- 1 Upgrading Fedora Products
- 2 Upgrading with FedUp
- 3 Upgrading directly using Yum
- 4 Upgrading from a pre-release (Alpha, Beta, or other development snapshot) to the final release
- 5 Using the DVD to upgrade
- 6 Tips
- 7 Rawhide
Upgrading Fedora Products
This section has some notes on upgrading to Fedora products. Fedora 21 introduces three new products including workstation, server and cloud. If you are unfamiliar with them, refer to fedora.next page first.
Can I upgrade to Fedora 21 without moving to using one of the products?
Yes. Although we are focusing on the products moving forward, upgrading from the existing official variants including Fedora Spins should continue to work. Just use fedup as usual. After the upgrade, you should have fedora-release-standard package installed.
How do I upgrade to one of the products?
Upgrade using fedup and then install the appropriate fedora-release package
If I choose to upgrade to one of the products, can I move to another later?
Only a transition from cloud from server is planned to be supported in a future release. If you are repurposing your system, a reinstallation is recommended for others.
Can I move from non productized installations to one of the products and vice versa?
This should work either way but not explicitly supported.
Upgrading with FedUp
Upgrading directly using Yum
Upgrading directly from one release to the next using
yum is not explicitly tested by Fedora QA and issues with it are not considered blockers for a release, but in practise it works for many users, probably due to our packaging guidelines providing detailed information on maintaining upgradability. To learn more, refer to Upgrading Fedora using yum.
Upgrading from a pre-release (Alpha, Beta, or other development snapshot) to the final release
If you are using a pre-release of Fedora, and want to know more about upgrading to the final release, refer to Upgrading from pre-release to final.
Using the DVD to upgrade
For upgrading to all releases up to Fedora 17, the process of using Anaconda installer to upgrade was the recommended and supported method and detailed in the Fedora Installation Guide. However, for best results when migrating from unsupported versions to newer versions, back up your user and configuration data and perform a fresh installation.
- It's a good idea to have a backup of your system before performing an upgrade. Keeping
/homein a separate logical volume or partition makes backing up user data easier, because the home partition can be reused when upgrading or reinstalling. This is the default from Fedora 13 onwards.
- Doing a clean installation and then restoring user data from backups may work better for some users. Future releases may include features to assist in this process. Refer to AnacondaWorkItems for more information.
- Make sure you read the Release Notes carefully before attempting an upgrade.
Rawhide is a development version of Fedora that is updated daily. It is suitable for people who are developing or testing Fedora before broad public release.