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Ever since ubuntu provides 'upgrade' installation path (since 10.04 if I'm not mistaken), I took it and hoping that my installed packaged will be kept intact or automatically upgraded. But apparently that's not what was happen.

All my installed apps are wiped out and I have to install everything from beginning. Easy for ubuntu or partner provided packages but quite a pain for 3rd party packages.

Was I missing a step during the installation procedure? Or is there another way to keep my installed packages across dist upgrades?

Thanks.

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IIRC 3rd party PPAs are disabled during Upgrades and if their packages conflict with the new ones they will be removed. –  Uri Herrera Nov 13 '11 at 18:29
    
How did you upgrade, exactly? –  Eliah Kagan Nov 13 '11 at 19:43
    
The download image > create bootable media > boot > choose upgrade way. Not the 'Update Manager' > 'Upgrade' way if that's what you mean. –  bluearth Nov 19 '11 at 18:06

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IIRC 3rd party PPAs are disabled during Upgrades and if their packages conflict with the new ones they will be removed. – Uri Herrera Nov 13 '11 at 18:29

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