I have Ubuntu 12.04 LTS. I am considering upgrading to Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. I already read a similar post about it: Is it necessary to upgrade to 14.04 LTS or can I stand in 12.04 LTS forever with no problem?
However, the answers in that post do not say if applications need to be reinstalled after upgrading.
In particular, I am about to install Matlab R2016a on Ubuntu, for the first time. If I wait until next year to upgrade to Ubuntu 14.04, will I need to reinstall Matlab at that point, when I upgrade?
Because if I do, then I should upgrade now, before I install Matlab and put one year of setups and adjustments on it, which I will lose if I have to reinstall it when I upgrade to 14.04.
If I don't, I'd rather wait one more year to upgrade until 12.04 will run out of support in April 2017, so I will get the newest possible LTS version of Ubuntu.
Since I am using Ubuntu on a MacBook Pro (using a firmware called re-fit) I had to install and configure a driver called MTRACK which makes Ubuntu 12.04 responsive to the touchpad of the MacBook Pro laptop in a humanly possible way (it took me quite some time to do it).
[These are links about MTRACK: http://bryansiegel.com/2013/05/fix-the-crappy-touchpad-behavior-when-using-ubuntu-13-04-on-a-macbook-pro/ https://github.com/BlueDragonX/xf86-input-mtrack/blob/master/README.md]
So again: if I upgrade to Ubuntu 14.04, will the MTRACK installation and settings be preserved or will I need to reinstall MTRACK after upgrading from Ubuntu 12.04 LTS to Ubuntu 14.04 LTS?