[Update : Oct 10 2010] The greatest , latest and official version of Ubuntu is finally available today ! Nice to see it released on 10th of Oct. The process to upgrade remains the same. If you were already in Maverick beta or RC, then no action is necessary. When you use synaptic, the updated packages will get installed.
[Update : Oct 1 2010] Release candidate for Ubuntu Maverick is out ! The process to upgrade remains the same. If you were already in Maverick beta, then no action is necessary. When you use synaptic, the updated packages will get installed. A new Ubuntu font family is introduced. It looks good and hopefully will be made default soon ! Other wise you can install it using ttf-ubuntu-font-family package.
I have been an Ubuntu fan for the past few years and eagerly await the new releases. This release is extra special for me as the name (Maverick Meerkat) is also the nickname of students in my university. I had a bad experience installing alpha software in Karmic and now I safely install only software starting from beta.
This time there was some confusion in installing because the official schedule was previously saying that beta will be released only on September 9th (or was it 17?) . Suddenly I saw in Slashdot that Maverick beta was released. Looks like the release page now shows the correct information. I was doing some serious work last week and did not want to mess up my system. Now that I am free, I installed beta yesterday and been having fun since then. I had some interesting issues in installing it – so I intend to blog it so that it can be useful if some one else faced the same problem !
To Upgrade or not to upgrade ?
This is probably the first question you must decide – For me the answer is simple : If you are running some production server or anything sensitive , don’t install it. Just wait for one more month. The final version goes out on October 10th. If it is your personal laptop, you are Linux geek and wanted to earn some karma, then what are you waiting for ? Start the upgrade ! Of course, there might be minor hitches and potential instability as it is still in beta – But if my experience is any guide, it is very stable. The things you gain by installing outweighs the minor annoyances.
Upgrading to Maverick from Lucid
The conventional method that is specified in the Ubuntu website is to type the following in the terminal (or by pressing Alt+F2 and typing it in the Run dialog)
The other equivalent command is of course :
Most of the time , I assume that this should do the job. Your update manager will open up, show that Maverick (10.04) is available for download. All you need to do is click on "Upgrade" , sit back and relax !
For my system , it downloaded around 1.8 GB of packages. Of course, I am a package junkie and have more packages than I can remember. Your mileage might vary. Once the download is complete, the installation will be a breeze. The installation took around 40 minutes for me. If you have used lot of custom config files , then you might want to take a close look at the installation. Maverick helpfully asks if it should overwrite (very few) config files and provides a few options. You can see the diff and make appropriate decision. This was the only tricky part in the installation. If you have not messed around with the config files manually then the installation will be a breeze for you.
What if you cannot see the upgrade option to Maverick
When I tried to upgrade, "update-manager -d" did not show the upgrade option at all. I was pretty confused as all the big websites were saying beta was released. I am not sure of the exact reason but the following hack did trick the trick for me :
Method 1 :
1. Go to System -> Administration -> Software sources.
2. Click on the "Updates" tab and check "Pre-released updates".
3. Click on "Close" button. This will refresh the package list and most likely will open up the package manager that will show a huge list of packages to upgrade. Hopefully, it will also show "Maverick Meerkat (10.10)" upgrade option.
4. Now close the update manager and open the Software sources again (same as step 1). Now undo what you did in Step 2 – Un check the “Pre-released updates” option.
5. Click on "Close" button and the package list will be refreshed again. Now you should see the upgrade option to Maverick saying : "New distribution release ‘10.10’ is available". You can alternatively run "update-manager -d" command to get this option !
Method 2 :
This issue was pretty strange to me and I was trying to find the root cause. I "think" the root cause was this : In the file /etc/update-manager/release-upgrades , the keyword for prompt was in all lowercase but the documentation was saying it must be "Prompt" (title case). I am not sure if this is the issue but I noted that during the installation, one of the file updated was /etc/update-manager/release-upgrades and the only change was
So the alternative thing to try before doing Method 1 is to modify the file and change the word prompt to title case. It might make it work although I did not try it.
Actually not much : Most of the changes are incremental rather than revolutionary. The boot time seems to have slightly reduced. Of course, Linux usually boots very fast, but shaving seconds off boot is always welcome !Maverick has recent versions of kernel and GNOME. Evolution and Software center were upgraded but I do not use them. I received the latest versions of some software I use heavily like Thunderbird and Open Office. Thunderbird 3.1 is sleek and adds some nifty features. Open Office 3.2 also rocks. Somehow the whole system looks pretty crisp to me. The font looks more clearer – Not sure which component to thank for 🙂
Some random things :
a) Looks like you can migrate only from Lucid (10.04). My friend tried to upgrade from Jaunty and was not able to do it. It kept offering Lucid as the option.
b) If lot of your friends want to try Maverick, then the best option is to download the ISO via torrents and share it among your friends. Once you mount the ISO file and run the installation script, it will recognize you are in Lucid and will ask if you want to upgrade. Say yes and the rest of the installation instructions remain the same.
Minor Issues I faced
I have been using Maverick for couple of days. So far there are no major issues. The most annoying issue was that the dconf was crashing couple of times today. I added myself to the existing launchpad bug. From the comments it looked like it will be fixed soon.
The other issue was that my sound icon has a crazy look now. Basically it shows the icon for no icon 🙂 One of the changes anticipated in Maverick was that sound applet also integrates the currently running music player controls. It might be a simple issue – I searched in net but could not find others with the same issue. Anyways, it is minor UI issue and I expect that it will be fixed soon.
Go ahead and upgrade to Maverick from Lucid ! I am sure you will have fun with the new version 🙂