I told Mark Shuttleworth I was a big fan, but he heard “please kick me in the face with cleats on”

  • Hours spent nursemaiding apt-get dist-upgrade, fixing errors every 15 minutes: check.
  • Broken networking on reboot: check.
  • Broken X11, fixed by uninstalling xserver-xorg-driver-ati and replacing it with xserver-xorg-video-ati (I know, duh, right?): check.
  • Broken touchpad scrolling: check.
  • Half of my media buttons handled by something other than lineakd, the others left as they were: check.
  • Shitty fonts in emacs: check.
  • Fucked up sub-pixel font smoothing in Firefox: check.

That’s right folks, this post brought to you by Ubuntu Edgy Eft, aka the “stock Debian had too smooth a user experience” release.

I think I can honestly say that this has been the worst upgrade experience of my life.  And that includes OS/2.

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  1. My husband has been laughing at your posts. Laughing through the tears as he’s been upgrading two machines here. Apparently most of it works now, except any time you try to attach to the nextwork everything locks up. Can’t have everything, I guess!

  2. Oh, babe! Am I ever sorry you had such a hard time. And, of course, this explains what all the stomping was about.

    Lily was biting her nails and her eyes extra-wide when she asked me, “What Avdi mad about?”

  3. Hmm, regarding lockups, I had an odd experience with Dapper the other day. My mythtv system’s motherboard crapped out a number of weeks ago so I had to get it replaced by newegg, but when it was crapping out it would randomly power off a lot, even during bootup/fsck. Anyway, long story short, that corrupted the /var ReiserFS filesystem and whenever a process would try to delete some files, eg /var/lib/dpkg/status-old, the system would either reboot or kernel panic. A reiserfsck –rebuild-tree fixed the problem.

    Maybe it’s a good idea to do a full fsck -f on all the filesystems just to be sure something stupid like that isn’t fouling up the works?

    1. I’d try that if lockups were my problem…

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