Last week Ubuntu 8.10, aka The Intrepid Ibex, was released.

Time to updgrade :-) First in my laptop.

I will be the using the 64 bit alternate cd to upgrade. This means that the upgrade will have a cd image as his source, and not the Internet. This way it’s much faster.

Before you start

  • Check for updates using Update Manager
  • Backup your data
  • Check the Release Notes
  • Download Ubuntu (I recommend using Torrents)
  • Check the file hash (example: md5sum ubuntu-8.10-alternate-amd64.iso)
  • Be sure to upgrade from Ubuntu 8.04.
  • Use Gmount-iso to mount the iso file. This way cd could be mounted without having to burn a cd.

In the Terminal, go to the cd mount point (example: /media/cdrom) and type:

gksu "sh /cdrom/cdromupgrade"

And now we wait…

During the upgrade there may be some questions about replacing some configuration files. I replaced them all with the new versions.

After restarting and reactivating my Software Sources there were more updates to do. This is because Ubuntu deactivates other software sources and because I made the upgrade from the alternate cd.


  • Non-Issue 1: It really seams faster :-)
  • Non-Issue 2: Install OpenOffice 3.0 by adding the following to your Software Sources (System > Administration > Software Sources) and do a normal Update
deb intrepid main
deb-src intrepid main
  • Issue 1:

I was missing some software I wanted to get back

  • gVim

  • gnuCash

  • Mail Notification

  • LAMP Server (check the link for details)

  • Issue 2: Reactivate Software Sources (System > Administration > Software Sources) updating them to Intrepid.

  • Issue 3: Add to re-install EnvyNG-Qt and enable the ATI driver

sudo apt-get install envyng-qt
  • Issue 4: Scrolling in Firefox was extremely slow. I reinstalled the ATI driver and it’s fixed now.
sudo apt-get remove --purge fglrx*
sudo apt-get remove --purge xserver-xorg-video-ati xserver-xorg-video-radeon
sudo apt-get install xserver-xorg-video-ati
sudo dpkg-reconfigure -phigh xserver-xorg
sudo dpkg-reconfigure -phigh xserver-xorg
  • Issue 5: The SC Card Reader only works if the card is in the slot at boot up time.