Upgrading doesn't take a few hours if you do it directly from the iso installer, and if he only runs one version of lubuntu, then the installer should offer the option of upgrading in addition to just wiping and replacing...and that should only take about the time a clean install takes...well, perhaps a little longer since it has to bring over all your data, personal settings, and usually is able to bring over most of your installed apps...
important to remember to turn off any ppas you have prior to beginning it (in the software souces)...then it should go very smoothly...i have used that method about 5x now and had excellent results...i think the longest the whole process took was maybe 35 minutes (and i have a LOT of data to bring over...lol)
I never did it using the software updater but i'd imagine that way must take a lot longer since it has to keep going to the internet to get the stuff? where as the iso has it right on there already...
Last edited by craig10x; May 11th, 2014 at 02:15 AM.
Sounds like you need to upgrade your hardware.
You can use a DVD if you can boot from one. Meaning... You need at least a DVD-ROM drive (reader only) if you can burn the media somewhere else. The USB method is faster and usually safer - you can make many mistakes burning optical media.
A PloP "boot manager" CD can be used to boot from a USB flash memory for those old computers that can boot from a CD but not from an external drive.
Just download the latest version. It's a ZIP file which contains an ISO inside. For the time being and for the aforementioned purpose all you need is the ISO. Create the bootable CD from that ISO - rewritable media is fine - just like you would with the Ubuntu's ISOs.
Re: Upgrade vs Reinstall: QUESTION: From what Craig says above, it sounds like if I use the Lubuntu 14.04 LTS (or 14.04.1 LTS) iso it gives me the option to upgrade, is that correct? (Rather than forcing me to do a complete "clean install" (and then add back backed-up files, reinstall apps such as WINE, Libre Office, Pdf Shuffler, Kazam, Foxit Reader for Windows, maybe a JAVA plug-in, etc.)). I am presently dual-booting Lubuntu and Windows XP.
Re: Media for installation: I can burn a CD, but not a DVD. But I can read DVDs. I can boot off a CD or DVD, but not a USB port. The method Vlad describes of burning a PloP "boot manager" CD that allows booting off a USB port sounds real interesting and possibly "safer." I think I may give that a try. Although having a Lubuntu 14.04 LTS CD or DVD for occasionally doing a live CD or DVD boot might be handy (I'd have to burn a DVD at the library though).
Re: upgrading my hardware: As suggested by Monkeybrain, one of the great things about Lubuntu is that it can run on older hardware. My budget is kind of limited right now. And if I do a hardware upgrade in the future, I guess I could buy older, cheaper hardware (maybe refurbished) and just use the latest appropriate version of Ubuntu.
ANY OTHER COMMENTS ANYBODY HAS WILL BE WELCOMED. I am close to marking this thread as "SOLVED," although I will probably wait until July (as suggested by Monkeybrain) to do the upgrade or reinstall.
Last edited by AbleTassie; May 12th, 2014 at 06:00 PM.
Upgrade is always a theoretical option, but in reality it often gives trouble.
If you install Lubuntu 14.04 the good news is that you don't have to do it again before april 2017.
I just updated my old ThinkPad T61, I run Kali and Ubuntu on it. I upgraded it it in about 35 minutes. I spent most of the time drinking coffee.
The most important thing to remember is .... Look! Bacon!