1. It depends. A clean boot generally implies that you format the /
directory thus wiping out any configuration data you may have stored
You will need to manually add any software that is NOT in the
By default, user files are placed in dev/sda#/filesystem/home/user.
Formatting /filesystem for the clean install would therefore wipe out
the user files along with any configurations contained therein. Moving
the /home folder to dev/sda#/home and NOT formatting during installation
will retain all user data and configs. See Full Circle Magazine, Issue
#54, page 38.
2. I'm not the one to ask.
3. Yes, absolutely. Here's how I did it: http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=212837&st=0#entry1427797
On Wed, 2011-11-23 at 21:29 +0000, firstname.lastname@example.org
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> Date: Wed, 23 Nov 2011 14:26:29 -0500
> From: Udvarias Ur <email@example.com>
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> Subject: 3 questions about new installations & updates
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> I have been wondering.
> 1. I've read on this list that clean installs of Ubuntu 11.10 work
> better the upgrades from 11.04.
> If I do such a 'clean' installation of 11.10 will it preserve all the
> software added and the configuration I done? or will it reformat the
> hard disk thereby erasing all that I've done?
> 2. Though so far a I have few complaints about Ubuntu, should I decide
> to switch to Debian can I install Debian over Ubuntu such that Debian
> does not reformat the hard disk thereby erasing all that I've done?
> 3. Can I rearrange the partitions on my hard disk so that I can
> another OS? i.e. create a triple boot system? If so, how?
> Udvarias Ur
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