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#1 OFFLINE   raymac46

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Posted 22 June 2019 - 09:08 PM

It looks like Debian Buster will be released July 9. I decided to get a couple of weeks with the RC before the final comes out.
I was able to upgrade my Thinkpad install by editing my sources.list to Buster from Stretch. Then I did an apt update, apt upgrade and apt dist-upgrade.
It looks like everything went OK and I am posting from it now on the Thinkpad.
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Posted 23 June 2019 - 07:05 AM

Nice :thumbsup:
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Posted 23 June 2019 - 08:49 AM

I've got two Buster installations, one since late April and one done in early June. Things have been fine here. I've never updated a Debian system to the next version -- I always do a fresh install. I do have one more Stretch installation still, but I'll probably wait until the official Buster release to do anything with that one. Maybe I'll try an in-place upgrade with that one, I don't know. I really do enjoy starting over with a netinstall.

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Posted 23 June 2019 - 04:12 PM

If you follow these instructions it should work for you.
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Posted 23 June 2019 - 04:40 PM

I saw the title and was wondering why they were busting Debian. ;)
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Posted 23 June 2019 - 07:17 PM

View Postraymac46, on 23 June 2019 - 04:12 PM, said:

If you follow these instructions it should work for you.

Thanks! I've seen this page, as well: https://wiki.debian.org/DebianUpgrade

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Posted 24 June 2019 - 08:47 AM

View Postraymac46, on 22 June 2019 - 09:08 PM, said:

It looks like Debian Buster will be released July 9. I decided to get a couple of weeks with the RC before the final comes out.
I was able to upgrade my Thinkpad install by editing my sources.list to Buster from Stretch. Then I did an apt update, apt upgrade and apt dist-upgrade.
It looks like everything went OK and I am posting from it now on the Thinkpad.

Is it really that simple?  Just completely update/upgrade your existing system; edit the sources to the next release; and dist-upgrade the entire system?  This almost qualifies as a rolling release in my book!

How many times have you done this in the past?  I've always seen suggestions to re-install from scratch for a clean start, but I've heard from others that they've continuously updated/upgraded their Debian for years without reinstallation.  I recently read where a fella claimed he has updated/upgraded his initial Debian installation for over 10+ years now with no issues.  is he exaggerating much, or just lucky as can be?  just curious...

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Posted 24 June 2019 - 10:47 AM

I upgraded from Jessie to Stretch, and now from Stretch to Buster without incident. It works Ok if you upgrade only one release level.
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