Should I Upgrade Ubuntu 9.10 to Ubuntu 10.04 LTS?

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Every time a new distribution upgrade comes for your Linux distribution the most fundamental question that we have to deal with is: “To upgrade or not to upgrade”. When your Linux distribution is Ubuntu then invariably the answer is an emphatic “Yes”. However, if the machine you are about to upgrade is your work machine, then make sure that all your data is well backed-up before you take the plunge. If you had to struggle to make something work on your machine when you first installed Ubuntu, then, you might want to wait for a while before you upgrade. Beware Ubuntu 10.04 blacklists a few Intel graphics cards including Intel 82852/855GM, hence an upgrade would mean — no more graphic acceleration, if that doesn’t mean muchto you, you can go ahead with the upgrade.

Upgrade process from Ubuntu 9.10 to 10.04 is recommended over time consuming fresh install as unlike 9.04 to 9.10 upgrade there is no ext3 to ext4 transition., so you don’t loose anything by upgrading.

Why to Upgrade?

  • With new Me Menu makes Ubuntu 9.10 Lucid Lynx geared  from the start for the “Social Butterfly” in you.  Me Menu lets you access your Facebook and Twitter accounts (and more) straight away.
  • New improved F-Spot provides improved basic image editing functionality for your day to day image editing needs like cropping, resizing, red eye reduction, soft-focus etc.
  • Features Pitivi to help you edit your videos. No more sticking to Windows movie editor. Something Linux has always been missing in its default installation.
  • Faster bootup.
  • Hey, its just COOL.

How to Upgrade?

Launch the Update Manager from System > Administration menu and Click on the Upgrade. Give yourself a good 1-2 hours for the entire process to finish because the update process would download a bunch of files which might be slow since there would be a long long queue of early updaters fighting for the precious server bandwidth.

Let the upgrade process finish and reboot and enjoy the new Ubuntu 10.04. The upgrade process on my laptop went smoothly, it was fully automated and one needs to answer only a couple of questions. The important one is which grub boot file to use: “GRUB menu.lst: install the maintainer’s version vs. keep the local version“, I would recommend going with the maintainer’s version, which I chose for my install. However, remember you would only need to change the default boot order which is same as that for Karmic (see this), if you want to allow some other OS to be the default boot choice. I had Karmic Partner repositories enabled for Ubuntu 9.10, and I found  that they were enabled automatically. So no hassle at all. All multimedia and network related utilities worked fine, so no worries.

I personally liked the color scheme and boot splash screen and new wallpapers on Lucid Lynx more than those of Karmic Koala. However, the video card support might be a bit buggy as my laptop screen flickers momentarily every once in a while. But I am sure these minor bugs would be ironed out in forthcoming updates.  Check out the screenshot of the upgraded installation.

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3 Comments on “Should I Upgrade Ubuntu 9.10 to Ubuntu 10.04 LTS?”

  • Andrea wrote on 5 May, 2010, 13:11

    Do not upgrade to 10.04 it is slower then 9.10,they have made it so you can’t un blacklist a video card in compiz and i am sure there is more

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  • Mitch wrote on 8 May, 2010, 0:40

    If I upgrade to 10.04 from 9.10, can I still load all older kernels with the grub 2 bootloader? like the 9.10 real-time kernel? Or does 10.04 delete all the 9.10 kernels?

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  • lifehacker wrote on 8 May, 2010, 7:04

    @Mitch
    It would delete all your old kernels, else the Upgrade would have conflicts which might render your upgrade ineffective.

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