Adventures in Ubuntu (strictly for geeks and geek wannabes) – Part 2

Two months ago, I concluded the last post with “to be continued.” Its now time to continue.

As I left it, I was facing what I thought were hard choices, should I try to upgrade the Ubuntu installation to a newer version knowing that the update process could wreck the installed version? or just live with it?

I listed options to resolve my so-called dilemma:

  1. Auto upgrade from 10.04 LTS to 12.04 LTS
  2. Upgrade from 10.04 LTS to 10.10
  3. Stay with 10.04 LTS and manually update the packages/applications
  4. Just live with 10.04 and deal with issues as they arise.

Maybe this wasn’t a hard choice after all. The purpose of that Ubuntu installation was to learn Ubuntu, and one of the mottos of this blog is “Try, test and Learn”. So to just live with an obsolete version of Ubuntu just wouldn’t do.

So, I followed Option 1: Auto upgrade from 10.04 LTS to 12.04 LTS. And hey, everything went smoothly. The graphics card incompatibility about which a warning appeared during the upgrade did not appear fatal, or appear at all.

Ubuntu 12.04 LTS appears stable, and I am having no problem with it that some self-education won’t resolve.

The only new annoyance that I have encountered is that I am asked to authenticate myself to my wi-fi server every time I start the system. Why isn’t the passphrase saved in a key ring like it was in the previous version, and it is in Windows and MacOSX? Don’t know.