Ubuntu: Upgrading to Edgy Eft

I’m upgrading my Ubuntu box at home from Dapper Drake to Edgy Eft. The process thus far has been long and not without its hitches. The install has stopped a few times to ask me about config files and it died twice – once when a package download timed out and another time when it refused to install freebirth until I manually installed freebirth-data. At this point, I have the new lighter GNOME desktop background and I have Firefox 2.0, which seems a bit snappier to me. I also seem to have some new apps in my menu like F-Spot Photo Manager, though it errors out when I launch it (no big deal – it probably has other dependencies which are not yet installed). I’m looking forward to trying out the new system when it’s done installing and I’m hoping that this upgrade didn’t break my X11 or otherwise jack my box.

3 thoughts on “Ubuntu: Upgrading to Edgy Eft

  1. I’ve had good luck with the upgrade on a few machines now, though I’ve read warnings to remove xgl/compiz packages before starting the upgrade.

    F-spot, by the way, is one of the coolest additions. It does what Aperture does, and is reasonably fast. I imported 15k photos in under a few minutes, and was able to roam around them very quickly.

    You should also check out the updates to Evolution: it has a new wide-screen layout mode that’s quite handy if you have a wide aspect screen.

  2. Bad luck for me. Two old but different machines upgraded and no X starting on either. The solution on both was to install X which for some reason was not there

    apt-get install xserver-xorg

  3. I had lots of trouble with my upgrade. The installation crashed before it was finished & it broke X11. I ended up having to do a dist-upgrade in single user mode to complete the upgrade. Coincidentally my boot drive died about the same time. Thankfully /home is on a separate pair of drives set up as software RAID, so I didn’t lose anything, plus I had a spare drive to replace the dead one. I ended up doing a clean install & got rid of all the cruft that accumulated on that system.

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