Re: Share with the community your gutsy install/upgrade experience
Hi! I tend to do a re-install rather than an up-grade (its probably a hang-over from Microsoft Windows days!). I also have two PCs to re-install to; a desktop with two hard drives (dual boots Windows XP and Ubuntu 6.06) and a Toshiba laptop (my R&D machine) which was running 7.04.
I decided to do the re-install on the desktop machine first (why? Dapper was working fine and had done so since release). I had downloaded both the live CD and the alternate CD. Neither would complete the install and both hung at the stage of "Configuring APT" (a common problem I found when I Googled the issue). The major problem was that the attempted install had wiped Grub by this stage and I could not boot into my Windows disk so nothing on the PC worked! I installed 7.04; everything work in usual Ubuntu style and I had both halves of my PC back.
Initial install on the Toshiba went the same way. On about the third try for some reason or other I disconnected the ADSL connection from the Toshiba (probably to try and Google a solution via the desktop PC) and the 7.10 install just started up from the "Configuring apt" stall and completed the installation. Now the laptop is working fine with 7.10. I have since read that it is best to do the 7.10 install without the Internet connected.
Given the problems I have had and the fact that the desktop is my main working PC I am reluctant to try again to install 7.10. Maybe there will be a "service pack #1" release of 7.10 to address these problems or I might wait and try the 'production' release of Linux Mint.
Do you have any thoughts on these problems?
Don't get me wrong, I still like Ubuntu and am looking forward to 8.04 LTS.
There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things -- Niccolo Machiavelli, The Prince, ch. 6