Upgrading to Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic

November 3rd, 2009

I thought this might be useful to someone. No tips, no tricks, just some observations of what happened to me.

I had two machines to upgrade, one a desktop running “ordinary” Jaunty (Gnome) and the other an AspireOne running UNR. The netbook was the priority, so I downloaded the Karmic UNR iso file. This is not an upgrade option, it will only carry out a fresh install. So, although I’d made a full backup, I remembered how much time and grief it took me to get MS Office 2007 running under Wine and CrossOver, and decided against it. Back to the desktop.

The Ubuntu website talks a lot about an upgrade path from 9.04, using the “alternate” iso file. This is fantastically well hidden given how popular it is likely to be, but eventually I found it and got a-downloading. Sure enough, mounting the iso from hd0 as a cdrom drive, it upgraded nicely, with one small problem: for some reason, it stopped recognising the keyboard and mouse during the upgrade process, leaving a power-off as the only option to continue. However, powering back on saw everything in order. Machine 1 – tick.

So, following the same logic, I then mounted the alternate iso as a cdrom on the AspireOne. Smooth as you like, it whizzed through the upgrade faster than the desktop (same processor in both), and was ready to reboot. At this point, the snazzy new UNR interface was not installed, but a simple launch of Update Manager sent us into a Partial Upgrade (network based), which brought everything into line. The only curiosity is that I have lost my Quit icon, meaning a ctrl-alt-del is required when I want to shut down. The good old days! Machine 2 – tick.

Worth it? Very much so. Minimal difficulty in the upgrade process itself, resulting in two machines running much faster than before, and in the case of the AspireOne, looking much better too. I am also tempted to suggest that battery life is better too, although to be honest it is too early to say.

So how do I get my Quit button back?


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The Tweet of the Day for 16th (oh, and 15th) May is replaced by the hashtag #twumpet and the creation thereof by the ever-splendid @glinner

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May 17th, 2009

#middleclassnewmediawankeryinterface Just downloaded the programme for the opera I’m seeing this evening to my iPhone. Oh yeah.

Chris Addison

(the hashtag makes it!)

14 May 2009

May 15th, 2009

Was on Petacchi’s wheel 600 to go & we came out the last bend, he sat up leaving a big gap!ok was only for 2nd but still not cool!

Robbie Hunter

13 May 2009

May 14th, 2009

Sorry, a plug: have just established easyMoatClean and easyChandelierHang budget companies for newly impecunious Tory MPs. Tweet for rates.

Chris Addison

12 May 2009

May 13th, 2009

At lunch & the table next to mine had amazing looking scampi. So I asked the waiter to steal me one. They didn’t even notice. That’s service

Jimmy Carr

11 May 2009

May 12th, 2009

How cool is this?


Johan Bruyneel

8 May 2009

May 11th, 2009

Wow! Just passed this wall and there was this huge egg sat on it. Looked very unstable. Gave me an idea for a song.

David Schneider

9 May 2009

May 11th, 2009

Top 3 inventions ever: Food, Women, those little metal shields you put over plugholes to stop gunk going down your drain

David Schneider

10 May 2009

May 11th, 2009

AGH! I can’t open this pack of aromatherapy candles! Open! OPEN!!!! GAHHH!!!!

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