"A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects." (Robert A. Heinlein)

Thursday, 31 October 2013

Upgraded to Ubuntu 13.10 “Saucy Salamander”



This is just a short post to report about the upgrade of my two computers to the latest Ubuntu release. I upgraded just after the distribution release (Saturday 19) but various problems kept me from writing about it.



The upgrade process

I started upgrading both my computers almost at the same time. The installation proceeded smoothly sopping only to ask, for some modified configuration file, if they had to be maintained or replaced. I selected to keep all modified fields I had.


At the end both my computers finished the upgrade almost together in spite of the very different hardware.

First impressions … first problems

Just after restarting the system I noticed the first problem: the network manager icon stated that the network was in a “unmanaged” state.


the thing solved by itself, on the EEEPC, just by rebooting, but on the Acer Veriton the problem appears often after I suspend the system. On my desktop computer I also got some occasional error message from lightdm during boot. I replaced lightdm with gdm but still I get occasionally crash reports from unity-greeter or plymouth just after boot.
All these problems are more annoying than limiting. I'll deal with them as soon as possible. There are many suggested solutions on the Internet, it's only matter of finding the time to try them all.

Update (23/11/2013)

All start-up crash reports disappeared since I selected proprietary AMD video driver from the "Software & Updates" tool.