Let's find out.
Ideally, I should be doing this experiment on real hardware. But seeing as how it's easier to document by running in a virtual machine and I'd like to minimise my own down time, I'll be using VirtualBox throughout this little experiment. Being able to snapshot the VM also helps if anything goes wrong. I can just roll back to the latest successful upgrade point.
Here's the essential specifications of the Ubuntu VM:
- Dual core 2.6GHz AMD Athlon X4 620
- 20GB P-ATA hard disk
- 512MB RAM
- Ubuntu 32-bit version
Everything else was left at default. My processor is a quad core of which I'll be assigning 2 cores for this experiment. Also, a driver in the ATA drivers back then caused earlier versions of Ubuntu to not detect the CD-ROM drive during the hardware detection phase so I'll be setting the S-ATA hard disk to a P-ATA hard disk to work around that.
Back then 64-bit builds weren't recommended unless you're an expert. Even now the 32-bit build is the default download option on Ubuntu's website although the 64-bit version is rather reliable. So, I'll run the experiment with the 32-bit builds.
|The Warty install CD boot splash|
|First part of installation done|
|Choosing you timezone|
|Firefox 0.9.3 and the Ubuntu login side-by-side shot|