Well I got back of a weeks holiday and there it was, 7.10 released. I had previously burned and booted some of the beta CDs just to be sure they worked.
So I did a full update of my Kubuntu 7.04 then rebooted then enabled the additional repositories, up comes the 'upgrade' button. I click on it and it goes into a wizard, gets part way through and tells me it can't complete and my system might be in an unstable state.
It wasn't, as a quick reboot proved, so I did the wizard again (previous run had installed some libc updates so I thought maybe a reboot would help) and once again it gave up. On reboot, this time it *was* in an unstable state.
Reboot into console mode, apt-get dist-update
and it looks promising, then tells me PAM has to be stopped, up comes a text-mode screen, I hit OK and it tells me some services can't be stopped.
Reboot (text mode) and it gives me some dpkg command to run (sorry, didn't write it down, but IIRC dpkg --configure -a
and I try again, same result.
At this point I decided to put the time into reinstalling rather than debugging so I downloaded the .iso image and burned it, then rebooted into windows, backed up /etc/X11/* (because that x11.conf took me a while to get right last time) and my color profiles, and /home/chris just in case although that was on a separate partition so should be okay.
Reboot into the live CD, works fine, have a quick look at the partition editor to check and then install, reformatting the root partition and not reformating the /home one.
Install has no problems, reboot and it all works nicely. Popup asks if I want to allow restricted drivers for NVIDIA video card and for atheros wifi (which was already checked and apparently, already being used). I say yes and reboot one more time
. Thats way
easier than it was in 7.04 trying to get OpenGL and Beryl working well (which I did, eventually and with a bunch of googling). Looking at the X11.conf it installed:
\tIdentifier\t"nVidia Corporation G71 [Quadro FX 2500M]"
\tDevice\t\t"nVidia Corporation G71 [Quadro FX 2500M]"
it seems to have all the stuff I had to add with command line options last time.
Now I'm adding back the apps I used to use and trying to remember which command line utilities I used to have installed.
Sucks that the upgrade didn't work, but glad the fresh install was so easy. Have yet to try a wacom tablet with it. More later if I remember ...