Easiest Upgrade Path Ever December 1, 2005Posted by Carthik in snippets, ubuntu.
Have you used software, or OSes that make you go, “Dumb developers, what were they thinking?”
Well, turns out that one of the reasons I love Ubuntu is that every once in a while I encounter some tidbit in the mailing lists that makes me go, “Wow! These guys have common sense, and make things so much more intuitive and simple.”
For example, consider upgrading from Hoary to Breezy. You have a Breezy CD with you. Traditionally one would think that there would be some editing of the sources.list to use the cd-rom as a repository, followed by the upgrading itself, but here’s the surprise, with Ubuntu, you don’t have to run in circles: All you have to do is to just pop in the Breezy cd when your Hoary computer is running. The Update Manager will detect that the cd you popped in corresponds to a newer version of Ubuntu and then ask you if you want to upgrade to Breezy!!
Some of the things with Ubuntu are so simple that you don’t think of them straight up – Being a linux OS you don’t expect things to be so simple, yet they are. I have to constantly remind myself that the Ubuntu developers are folks with loads of common sense, and they want to build a system that’s as simple as possible (and no simpler).