Im comming to Fedora from MX Linux and I wonder if it’s a good idea to preserve /home (ext4 formatted) given that MX linux and fedora are so different, i.e. different DE, different init-system, etc.?
While preserving /home seems like the easiest solution up front, my worry is that preserving my /home will “carry over” a lot of “garbage” dot-files, etc. from MX Linux which in the best case isn’t needed/used by fedora and in the worst case can interfere with the fedora/gnome configuration?
I tend to keep all my application configs when I re-install/upgrade. A lot of these are dotfiles in ~/, but now a lot are also moving to ~/.config/. I tend not to keep the gnome settings around if it’s a major gnome version update since they’re not all backwards compatible.
Of course, the other way to look at this is to backup what you want to save, including dot files and directories, then do a fresh install. If you have the storage space you could even make a BTRFS partition and subvolume to back up what you want/need then install fresh and new copying backuped data into new home. I’ve done it successfully, usually with the need to relabel files for selinux after so my new user could claim ownership.
I do have backups and I have actually been considering to create another partition for user files/directories like docs and pics and then symlink those back to home. I think this will make it much easier to re-install or change distro in the future.
I’m not sure I’m ready to jump on the btrfs wagon yet, I’m still in the process of getting used to openzfs (on a server).