Monday, November 3, 2008

Upgrading to Ubuntu 8.10 The Intrepid Ibex

Last week Ubuntu 8.10, aka The Intrepid Ibex, was released.

Time to updgrade :-) First in my laptop.

I will be the using the 64 bit alternate cd to upgrade. This means that the upgrade will have a cd image as his source, and not the Internet. This way it's much faster.


Before you start
  • Check for updates using Update Manager
  • Backup your data
  • Check the Release Notes
  • Download Ubuntu (I recommend using Torrents)
  • Check the file hash (example: md5sum ubuntu-8.10-alternate-amd64.iso)
  • Be sure to upgrade from Ubuntu 8.04.
  • Use Gmount-iso to mount the iso file. This way cd could be mounted without having to burn a cd.
In the Terminal, go to the cd mount point (example: /media/cdrom) and type:
$ gksu "sh /cdrom/cdromupgrade"
And now we wait...

During the upgrade there may be some questions about replacing some configuration files. I replaced them all with the new versions.

After restarting and reactivating my Software Sources there were more updates to do. This is because Ubuntu deactivates other software sources and because I made the upgrade from the alternate cd.



Issues
  • Non-Issue 1: It really seams faster :-)
  • Non-Issue 2: Install OpenOffice 3.0 by adding the following to your Software Sources (System > Administration > Software Sources) and do a normal Update
deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/openoffice-pkgs/ubuntu intrepid main
deb-src http://ppa.launchpad.net/openoffice-pkgs/ubuntu intrepid main
  • Issue 1: I was missing some software I wanted to get back
    • gVim
    • gnuCash
    • Mail Notification
    • LAMP Server (check the link for details)
  • Issue 2: Reactivate Software Sources (System > Administration > Software Sources) updating them to Intrepid.
  • Issue 3: Add to re-install EnvyNG-Qt and enable the ATI driver
$ sudo apt-get install envyng-qt
  • Issue 4: Scrolling in Firefox was extremely slow. I reinstalled the ATI driver and it's fixed now.
$ sudo apt-get remove --purge fglrx*
$ sudo apt-get remove --purge xserver-xorg-video-ati xserver-xorg-video-radeon
$ sudo apt-get install xserver-xorg-video-ati
$ sudo dpkg-reconfigure -phigh xserver-xorg
$ sudo dpkg-reconfigure -phigh xserver-xorg
  • Issue 5: The SC Card Reader only works if the card is in the slot at boot up time.