Almost flawless upgrade from Hardy Heron (8.04) to Intrepid Ibex (8.10). Only
python-setuptools needed manual attention. Other than that: I love it!
Although Intrepid Ibex has been released quite a while ago, and the new release is only a few months away, I finally decided to upgrade. A colleague reported problems with his Nvidia chipset last year and he downgraded to Hardy again. Since I have setup my X so I can use my laptop with an extra monitor, I was afraid I’d also run into problems. A dying hard disk gave me the last push to finally upgrade.
(The hard drive in my laptop made a high pitched noise indicating a
problem with the ball bearings. To replace it, I created an image with
ddrescue to a USB drive, which worked great! After restoring it I
decided this was the right moment to also test whether the upgrade of
Ubuntu would work. If anything would go wrong, restoring the image
again would be a breeze.)
All in all the upgrade went pretty smooth. There was just a small
problem with upgrading the
python-setuptools package. It probably
went wrong because I
upgraded it manually a while ago. Uninstalling the package (
apt-get remove python-setuptools) and reinstalling it again (yep:
apt-get install python-setuptools) solved it. Okay, I also had to install two
additional packages which were removed since they depended on
python-setuptools, but that was it.
Since I haven’t done any actual work with this upgraded version, I cannot confirm everything works exactly as it used to. But I am confident I won’t be disappointed. Two things I noted and am very enthusiastic about:
- Suspending the system finally works! This will make working while travelling a lot easier.
- The new
nvidia-settingsutility makes it possible to apply changed settings immediately without having to log out and in again.
Especially the last will help me improve my daily routine! Now I can more easily disconnect the extra monitor I use at the office and take my laptop to e.g the desk of a colleague to pair program without losing the panels and half of my windows or logging out of X. Need to show something on a beamer? No problem, I can connect it and a couple of quick clicks later it just works.
Thanks Ubuntu community and Canonical!