’ from XP to Windows 7 is just to buy a new computer. It’s different with Linux. Or, to be more precise, it’s different with the newest versions of Ubuntu and openSUSE.

You could always upgrade Linux over the Internet if you knew exactly what you were doing. Now, Novell and Canonical have made it easier.

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