1. Create boot CD
  2. Backup your data
  3. Install Fedora
  4. Copy data from your backup
  5. Install packages


1. Create boot CD

Since I was having trouble with my CD/DVD drive reading a DVD, and was unable to burn a CD on my linux machine (one of the big reasons to upgrade to Fedora 13), I moved over to a Windows machine (Urghh) to burn a Live iso disk.

The file I used was: Fedora-13-x86_64-Live

Coincidentally,  I still had some problems burning a CD in windows, anyway once you have the CD with a live iso image on it you are ready to proceed to backing up your data...


2. Backup your data:

If you are like me you have decided to upgrade and are planning on doing so with a clean install - this will wipe out all of your existing data., so backing up your data is important.

Two things you will need, if you do not already have them - I'm assuming we are all creating backups as a matter of course!

  • External USB hard drive
  • grsync


Use grsync to write your entire home directory to your hard drive


This will include all of the hidden files that your apps are writing data to.

You've got to love the way Linux cleanly separates the data from the operating system!


3. Install Fedora

One last time - You're sure you have a complete backup of ALL your data!

  1. Disconnect any external FireWire or USB disks that you do not need for installation.
  2. Power on your computer system.
  3. Insert the media in your computer.
  4. Power off your computer with the boot media still inside.
  5. Power on your computer system, and as it's boots up use the F2 key to enter into BIOS setup.
  6. Use the arrow keys to get to the "Boot Device priority". Change the first boot device to "CDROM"
  7. Save and exit
Follow the instructions to install Fedora to the hard drive.


4. Copy data from your backup

From your external hard drive,  copy your data back over to the computer.


5. Install packages:

Package installer was not working, so do the following as root;

[root@computername~]# yum-complete-transaction

The following were installed using System>Administration>Add/Remove packages: brackets show the corresponding data file that was restored from the external hard drive.

Alacarte; allows changing of applications menus, Firefox (.mozilla), Thunderbird (.thunderbird) change System>Preferences>Preferred Applications, Grsync; redo source and destination, Rythmbox; import music files from folder, Homebank (.homebank), Gourmet (.gourmet), Jpilot (.jpilot), Bluefish (.bluefish), Filezilla (.filezilla), Mypasswordsafe; open password file from folder, Sunbird, Seamonkey, OpenOffice, Gimp, Inkscape (.inkscape)

Gnucash (.gnucash)
Find data file and move to home/financials/gnucash .xac file
Open gnucash - then open data file
To get Shalbum to work, copy .shalbum from backup data


Go to the CUPS login;


Username "root", password "rootpassword" - follow prompts to add printer
install using System>Administration>Add/Remove packages: hplip, hplip-gui, xsane
as root type the following;

[root@computername~]# hp-setup

follow prompts to add printer (scanner).

Problem areas:

Downloaded the latest skype for linux from the skype website; skype-

[root@computername~]# yum install skype-

The install FAILED so uninstall

[root@computername~]# yum remove skype

Follow the tips in;


Skype now works BUT - No voice OR video, put user in audio and video group, type the following in a terminal;

[user@computer~]# alsamixer

turn on front microphones
Voice works - still NO VIDEO
To start Skype on boot - Add '/usr/bin/skype &' to System>Prefferences>Startup Applications
Abrt; uninstalled due to boot messages problem


Install The following packages:

samba, system-config-services, system-config-samba, policycoreutils-gui