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Hi :)
As James said it might well be better to make a separate partition for your /home.  It's easier to 
do that during the install process but this link can be handy if you want to try this post-install.
If the way you are doing it keeps working then you might as well stick to that but thee are other 
advantages to having a separate /home

The way Don is doing it doesn't work for a very few programs (such as Evolution (an alternative to 
Thunderbird&Lightning)) but does work for almost all afaik.  I used to do the same thing but since 
2010 the upgrade process has been really, really smooth so i have often gone for that instead now.  
I do occasionally do a fresh install onto the same machine but that is for other reasons (such as 
testing or just to get more practice or because my fiddling around has broken something i don't 
know how to fix and then want it back the way it was before i started fiddling).  

I've even found that i can do a fresh install over the top of an existing one and that keeps all my 
settings&configs as long as i didn't format the partition during the install.  I have installed a 
10.04 over the top of a 10.10 and then when i opened Firefox all the same tabs opened that i had 
left open in the 10.10.  Errr, my main reasoning there was to try to upgrade an unsupported version 
without having to use subsequent versions that were also unsupported.  By going backwards to the 
10.04 LTS (LTS= Long Term Support) i was then able to upgrade LTS to LTS to get to the 12.04LTS.  
Again Firefox remembered all my tabs.  Afterwards i realised i could have just done a fresh install 
of the 12.04 instead of using the 10.04LS as a stepping stone.  Hindsight is great isn't it! ;)

Regards from 
Tom :)  

----- Original Message -----
From: James Knott <>
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Sent: Sunday, 6 October 2013, 18:39
Subject: Re: [libreoffice-users] Re: boot-loaders, was: Fw: Penguins: (Was Corrupt Installer 

Don Myers wrote:
I started with Ubuntu with version 8.10, and have had each version
since then. I generally find it easiest to do a clean install. One
advantage of that is every 6 months I have a complete backup of my
hard drive. The second advantage is it is very easy to do. Each
program has its own hidden file under the home directory, such as
.thunderbird, .mozilla, .filezilla, gimp-2.8, etc. Once the new
install is completed, and you have the programs installed that you
wish from the repository or the ppa, open each one one time to create
the .whatever hidden file. Then simply delete that file and replace it
with the backed up file, and you have all of your settings, e-mail,
bookmarks, server settings for filezille, and everything exactly the
way was. Very easy and very fast. Much, much, much faster than doing a
clean install of Windows.

Why not just have a separate /home partition?  That way, you don't have
to delete & replace the app files.

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