Non-techie? Skip this. NOW.
My attempts at upgrading to Ubunty Edgy (v. 6.10):
1) Downloading the Edgy ISO via torrent. Using Bittornado, the Taiwan and Australia torrents crapped out on me.
2) Downloading the Edgy ISO via the Opera download manager. I didn’t want to involve myself in downloading a separate download manager, and I do find Opera’s download manager more trustworthy than Firefox’s, Windows-experience-wise. Result? A completely downloaded, and burned-to-CD image, but it craps out on the second window on installation. No, it didn’t even get to the Live CD setup.
3) Downloading via the official method: $ gksu “update-manager -c”. Since I’ve already pimped my install, it gave me errors, and asked for the Edgy CD, among other things. A few hours later, I found myself GRUB-less, and was in the predicament where I needed to do a fresh install of Dapper, since…
4) I figured: if I can’t get an Edgy copy on CD -oh, this was just neat, too: when doing upgrades, get the alternate version of the upgrade image. Gah!- best upgrade setup should be = a fresh install of Ubuntu (Dapper), and a straight upgrade to Edgy. During the complete download and install, I got two errors: one relates to the gnome-netstatus-applet, and another one yaks about dependency errors.
I am running on Edgy now, but before I settle for my fave window manager, XFCE (Xubuntu!), I need to fix a few things here on Gnome-world…. I typed too soon. Synaptic and Upgrade Manager don’t crash anymore, thanks to: dpkg –configure -a.
Makes you think why people really bother spending days -as I have- documenting, and actually suspending actual life for a computer operating system.
I am such a fanboy.
UPDATE: I haven’t really talked about this much, but yes, with my 256MB DDR RAM, my box has been crashing, even with XFCE. Currently using Fluxbox, and I’m actually enjoying the hardcore minimalism.