Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Upgrading Breezy to Dapper

Unlike with Hoary, Breezy doesn't offer an upgrade when I popped in the Dapper install disc. At least it still offers to start the package manager. Since Update Manager is the recommended method for upgrading Ubuntu, that's the way I'll attempt the upgrade to Dapper.

Ubuntu's Update Manager
Unfortunately, Update Manager itself is suggesting I use Synaptic's Smart Upgrade or even a dist-upgrade from terminal instead. It's pretty normal for relatively new features to have problems and fallback on the older method. New stuff usually takes a few releases before the get properly ironed out. So, it's back to Synaptic then.

Update in progress with Synaptic
Possibly due to the growing number (or, size) of packages that come with Ubuntu, the upgrade is taking longer than the 15 minutes seen in the previous two upgrades. In fact, it took nearly twice the time to complete.

The upgrade process now is smart enough to pop up a window when it needs user input instead of requiring the user figure out that they need to open the terminal view and provide input.

Firefox 1.5 in Ubuntu 6.06 LTS "Dapper Drake"
Dapper is also the first Ubuntu LTS release and features Ubiquity for the first time. The LiveCD allows you to install now but upgrades still need the install disc. From this point forth, it's been renamed to Ubuntu alternate CD while the LiveCD is now the desktop CD.

Next up: The upgrade to Ubuntu 6.10 "Edgy Eft".