At the end of October, with a little bit of excitement, I attempted to upgrade to the latest version of Ubuntu (Intrepid Ibis – or was that the last one.. or next one).
Anyway, half way through something went wrong. It stalled on something. I left it for about 2 hours but nothing had shifted. So I did the unthinkable, Ctrl + c. I canceled the installation.
Note to self – never cancel the installation.
So I was left with a laptop that had a lot of packages uninstalled or not working and when I tried to run the upgrade again it told me there was a failed upgrade and I could not proceed.
God damn it, this meant backing up my entire computer, doing a clean install, the copying all the files back. To make matters worse, I STILL don’t have internet at home. In fact I don’t even have a dial tone. Haven’t had one since 22 Oct (but only reported the fault on 5 Nov). That’s a story for another time and involves sheer incompetence on behalf of Telstra and iiNet, apparently I’m being compensated but all I want is an internet connection.
On Saturday I went over to Mum’s and went to town on her internet connection. Included in this was downloading the Ubuntu CD image, mounting it, then running the upgrade form the CD.
What do you know, works like a dream.
I sympathise with Alastair:
In many ways Ubuntu Intrepid is a little bit of a let down. Probably like many Ubuntu fans I remember the heady days of early Ubuntu releases when each one was so noticeably better than the previous. Each new release was like opening a pile of new birthday presents with no idea of what to expect.
I guess you just feel a little less like a frontier pioneer these days. But this is a good thing and a sign that Ubuntu has really come of age. To demonstrate this, I was particularly happy with two things:
- Audio worked perfectly “out-of-the-box”. Every other time I’ve upgrade I’ve had to look back to this post (which, oddly enough is the most commonly viewed post on this blog).
- s-Video also worked “out-of-the-box”. I’ve never been able to get this to work before and am just over the moon about it.
The only thing left is bluetooth and the SD card reader, although I haven’t checked the card reader yet. However I did notice that suspention and hibernation are both pretty slick now.
Update: SD Card reader now works!!! Pretty stoked. The other one I have to test is the microphone – I’ve manged to get it to work before but it’s always been a bid dodgy.