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Old 06-06-2008, 03:57 AM   #1
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Post Upgrading Edubuntu 7.10 to Hardy Heron


I have been using Edubuntu 7.10 for quite some time now and now is the time to upgrade it. I can not use the AptGet or Synaptic Package Manager to upgrade due to bandwidth reservations. As per the latest release announcement of Edubuntu (, I need to upgrade to Ubuntu 8.04 first and then use Edubuntu Add On CD to install necessary packages. So anyway, I have to upgrade Edubuntu 7.10 to Ubuntu 8.04 to upgrade Edubuntu as a whole.

I already have Ubuntu 8.04 (Thanks to ShipIt) and I tried to upgrade the system by logging in my existing Edubuntu installation and then putting the 8.04 Ubuntu in ROM drive. The new packages were detected without any problem but I go no option to upgrade. The latest installation CD is free from defects which I have already checked.

I can not do a fresh format as that will make me loose all my present settings, which are important for me to retain.

Is there any way to upgrade Edubuntu 7.10 to Ubuntu 8.04, using the Ubuntu 8.04 Desktop Live CD that I have?

Please help me out.

Thank you.

Last edited by sroych; 06-06-2008 at 04:00 AM.
Old 06-07-2008, 01:17 PM   #2
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I tried upgrading from 7.10 to 8.04 on two laptops, one of which has never had a problem with Ubuntu upgrades of installations. I could not get Kubuntu, XUbuntu or Ubuntu 8.04 upgraded or installed on that laptop.

I could not get 8.04 Kubuntu upgraded on a Thinkpad T61p -- never have had the upgrade say it failed -- and I finally had to run a clean install. However, the system was flakey enough I went back to 7.10.

If you backup /home, your local settings should be preserved. If you or applications you have installed have modified anything in paths other than /home, like /etc or other directories, you'll need to cherry pick what to back up in those directories; or if you backup everything, you'll need to restore over a newly-installed system very carefully.

I restore over /home all the time, when building a new system, and have never had a problem doing this.

Most people in this and the Ubuntu forums overwhelmingly recommend a clean install. In my case, it was mandatory.



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