[SATLUG] Upgrade time, with questions!

Justin Burdette justin.burdette at gmail.com
Sun Feb 24 06:26:46 CST 2008

Ok, based on all I've read, it looks like I'll stick with the i*86
version. My next question is about the upgrade itself...do I need to
reinstall completely (keeping /home, obviously) or can I just use the
"repair" tools on the DVD to update for the new board, processor, etc.
And keep my current package configuration?

Thanks again,


On 2/22/08, Brad Knowles <brad at shub-internet.org> wrote:
> On 2/22/08, Bruce Dubbs wrote:
> >  Others may come up with some different reasons, but know why you want to
> >  change to a 64-bit OS before you do.
> Here's a process you might want to consider:
> 	1.  List all possible programs you can think of that you want to run
> 	2.  Get a list of all of these programs which are known to
> 		completely support 64-bit mode
> 	3.  Get a list of all of the remaining programs which are believed
> 		will probably work fine in 64-bit mode and check their
> 		respective forums, mailing lists, bug trackers, etc... to
> 		see if they really do
> 	4.  For the ones that have some problems with 64-bit mode, find
> 		out what work-arounds may be available, and if you can
> 		live with them
> 	5.  For those programs which don't support 64-bit mode at all,
> 		decide if there are any you can't live without
> We've just recently had a very high profile multi-month delay in
> $VeryBigProject at my employer, because the systems were originally
> built in 64-bit mode (with a lot of work and much pain to figure out
> which way you had to hold your tongue while hopping backwards on one
> leg with a blindfold on and waving a dead rubber chicken and trying
> to whistle Dixie in Tuvan throat-singing mode while rolling loaded
> dice in the other hand), and they had thought they finally managed to
> get everything to work.  Then they ran into a show-stopper bug, and
> the ultimate answer from the vendor was that this wasn't a supported
> configuration.
> So, that guy left, tried to hand things off to another guy to take
> all that work with all those various different programs and
> re-install the OS with an older version (which is supported by the
> vendor) in 32-bit mode (which is supported by the vendor), taking all
> the appropriate pre-built binary packages from the officially
> approved source, and now we're in the process of trying to rebuild
> all the appropriate configuration files.
> Talk about a Royal PITA.
> The above is not necessarily going to be such a big issue for SoHo
> users, but it is at least a factor that should be considered.
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