Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 23rd Sep 2007 13:43 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu Just like Eugenia yesterday, I also upgraded my laptop's Ubuntu Feisty installation to Gutsy a few days ago. The upgrade process went completely awry, though, so I was forced to do a fresh install. Not a bad thing, as it gave me the opportunity to take a look at Ubuntu's soon-to-be-released Gutsy Gibbon with GNOME 2.20
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Fresh install == good?!
by arooaroo on Sun 23rd Sep 2007 16:48 UTC
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Member since:
2005-07-06

Isn't it interesting how when Ubuntu's upgrade option goes "awry" it wasn't such a "bad thing"? If this were a Windows or Mac review it would have got a slating.

Whilst it's nice to have silver linings, a buggy upgrade installation will not help us towards the year of Linux of desktop, so please remember to be objective when required (and if necessary, critical) - just because it's a Linux distribution doesn't mean expectations should be lowered. Of course, in many other aspects of the distro, it looks like things are really coming on ;)

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RE: Fresh install == good?!
by Thom_Holwerda on Sun 23rd Sep 2007 16:52 in reply to "Fresh install == good?!"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

Isn't it interesting how when Ubuntu's upgrade option goes "awry" it wasn't such a "bad thing"? If this were a Windows or Mac review it would have got a slating.


You misunderstood me. I am not saying the messed up upgrade is good - I'm saying that the fact that I can now do a fresh install is good. That is something completely different. A fresh install is much better from a reviewer's perspective, as it creates a much more objective environment.

Edited 2007-09-23 16:53 UTC

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RE: Fresh install == good?!
by kadymae on Sun 23rd Sep 2007 16:57 in reply to "Fresh install == good?!"
kadymae Member since:
2005-08-02

The one time I tried a dist-upgrade, I corruped my system so massively (like ls and pwd wouldn't find all the files I could see in nautilus) that I was forced to wipe the drive and install Xubuntu 6.06 from scratch.

IIRC Ubuntu actually reccomended that people not do the dist upgrade to get from 6.06 to 6.11, there were so many corrupted installs.

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RE[2]: Fresh install == good?!
by netpython on Sun 23rd Sep 2007 17:15 in reply to "RE: Fresh install == good?!"
netpython Member since:
2005-07-06

What does this say about the upcomming Gutsy Gibbon release?

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RE: Fresh install == good?!
by porcel on Sun 23rd Sep 2007 21:31 in reply to "Fresh install == good?!"
porcel Member since:
2006-01-28

Most people with a clue put /home in its own partition so that you keep all your data and configuration and can have the luxury of doing a fresh install with the assurance that all your settings and files are preserved across installations.

Edited 2007-09-23 21:46

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RE[2]: Fresh install == good?!
by apoclypse on Sun 23rd Sep 2007 21:55 in reply to "RE: Fresh install == good?!"
apoclypse Member since:
2007-02-17

Most people, in this case don't include your average user, or your average distro maker because the default is not to put them in their own partition but to put them all on one partition. Most users just run through the defaults. You can't really blame them for that.

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RE: Fresh install == good?!
by Almindor on Mon 24th Sep 2007 07:58 in reply to "Fresh install == good?!"
Almindor Member since:
2006-01-16

You obviously didn't get it.

1. It was the author's fault, he didn't follow instructions for upgrading and payed the price. If you did something stupid like that on windows you'd end up with broken windows as well. If anything, Thom deserves a beating for FUD spreading.

2. This is a BETA. When Vista BETA had bugs people didn't cry sh*t about it either.

So, next time, please do your research.

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