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Interview: Fedora Developers Seth Vidal and Will Woods

Apr 17, 2008, 10:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jonathan Roberts)

[ Thanks to Jonathan Roberts for this link. ]

"In Fedora, the supported method for upgrading from one release to the next is by downloading the media and rebooting from the media and using Anaconda. Why was this the case, and what's wrong with a yum upgrade?

"Seth Vidal: Anaconda has the advantage of running outside of the system it is upgrading. This means it can do certain tricks in the event of big changes. The lvm->lvm2 migration, for example. Yum can't do this. Changing the partition or fs type on a running partition is a bad idea :)

"Will Woods: Another good example: In Fedora 9 we have (experimental) ext4 support, and Anaconda is capable of migrating your ext3 filesystems to ext4 automatically. But yum upgrades can't handle this..."

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