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I decided today was a good day to upgrade my Fedora 19 desktop machine to Fedora 20. I wasn't too worried about doing it as I finally gave up on using my Nvidia card in that box. On the intel chips everything is smooth.

The preferred method for upgrading is to use the fedup tool and there is a nice set of instructions for using fedup.

They say to read the bug report but I didn't. So that ended up costing me a little time.

I followed their instructions for installing fedup but that got me an older version not the latest. I didn't realize that and ran the thing and it worked up until it rebooted to do the actual update and then nothing happened and I was left with 19 still in place. I finally found the explanation of the problem with using fedup 0.7 and I tried following their instructions to get 0.8 but no matter what I did, yum wouldn't grab the newer version. Finally I just found the fedup package, downloaded it and installed it with rpm. Fortunately I just had to move all the files I'd already downloaded and then the process ran properly.
 
I'm not sure why yum wouldn't update to the newer version. I'm glad I figured it out. Once it ran the update did take a while as there were quite a few packages that needed updating. The instructions say to sync to the repos after it is done, I've tried to do that but it doesn't work. There is some issue with libre office and a spell checker. The sync wants to downgrade lots of packages, which I don't really understand at all. So for right now I'm just going to let it ride and see what happens.
 
It says I also need to uninstall and reinstall chrome. But chrome is working fine - so I'm not sure that I want to do that.
 
All in all it was a pretty painless experience. It took me a few minutes why the upgrade wasn't working - but if I had followed the instructions I would have seen my issue clearly listed and wouldn't have wasted the five minutes of searching that it took me to figure it out. So I'm pleased overall with the process. I can remember when upgrading was much more painful and I just did clean installs rather than dealing with it.

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Upgrading from Fedora 19 to 20 with fedup

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  • by Chacham (981) *

    I finally gave up on using my Nvidia card in that box.

    Wasn't it nvidia that was originally going to release their drivers as open source?

    • I don't know the specifics of where all that is at. I know there are open nouveau drivers and the nvidia drivers. Neither worked for the card I have. From what I've read people with newer cards have had a better time of it than I did. But I don't have a lot of options with this computer because there is very, very little room and not too many cards I've found will even fit.

      • by Chacham (981) *

        Well, i hope you get it all the way you want. :)

        I just use a Mac now. I'm sorry to say, but i love my mac mini.

        • I'm getting more involved in mobile development - and I need to be able to do work for Android and Mac - so that means I'll be picking up my first Apple machine this year. I'm still trying to decide if I'll get a Mac Mini or a MacBook Air.

          I'll need to make up my mind by February. Reading that you like yours helps me feel a little better about it. If I didn't need to be able to build stuff for iOS I wouldn't be buying one.

          The video issue with this Linux box is fine. It's a very inexpensive Acer with a pretty

          • by Chacham (981) *

            The mac mini is due a refresh [macrumors.com]. Mavericks supports multiple monitors, better, that is, you can have a full screen game in one and still use the other at the same time, or so the say.

            XCode is free and comes with a simulator for iOS (does not run apps that you do not have the code for).

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