[kwlug-disc] The least hassle upgrade in years ...

Raul Suarez rarsa at yahoo.com
Mon May 17 11:12:06 EDT 2010

I have an old computer that I keep on LTS I upgraded from 8.04 - 10.04 and it went quite well.
The only issue was with the flashplugin-nonfree. It complained and stopped the upgrade before the cleanup.

I had to manually remove it (Delete the package files and purge it) and continue with the clean up manually.
Another thing is: I use LXDE on that computer, but the lxde repositories under ppa.launchpad stopped two versions ago, now it is under the lubuntu-desktop repository.
I'm still working on the clean up to ensure that it updates OK from now on.
But I can say that the upgrade went smooth for being between LTS versions.
I am now helping my dad remotely to upgrade from 9.10 to 10.04 on his old laptop. I'll report back.
Raul Suarez

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--- On Sun, 5/16/10, Khalid Baheyeldin <kb at 2bits.com> wrote:

From: Khalid Baheyeldin <kb at 2bits.com>
Subject: [kwlug-disc] The least hassle upgrade in years ...
To: "KWLUG discussion" <kwlug-disc at kwlug.org>
Received: Sunday, May 16, 2010, 11:26 PM

Just finished upgrading the last laptop in the house from Kubuntu 9.10 to 10.04.
Score: 4 laptops, one desktop. 

I have to say that this was the least hassle on upgrading for quite a few years.
Hardware that did not work before and required a lot of manual steps now 

works fine. This includes a pesky Broadcom wireless on a Dell, certain sound
on a Toshiba, an Intel 5100 wirelss on another Toshiba, and an Intel display
on yet another Toshiba that was working as VESA until today!

The upgrade did not break anything, it actually fixed the above list.

Because KDE NetworkManager has proven to be problematic, I have been
used the little gem that is Wicd. Remember to remove KDE network manager

and its dependencies and Wicd will work.

A small workaround was made in order for Wicd to be able to run a script for
one one access point (to mount NFS shares), but that is about it.

I am happy with Kubuntu 10.04. Job well done from Canonical.

And with 10.04 being an LTS, I am most likely going to skip the next release
or two.

Only the server remains on 8.04, and that is because of PHP 5.3 which has 
issues with some contributed Drupal module (pass by reference). Someone

backported PHP 5.2, but I will hold off on all that for now. I am not inclined to
mix and match repositories with all the issues that could cause.
Khalid M. Baheyeldin
2bits.com, Inc.

Drupal optimization, development, customization and consulting.
Simplicity is prerequisite for reliability. --  Edsger W.Dijkstra
Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. --   Leonardo da Vinci

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