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Saturday, November 21, 2009

8.10 to 9.10 - To Upgrade Or Not

I don't usually follow along with know, jumping on the ol' bandwagon along with everyone else. That's one of the reasons I use Linux instead of Windows but I've used Windows long enough to know that you don't just upgrade because there is a new release available. Sure, the new stuff always has the coolest widgets and that sort of stuff but, after the new wears off, does it work?

Case in point - Vista. Nuff said.

So, what about Ubuntu? I'm on 8.10 now but 9.10 is out. Should I upgrade? Should I wait? Well, I've done both. You see, I use Ubuntu on my desktop but I also have a Windows laptop so I used Wubi to install 9.10 on the laptop as a means of playing with 9.10 without actually upgrading. So far, 9.10 is fresher and has some cool features but not enough to make me want to upgrade right away. In the Windows world, including programs that operate on Windows, it is best to wait until the first service packs are released before you upgrade. The same hold true for any software - including Linux. There have already been some big fixes in the first few weeks of the software which is great but I don't see a reason for me to be amongst the public who is finding all the bugs. I will wait for a few more weeks before upgrading...hopefully all the bugs will be gone by then.

Long Live Linux.


Richard M said...

Yes I'd advise moving to 9.10, especially if you have modern hardware (>2002).

There is an incredible difference between even 9.04 and 9.10 - such a difference that I felt uncomfortable using the older one.

As long as you have your /home directory mounted on a different partition/disk to the system you should be fine. Just be careful if you choose to do a fresh install because I did that once and nuked my home directory.

Not sure how you like your desktop but you can change to a nice dark theme in 9.04 and up - it's called New Wave.
If you want some screenshots in 1920x1080 of my desktop then check out


Mike said...

Thanks Richard. I have moved to 9.10 but not without its hiccups. I'd like to know more about mounting my home directory on a different drive? Got a link?