The upgrade went well for the most part. After the packages were downloaded, the system was suppose to install the upgrades. I waited for an hour, but nothing happened. Time to reboot and try again. This time the upgrade worked correctly. The total time to upgrade my PC was 2 hours 10 minutes. My PC is over 7 years old; it is a Dell Dimension 8200 P4 1.8 GHz with 768 MB RAM, NVIDIA GForce 2 MX 400 64MB video card, and 80 GB ATA 7200 RPM HDD.
According to bootchart, my system boots within 33 seconds. However, conky has me up and running in exactly 1 minute ready at my Desktop. The upgrade also resolved a video driver issue I had playing movies and seeing the menu bar in OpenOffice. I still cannot enable the cool 3-D effects, but I guess you can’t have everything.
I will order the Ubuntu 9.04 CD as soon as I can and then most likely do a complete reinstall. After all, this system started as Ubuntu 8.04, ugraded to 8.10, and now is 9.04 RC.