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Upgrading to Ubuntu 9.10

Upgrading to Ubuntu 9.10

Well it turned out I had some free time on October 31st. I decided to use Update Manger (as I’ve done in the past) to migrate from 9.04 to 9.10.  Well that was a mistake.  First off, it took forever since everyone was upgrading at the same time.  I was not too happy about that, but it was my fault.

After the wonderful process was complete, I noticed several things that didn’t work:

  • Sound card was non-existent (never had that problem with any Linux distro)
  • Ubuntu would not start in the new Linux 2.6.31 kernel
  • Boot time was almost 90 seconds (I thought it was suppose to be faster)

Needless to say I was disappointed.  Although I had a backup image of my home partition, I figured it was time to back it up into a new folder and wipe the / partition and rebuild from scratch.  So November 1st at 12:00PM after the backup completed, I booted off the Ubuntu CD I downloaded using Vuze.  Within about 30 minutes or so, I wasn’t watching the clock too closely, I was able to get a fresh install of Ubuntu 9.10 up and running.

Much better!!  Everything worked as it should this time.  And the nice thing, I alny had to install a few things to get all the multimedia up and running.  I can play MP3s, my videos I saved from YouTube, watching the Mac commericals on the Apple web site, and watched movie trailers on Quicktime’s web site (2 good ways to verify Quicktime is working.)

I used the Application Software Center to install Filezilla, Thunderbird, and a few other applications.  All my e-mail was present and connected to my 2 accounts with almost no problems.  I had to remove Lightning and Gmail Calendar and then install them from the Application Center.  Now I have access to my Google Calendar.

Last night I installed Picasa some Microsoft Core fonts, Stellarium, and dvdrip.  I didn’t have time to try them out, but I’m sure they’ll work just fine. I also installed bootchart, and my boot time is longer than the previous OS version.  The PC now takes 64 seconds to boot, what happened to boot times becoming faster?

Do I plan on updating my Ubuntu 9.04 PC at work?  No.  I heard but still need to confirm, there are issues with Samba server with Windows 7 clients.  I have 2 Windows 7 clients that connect to my Ubuntu PC’s share for PST and document storage.  Plus, since the Update Manager process was a bad experience, I would prefer to rebuild from scratch.  But then that means I have to redo the Samba server, ensure I get everything setup correctly, install ssh server, install NX again, and all the other stuff I customised.  I think I will wait for the next LTS.


Here is the latest bootchart from my PC.  69 seconds.


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