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Manly Ferry into the city for a night out.

Upgraded my operating system last night - 4 clicks, done!

Last night I read a post on How To Upgrade Ubuntu 7.10 to Ubuntu 8.04 and thought, "What the heck, let's go for it!"

I have no idea what it's like upgrading Windows XP to Windows Vista or Mac thingy to Mac thingy+1 but by crickey upgrading Ubuntu 7.10 to 8.04 LTS (Hardy Heron) was an absolute breeze - 4 clicks, count 'em:

Oh, "LTS" = "Long Term Support" which means:
the company commits itself to providing three years desktop support and five years server support. This means that Hardy Heron isn’t going to go anywhere soon; it’s here for the long haul. This invariably means the designers have focused less on putting brand new stuff in but rather more stability, more robustness and more reliability.

On with the upgrade, firstly let's get it running:
Press Alt-F2 and type update-manager --devel-release
[click #1]

After about 5 minutes of checking through the system it decided I was OK, told me a few package ("apps") wouldn't work but nothing I cared about ... did I want to carry on?
Yes!
[click #2]

I left the room, had a wine or three with Liz and tootled off to bed.

Awoke this morning with the machine sitting waiting for me to answer a question ... I knew that was gonna happen!?!? :-) I said, "go for it"
[click #3]

30 mins later it's asking me to restart the machine.
[click #4]

Changes that I've noticed:
  • Clock (top right, remember) now displays time zones with weather and temperature - niiice - this on top of it integrating with my Google Calendar - love it!
  • Firefox 3 (.05 beta) is now my default browser ... although I think v2 is still around somewhere
  • Firefox 3 needs a lot of my add-ons to be upgraded!
And that's it for now - will check out what I've also gained over the next few days.

All bloody easy with no worries, no geekery and just as it should be!

Ubuntu 8.04, Hardy Heron - what's new and other reports:

Firefox 3 beta - tips:

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