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Can I use other Linux's home, swap, root for Fedora?

asked 2016-01-06 15:55:04 -0500

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updated 2016-01-07 12:15:16 -0500

Can I use other Linux's home, swap, root for Fedora?

I ended up removing my Fedora 22 installation as it was freezing with a black screen after latest update. I also didn't know there were other Fedora distributions with other user interfaces, which is a huge let down by Fedora as they don't inform users on their official pages, if it was mentioned that KDE was available I would have stayed with it.

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The KDE spin can be found in the section "Want more Fedora options?" on the main page of .

Axel Sommerfeldt gravatar imageAxel Sommerfeldt ( 2016-01-07 08:20:22 -0500 )edit

Thanks for this, I found out about it after I removed my Fedora, don't you think Fedora should mention this more clearly and at the downloads page as well?

noviceFedora gravatar imagenoviceFedora ( 2016-01-08 03:59:40 -0500 )edit

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answered 2016-01-06 16:01:49 -0500

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If you want to replace your current version of Linux with Fedora, and have /home on its own partition, all you need to do is specify that you're mounting the various partitions in the same place as before, but that you don't want /home reformatted. Then, when you create your first regular user, give it the same name as before and tell the firstboot program not to delete the folder's current contents. Then, you'll have a Fedora installation with all of your old files and configurations intact. Before doing this, I'd recommend backing up your home folder, just to be safe. I hope that this tells you what you need and that everything goes well.

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Thanks for replying. Sorry for typos in my question, I've edited it and corrected them. The old one is completely gone and in it's place there is a different Linux, can I use this different Linux's home, root, swap, etc for Fedora?

noviceFedora gravatar imagenoviceFedora ( 2016-01-07 12:18:09 -0500 )edit

@noviceFedora! Yes you can. When you install Fedora, just make sure that /home doesn't get formatted during installation (You may want to use the manual partitioning if you feel comfortable). It is also very likely that Anaconda (the installer) recognizes the existing partitions. Just give it a try - only the very last step of partitioning actually performs any changes to your partition layout. You may to make a backup of important things like /home using Fedora's live disc, mount /home and copy to external drive (on an ext4 partition).

florian gravatar imageflorian ( 2016-01-07 12:21:45 -0500 )edit

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