Saturday, June 17, 2006

Up and Running

And we're back. The upgrade went very well. It took about four hours on the clock, maybe 90 minutes +/- 30 of actual downloading and reconfiguring. The discrepancy occurred because Ubuntu thoughtfully paused when it encountered configuration files that I had changed, waiting for me to tell it that it was OK (or not) to replace them. I was out mowing the lawn the first time this happened, and washing off the second time. Hence the longer download time.

A lot of information is downloaded. If you don't have at least DSL, you might as well order a new CD, because you won't live long enough to download everything.

As far as I can tell, only one major package wasn't properly uploaded. That was xscreensaver. However, it did appear in the Synaptic update manager, and it's running now.

I haven't talked a whole lot about the Ubuntu experience. In most part, that's because it hasn't been necessary. Under Fedora Core, I had to get the source and compile a lot of programs. Ubuntu doesn't seem to have that problem, (if it is a problem). Most things I've wanted are already compiled.

Now, one of the things I enjoy about a computer is the ability to tweak it, so I kind of miss the search/download/configure/compile/install process. But not too much. After all, it's not like I don't have other computer projects that can be tweaked.

So for now, at least, I'll stick with Ubuntu. I probably won't keep at 6.06 for it's entire five year life cycle, but I'll stick around for the next upgrade.