Upgrading Fedora 16 to 17 or 18 Problems.

Michael D. Setzer II mikes at kuentos.guam.net
Fri Mar 22 06:05:31 UTC 2013

I've got a lab of about 8 year old AMD FX-55 64 bit machines with 
2G of Ram and Nvidia 5200 cards. I've had previous versions of 
Fedora up to the current Fedora 16. The other day, was going to 
do a test of upgrading machine and doing a clean install to see 
the differences. Ran into some problems. 

Tried preupgrade, and for some reason it would only offer the 
upgrade to 17 and not 18? I then did the upgrade, and it went thru 
the whold process, and finished with the message to reboot, but 
the boot menu never had an option to do the upgrade. Just the 
same old Fedora 16 kernels? The files were in the boot directory, 
but nothing in the grub.cfg files?

I then burned a Fedora 18 DVD, and booted the machine, and 
was expecting it to prompt for doing an upgrade or clean install. 
Then all of the sudden it was doing a clean install, and had 
repartitioned the disk with no prompting that it would wipe existing 
file system.  

Good news the system seems to work, but we have a number of 
apps that we have always added to the desktop to run programs, 
but doesn't seem to be a way to do that other than using 
gnome-tweak-tool and setup options there, and I have copied the 
shortcuts from other systems. 

  Michael D. Setzer II -  Computer Science Instructor      
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