I have done 2 distribution upgrades in the past and each time I ended up with grave problems after that, so I decided not to do any automatic upgrades.
However, I do want the newest distribution, since I start to notice my packages being outdated. (Most notably wine)
My plan is to reinstall (X)Ubuntu on the newest version and I've gathered some information on how to that. Since doing this is critical and anything going wrong could end up in a lot of time spent fixing it (and potential loss of data), I want to make sure I didn't miss anything.
Here are my assumptions:
I have /home on a separate partition. Anything on there is safe and reinstalling Ubuntu should not affect anything on there. (Except for some dependencies maybe, they should be easy to reinstall if need be)
I have a separate /boot partition. My boot loader can stay the way it is and does not need to be reinstalled. However, I might need to update the configs of GRUB.
I can save and restore all installed packages with these scripts: http://askubuntu.com/a/99151 (I am only talking about the first two presented there)
After reinstalling and restoring my package list, the package manager will still know which packages were installed by hand and which were installed as dependency. (I think I am wrong here)
After reinstalling and restoring my package list, my system will be almost the same as before. What I am losing is any configuration in /etc (Restoring that from a backup of an old version doesn't sound like fun, I can do with reconfiguring anything I changed) and any programs I installed that didn't register themselves with dpkg. (I actually want that)
What I want to know now, is whether any of my assumptions are wrong or if I missed anything. Also, what happens if some of the packages I have installed are not available in the newer distribution?
Another thing: Which kind of Ubuntu should I install for this? (I'm thinking about the server version, since that seems to be the most light-weight kind)
I hope you can help me with this problem.