Ubuntu Upgrade Day: 11.04 – 11.10 ‘Oneiric Ocelot’

Yay! My favorite Linux distro gets a facelift today with Ubuntu 11.04 making way for the newly released version 11.10 ‘Oneiric Ocelot’. From past history lessons, I do tend to stray on the side of caution, so only one of my machines will be getting the upgrade treatment this week and I’ll hold off with the others until any post update issues shake out.

For those who haven’t given Linux a try yet – I’d strongly suggest giving Ubuntu a go – it has a nice interface and can be skinned to look and feel quite similar to some of the other major operating systems you may already be familiar with. Follow this download link and grab the file.

If you just want to kick the tyres and have a quick look, there are some easy to follow instructions on the download page for making a ‘Live CD’ or a bootable USB stick that you can drop into your current machine and check out.

For those already running Ubuntu, upgrading is as easy as following the instructions on this page, or by entering the command:

update-manager -d

from a terminal window (or from a command via <Alt> + <F2> ). At the time of writing, the update files hadn’t made it to the New Zealand servers so you may want to hold off a little, or change your region under the ‘Settings’ option.

Good luck, enjoy (and don’t forget to make a backup of your data files BEFORE you start…)

Upgrading to Firefox 3.0 (Release) on Ubuntu 8.04

It’s Firefox 3.0 release day (well, if you factor in the lack of understanding of timezones, to be fair – New Zealanders should have been downloading it yesterday) – anyway, mini soapbox aside, there seems to be a lack of simple instructions as to how to update Firefox on Ubuntu 8.04 from the version 3 beta to the release version – so I thought I’d do the foot (finger?) work for you…

It’s Firefox 3.0 release day (well, if you factor in the lack of understanding of timezones, to be fair – New Zealanders should have been downloading it yesterday) – anyway, mini soapbox aside, there seems to be a lack of simple instructions as to how to update Firefox on Ubuntu 8.04 from the version 3 beta to the release version – so I thought I’d do the foot (finger?) work for you…

As always, do a backup, YMMV – this is a guide not a guarantee…

  1. First off you’ll need to grab the release version of Firefox from here
  2. Save the file to your Ubuntu box
  3. Shut down all instances of Firefox you may have running
  4. From a terminal window enter the following:
  5. sudo tar -C /opt -jxvf firefox-3.0b2.tar.bz2

  6. Start Firefox again and check things worked by looking at ‘Help > About’

Upgrading to Ubuntu 8.04 LTS (Hardy) via Command Line

With the LTS (long term support) release of Ubuntu Hardy, I decided it was a good time to update one of my ancient PCs which had been running v5.10 (breezy) for the past few years.

As it’s a fairly low spec PC (Toshiba Tecra 8000, Celeron, 64MB RAM) I only have command line running so, to do the update I simply performed the following process to update to v8.04 (hardy). Of course I backed up first – as should you… As with all HOWTO guides, this process worked for me, read the guide in it’s entirety before proceeding, backup your machine, and may your Linux-fu be strong – good luck.

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