[ubuntu-uk] Upgrading to 12.04 ....
ajp at princeswalk.fsnet.co.uk
Sun Apr 29 21:33:01 UTC 2012
On 29 April 2012 19:37, Barry Drake <ubuntu-advertising at gmx.com> wrote:
> On 29/04/12 18:58, Alan Bell wrote:
>> On 29/04/12 18:55, Barry Drake wrote:
>>> I've spent quite a bit of time on Ubuntu Help today
>> where exactly?
> Launchpad - at :https://answers.launchpad.**net/ubuntu<https://answers.launchpad.net/ubuntu> This is not somewhere I usually lurk but it was so overwhelmed that I
> thought I'd put my two pence in. Most of the questions I dealt with were
> after a clean install, and were fairly simple ones because the desktop is
> so different.
> as the questions were overwhelming the regular folk so I took a few on
>>> board. There are a vast number of folk who have virtually trashed their
>>> system by trying to do an upgrade.
> it would be better to fix the problem
> I agree, but the problem is so widespread and well distributed that I
> don't think it is going to get fixed. I think it is a product of the very
> high level of change between the distributions.
> are these upgrades from 10.04 or 11.10?
> Both basically.
> What problems are people having?
> All manner of things varying from no control of sound, no sound at all,
> Libreoffice not working, bookmarks missing - to be honest just about
> everything you can think of. As well as that there were various crash
> messages that nearly got fixed .... I saw some of this and mentioned it on
> the list a few days ago. Upgrading to 12.04 is disastrous. I actually
> wonder if anyone has succeeded.
I'm replying to Barry because of his last remark, but I have read the
discussion on backups, and I have to say that they are problematical for
me, just because I have nowhere I can write my 19gb of /home to. So I have
to risk it and try and get out of problems. So here is my experience of
upgrading 4 machines, all from 11.10 to 12.04, in the order I did them:
1) Asus EEEPC 1015PEM Netbook.
I used a live USB. I chose the 11.10 to 12.04 update. The upgrade crashed
on me soon after choosing the flower as my picture (don't know if that was
significant). I got the chance to do a bug report (from the live USB
system) then I rebooted to the Netbook and got a terminal which did not
accept any kind of login. Luckily, this machine has little data on it,
so I rebooted to the live USB, saved the few files I had to the 4GB SD card
and did a fresh install of 12.04.
2) Asus EEEPC original type with 4GB and 7" screen.
This runs Lubuntu. As it has hardly any free space I used the Alternate
ISO on a USB stick and did a successful 11.10 to 12.04 upgrade.
3) Acer Revo (forget which model, but it sits next to the TV as it has hdmi
I used the live USB again and chose the 11.10 to 12.04 update. The upgrade
was successful, if a bit nail bitingly slow at the end giving rise to some
anxiety that it had stalled. A finer grained indication of progress would
have been re-assuring.
4) HP Pavillion Desktop - my main PC
I wanted use the live USB again but there was no 11.10 to 12.04 update
offered. (Why?) So I chose the online upgrade. This went OK until a short
way into the updating when the machine crashed (going into screensaver, I
think), so I had to reboot it. I got to a sort of login screen, but I
couldn't log in, so I switched to a terminal and finally got it completed
from the command line. Was advised to do
dkpg --configure -a
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade -f
which did not work without the -f
I have to admit that I half expected this machine to crash. It has been
doing it regularly. But I'm glad I got out of it. I'm just waiting to
find out what is broken.
So that was my experience. Certainly not one I would want to put an Ubuntu
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