[OT] Linux 32-bit to 64-bit

Peter Alcibiades palcibiades-first at yahoo.co.uk
Fri Aug 21 12:23:04 CEST 2015

I have often done a fresh install of a new distribution while leaving the
/home partition as was and only had minor issues.  The issue is that the
menu will probably need some manual adjustment as lots of uninstalled
packages may be linked to.  But this was very minor.  

The nightmare with upgrades recently is not clean installs and /home, but
the insane things Gnome has done to the desktop and the even madder things
KDE has done to Kontact, which makes upgrading the system a real issue.  

The solution for Kontact is Cherrytree and Claws.  If you are doing a clean
install you can't pin Kontact to the current version, is the problem.  The
solution to Gnome is Mate.

I have only twice done this going from 32 bit to 64 bit.  It was no
different than in the other cases, so I don't think that installing a 64 bit
version while keeping the /home partition that dates to the 32 bit version
is particularly problematic.

I would take the / partition to EXT4 if doing a clean install.  Sooner or
later you will want to take the /home partition there too.

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