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I am having a look at an old server that is running Fedora Core 6.

Is it possible to upgrade it to the latest Fedora? Should we do that?

I see instructions going from 6 to 7, 7 to 8, etc... but it seems like the pain of going that route will be similar to just installing from scratch and re-configuring things from backups etc.

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Re-install would be better option. The latest fedora is fedora 11 and lot of things would have changed from Fedora 6 to Fedora 11 including

  1. Location of some config files
  2. Format of config files
  3. Default set of tools which get installed with Fedora
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You should definitely install it from scratch.

Even if you perform a step-by-step update, you most likely get problems with even between the "small" update steps.

Because of that I would even think about a reinstall if it were just an upgrade from Fedora 10 to Fedora 11, but going from 6 to 11, it's a definite yes. You'll save time.

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I disagree with DR in that it's very easy to perform an upgrade from one Fedora version to the next with recent versions - see this link.

Going from 6 to 11 is a different matter, though; I agree with the other posts that the changes are significant enough that you'd be much better off doing a reinstall.

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Yes, the upgrade process itself is very easy. But I've never had a Fedora update after which I hadn't have to fix all kinds of problems. Most times it was related to configuration file problems. – Daniel Rikowski Jul 16 '09 at 16:14

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