Ubuntu 16.04 is live

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Ubuntu 16.04 is live

Ubuntu 16.04 is now available for download. I completed my first upgrade (15.10 to 16.04) in my lab (Dell i5 7020) a few minutes ago. Download was very fast and the upgrade was smooth. Nothing obvious was buggered up by the update, at least nothing that I can tell so far. Next will be the iMac in my office.

jasonw

Watching the Linux Action Show on it now. Will be upgrading to the final version of Ubuntu Mate 16.04 on my desktop (is beta 2 right now).

Jason

Computer enthusiast, beginner programmer, political geek.

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Mentioned on the home page that Ubuntu mate 16 LTS is final today. My upgrade went smoothly. Jason, you'll have a lovely system.

For others, this is a distro that is well worth trying. And it works very well in virtual. Have a quad core cpu and gave it 2, 2 gig ram, and 40 gig of hard drive. Have used it throughout much of the day. Automatically allows drag and drop between host and guest. These designers are really good and thorough.

mfox
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Vanilla Ubuntu or Mate?

Mac user running Ubuntu 16.04 (Unity, Gnome) on Dell XPS 13 (4gb RAM, 250gb SSD)
Ubuntu 16.04, Chromixium, Remix OS and Crunchbang++ on upgraded 11.6" Acer 1810TZ Olympic Edition (4gb RAM, 240 SSD)
Ubuntu 16.04 on Mac mini, iMac & Dell 7020

mfox
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Mate is very tempting, since it now allows one to mirror the look of the Unity sidebar on the left side of the display. I find Unity/Gnome 3 to be somewhat slower on my iMac than it is on the Dell 7020 in my office, despite both having similar specs. I'll bet Mate would be lightning fast on that core i5 iMac.

Mac user running Ubuntu 16.04 (Unity, Gnome) on Dell XPS 13 (4gb RAM, 250gb SSD)
Ubuntu 16.04, Chromixium, Remix OS and Crunchbang++ on upgraded 11.6" Acer 1810TZ Olympic Edition (4gb RAM, 240 SSD)
Ubuntu 16.04 on Mac mini, iMac & Dell 7020

mfox
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I was a bit hasty with my evaluation of the upgrade. While the upgrade went pretty smoothly, booting into Ubuntu on my Dell 23" monitor puts all the desktop bars partly invisible off the edge of the screen. I can reset the resolution in settings, but it doesn't seem to stick after a reboot; i.e. I have to reset it again. Not a huge deal, but annoying.

Unfortunately, this upgrade emboldened me to upgrade my office iMac. This didn't go well at all. Somewhere during the installation, the monitor went blank and there was no obvious indication of activity. So I restarted the iMac, and upon booting into Ubuntu, I get some text, which then disappears and repeats, and it never gets past this. I then rebooted with a 16.04 live usb, which was fine, but I was unable to repair the installation with instructions I found on the internet. I posted in the Ubuntu forums, but I fear that I'm looking at a fresh installation. Bummer - first time that ever happened to me with a Ubuntu upgrade.

Mac user running Ubuntu 16.04 (Unity, Gnome) on Dell XPS 13 (4gb RAM, 250gb SSD)
Ubuntu 16.04, Chromixium, Remix OS and Crunchbang++ on upgraded 11.6" Acer 1810TZ Olympic Edition (4gb RAM, 240 SSD)
Ubuntu 16.04 on Mac mini, iMac & Dell 7020

mfox
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Being fearless, I went ahead with upgrading 15.10 to 16.04 on my Dell xps. This one went smoothly; I'm posting from the Dell. So I have two more to do (my Mac mini and Acer laptop) and unfortunately, one to fix.

Mac user running Ubuntu 16.04 (Unity, Gnome) on Dell XPS 13 (4gb RAM, 250gb SSD)
Ubuntu 16.04, Chromixium, Remix OS and Crunchbang++ on upgraded 11.6" Acer 1810TZ Olympic Edition (4gb RAM, 240 SSD)
Ubuntu 16.04 on Mac mini, iMac & Dell 7020

jasonw

Ouch! Were you using any additional drivers before the upgrade?

Jason

Computer enthusiast, beginner programmer, political geek.

mfox
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Yes, a nVidia driver, and I had the second monitor hooked up at the time. Also, I was using Gnome instead of Unity during the upgrade. I suppose that any of these could have done it. I don't think it has anything to do with the computer being a Mac. I just finished upgrading Ubuntu on my Mac mini at home. That caused some minor problems initially (no wifi, refind bootloader not working), but those issues were easily resolved. So the scorecard is: 3 successes out of 4 attempted Ubuntu 15.10 to 16.04 upgrades. (Still one minor problem with video adjustment on the Dell desktop, but I'm sure I can fix that.)

One more to go; the Acer. This one is an upgrade from 14.04 to 16.04. I'll hold that until tomorrow.

Mac user running Ubuntu 16.04 (Unity, Gnome) on Dell XPS 13 (4gb RAM, 250gb SSD)
Ubuntu 16.04, Chromixium, Remix OS and Crunchbang++ on upgraded 11.6" Acer 1810TZ Olympic Edition (4gb RAM, 240 SSD)
Ubuntu 16.04 on Mac mini, iMac & Dell 7020

mfox
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Ubuntu is amazing! I thought I was in for a new install on my borked iMac upgrade. But it turns out that there is an option on the installer for leaving your files and apps alone and just installing the system around it. That's what I did, and it worked. It still took me a few hours to reconfig stuff - these were things like VirtualBox, CrossOver, PlayonLinux, DropBox and Insync. But everything is back and working, and I'm on 16.04. One more upgrade to go.

Incidentally, the new software centre is nice, but it doesn't cover the range of apps that can be installed. Some .deb packages wouldn't install on it at all. So you still want to have Synaptic and gdebi. Both worked fine on the new system.

Mac user running Ubuntu 16.04 (Unity, Gnome) on Dell XPS 13 (4gb RAM, 250gb SSD)
Ubuntu 16.04, Chromixium, Remix OS and Crunchbang++ on upgraded 11.6" Acer 1810TZ Olympic Edition (4gb RAM, 240 SSD)
Ubuntu 16.04 on Mac mini, iMac & Dell 7020

mfox
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I just completed my last upgrade, this time from 14.04 to 16.04. Uneventful, except that I got repeated warnings of low disk space that made my nervous. I'm not sure how much temporary space the upgrade requires, but I think it's on the order of 2-3 gb. If you don't have that on your drive, it might be a good idea to clear some just to ensure you don't have a problem, even if you have to move some stuff out temporarily.

One other note of interest. During the update Ubuntu gives you the option of removing packages no longer needed, which I always do. The updater seems to be smart about this. I have a couple of old libraries that are needed to run one of my stat packages, and they were left alone while newer versions of the same package that were updated in 16.04, were actually removed. Thus my old program continues to work without my having to reinstall those libraries.

Bottom line is that the Ubuntu upgrader is very professional, and very safe; I would say as good and safe as MacOS and Windows installers. The one problem I had on my iMac is the first in probably 20 upgrades I've done, and I think that this one may have been related to the attachment of a second monitor during the upgrade. And even that problem was easily recoverable without my losing any data or applications, using a live usb installer. So if you're sitting on an older version of Ubuntu, I would highly recommend an upgrade. (That's you, Bob!)

Mac user running Ubuntu 16.04 (Unity, Gnome) on Dell XPS 13 (4gb RAM, 250gb SSD)
Ubuntu 16.04, Chromixium, Remix OS and Crunchbang++ on upgraded 11.6" Acer 1810TZ Olympic Edition (4gb RAM, 240 SSD)
Ubuntu 16.04 on Mac mini, iMac & Dell 7020

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