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.

2 thoughts on “Adventures in Ubuntu (strictly for geeks and geek wannabes) – Part 2”

  1. Some of the suggestions on this thread may help with your wireless connection:

    The HD on my old Linux box was starting to fail, so I decided to reinstall Ubuntu on one of the 1TB drives I salvaged from the DNS-323. I downloaded a LiveDVD for 12.04 but it failed to verify when I burned it, so I dug out my old 10.04 disc and installed that, then upgraded to 12.04. I didn’t like Unity in the previous installation (very unstable) so I switched to LXDE ( which runs much more smoothly on that old hardware.

    1. Thanks Ray,

      The suggestion in Message #20 by ‘dowr’ works. This is what it says:

      I have resolved the same problem very simply.
      Click on Applications/System Tools/System Settings.
      In the Hardware collection of icons, click on Network, then Wireless.
      In the lower right hand corner of the Wireless Connected window (I earlier connected) click on Configure…
      I have Connect Automatically checked (near the top), and Available to all users checked (near the bottom.
      Click on the Wireless Security tab.
      In my case for Security I have: WPA & WPA2 Personal
      Fill in the Password.
      Click Save.
      When I restarted the system all went automatically.

      Now, why didn’t I think of that?
      While upgrading from one version to another before reaching 12.04 LTS, the WiFi authentication pass-phrases were saved from one version to another. Only when I checked the box ‘Available to All’ was the pass-phrase saved, and I was not asked to authenticate for my wi-fi network once again.


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