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Ubuntu upgrade from 11.10 to 12.04

Posted 04-27-2012 at 08:44 PM by Sonneteer

Since I have about a billion 3rd party applications installed, the upgrade process can be somewhat interesting at times. This time around I uninstalled acroread first, since in previous upgrades, that package has caused the upgrade process to abort.
Now that my internet is on Shaw instead of Telus, the download time was pretty short. But then the upgrade seemed to be stuck for a long time at the same point, it was not until I expanded the terminal that I found there was an ncurses dialog box waiting for my input (if I didn't see that little arrow by "Terminal", we could have been waiting for each other for a long time).
So once it was finally going again, the actual upgrading was going to take awhile, but I can't just leave it with Ubuntu, because it's always asking me about whether I want to keep or replace custom config files. There's probably a way to automatically answer those if running via the command line, but there was no option that presented itself through the GUI. I much prefer the way it works on Slackware, where you can let it update everything by itself, and slackpkg will prompt you about each of the new config files only once that is all done.

Once the upgrade was all said and done, of course I had to investigate the new features.
The first thing, that was terribly annoying, was the way my mouse had to fight to move between my two monitors. This was easy enough to fix through the unity plugin settings of the CompizConfig, by turning "Launcher Edge Stop Overcome Pressure" down to 5 and "Edge Stop Velocity" to 10. (I can see how a higher pressure might be useful if I had the launcher on both screens, but rather than a second launcher, I'm running gkrellm there.)
The new privacy settings were nowhere to be found--apparently I had uninstalled the "ubuntu-desktop" meta package at some point in the past, so installing that pulled in the new stuff I was looking for.
Had to open up the Advanced Settings to reset the Window decoration theme back to the way I had it.
I liked the new icon theme in the panel, but the icons on the launcher were not so hot. In particular, the default Gnome icon theme was missing the workspace-switcher icon, so it was just an ugly folder sitting in my launcher for the switcher. Installation of the "gnome-icon-theme-extras" package fixed that though. (If Unity needs one of those icons, shouldn't that be in the "full" package instead of relegated to "extras"?)

I kept getting crash reports about virtualbox installation (even though I wasn't trying to run it) until I went back to, from whence I got the previous version, and downloaded the Precise Pangolin version.

Mupen64plus was updated to the newer version, which does not have a gui. In order to reconfigure my controller I grabbed the ~/.config/mupen64plus/blight_input.conf file from my backup and used it as a reference to adjust the settings in ~/.config/mupen64plus/mupen64plus.cfg

So those have been my adventures so far on this upgrade
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