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Hidden Linux : Nightmare on Kubuntu Street

May 03, 2010, 14:04 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Geoff Palmer)

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"Kubuntu 10.4 ("Lucid Lynx") hit the servers late last week so I thought I'd upgrade. Plenty of people appear to have had a great upgrade experience. Mine was a nightmare. But few Linux disasters are unrecoverable. Here's how I got through mine ... albeit with a few outstanding issues.

"I kicked off the Distribution Upgrade process from kpackagekit on Friday evening and left the machine to it. When I checked it on Saturday morning, everything was finished, there were no warnings on the screen, so I rebooted. In retrospect I should perhaps have checked the notifier for any outstanding problems. But surely, anything major would warrant a big bold warning box ...

"First problem: a dead monitor. In place of the usual boot menu I got a monitor message: "Out of range: 74.6KHz/60.0Hz". Well, no real problem. That's just a Grub2 setting. After time-out the boot started and text messages started scrolling up the screen."

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