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I put this thread here for I am not wanting to discuss technical details. Just plain frustration.
Got Ubuntu Maverick alternate iso mounted it and did the upgrade from Lucid to Maverick. Not so intelligent decision, I would say.
maverick looks pretty good. Nice themes and wallpapers and all. And nothing like Windows. But wait a minute. Its soooooo sllllllllllllloooooooowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww..............
It takes more than half a minute, may be a minute or so to boot.....
Hell, Lucid used to be up with desktop in less than a minute. And this Maverick takes so long to boot and then from Login screen to desktop takes another 15-20 seconds. What happened.???????????????
I think I am too early upgrader.
Heck, my Linux Mint 9 Isadora installed inside Vista using mint4win boots faster. But Mint feels so feminine with those soft green colours.
on slackware64 I built a monolithic kernel and it cut my boot up time in half I guess I could cut out some checks and updates out to speed things up a little more but I could cause some problems as well
I usually do a clean install when possible but it is time consuming for me. Upgrade is always easy. Just mount the iso and it does itself. I can use the system while everything is going on. Anyhow, its not the issue with services or hardware or anything. Just like normal with Ubuntu, every new version takes some time and some updates before it starts working flawlessly. I am waiting for some time now. Willing to have patience and tweak it to my requirements.
I would suggest extracting the Live CD ISO to a USB flash drive and boot from that to do a clean install.
My installation took about 15 minutes from my flash drive not counting the configuration of APT and the installation of language packs and Ubuntu Restricted Extras (Yes, you can opt to install the Restricted Extras during installation but it's not necessary. To install them, check the "Install software for this [MP3/Flash/DVD playback] functionality" box when you get to the installer screen where the installer does checks to make sure that the installer's system requirements are met.) On top of that, my system boots faster than Lucid from BTRFS (in particular about 7 seconds from BIOS to desktop).
And if you're wondering, here's how to configure BTRFS in Maverick:
When you get to the partitioning stage, select "Configure partitions manually (advanced)" and select "New partition table" after selecting the whole device and then reconfigure your partitions.
Select "New" after selecting the free space created from the installation of a partition table. Set the size to 256MB, the file system to Ext2, and the mount point to /boot. You need a separate boot partition because GRUB does not support booting from BTRFS (it will return an error "Unknown filesystem").
Next, select the rest of your drive and set the filesystem to "btrfs" and the mount point to "/". Now, select "Install" and configure your time zone, keyboard layout, and user account while it just starts installing.
if your upgrade fails it's usually something simple, as I have been able to upgrade 3 installs with only minor annoyances
NOTE: it is best to do the upgrade from console, so boot to console by editing grub2 command line and removing "quiet splash" and change to "text" then boot and login, then do apt-get dist-upgrade or whatever
I use aptitude and do "aptitude safe-upgrade", then reboot and do "aptitude full-upgrade"
so install aptitude or aptitude-gtk
I favor aptitude over synaptic and apt-get