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I have the same situation with this one.

But I am planning to install LUbuntu 10.10 via USB on my netbook after the release. I have only one partition (and don't have any plans yet to create another partition). Is it possible to keep the /home folder while installing aside from backing it up to an external drive and do a clean install?

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It's entirely possible to do just that. Simply run the installer, and when you get to the partitioning options, go for manual partitioning, and mark your single partition as root (/) BUT DO NOT FORMAT IT.

Proceed from here as normal and the installer will simply overwrite the existing system files, and anything else that isn't a system file (such as the contents of your home directory) will be ignored. I've done it myself, though I was reinstalling my Ubuntu 10.04 installation, rather than moving to a separate distro, but I can't see there being any problem with that.

Good luck.

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Any risk of problems with ecryptfs-encrypted $HOME during this procedure? Or not, because all the files ecryptfs need are in my $HOME? – Strapakowsky Sep 16 '11 at 4:10
If you keep all your credentials the same i.e. username, password and hostname, since those are the three variables used to encrypt/decrypt your home directory, then it should be fine. – Chris Wilson Sep 16 '11 at 8:12

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