Starting from a few weeks ago or so, I don’t receive updates on my Kubuntu 8.10 as usual, I believe 8.10 is being phased out, and I figure that upgrade is long overdue, maybe this is the time to try the latest version, 10.04, which is a Long Term Support version.
Now you can’t just upgrade from 8.10 to 10.04, in fact you have to upgrade from 8.10 to 9.04, then to 9.10, then 10.04, so if you choose to upgrade you will have to do it three times! OK, I said to myself, let’s do it!
From 8.10 to 9.04 went smoothly(though I need to clean up root partition to make room for downloading and unpacking), when the machine(Dell Latitude E6500) rebooted, I got 9.04 up and running, and in not time I started the upgrade from 9.04 to 9.10, this time it wasn’t going as expected. Almost at the end of the upgrading, there was no room left on the root partition, the upgrade didn’t complain about this, that was the weird thing, and I expected there would be problems. And there it was! When the system rebooted, X server just bailed because no nvidia(my laptop has a nvidia graphics card) kernel module was loaded, it turned out the kernel wasn’t installed correctly due to disk space exhaustion, I was lucky that I only had to remove the broken kernel image package then reinstalled it, reboot, everything was fine. From 9.10 to 10.04 took about 1 hour and 40 minutes(about 40 minutes downloading and 1 hour upgrading), I had 10.04 on my laptop and it’s running great!
In the upgrading process I was doing what I usually do, almost no interruption(except 5 minutes to fix 9.04 to 9.10 problem), I have to say I am amazed but not surprised, Linux has come of age, not only on server, but also on desktop, mobile devices and much more, I have been a Linux user for more than 11 years, I still find something new almost every day. I can’t imagine what the computing will be if there is no Linux.