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[2]: Buggy, buggy
by moleskine on Fri 30th Oct 2009 00:08 UTC in reply to "RE: Buggy, buggy"
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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 form a LiveCD normally takes only 20 minutes or so.

FWIW, that has not been my experience. I've updated Debian from testing to unstable or from stable to testing numerous times with no problems. Recently, I've upgraded SuSE 11.1 to various stages of the 11.2 beta (now RC) without problems too. While I have had times when the process has foobared, this hasn't been for two or three years now and I suspect that distros have generally got better at dealing with big, system-wide upgrades.

I agree that a fresh new install may well be a better option in some circumstances, or may be unavoidable because, for example, you wish to change the filing system. But increasingly, I think it is worth having a go at upgrade in situ, although as always you need to back everything up in case it all goes wrong.

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