upgrading Gutsy to Hardy, remotely .... advice and precautions?

Leonel ubuntu at enelserver.com
Fri Nov 28 23:43:54 UTC 2008

> H.S. wrote:
>> Hello,
>> I am in a situation where I am helping a friend (who is /not/ computer
>> literate) to upgrade Gutsy to Hardy.
>> My plan of action is:
>> 1. Help him burn Hardy ISO image to a disk (i386 Alternate CD). He is
>> downloading it as I write this.
>> 2. While the user is logged in, ask him to insert the alternate CD in
>> the drive and start the upgrade using the steps given here:
>> https://help.ubuntu.com/community/HardyUpgrades#Upgrading%20Using%20the%20Alternate%20CD/DVD
>> (BTW, does the user need to be in adm group? )
>> 3. Let the upgrade proceed while I watch via vncviewer.
>> Does this sound doable?
>> If somebody has used the alternate CD to upgrade from Gutsy to Hardy,
>> anything I need to keep an eye out for? Any quirks that you faced? I ask
>> this while keeping in mind that I may need to walk him through some
>> after the fact problem solving steps over the phone if he does not get
>> his network connection up for any reason.
>> Thanks in advance
> I upgraded from 7.10 Gutsy to 8.04 Hardy yesterday. I had been having
> problems with 7.10 update downloads. I remembered that the edition i.e.
> 7.10 is only supported for a year after it hits the street so I just
> went to 8.04. I downloaded it from the 7.10 update screen where it has a
> button for 8.04 upgrade. All worked fine It took about three hours for
> download, and a couple for install. I had only one entry which I had to
> make the program did the rest. No fuss.
> Jeffrey Tooker
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