Here we go.
Pop in the Intrepid install CD and Hardy offers to run the upgrade or start the package manager. This pop up dialog really should be present in every release since Hoary but for some reason it doesn't show up in certain releases.
|Running the distribution upgrade|
In fact, this is the first straightforward upgrade in a long time. It's also a first for this method of upgrading since early releases of Ubuntu used more traditional methods like Synaptic, or apt-get. Early versions of Update Manager wasn't this advanced.
It's just a matter of waiting for the upgrade to complete. Some configuration files need replacing that the upgrade process will need user confirmation before it can continue, but it's all automated otherwise. Can't get more boring than that.
The only annoyance would be the Firefox icon on the top panel, but that appeared in Hardy and not Intrepid. Even System Monitor got fixed and no longer has that strange display glitch.
|Firefox 3.6 on Intrepid|
Once it's done, reboot and enjoy the new Intrepid desktop.
Next: Upgrading to Jaunty.