I went to do an upgrade from Suse 9.1 to Suse 9.2 (after changing from Red Hat 7.2 - 9.0) and looked at the dependencies error lists and decided that I'd do the clean install with /home just remounted (I also have a /data partition that just I remounted at the same time) as this is a simple process during the partitioning phase of a YaST install. I noticed that there were errors sometimes with KDE & Gnome, but these were preference files. Make sure you have exported your mail, bookmarks, all all of your logins/passwords etc and then just delete the .kde and .gnome files (and the .mozilla if you're having problems). These files are autogenerated when logging on. This is just the same as updating any OS - back-up your data and prevent any data loss.
towy71 - "Sorry I should have said that the ineffectual faffing was mostly with SuSE, Mandrake and other "newbie friendly" distros."
As for the GUI interface being for newbies - sometimes it is quicker with a GUI, sometimes it is quicker from the comand line - use the tool that makes life easier. This also applies to the Mac OS X, Linux web & proxy servers and Windows XP/Server 2000/Server 2003 network that I support as part of my job. Even Apple recognise this - they teach CLI as part of their certification courses including OS X 10.4 "Tiger" Workstation & Server that I'm certifying on at the moment.
As for reviews, reports and discussions about OS choices here are a few quotes:
"Windows is clearly going to be a dominant force, and will influence the future user interface ..."
"No single computer, much less a single piece of software, can be all things to all people."
"Life has become easier for users: now they can buy a modem, printer or other peripheral and plug it straight in; ... "
These are pretty common quotes floating around about Windows, Linux and Mac OS X by authors around the world. The first quote is from a review of Windows 1.0 and the other two from an article "Tinkling Bell's Crystals - The Future!". These were all written in "your computer" - September 1986. Now try to tell me that computing has changed and that CLI and GUI are exclusive!
By the way the subscription prize was a $13,000 (Australian $) Labtam "Worlds Fastest Computer" 5 Terminal running a 10 MHz 286 with either 2 x 5.25" floppy disks or 1 x 5.25" floppy disk and a 10 MB or 20 MB Hard Disk Drive.
I've kept the magazine all these years just to remind myself about the hype that goes with the IT industry.
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