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I have a CRM on an old Fedora server, running Apache 2.2.6, MySQL 5.0.27, and PHP 5.1.6. I see a couple of options to fix my problem, but I thought I would consult the pros on this one here at Server Fault to see if I'm missing anything. This is after spending a good while searching the net for solutions.

Option 1

Upgrade Fedora, step-wise, to Fedora 7 and then to 8, and then the PHP packages I need would be available. I know this is hazardous, because of repository location, dependencies, etc.

Option 2

Upgrade using this method. This may or may not work, and so would be considered a crap shoot.

I consulted some IT people and they say the best best is to back up data and build a new server with updated hard and software. I happen to agree, but wanted to exhaust all my resources first.

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Buy a new server, reinstall LAMP and then start from scratch. Use something like Ubuntu 9.1o or 10.04, which are both very stable.

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The first thing you should do is sidegrade Fedora 6 to CentOS 5 so that you stop losing ground. After that, there are several well-tested paths to upgrade to 5.2.

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Yah, good point. This could be accomplished with Ubuntu 9.10 as well. – nicorellius Jun 17 '10 at 23:48
Except that Ubuntu will require a complete reinstall. A sidegrade from Fedora to CentOS is not a supported procedure, but can be done. – Ignacio Vazquez-Abrams Jun 17 '10 at 23:52

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