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Old 07-15-2009, 09:29 PM   #1
msuleyman
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What if I don't upgrade?


When my Ubuntu 8.10 informs me of updates to various things I notice that I have the option to upgrade to the latest version. What if I don't? I like it the way it is and I don't want to change anything. If upgrading is the best thing to do what will happen to my current performance? What can I expect or be on the lookout for in an upgrade? Is the upgrade automatic or do I need to backup data and rebuild?

Thanks in advance.

P4 1.4 mhz Ubuntu 8.10 1GB RAM 40 GB HDD
a computer built from various others

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Old 07-15-2009, 09:55 PM   #2
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Aargh-double post...
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Old 07-15-2009, 09:59 PM   #3
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You do not need to upgrade. Non-LTS releases are supported for 18 months, which means you still have a year to go. After that, you may find that updates become rarer and at a certain point, you may find that you cannot access any software repositories for 8.10 anymore because they have been taken offline. If you do not like upgrades, than you should probably hold off until the next LTS (9.10 although it has been suggested that this one may be delayed for six months) because LTS releases are supported far longer than non-LTS releases; however, skipping releases can be tricky affair (although skipping just one is usually not all that bad) and a clean install may be safer if you do.
Upgrading to 9.04 should be fairly straightforward. As always, making a backup of important files is recommended. For potential stumbling blocks with this specific upgrade, check google.
 
Old 07-16-2009, 02:33 AM   #4
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Do please accept/install the security updates, if any.
 
  


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