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Re: Upgrade from 8 to 9: Yes or no ?



On Wed, 2008-06-18 at 16:09 +0100, Anne Wilson wrote:
> On Wednesday 18 June 2008 15:58:08 Andrew Kelly wrote:
> > On Wed, 2008-06-18 at 09:05 -0400, Tom Horsley wrote:
> > > On Wed, 18 Jun 2008 12:42:43 +0100
> > >
> > > Timothy Murphy <gayleard eircom net> wrote:
> > > > One slight problem with this is that if one shares /home
> > > > between the two versions this could conceivably cause problems.
> > >
> > > True. I usually use a fresh /home during testing, and only point
> > > to the old /home once I'm sure I want to switch. If I find problems
> > > after the switch, I can usually fix them by renaming any
> > > old ~/.<whatever> files or directories (if I can figure out
> > > which ones are causing the problems :-).
> >
> > I've also found it very helpful to have a large partition that I just
> > keep mounting at ~/myJtuff in every distro. That way each distro can
> > create it's own .dirs and all my other stuff is still available but not
> > causing any conflicts. It means you have to use IMAP if you want to
> > share mail across distros, and you have to do a little dancing to have
> > common bookmarks, but all things are manageable somehow.
> > Not really the most elegant of solutions, but I've gotten used to it
> > over the years.
> >
> Common bookmarks are one thing I lack at the moment.  What dance steps are 
> needed?
> 
> Anne


Well, ideally I guess you'd write some scripting to automate things
completely, but I haven't yet because I haven't really had the need,
plus I haven't yet investigated the mechanics of importing bookmarks
from the command line for various browsers. 
I use almost exclusively Firefox or Iceweasel, so I'm not really
confronted with compatibility issues.

My current personal kludge is to keep bookmarks.html on the partition
that I always mount under my homeDir in whatever distro I'm booting, and
then link to that from the various distro-specific locations. And I make
an effort to sort my bookmarks sensibly. Generic, distro-agnosic links
get filled "at the top" and clustered in folders where appropriate.
Distro specific links get a separate folder in the "personal toolbar"
space.

Andy


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