To upgrade or not to upgradeSaturday, April 21, 2007 at 23:12 | Posted in computer, linux, ubuntu | 9 Comments
Peter seems to have upgraded to Ubuntu 7.04. Apart from minor problems, he sounds satisfied. The download took three hours, apparently due the huge interest to get the latest version which causes congestion at the download servers.
I still have Ubuntu 6.06 running in my box. I did not upgrade to 6.10 because I do not necessarily have to have the very latest version. I also like the idea of having a long term support. When I was still using the other opsys, I had 98 running until it was no longer supported and became obsolete.
While I do not feel an urge to rush ahead of 6.06, I still keep weighing out whether the fresher versions would benefit me enough to motivate the trouble of upgrading. According to the release notes, 7.04 includes “new and easier ways to install multimedia codecs”. That is the part I have had some trouble with so if the improvements are significant, I might consider to upgrade. I obviously need to learn more about this to be able to decide.
However, as I currently only have 256 Mb of memory, i.e. the minimum for installing Ubuntu 7.04, I think there is no point in doing it before I have upgraded the memory. On the other hand, I have been thinking about buying a laptop within a few months. Maybe it would be a good idea to install 7.04 into the laptop and just let my desktop box run under 6.06.
That way I would be able to see the difference and evaluate whether it actually makes sense to upgrade the desktop. It would be quite a procedure because I would first have to upgrade to 6.10 and then further to 7.04. I would not want to do that much work unless there was some clear benefit to be obtained.