Last night (…and a bit in the morning) I blissfully upgraded my desktop from Fedora 18 to Fedora 19 using a new tool called FedUp (FEDora UPgrader). Now; I’m no punk when it comes to installing a fresh copy of an operating system, but I trust Linux upgrades over any other OS upgrades any day of the week.

To my surprise it was a pretty painless process:

  1. I did a full system update using YUM. If there were kernel changes I should have rebooted, but I didn’t pay attention that. Luckily, there weren’t any.

$ sudo yum -y update

  1. I then installed FedUp.

$ sudo yum install fedup

  1. I executed the fedup-cli command, but ran into an issue with the Dropbox repository. They don’t seem to have a fedora19 repo yet. I edited the /etc/yum.repos.d/Dropbox.repo file to disable it.
  2. I then executed the following command to grab the new packages over the Internet. I had to run the command twice because I received an error.

$ sudo fedup-cli –network 19

  1. When FedUp finished downloading all 2,222 files I rebooted the machine and the upgrade process continued once GRUB loaded.
Overall it was a very pleasant experience. I only had one hiccup and that was easily fixed. I did find it a bit odd as to how long the upgrade took, but whatev’s — I found other things to do with my time. Kudos Fedora team.