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

H.S. hs.samix at gmail.com
Sat Nov 29 05:44:43 UTC 2008

Jeffrey Tooker wrote:
> 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.

Only that we don't have the luxury of uninterrupted power supply at this
place, hence the alternate CD since we cannot assume the PC will run for
hours (plus, his internet connection speed will result in at least 7
hours for the upgrade process). This way it should not take more than 40
minutes or so.

After the upgrade, there will be a update of course.


> Jeffrey Tooker


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