13.10 upgrade

Colin Law clanlaw at googlemail.com
Wed Oct 23 08:19:09 UTC 2013

On 23 October 2013 05:30, Gerhard Magnus <magnus at agora.rdrop.com> wrote:
> I'm running the 64-bit Ubuntu 13.04 Desktop that I've augmented with
> software from distributions other than the default ones, although nothing
> has been compiled. This evening, much to my surprise, there was a big box
> message asking me if I wanted to upgrade to Ubuntu 13.10. (No one from
> Ubuntu had actually paid that much attention to me before. I said "ask me
> later.") In the past, I have always done clean installs, if only for the
> opportunities these offer me, as a busy user, to review what's actually
> going on with my system and to actually apply my backups on a wide scale.
> But this message makes me curious. How reliable is the Ubuntu upgrade? Do
> people actually use it? Is there something special about this one, other
> than the "nudge"?

The reason it asked is in the Software Sources dialog (I forget
exactly what this is called in 13.04) you have "Notify me of a new
Ubuntu version" set to "for any new version".

I would not advise upgrading immediately unless are keen to try it and
willing to accept the risk of problems appearing.  Wait for a month or
so for teething troubles to be sorted out.  Also before upgrading
download the installer image and run in from there to make sure there
are no major problems with your machine.

I don't understand what you mean by "augmented with software from
distributions other than the default ones".  If you have stuff
installed from non-standard repositories that can cause problems.

Have a look at [1] which shows how to tidy up your system before
upgrading.  I have rarely had problems upgrading.  Make sure
everything important is backed up first of course.


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