Saturday, April 28, 2007

Upgrading to Feisty

With all the media coverage Ubuntu Feisty is getting in slashdot, digg and others, I started thinking about doing the upgrade myself. I was just thinking how great it would be if there was just a simple button to click when I got the usual desktop notification from the Update Manager. And guess what? It had a button to upgrade to Feisty! So I clicked it.

What I loved about the upgrade:
  1. The button!
  2. The warnings about low disk space at the start, and not 20 minutes into the installation
  3. The download speed (it took about 25 minutes to download... I didn't know my ISP could do 900kb/s!)
  4. After the upgrade, stuff that wasn't working on my box started working again (Picasa)
What I didn't like so much:
  1. The warning about the disk space tells you how much space you need to free up, not how much space you need free (who reads the fine print anyway?)
  2. There are dialog boxes in the middle of the installation. It was late at night when I started the installation, and the estimated time was 45 minutes, so I went to sleep. When I woke up there was a question waiting for me and 40 more minutes of installation time.
  3. My NVidia graphics adapter wasn't working after the upgrade. And installing it with apt-get didn't work either. I had to get the drivers from the NVidia web site, not an easy task when all you have is a text console and w3m.
But all in all everything went fine and I've been using my brand new Ubuntu release since morning. If you're using Ubuntu, click the button!

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