Upgrading from one version to another in Linux

2 08 2007

In Linux World, whenever a new release comes out, many, almost everyone end up installing it as a fresh copy in their machine. Though Users are provided with an Upgrade option it doesn’t work out too good. Heck, it works good for Windows Upgrade when one has to upgrade from ME to XP or XP to Vista or from any Vista edition to other Editions (like Business to Ultimate)


Simple example to quote is the upgrade process from Edgy to Feisty. Ubuntu changed the way they deal with disks with Feisty and everything is now controlled via the sata drivers (something like that ???) and drives are renamed to sd(x) instead of hd(x) and whoever upgraded , a restart would result in Grub Load failure . And to add one more to that list, from Dapper to Edgy, the upgrade process broke the Python chain and the User didnt had any other choice than re installing because many gnome apps depend on python and pygtk

This is what I hate in Ubuntu.Each of their release is way too different and it turns out to be again something from scratch and its pain in the ass for the User to upgrade to the newer version. I hope Dell comes with an Upgrade Disk for their machines.

I am sick of it. Now I just cant install/uninstall each release 😦

I am looking for more polished/reliable distribution and have been testing few around. I think choosing Debian (where release cycle is really really long and stable) and Novell SLED 10.1 SP1 (believe me its worth having SLED, and not openSUSE)

Ofcourse this doesnt matter for Test/Development releases. They are meant to broke the system and thats why they are called Test/Development Releases πŸ˜€

But as of now, am sick of uninstalling/installing the distro for each release 😦

Linux Distributions should come out with good upgrade process and that really matters for Linux in the Business Market !

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3 08 2007
David Xie

Good point! Upgrading certainly saves a lot of time and hassle πŸ™‚

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