Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 29th Oct 2009 15:39 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu We're a little late, but Real Life got in the way, so here we finally are. Canonical, the commercial sponsor of Ubuntu, announced today that Ubuntu 9.10 Desktop Edition has been released. This version focusses on improvements in cloud computing on the server using Eucalyptus, further improvements in boot speed, as well as development on Netbook Remix. The related KDE, Xfce, and other variants have been released as well. Update by ELQ: Just a quick note to say that one of my Creative Commons videos was selected to be part of Ubuntu's Free Culture Showcase package that comes by default with the new Ubuntu version!
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RE: Buggy, buggy
by lemur2 on Thu 29th Oct 2009 23:58 UTC in reply to "Buggy, buggy"
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I just upgraded (it took 6 hours) When I rebooted and logged in I got a crash that totally reminded me of a crashed TRS-80 Colour Computer - low-res characters of random colour filled the screen. After pressing the power button to restart, it booted - this time fine, but no sound. It can't find either the built in sound or PCI sound card. I think this thing needs more testing.

Upgrading any OS at all rarely works well.

The recommendation for Linux distributions is to make separate partitions for / (root), /home and swap. When it comes to a new distribution to try, or an upgrade to your existing distribution, then install the new OS with re-format to the root partition (/), and use but do NOT re-format the /home partition.

Sweet. Works every time, no problems normally. Installing a Linux distribution to a freshly-formatted / partition from a LiveCD normally takes only 20 minutes or so.

If you haven't done this separate partitions arrangement, then you can still recover the situation. Using a LiveCD, save everything existing under /home to another backup disk, wipe the first disk and re-partition it to have separate /, /home and swap partitions, restore the contents of /home from the other backup disk, then re-install the new OS to /. After re-boot, re-create your users with the same usernames as before, and accept the existing home directories for them.

If the new OS doesn't work for whatever reason, then just get the previous version Live CD and revert to that. It will take another 20 minutes, but you have lost nothing but less than one hour of your time.

Edited 2009-10-30 00:10 UTC

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