How to upgrade to Fedora 14 "Laughlin" from Fedora 13 & 12

This tutorial explains how to upgrade to Fedora14 from Fedora 13 &12.  Because your personal data is the most valuable thing in your computer, before to upgrade it is always a good idea to back up any data that you have on your systems. For example, if you are upgrading or creating a dual-boot system, you should back up any data you wish to keep on your hard drive(s). Mistakes do happen and can result in the loss of all of your data.


Remember to put the backup of your data on an external device (USB stick or CD/DVD.

Now, If you currently use Fedora 13, you can perform a traditional, installation program-based upgrade.

However, before you chose to upgrade your system, there are a few things you should keep in mind:
  • Individual package configuration files may or may not work after performing an upgrade due to changes in various configuration file formats or layouts.
  • If you have one of Red Hat’s layered products (such as the Cluster Suite) installed, it may need to be manually upgraded after the upgrade has been completed.
  • Third party or ISV applications may not work correctly following the upgrade.
Upgrading your system installs updated versions of the packages which are currently installed on your system.
The upgrade process preserves existing configuration files by renaming them with an .rpmsave extension (for example, The upgrade process also creates a log of its actions in /root/upgrade.log.

    Now, You made the backup ? Ready for upgrade ? If yes then lets start the upgarde to Fedora14. GoodLuck

    1- First Methode : Upgrade using preupgrade :

    The simplest way to upgrade an existing Fedora installation is with the preupgrade tool. When a new version of Fedora is available, preupgrade downloads the packages necessary to upgrade your installation, and initiates the upgrade process.

    First update you packge to latest version with :

    yum  update

    try again to check if you have the latste rpm (redhat packge manager)

    yum  update rpm

    Now install the upgrade package :

    yum install preupgrade

    Now always on the terminal, run the upgrade using the command :


    Then follow the steps as described in the screenshots:

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    Note : if you have some dependencies issues . please remove the packages bellow



    2-2d Methode ; Upgrade from DVD Fedora14 (Offline upgrade) .

    When installing DVD please chose Upgrade instead of install and enjoy

    After upgrade is finished , reboot your computer. And Goodluck :)

    Useful Links: Fedora projects

    • McGraw

      Forget Fedora/Red Hat. I just upgraded my Ubuntu partition for the 4th time with 0 time/effort.

      Amazing, but my original Ubuntu was 9.04, then 9.10, then 10.04, and now 10.10.

      Ubuntu is the only Linux that has pulled this off (I’ve tried them all including Suse).

      Kernel upgrades, all packages, KDE/Gnome, Grub, etc. without a glitch or more than a click.

      I deleted my Red Hat EL 4 subscription years ago, when it hosed my kernel with an "upgrade".

    • Jim

      I have to disagree with you McGraw on your first point.

      Gentoo, Arch, and specifically Debian (Where Ubuntu was born) have been doing rolling releases long before Ubuntu was in existance.

      Also RedHat recommends a "Fresh Install" when upgrading as does Canotical with Ubuntu.

      How long have you been using Linux?

    • callum

      if you’ve performed an upgrade like this a few times before then it is likely you’re still using ext3 filesystems. Now that the superior and more performant ext4 is standard it may well be worth starting from scratch using anaconda and setting up the partitions from scratch.

    • http://Ubuntudoesthreethingswrong Zinovsky

      In upgrade, Ubuntu does three things wrong:

      1. It doesn’t make it easy for you to backup your data, nor does it warn you to do so.
      2. It automatically asks you to upgrade to the latest version. You click on the “upgrade” button and there’s no turning back. No explanation about the risks involved, no explanation about the pros and cons… just a simple button to click for a process you likely don’t understand.
      3. It uses a “package” upgrade method. The pros and cons associated with this method are :
      Slow: APT will download the new version of all the packages installed on your system. Assuming you installed nothing at all, that’s about 3GB of data…. using a fresh upgrade you could have downloaded all that data by simply getting the 700MB ISO.
      Unreliable: Depending on your modifications, your sources, your added software and your configuration you could end up with a system that acts and feels really different than a brand new version . You’re far from the beaten track and the added features might not work as well on your system as they were designed to.
      – Risky: The temptation when you upgrade with APT is not to perform backups… since your partitions aren’t overwritten, nothing “forces” you to make backups… think about the risk though.
      – Complicated: Packages conflict with each others, they can bring complex dependencies and put you in situations that are difficult to solve.

    • Fort Collins

      Been using linux since RH since 1994. I’m not sure why someone would want to upgrade when they can install fresh and get all the benefits. I understand everyone can’t wipe their system and start fresh as easy as others but, IMO, it is well worth the time.

    • Greywolf

      ubuntu does some really braindead stuff by default, in my opinion *coughHashKnownHostsbydefaultcough*.

      I used to be a Debian-based stalwart, but Fedora 12 [of late] knocked me off my feet. I’m doing the above method of upgrading; we’ll see how it goes. So far, so good…