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.