Upgrade from Ubuntu 6.10 to 7.04

Hi folks, yesterday evening I decided to risk the upgrade from Ubuntu 6.10 to 7.04. I was a little suspicious about doing that because I had my current 6.10 polished and tuned and everything worked fine for me so I was anxious loosing some settings or programs.

Carefull as I am I made a complete system backup including the installed packages extracted from aptitude, I will add the script a little later, but the essence of the script is to extract all installed packages using apt-cache command and move them to a file with a timestamp. From there you can call apt-get install for these files automatically, if you have to restore your system after a new installation.

After that I checked if UpdateManager application has the right version as mentioned at the ubuntu page. Afterwards I started up a shell window executing update-manager -d. The download of all new packages took about 1 h 40 min, and the you have to wait additional 1 h until everything is ready. You get some prompts about keeping changed config files, where you have to decide from time to time. The only config file I kept was the apache2.conf file the others I decided to take the new ones.

After rebooting the system everything (tested till now, not complete) worked like before. No problems with my huawei E220 umts card, no sound problems….works fine.

Today I activated the desktop effect goodies preview and I am astonishe how flawless this works on my not top equiped notebook which is fujitus amilo Pro 1,6 Ghz Centrino, 1GB Ram and 64MB of VideoRam.

Congratiulations to the ubuntu developers team, they really produced a flawless upgrade procedure for my needs. My entire reason of upgrading was the long term support of 7.04 which lacks for 6.10.

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3 Antworten auf “Upgrade from Ubuntu 6.10 to 7.04”

  1. If you need some help doing backup scripts or something else, please leave a message here. I use sbackup (comes with ubuntu) for incremental backups and restores and a small script which saves my installation settings.

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