From Hardy Heron to Karmic Koala

Thursday I upgraded after 1 year and half my Linux let Hardy Heron 8.04 fly away in favor of the brand new Karmic Koala Kubuntu 9.10 RC1 and of course issues raised.

hardy-heron_ubuntu-8-04 karmic_koala

There are two type of issues:
1. usability issues
2. upgrade issues

I experienced both types!

1. Let’s start from the documentation and after getting rid of the initial windows I got this… but possible you can’t see it? The window is too small to read the whole text, WATTA F**K!

kubuntu_8.04to9.10rc1_01

2. Then I continued and finally I got the update to start, I wanted to follow the update, but… scrollbar does not follow the bottom, WATTA F**K!

kubuntu_8.04to9.10rc1_02

3. Ok I kept scrolling to see what is happening… after a while I got a cups update error that started eating also 1 out of 2 of my cpu… WATTA F**K!

4. All right I kept going on with one cpu out, update luckily continued despite the error.
Eventually it finished and I got the window that asked me to remove software, again I can’t read, the window is too small!!! WATTA F**K!

kubuntu_8.04to9.10rc1_04

5. Let’s enlarge it! If you see it still says “Fetching installing the upgrade can take several hours” but upgrade is already finished, installer should only remove few packages, WATTA F**K!

kubuntu_8.04to9.10rc1_05

6. Ok I removed those packages and proceed to the reboot.
After reboot nvidia drivers are no more installed and nv drivers are instead used, WATTA F**K!

7. So I tried to fix the issue installing via jockey latest nvidia drivers that supports my nVidia Quadro NVS 140M and after installation completed perfectly, X does not start anymore, it fails with the error:

Failed to load the NVIDIA kernel module!

WATTA F**K!

After many hours of research I found the issue and is easy to fix:

uninstall all linux-restricted-modules-common packages
delete the file /etc/modprobe.d/lrm-video

Seems this stupid file was left-over from Hardy installation even if I uninstalled all linux-restricted-modules-common packages and was provoking the nvidia load failure.
I filed a bug: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/update-manager/+bug/459829

Sorry but after FOUR usability issues and THREE upgrade issues, I can’t say that the upgrade is user friendly!

I will speak in the next days about the new Kubuntu 9.10, still a lot of usability issues here and there! Stay tuned!

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