Fourth Floor Studio

October 2, 2006

Ubuntu Breezy to Dapper upgrade

Filed under: administration — chris @ 9:00 pm

Linux (debian in particular) has finally arrived, in my estimation, at a user-friendly upgrade solution. I upgraded two non-standard machines (a dual-64bit processor server, and an IBM thinkpad) from Ubuntu breezy to dapper in the past 24 hours, and there were no glitches. Not a one. All I had to do was use the upgrade manager, and things magically happened.

The mind boggles when I remember the first time I tried to install Debian Potato circa five years ago. And all because those nice folks at Ubuntu packaged Debian up a little tighter…



  1. Don’t be surprised if problems appear down the line. They may not be serious, or even noticeable, but the upgrade process does tend to remove a few key files that you don’t always immediately notice. Things like USB sticks no longer automounting or Flash sound disappearing are commonly reported. Of course Ubuntu is so good that these may have been ironed out in the few months since I did upgrades.

    Ubuntu wipes the floor with Debian IMHO, which is amazing when you consider that really it is Debian, more or less – as you say, just better packaged. I don’t think anyone can now say that installation difficulty is a reason to reject Linux for less optimal OSs.

    Comment by nsaunders — October 2, 2006 @ 10:52 pm

  2. Damn those spam filters – this was blocked for a few days. Sorry.

    I’ve noticed that flash sound has disappeared – never got into YouTube, but it’s still annoying. Other things seem to be working as normal so far.

    I am constantly baffled by the amount of money wasted on (bad) OSs. The hospital I work in has >4000 boxes: factoring in proprietary OS, office suite, and a couple of other bits and pieces, that’s the best part of $1000 per box. Most support people are nix-heads anyway, so switching over would be easy.

    I just don’t understand why people like throwing money away…

    Comment by chris — October 10, 2006 @ 10:56 pm

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