I upgraded two of my home systems from Breezy to Dapper Kubuntu. One is AMD-64, one is i386. I write about this stuff for a living, and would rather tinker than work anyday, so it here we are. The upgrade went OK, but not nearly as well as a plain-vanilla Debian installation. And the K/Ubuntu devs seem determined to make printing painful.
TurboPrint users be warned- you need to upgrade.
First of all, here is your handy-dandy four-step guide to upgrading to a new Ubuntu release:
-run “apt-get update” and “apt-get upgrade” to bring your Breezy installation into a current state
-edit /etc/apt/sources.list. Comment out all the non-official Ubuntu repositories. Change all the “breezy” entries in the rest of them to “dapper”
-run “apt-get update”
-run “apt-get dist-upgrade”
The download and installation went smoothly. However, a number of irritating things happened.
A lot of configs were stomped. Yes, I had backups of my dotfiles and /etc, but that’s no excuse- configs should not be touched. This is a bug.
A lot of applications were removed. This is the real puzzler- never, in all of my years of putting Debian throught its paces, did it remove applications on its own. The Dapper upgrade ate Gparted, K9Copy, K3b, and several others. This is a bug.
Printing is STILL fuxxored, and it’s a shame, because the 1.2 release of CUPS is very nice. Finally, you can perform complete server administration from the CUPS web interface. Except on K/Ubuntu, because the devs, for no good reason, continue to disable the CUPS web interface. Fortunately the front page of the CUPS web page tells you how to re-enable it. The Gnome printer manager is no good for server administration, it is NOT a good substitute for the CUPS web. The KDE printer manager is pretty nice, but it still has problems. And that’s no good for non-KDE users.
TurboPrint users, you need to upgrade your TurboPrint installation. If you have licensed any 1.xx version you get free upgrades for all 1.xx versions. Complete instructions are on the TurboPrint Web site.
The Gutenprint drivers are beautiful, and give you a wider choice of color printers.
Overall, K/Ubuntu is a nice distribution. It’s not the best, not by a long shot- it still has a lot of kinks to work out. But it has a lot going for it, like a friendly community, nice default package selections, and a great PR machine. Now all they need is a lot fewer bugs.