Saturday, June 17, 2006

Updating to Dapper Drake

Well, Ubuntu's new release, 6.06 LTS, aka "Dapper Drake," has been out for a couple of weeks and I haven't heard anything bad about it, so it's time to upgrade.

(BTW, "LTS" means "Long Term Support," meaning that this distribution is supposed to have security upgrades, at least for servers, for the next five years. Not important to someone who's used to Fedora Core's 6-9 month update schedule, but it's of interest to IT professionals who might want to use Ubuntu.)

When you run Ubuntu's update manager (gksudo update-manager from your command line, enter your password when asked if you have sudo administrative privileges), it tells you that you can update to Dapper Drake by just pressing one button. Well, I tried something like that to go from Fedora Core 4 to Fedora Core 5, and it wasn't pretty at all, which is why I'm now using using Ubuntu.

So, keeping in mind what happened then, let's make a full backup of all the user installed parts of the system. This takes 3 nearly full DVDs this time. Lots of pictures, music, etc. have been added lately. I burned the DVDs using k3b, which I can't recommend highly enough, and checked them on another machine, just to be sure.

All seems to be ready. I'm going to post this, then shut down everything else, then hit the button.

Dave ... Quiet Hal

Back in a few.