Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Upgrading Hoary to Breezy

The upgrade from Warty to Hoary was a quick 15 minute affair. Upgrading to Breezy is just as quick and easy. This time though Ubuntu asked if I wanted to upgrade, start the package manager, or just ignore the CD. The average user with little to no experience but wanting to upgrade would probably choose the upgrade option, so that's what I did.

Upgrade in progress

This time though the upgrade stops and waits for user input. Unfortunately, you'll need to expand the terminal view yourself. If not, you'll probably wait a long time wondering what's keeping the upgrade from finishing. Just a simple pressing of Enter will do. The rest of the process goes smoothly.

Firefox in Breezy with font issues

We see our first problem here. Despite the upgrade proceeding seemingly without error, Firefox in Breezy just shows up without any visible fonts. To fix it, I fired up the terminal and ran the following command:

~$ sudo apt-get install ubuntu-desktop

It seems quite a significant number of packages weren't installed during the upgrade process. After everything installed Firefox went back to normal. Update Manager alerted me to an update for yelp so I installed that too, just in case.

It's not too big a trouble to fix, but inexperienced users probably won't have a clue how to try and fix things. Even I only tried installing ubuntu-desktop out of a wild guess. Thankfully, those days are far behind us. The upgrade process nowadays is much more robust than it was back then.

Next: Upgrading to Dapper