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Ubuntu Edgy Eft, Upgrades and Free Software

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There have been a number of problems with folks upgrading from Ubuntu 6.06 to 6.10 (Dapper to Edgy). I’ve also heard an unusually large amount of invective concerning the process and the end result. Should you be miffed after an upgrade goes wrong and your left with either hours of trouble shooting or a full reinstall? Sure. Before you get overly angry however, let’s all step back and keep a few things in mind.

Early adopters face problems. I’m one of those folks who rush out and update my system on the day a new release hits the street. An yes, I fully expect to come up against issues. Sure Edgy’s not a beta release, but if you’ve read the release notes you know that they’ve changed quite a few things. To expect everything to just work on a major release is futile. Depending on how much you’ve customized your system – and with Linux there’s a whole lot of room for customization, you’re going to run into problems. That’s why smarter folks who don’t actually enjoy rebuilding systems should let people like me rush in. Because in the days and weeks that follow, we’ll let the whole world know what we ran up against.

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