upgrade issues 11.04 to 12.04?

Phil Dobbin bukowskiscat at gmail.com
Tue Nov 13 22:42:37 UTC 2012

Dave Stevens wrote:

> I have a Samsung N220 with a Realtek RTL8192E radio and am using 11.04
> more or less successfully. Radio is a bit sensitive to contention from
> other users and to some degree with router brand - linksys works best.
> I've been getting update messages about end of life for this version. I
> don't want to use unity and it seems as if I could upgrade to 12.04 and
> get LTS, which will probably outlast the computer, and IIUC I could
> install gnome-shell and get the classic desktop, which I prefer. Does
> anyone have experience to bring to bear on -
> can I upgrade in one step from 11.04 to 12.04?
> any impact on wifi driver reliability?
> will classic be LTS as well as the rest of the distro?

I've upgraded several very old machines from 11.04 -> 11.10 ->12.04 (my
wife & three kids use Ubuntu on old HP machines; well, the wife's got a
Macbook but...) & haven't experienced any problems whatsoever. They're
all using wireless too (Netgear dongles on the HPs & Apple Extreme on
the Macbook). It just worked out the box™

I believe Classic is still a login option on 12.04; it was removed in
12.10 I think. I've never used it. I'm the only person on Earth who
likes Unity :-)

I haven't tried one step 11.04 -> 12.04 but Ubuntu's usually pretty good
at upgrades. Depends on the state of health of your current system.

You could always backup /home, /etc & whatever else you need & do a
clean install & then restore your data.



currently (ab)using
CentOS 5.8 & 6.3, Debian Squeeze & Wheezy, Fedora Beefy, OS X Snow
Leopard, Ubuntu Precise & Quantal

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