So, I clicked on the “install” icon. First attempt was a no go. Second attempt proceeded and after selecting English, the installer advised me how much room Xubu would need on my hard drive, reminded me to make sure I was connected to the internet, then offered me a choice between installing Xubu 12.04 alongside
my existing Xubu 10.04, or “upgrading”
10.04 to 12.04 (preserving settings, pictures, music, bookmarks, e-mail settings, etc), or wiping the entire drive and installing Xubu 12.04 to take the whole hard drive
. This is where the trouble all started! I think I’m a smart boy, and I had separate partitions to keep my data from being wiped (backup anyway!), so I chose “upgrade.”
Instead of replacing my old Xubu with the new one, the installer created a whole ‘nother partition table that looked like my old one on GParted (1 gb for Linux-swap, 20gb for / and the remainder of the drive for /home), but it didn’t fully overwrite the old installation. The first result of that was that Xubu couldn’t install updates because “that partition is full.” What!?! 10 gigabytes!?! No waaaaaay. Desperate to make room, I removed a bunch of unused applications and ran the “clean this mess up” command:
sudo apt-get clean
Yay! Gained about 20 mgs of disk space. Oh, wait… 20 MEGS? Crud. I thought, “The next update will fill that up and I’ll be back at Square One.” Rawr.
Sure enough, it did. Determined to make sure Xubu had all the room it would need, I doubled the size of my / partition using GParted from the LiveCD. Ha! Fill that up, you stupid update!
It didn’t, yay. But Xubu became reeeeeally slow after that. The longer the uptime, the slower Xubu got. Off to Ubuntu Forums for help (that’s always where Google sends you anyway). The wonderful folks there tell me I must have multiple installations or something, even though GParted tells me it’s okay. Maybe resizing them just complicated matters even further. Okay, now I’m getting mad.
“Fine! Take the whole stupid hard drive then! Stupid Xubu “upgrade.”
So, off to the Official, Real McCoy, Authentic, Authorized download page for a good copy of the iso. This time I just let Xubu have the entire drive (seriously, who doesn’t do backups anyway?). Oh.My.Gosh. Xubu rocks again! Even Firefox (version 11!) flies faster than before. Xubuntu 12.04 is the best Xubu yet, and it runs as quickly on this old Dell as WindowsXP did when it was brand spankin’ new! Best Xubu ever.
1. – A separate /home and/or /data partition is a good idea, but not always. It may tempt some people to neglect backing up files, and it just might mess up a new installation if there is a big gap between what you’re upgrading from and what you’re upgrading to.
2. – Use the official iso from the official download site or torrent. Accept no substitutes.
3. – Know where to go for help when things get too complicated. This is Xubu, for goodnessakes! It’s not supposed to be complicated!
4. – Xubu is still the best Linux distro in the history of ever!