Kudos to Ubuntu for a great upgrade experience!

Ubuntu upgrade dialogI know I’ve been writing about Ubuntu for a while now, but the truth is I’m still pretty new to Linux. I’ve only been using it for a year now, and with Linux’s uneven learning curve (by which I mean that it’s very easy to get to a novice/intermediate level and it gets steeper from there), I’m really not an expert.

One of the things I’d not done before was upgrade from one version to the next. Under Windows, upgrading is such a recipe for disaster that I chose to do fresh installs of Ubuntu when I moved from 8.04 to 8.10. But as it turns out, upgrading is another thing that works really well under Ubuntu.

In fact, you can even work during most of the process. My network connection was interrupted once during the upgrade, which itself took an hour and a half. Most of my settings were retained and it all went without a single glitch. On both my Ubuntu machines. So kudos to the Ubuntu developers (and all other Linux developers I guess for a great underlying architecture).


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  2. Hi Roy,
    Do I have to upgrade from 8.04 to 8.10 before I move to 9.04 or is a direct upgrade possible? Are there really no problems with the settings or installed applications etc? And last question: how did you start over the upgrade?

    Comment by Connix — April 29, 2009 @ 10:18 pm

    • @Connix: I don’t know. I’m still new to upgrading. Does 8.04’s upgrade manager offer an upgrade to either 8.10 or 9.04?

      Comment by Roy — May 1, 2009 @ 1:41 pm

  3. You have to upgrade one by one. When I too my brothers from Kubuntu Hardy to Jaunty, I had to go via Intrepid. It’s not a big deal, it just takes a little longer.

    Comment by Stephan Sokolow — May 8, 2009 @ 6:34 am