Re: upgrading ubuntu to debian
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On Thu, Aug 30, 2007 at 10:19:06AM -0800, Britton Kerin wrote:
> I just bought a computer that came with ubuntu and would like to switch
> it to pure debian. Is there a standard way to do this that someone
> could point me to?
> (Though I will say that little hack where the shell tells you which
> package a program is in looks pretty cute and helpful :)
Unless you REALLY know what you're doing, upgrading from Ubuntu to
Debian (And vice-versa) is nearly impossible and unsupported by the
Debian community (If you did try it, we probably wouldn't be able to
help you). Too many things are done differently between the two
operating systems, for example, while Debian uses root to do many tasks
by default Ubuntu has no true root user and instead uses sudo.
If I were you I'd backup my /home partition and reinstall as Debian; The
first thing you should do is create a /home partition when you get a new
If you don't mind me asking, what company did you purchase the laptop
If programmers deserve to be rewarded for creating innovative
programs, by the same token they deserve to be punished if they
restrict the use of these programs.
- Richard Stallman
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