How to upgrade Ubuntu

upgrading ubuntu

I hit the Upgrade button and I presume it’s doing it’s thing. The Ubuntu 8.04 ‘Hardy Heron’ Release Notes have just popped up so it’s time to click the “Upgrade” button again. Tom has some great tips for post install configuration.

I’ll be happy if SDLMame, mplayer, UAE and Vice continue to work as normal after the upgrade. Finger’s crossed. It’s getting easier and easier to upgrade Linux distros these days!

Update! Ubuntu Hardy is now installed and it appears to be working fine. There was a problem with SDLMame unfortunately. This dialog appeared at the end of the upgrade:

ubuntu upgrade problem

I didn’t think that would be a problem to fix but then the same dialog appeared saying the “update-manager” had failed to upgrade! Oh no! Anyway, I clicked Close, thinking it was related to the SDLMame problem and then this shocker appeared:

could not upgrade!

Ah crap! It took over a day of downloading packages to get this far. Sheesh. I closed that dialog and then, nothing. The update manager closed too and I was left looking at a blank desktop. Thinking I had nothing to lose, I rebooted and to my joy up popped Ubuntu Hardy!

I reinstalled SDLMame which fixed the problems with that. Everything else works ok and I’m just wondering if I’m missing anything because the upgrade aborted? Who knows. It works. I’m happy.

Author: Donncha

Donncha Ó Caoimh is a software developer at Automattic and WordPress plugin developer. He posts photos at In Photos and can also be found on Google+ and Twitter.

8 thoughts on “How to upgrade Ubuntu”

  1. I hope it went better for you than it did me.

    You’d think that I’d learn; this is at least the 4th release in a row that I’ve tried to upgrade — resulting in a mess than I’m going to have to do a fresh install to clean up.

    I’ve been jokingly referring to it as “Hardly,” because “hardly anything works.”

    Overall, Ubuntu has been the least-sucky portion of my 10+ years with linux, but I really wish this stuff would be seamlesser. Gentoo was amazingly seamless, but I can’t put up with watching it compile everything from source every time.


  2. Jen – I’m still download packages so I don’t know how well it’ll work.

    Previous releases did upgrade ok though so I have high hopes for this one!

  3. I still use Swiftfox based on Firefox 2 and I noticed today that sound would work either in the browser or in “any other application”. Not both.

    I remember having that problem before and lo and behold, I’m not the only one. Here’s the solution. Force Firefox to use aoss by editing /etc/firefox/firefoxrc

    I may need to edit the config file in /etc/firefox-3.0/ too of course.

    Weird, just noticed I need to press ALT-TAB twice to move windows. The first press brings up the window selector but does not move focus. That’s annoying.

  4. 2 Donncha: did you find a way to get rid of this annoying behavior of having to press Alt-tab twice? It is driving me nuts! Thank you in advance!

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