Mostly out of curiosity, but also for a change of pace, I installed Ubuntu 6.06.1 on the Pavilion and tried to jump straight to 8.04.
It … didn’t work quite right. I got a lot of damaged packages and aptitude couldn’t resolve a lot of dependencies. A couple of
dpkg -a commands, a couple of
apt-get install -f commands, and still things were generally fractured.
When I finally got back a terminal prompt that didn’t follow an error message of some kind, I rebooted and was left at a terminal prompt, with no GUI and some crazy bash messages.
Oh well. It was fun for a little bit. I do like to see things break. Except I really wanted it to work this time. I was hoping that a leap between LTS releases would go smooth.
It was nice to see Dapper again though. I haven’t installed that version since … since Edgy was released, I guess. It has a much more definite “presence” than I remembered. There were a few things I was accustomed to that weren’t there, but otherwise, it all worked (except for the proprietary ATI driver, and the wireless card, of course ). For a little while.
I don’t think anyone is to blame for a failed upgrade that tries to leapfrog over two years of software updates, but I don’t know if anyone else making the same jump would be successful. As always, a clean install is my suggestion.
P.S.: By the way, I just realized that the title of this post doesn’t read quite right. I mean “fails me” like “I can’t quite understand this,” as in, “This calculus problem fails me.” I don’t want to infer Linux has let me down, as someone quite slyfully mentioned in a quick e-mail. That would be somewhat hypocritical for me to say.