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Sunday, October 21, 2007

Upgrading to Gutsy Gibbon

If you learn but one thing from this post, learn this: turn off your screensaver before upgrading from Feisty. You don't want what happened to me to happen to you. I left the upgrade process unintended after it started downloading all the files for the install, and when I came back, my screensaver was activated but I could not login. Logins had been disabled for some unknown reason; even trying to make a new login would not work. Hard drive activity had ceased, so I knew the update manager was just waiting on some input from me. Beautiful.

After doing a soft reset, I was halfway between a Gutsy install and a Feisty install. I knew the process probably crapped out as it was configuring installed packages, so after running dpkg --configure -a, I was looking good. Also, I ran the update-manager one more time, and it told me I had an unfinished partial installation, and finished it up for me. Despite running Gutsy smoothly, that nagging feeling in the back of my mind that tells me to use Gentoo is getting stronger.


I also noticed I had to add thinkpad_acpi to my /etc/modules after upgrading, otherwise my fan would not work.


You'll also want to update your 3rd party sources. I use Medibuntu and Wine, and their sources can be updated adding the following lines in /etc/apt/sources.list:

# Medibuntu multimedia packages
# GPG key: 0C5A2783
deb gutsy free non-free
#deb-src gutsy free non-free

# Upstream Wine
# GPG key: 387EE263
deb gutsy main
deb-src gutsy main


VMware doesn't work anymore :( You can download the Gutsy version of VMware here.
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