Upgrading to Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy
This week I went through a process of upgrading to Gutsy, the new release of Ubuntu that is due for final release tomorrow. I was previously running on feisty so I used the update manager to update my installation. I believe from tomorrow Feisty users will see a new update button on the update manager dialog that wil enable them to upgrade. I updated to the beta version, I’m deliberately not going to say how I did it here because we are so close to release.
Suffice to say that the update went really smooth.
All I needed to do after the update completed (a process taking about 1.5 hours-ish). was re-install nero, VMWare Workstation and the compiz-fusion settings manager.
All my 3D bling worked a treat, though it was all set to defaults so i had to go into the ‘Advanced Desktop Effects Settings’ manager which looks unsurprisingly exactly the same as the compiz-fusion config settings manager. everything else just worked for me.
I did decide, however, to do a completely clean install using the Release Candidate CD after I managed to fudge up my networking.
I had planned a fresh install anyhow when gutsy came out, mainly because I had converted my laptop to a completely Linux based machine and not bothered to re-jig the partitions.
Install off the RC CD was smooth as expected, partition management was the same as under feisty.
Once completed, I didn’t have any 3D bling though despite it being turned on by default. I traced this down simply to the restricted driver not being turned on for my ATI card. I enabled the restricted driver and re-booted, then all I needed was to install the xgl server using: $ sudo apt-get install xserver-xgl log out then back in ensuring you log into the standard Gnome session, then you can go into the appearance settings, turn on cus bestom appearance and adjust the settings to suit you.
Both the upgrade and the clean install processes worked really well for me and i have to say the Ubuntu crew over at canonical have done an awesome job.
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