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Upgrading to Ubuntu 7.0.4

You have to love how easy they make this.

Ubuntu Upgrade

The time doesn't seem accurate as it originally told me it'd be about an hour. Regardless, I love how easy it is to upgrade Ubuntu from one version to the next. I wish openSUSE had a similar feature.

Update - 3.5 hours later: This might take a while...

Ubuntu Upgrade - 4 hours later

Update - during FAC: It's failed twice now and left my OS in a corrupted state both times. I suspect the MADM (or whatever it's called) prompt at the end of the download. I've entered "all" and "none" and it's failed with both values. VMWare rocks - I'm so glad I didn't ruin a working system. I'll be sticking with 6.10 for a month or so.

... and Country Bry is right - calling it by it's code name vs. the version number is pretty cheesy. ;-)

Posted in Open Source at Apr 20 2007, 06:32:26 AM MDT 16 Comments

Seems like Ubuntu is getting much better by each release. Are you running Ubuntu 7.04 in Parallels?

Posted by Yuccaplant on April 20, 2007 at 01:02 PM MDT #

About 1 days 0 hours 4 minutes remaining
Seems like a long wait

Posted by Edgars on April 20, 2007 at 01:07 PM MDT #

Yuccaplant - I'm running it in VMWare because I use it for students when I do training classes. Parallels would be cool - but most students/companies have Windows. The nice thing about VMWare is you can use it on OS X as well. The fact that it's free is pretty nice too.

Posted by Matt Raible on April 20, 2007 at 01:17 PM MDT #

Do me a favor and post back with how this went. I am running 6.10 on my laptop, but it's the one I use for work, so I'd rather not start this upgrade process only to hose my machine as a result of it. Also, what's your impression so far of the new version? I'm mainly interested in the wireless support. I read somewhere a while back where it said that it is supposed to be a much more pleasant experience out of the box, mainly because NetworkManager is integrated as the default... well network manager. I know sometimes wireless through vm is screwy, linux aside, but would still like to know how the upgrade went.

Posted by Bryan Noll on April 20, 2007 at 02:42 PM MDT #

Oh, and also... thank you for not telling us you upgraded from Edgy Eft to Feisty Fawn... the dork-meter is off the charts with these names.

Posted by Bryan Noll on April 20, 2007 at 02:45 PM MDT #

I just updated from 6.10 to 7.04 on my work laptop (Dell Inspiron 9400). It took a few hours to download the necessary files. I ignored their advice to close any open apps and continued to work. Everything went fine. To be honest, I don't see many changes with the new version. Evolution 2.10.1 seems to be more stable when talking to Exchange. I've been running network manager for a long time and it works fine for me. I'm not in a VM though. Java 6 seems to be in the Multiverse now. Tim

Posted by Tim Morrow on April 20, 2007 at 03:00 PM MDT #

Amen to Ubuntu! And Amen to you for being positive about Linux. After the bashing of Linux yesterday by Cedric, I needed some good news to get my blood pressure down ;)

I can't wait to upgrade, but I am in a middle of a number of things. Perhaps the weekend when I am out enjoying the sun I can put my computer to work.

Posted by Dan Allen on April 20, 2007 at 04:15 PM MDT #

Good to kwno that Ubuntu upgrades so well. I like this distro very much, because of this little things that you do not have with other distros. Thank you for sharing this story with me !

Posted by Lina loves pictures on April 20, 2007 at 05:15 PM MDT #

Hope the upgrade goes/went well. I have been running the beta version of Feisty Fawn [sorry Bryan ;)] on my laptop for a while now and it has been quite a treat. The only two issues I had were during the initial installation the screen blanked out--which they fixed. And a recent kernel update broke the wireless. The wireless bug seems to have worked itself out somehow, but I have no idea why it works now and didn't before--which always bothers me. All in all I'd say that was an impressive track record for running a beta product for more than a month. ;)

Posted by Nathan Anderson on April 20, 2007 at 09:39 PM MDT #

The first upgrade failed and left my OS in a corrupted state. Ahhh, the beauty of VMWare - delete, create a new copy and try again! The bummer is I have to download 1068 files all over again. It sure doesn't feel like I have an 8 MB connection.

Posted by Matt Raible on April 20, 2007 at 09:52 PM MDT #

Hmm... I don't get the point of going with the upgrade option. I simply backed up my box, spent an hour downloading the 7.04 iso, and did a fresh install. When that was done I took my backup and applied it to my new install. The ability to do an upgrade is cool, but I feel much more comfortable doing the full install. Blame Microsoft for that, but ever since doing those Win 98 to Win 2K upgrades I can't bring myself to upgrade an OS anymore.

Posted by erik weibust on April 21, 2007 at 05:40 AM MDT #

I tried to install 7.04 on my Mac using Parallels. The install lost the CD during the install. Found some comments on the web that if you picked Solaris as the OS then you could at least install it. The install did complete but there is no auto-mount of a CD or USB stick -- actually, I wasn't able to mount them at all. So I think I will be sticking with 6.06 LTS for now. It's still supported until June 2009, so there is some time before I'm forced to upgrade.

Posted by Thomas Risberg on April 21, 2007 at 08:30 PM MDT #

Downloading the Ubuntu alternate CD using bittorrent is a good way to go. The CD provides an upgrade option so you can use the CD on multiple installs without having to download the upgrade files for each machine. And it just pops up the upgrade when you put it in the drive. Very nice.

Posted by Richard on April 23, 2007 at 01:22 AM MDT #

I just upgraded to Ubuntu 7.04 and my Tomcat does not start up at all... I know you're going to say - what's the error you're getting??? Well, I'm getting no error... no java/catalina on my process queue. And port 8080 is not bound... Also I've noticed that no log files are being created as well... It almost seems like when I perform the following: /etc/init.d/tomcat55 start I get "Starting Tomcat... [OK]" and there is nothing telling me that anything ran... Is anyone having similar issues?

Posted by Venkatt Guhesan on April 23, 2007 at 08:07 PM MDT #

Venkatt Have a looka at: For tomcat not starting

Posted by reddeagle on May 03, 2007 at 08:49 AM MDT #

I am new to Linux

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