Why Wait. Upgrade to Ubuntu 9.10 Now

Ubuntu 9.10 aka Karmic Koala is scheduled for release October 29, 2009. Ubuntu 9.10 is currently in Beta. There will be one more release called “Release Candidate” before the October 29 release announcement. Well, why wait when you can upgrade now. Most of the grunt work for Ubuntu 9.10 has already been done. The new features are already set. The Ubuntu Development team are busy working on fixing bugs now. I’m sure there will be updates before the October 29 release. And there will be more updates thereafter. It’s just the fact of life, the nature of Linux distributions. So, why wait when you can have it now. If you’re itching to see the latest Ubuntu 9.04 features, you can upgrade now. Here’s what you need to do to upgrade to Ubuntu 9.04.

For Desktop Systems

To upgrade from Ubuntu 9.04 on a desktop system, press Alt+F2 and type in “update-manager -d” (without the quotes) into the command box. Update Manager should open up and tell you: New distribution release ‘9.10’ is available. Click Upgrade and follow the on-screen instructions.

For Ubuntu Server

To upgrade from Ubuntu 9.04 on a server system: install the update-manager-core package if it is not already installed; edit /etc/update-manager/release-upgrades and set Prompt=normal; launch the upgrade tool with the command sudo do-release-upgrade -d; and follow the on-screen instructions.

One more thing: we are 12 days away from the final product. It’s as good as it gets, but backup your data and expect a few bugs.

16 thoughts on “Why Wait. Upgrade to Ubuntu 9.10 Now

  1. There are a few reasons not to upgrade now, if at all.

    1. If you already have grub2 installed, you’ll wind up booting with the old grub again, but it won’t be updated, so you’ll still be booting your old kernel. To get grub2 (now called grub-pc) back, you’ll have to re-install it.

    2. If you’re one of the (apparently) many people effected by the bug in pulseaudio that sets your PCM and/or other volumes to zero and mutes them, you’re in for a rude surprise. The pulseaudio bug STILL hasn’t been fixed but they did take away the mixer. All the default install offers you now is main volume. You’ll have to install alsa-mixer to fix it.

    3. Most of your movies and vids won’t play anymore, and if they do they’ll be choppy and out of sync. Don’t know what the upgrade does exactly, but it hoses most of your codecs.

    4.If you had the pidgin-facebook plugin working with empathy, sorry, you’re out of luck and back to the defaults, no facebook. Time to make pidgin the default again.

    For these and other reasons, I’ve restored my backup of 9.04 and now everything works. This latest ‘upgrade’ breaks more than it fixes, and looking at the bug tracker a fair number of people are reporting these bugs but they are being given low priority.

    Don’t take my word, go look at launchpad. The main refrain is that these bugs and regressions are ‘upstream’, and there is a great deal of blame shuffling, which tells me that they’re positioning themselves to NOT fix it.. But, at the end of the day, if they knew the package was buggy, why did they include it instead of staying with the older, working packages? 2 releases down the line, people are still asking that same question about pulseaudio.

    I’d advise sticking with 9.04 while they work the bugs out of yet another disappointing (but on-time) release.

    1. Jim, Sorry to hear about all the problems and bugs you’ve encountered. Well, there are 11 days left before the release. Hopefully, they can get most of the major bugs ironed out. I guess I’m one of the lucky ones. I haven’t had any problems with it so far. I’ve had it for a full two days now. I know what you mean about staying with 9.04. I was on 8.04 for a while and skipped 8.10 altogether. Good luck.

  2. NEVER EVER EVER EVER, use the apt-get dist upgrade or the update-manager -d

    It has never worked on any distro, ever. It always breaks something, or dose a shabby job.

    They should remove that option before more people end up wasting their time.

  3. Update-manager -d broke my entire Ubuntu partition once, so I’m a bit cautious.

    Either way, I’m planning to do a clean, fresh install of 9.10 this time (already backed up my essential files and Home folder)

    There’s nothing like a crisp, freshly brewed install.

    Having said that, I’m primarily a Debian user, though.

    1. Litho,

      I think I will go that route eventually. I’ve had 3 crashes since I’ve installed 9.10, but then again I’m using a beta version. I understood the risks when I did the upgrade. Yes, nothing like a fresh clean install, but I’ll wait until the final release.

  4. I have been using Ubuntu for three years and never been able to upgrade to a newer version from an older version with satisfaction. I always do a “clean” install, from CD, when the official release comes.

    It is a little more work to move all your old data to the new version and reinstall all the applications and do the reconfigurations. I see this more like a refreshment of my memory how I once installed applications and scripts. Afterwards the Ubuntu “runs” as a steady as a clock.

    This is my vote but I know there are a lot of Ubuntu friends who are very skillful and can manipulate Ubuntu as a “piece of cake”. Looking very much for the new release.

    1. Chris, It seems like it’s too much work every time a new version of Ubuntu comes out which is every six months. There has to be a better way to upgrade in my opinion. I certainly understand the merits of a clean install, but to each his own. I’m going to stay this route until my desktop explodes. 🙂

  5. I no longer trust the upgrade feature. This was what I did from Ubuntu 8.10 to 9.04. I had plenty of weird issues that I could never solve. After a clean install, all the problems disappeared.

    The the author of this post: do the upgrade like you said above. Then two months later, please come back and let us know how you feel 🙂

    1. I’m glad it worked out for you. Initially, I had some issues (read my previous comments above) initially with the Beta version, but ever since Release Candidate came out, it has been working like a charm. 9.10 is a great release. 3 more days to go!

  6. My upgrade from Intrepid to Jaunty was problem free in terms of general OS performance. Having said that some of the features did not appear as they were supposed to – the Notifier was one I remember – other than that, all was well. From what has been said on this post though, I think I’ll hold my horses till the 30th and do a fresh reinstall of Koala.
    Ubuntu just ROCKS!!!!

    1. aYo, I’m glad it’s working out for you. From my understanding, the Notifier only works if you use Empathy to send and receive messages, or Evolution as your email client or Pidgin if you have it installed.

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