woensdag 23 november 2011

upgrading from ubuntu 11.04 to 11.10

After trying out the new Ubuntu on the net book, I decided to take the plunge and upgraded the main computer as well. But being careful I took some precautions. The hard drive is split up in 3 partitions, the partition with rot, another for the /home partition and a swap partition. First another backup with "back in time (root)" for the /home partition, then a copy of the root with dd to an external drive (dd if=/dev/sda1 of=/media/extdrive/sda2.img bs=1024. The upgrade is done through the update manager. The whole process went smooth an took about 45 minutes. Rebooting and logging in. First time took some extra time, but everything worked as expected. Even better, wireless was stable this time, no more freezing of the whole computer anymore. Only the printer will take some time, but Canon makes good printers, but with lousy Linux integration. Ubuntu 11.10 looks nice and clean, and nice to the eyes. Because most of my (computer) life goes on in a browser, the os is not that important to me. I rather likes a clean GUI with less bells than an overload GUI, or better who hides the lot for me.