Upgrade Begins!

KDE Logo I’ve been running Kubuntu 6.06 LTS as my main OS on my home PC since it was released. Along the way, I’ve upgraded to KDE 3.5.5 and Amarok 1.4.3 and installed a variety of packages from unofficial sources. When I Edgy 6.10 was first released I looked into upgrading, but held off. This was due to all the complaints and problems I had been reading about where people had done similar things to myself (e.g. installed apps using unofficial sources). While I was no longer living on the edge, I still have been keeping up with the community by reading Planet KDE. A lot of changes and new features sounded really cool but with all the horror stories out there and Dapper being a Long Term Support release, I figured I was better off waiting to upgrade until I absolutely had to.

Last night, I decided I’d held off long enough. So I backed up all my data and started the upgrade. As expected, upgrading from Dapper to Edgy was painful. Fortunately I’ve gotten some experience with the cli and was able to work past my problems. I might still be missing a few things (e.g. Flash player doesn’t seem to work at the moment) but overall I’m rather impressed. My computer feels a bit more speedy and the fonts look enormously better. It’s really quite extraordinary how much better things look.

I’ve already started the upgrade to take me from Edgy to Feisty 7.04 and am very much looking forward to being on Gutsy 7.10 (not to mention Hardy 8.04 later this month). For now though, my eyes are burning with sleepiness, so I’ll post this and catch some shut-eye while my computer downloads all the packages it needs to upgrade me to Feisty.

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