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No, when upgrading distributions, and the Partial Ungrade notification pops up, the proper procedure to follow is this:
1) Click cancel. Perform a regular update of your packages, and reboot.
2) Run Upgrade Manager again, this time say OK to a Partial Upgrade.
That is, however, if you *want* to do a partial upgrade (which is the name for an upgrade that also *removes* certain, obsolete or superseded packages). It can create problems on occasion, but shouldn't for non-development users that haven't been doing too much amateur surgery on the innards of their operating system.
In case you end up with a broken system anyway, keep a stable version live-cd handy.
Happy upgrading, folks!
Side note: what kind of "seasoned" vs. "non-seasoned" kind of comment is that? We should be thinking about all users, not the attitude that non-seasoned users should be left in the dust.
I agree. I'm kind of a linux newbie, but I'm not new to computers and their innards, and first time I got the "PU" dialog, I was stumped, but asked it to perform a PU anyway out of ignorance. Fortunately, the PU only wrecked my system once (which was the upgrade from alpha 4 to a5 or KK.)
When I installed the Beta (about 4-5 days ago) I also saw the popup about partial upgrade. And ofcourse I didn't know what was that about so I accepted it. At least nothing broke after that
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No, we need to entirely redesign the way the "Partial Upgrade" is presented to the user, and that includes changing the name "Partial Upgrade" itself. "More information" is not a cure. If we bombard people with information at a time when they're trying to get a tedious piece of computer maintenance work like software updates done, that information will be ignored by the majority. And if we're talking about more information regarding the "Partial Upgrade", it's entirely unneeded in a stable release.Originally Posted by flipper9
- People using stable releases, regardless of whether they're "seasoned" users or not, are not affected by the horrors of the "Partial Upgrade", since Update Manager will not offer it in stable releases unless things are wildly broken
- People running the development branch with an understanding of what they're doing, and basic knowlegde of where to find out information regarding how updates work in the development phase will, at worst, wreck their installation once, and be unaffected in the future
- People running the development branch with little or no understanding of how the essentials work, and why they work the way they do, will soon run into other kinds of trouble than the "Partial Upgrade" phenomenon anyway, and will not be able to contribute anything substantial to quality assurance, since they'll keep messing up their installations, contaminating them with unofficial libraries and hacks, rendering them useless for any serious testing, etc.
As should be obvious, we only need to get better at working with the third group of people.
Last edited by 23meg; October 22nd, 2009 at 06:25 PM.
Thanks for the info 23meg, makes it easier to understand and clear.
The thing that linuser was implying was that you need to upgrade every six months.
All I was saying is that you do not need to at all. Use a LTS release.
As you point out, there are some of us that are a little out there.
There is a limit on the size of your sig on these forums, by the way. Mine, for instance, does give a pretty good idea of my box but not much of a hint as to the 30 OS' on various drives, none of which is WinWhatever or Hackintosh.
I prefer Ubuntu although Debian (particularly the respin PhatDebian that runs 2.6.30) is a close 2nd. Mandriva is real nice too, particularly the 2009-1 or "spring" (Live DVD download and you can choose Gnome, KDE, Lxde or all three to install) is pretty cool.
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