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how do you downgrade from 26 to 25 without wiping?

asked 2017-08-23 22:47:41 -0500

toddandmargo gravatar image

Is there a way to downgrade from 26 to 25 without wiping and re-installing?

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short answer, you can not simply downgrade a release. You could backup /home and reinall F25. There are so many libraries in F26 that would not be compatible with F25. Why do you want to downgrade, maybe we could help if you have a specific issue with F26.

steveebey73742 gravatar imagesteveebey73742 ( 2017-08-23 23:01:55 -0500 )edit

See these two links for the problem:

I have an almost identical Fedora 25 server out there that does not have the issue. And I am in panic mode. This could ruin me financially if I have to refund the customer and not charge him any labour for the server upgrade

toddandmargo gravatar imagetoddandmargo ( 2017-08-23 23:40:31 -0500 )edit

Would this work?

# dnf --releasever 25 downgrade
toddandmargo gravatar imagetoddandmargo ( 2017-08-24 02:23:53 -0500 )edit

i do not think that will work, as others would have already done that. I would suggest backing up /home and reinstalling 25 from live DVD.

steveebey73742 gravatar imagesteveebey73742 ( 2017-08-24 07:42:55 -0500 )edit

In general downgrades do not go well and IMO server side, this is why most people run a long term release such as RHEL, Centos, or Scientific linux rather then Fedora.

bodhi.zazen gravatar imagebodhi.zazen ( 2017-08-24 12:50:45 -0500 )edit

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answered 2017-08-24 07:35:04 -0500

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I don't know about Fedora 26 Server, but it is surly sure as hell, that in Fedora 26 Workstation, there is something constantly crashing. Always. I'm using Fedora 26 Workstation for two months now, coming from the so stable Debian->Ubuntu->LinuxMint->Debian, where there just isn't such a thing, as so many Errors and Crashes of mostly System apps, as in the Fedora 26 Workstation. Probably Fedora Project might had to call it not 26, but "26 Testing"... Sorry to the Developers from the Fedora Community, and those, from RedHat(R), but it's true - constantly something crashes on Fedora 26 Workstation, no matter of the Spin! An OpenSuse Leap is a Stable OS - if, it's about RPM OS...

Yet, after a couple of re-installs, I'm still on Fedora 26 :-) It is playing with my adrenaline... And... I love it :-)

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I got rid of the constant crashing by removing xscreensaver. May that would help you

toddandmargo gravatar imagetoddandmargo ( 2017-08-24 10:30:05 -0500 )edit

Fedora is a little more bleeding edge then most distros but it has not been as unstable as you describe for most people. In general, Debian is more akin to RHEL or Centos then Fedora so if you want stable go with Centos or Scientific. In general, IMO, Fedora has less bugs then recent Ubuntu releases as Fedora has already made most of the changes to things like gnome, wayland, and systemd while Ubuntu has held out and is now transitioning, but you are entitled to your own opinion and of course if you are having problems ....

bodhi.zazen gravatar imagebodhi.zazen ( 2017-08-24 12:55:30 -0500 )edit

I have feet in both Fedora and EL Linux (RHEL, CentOS, Scientific Linux). EL (old-out-of-date) is an anti-Kaisen OF and it drives me up the walls. I find less bugs and more stability in Kaisen Fedora. EL Linux doesn't even run on modern C235 chipset based motherboards and RH will not do a thing about it. They say they do not have access to the hardware, but refused to contact Supermicro which has a program to provide them with the needed hardware.

toddandmargo gravatar imagetoddandmargo ( 2017-08-24 15:13:02 -0500 )edit

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