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Old 18th July 2008, 19:05
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Default Replacing Fedora 9 with Kubuntu

A few years ago, I took the wrong decision to install Fedora at home. I did not know about Kubuntu at that time, and Debian had some problems with my hardware. With Fedora 9, not only lirc does not work (it never worked, and it will never work in Fedora), but marvelous KDE 3.5 was replaced with horrible, buggy, pre-alpha, non-configurable KDE 4.0. I do not want to use Gnome, so I thought about replacing Fedora with Kubuntu, which I installed at work, and which works without any problem except for a tiny one with ATI graphics card.

1. Can I replace ugly Fedora with Kubuntu without loosing the contents of my $HOME with all configuration (except for changes already done by KDE 4.0)? In particular, I would hate to loose my digikam database of tagged photos.

2. I saw UNetbootin. Can I use it for that purpose, or should I use something else? If the answer is yes, then how to save my $HOME?

3. Will I have to resize my Linux partition? If so, is it possible without loosing the contents? Will it be necessary to perform defragmentation (how, i.e. what prograqm does it)? My disk has 2 partitions: /boot (ext3) and an LVM.

Most tutorials on installation of Linux distribution describe replacement of Windows by Linux. With the advent of non-functional Fedora 9, many people will be in urgent need for a tutorial on a Linux-Linux replacement. Perhaps an automated tool could be created for us, the refugees.
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