Thursday, November 23, 2006

Smooth upgrade from Dapper to Edgy on my desktop

Yesterday I've updated OS on my desktop computer.

It's quite old PIII celeron 800MHz with nvidia geforce MX2. OS installed was Ubuntu 6.06 Dapper Drake. Install was almost clean one, with minor tweeking (installed acrobat reader, SUN java, mplayer and few other packages).

I've followed several guides. For pre-upgrade instructions I went with this one: before-upgrading-to-edgy
For installation I went with instructions (command line ones) from here: upgrade-ubuntu-606-dapper-drake-to-ubuntu-10-edgy-eft but I used aptitude instead of apt-get.

Official instructions: EdgyUpgrades
Common problems with solutions: ubuntu-edgy-upgrade-common-problems-with-solutions

So basically it would go like this:
  1. Check if ubuntu-minimal and ubuntu-destktop packages are installed.
  2. Check which packages were installed by hand and if they are probable to cause problems (use common sense ;))
  3. Remove apps that were installed via "make install" and so on (once again use common sense ;))
  4. Edit sources list, and replace dapper with edgy: sudo vim /etc/apt/sources.list
  5. sudo aptitude update
  6. sudo aptitude dist-upgrade
    • Repeat this step until all problems are solved... I had to run it at least four times :)
  7. sudo aptitude -f install
  8. sudo dpkg –configure -a
  9. Reboot the computer
Everything went fine. After the reboot I had running Edgy Eft :D.
So now it's time to install Beryl and show off to my friends that wait for Vista ;).
And then do the same with my laptop. This one will be harder as this install is heavily customized...

Google calendar

For some time now I've been playing with Google Calendar.
As other google products it has nice very intuitive interface, and of course is still in BETA ;).

At first I've found this calendar to be not very useful, apart from it's notification feature. Unfortunately for it to work your web browser must be running and you have to be logged onto google calendar. Moreover it's not very visible...

Recently my fiancée started to use google calendar. And then I realized that it became quite useful. I've subscribed to her calendar and Kasia subscribed to mine. Now I don't have to remember when she has her classes and so on. I always can look it up :D.

It has a lot more features that ease up making appointments with other people. But up to now I haven't had a chance to try them out :/

Today as you probably noticed I added my two calendars to my blog. So now everyone who's interested can check when I'm available... Of course I don't put all my appointments into this calendar ;)