Ubuntu’s Edgy Eft (6.10) is out tomorrow, provided no last minute changes to the release schedule.

If you’re planning to upgrade from 6.06 to 6.10, then here are a few steps you may want to take before you perform the upgrade.

  • Be sure to check this Release Notes at the Ubuntu Wiki to make sure you won’t run into any known hardware/software issues.
  • Back up any important files – documents, music, photos, etc. This can’t be stressed enough! If you can’t live without it then make a copy of it somewhere else so if your upgrade goes sour you can get it back.
  • Consider backing up your entire system. Is it more of a hassle to restore it or just do a fresh install? If you chose to back it up, here’s some tips on backing up your Ubuntu system.
  • Definately back up your xorg.conf file (located at /etc/X11/xorg.conf) if you’ve made any changes to it and you’re not planning on backing up your system.
  • Be sure to back up your fstab as well if you’ve modified it to mount things like FAT32 or NTFS drives, it’s located at /etc/fstab.
  • In that vein, if you’ve modified config files for other services, like Samba, Apache, or whatnot you should back them up.

All that’s taken care of now the only thing left to do is wait for tomorrow to upgrade, right? Actually, I’d recommend upgrading today if you can. Why? Well tomorrow with the official release most repositories will be swamped. You can avoid the rush by upgrading right now and then doing a simple dist-upgrade tomorrow to pick up any last minute changes.

How do you upgrade? Well, there are several ways to do it. The first and easiest is to open up a terminal session and run the following command:
gksu “update-manager -c -d”
Or, if you’d like to modify your sources.list file, there’s a quick little sed command to do that for you. As Trogdoor (from Digg) notes, this is not a recommended method. The folks over at Ubuntu have posted a warning about upgrading using this method.
sudo sed -e ’s/\sdapper/ edgy/g’ -i /etc/apt/sources.list
Then run
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
Also you can simply gedit the file, and choose Find -> Replace all, replacing dapper with edgy.
sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list
And just to be sure that everything’s okay, run:
sudo apt-get -f install
sudo dpkg –configure -a
My original reason for starting this blog way back when, sheesh, almost 7 months ago… :) was to have a repository of knowledge for stuff I’d done to my Ubuntu machines. Feel free to use what I’ve learned for yourself with this new release by checking out the Ubuntu category here on Arsgeek. Issues like fixing sound in flash, installing much loved apps and whatnot can all be found there.

Once the official release is launched, Launchpad will start tracking bugs for it. It’s a good idea to stop by if you’re having a problem and either verify that it’s been reported, find a fix, or report it.

Good luck, and may the Eft be with you.