Saturday, September 03, 2011

Upgrading to Ubuntu 10.10 "Maverick Meerkat"

Upgrading from Ubuntu 10.04 LTS to 10.10 has a slight snag. There's a bug report related to this. There's a package that's preventing the upgrade from proceeding. Run the upgrade and you'll get something like this.

Update Manager can't resolve the package conflict

To fix this, you'll need to remove a certain package:

~$ sudo apt-get purge xserver-xorg-video-nouveau
~$ sudo apt-get autoremove

Just to be on the save side, I clear out unneeded packages with the autoremove command. Once -nouveau is removed, the upgrade proceeds normally.

Update Manager can see the way to upgrade now
With the road block removed, the upgrade proceeds smoothly like the previous upgrade process. An online upgrade would probably not hit this snag. The Ubuntu developers likely would have updated Update Manager with routines to workaround this little bug.

Ubuntu Software Center makes its debut
In Maverick, we see Ubuntu Software Center for the first time. This is supposed to make it easier for users to find and install software. In it's first incarnation, I have to wonder if that really is the case. Further refinements in Natty makes it better. Hopefully, the version in Oneiric will be even better.

Other recent developments include Ubuntu One and Startup Disk Creator.

Next up: Upgrading to the current stable release, Natty Narwhal