Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid Ibex is a go!

As everyones knows, Ubuntu released the latest version of their operating system. I’m not here to tell you what the pros and cons are, I’m here to give you some upgrade results.

My main two machines are a Dell Latitude D630 and a home built MSI/AMD/Nvidia system. Prior to the upgrade to Intrepid Ibex, my laptop was running Hardy Heron (8.04 LTS) 32bit and my desktop machine was running Hardy Heron (8.04 LTS) 64bit. Most of my Ubuntu installations have been clean installs from scratch, so I decided to try upgrading this time around. I followed the instructions from Ubuntu on this page. I used the “Network Upgrade for Ubuntu Desktops” method which was listed as the recommend upgrade method. The laptop and desktop both required 1200+ packages to be downloaded. The download process did take quite a while, which I expected since today is the first day of the release. If you are performing a clean install or a CD-ROM based upgrade, I would recommend saving Ubuntu/mirrors bandwidth by downloading the ISO via Bit Torrent which can be found here.

I am happy to report that the upgrade completed on both systems without a single issue. Dell Latitude D630 users will be happy to know that everything just works. Reloading the laptop with the Dell provided Windows and drivers CD’s isn’t that simple.