Upgrading to Ubuntu 8.10

The long awaited Ubuntu 8.10 has been released! I’m upgrading it from my Hardy 8.04 to this new version Intrepid Ibex, 8.10, as I’m writing this post. I’m using the Network Upgrade for Ubuntu Desktops. The method is fairly easy, provided by the Ubuntu website.

1. Start System/Administration/Software Sources.

2. Click on the “Updates” tab and change “Show new distribution release” to “Normal releases”.

3. Start System/Administration/Update Manager.

4. Click the Check button to check for new updates.

5. If there are any updates to install, use the Install Updates button to install them, and press Check again after that is complete.

6. A message will appear informing you of the availability of the new release.

7. Click Upgrade.

8. Follow the on-screen instructions.

I will give a simple review about the new Ubuntu Intrepid Ibex, 8.10 when I’m done upgrading it on my machine. Looking good so far 🙂

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I recently upgraded my Acer Aspire ONE netbook to 8.10, and although I’m very much a lover of Ubuntu I was disappointed by the continual lack of built in Atheros wifi driver. Additionally, after each kernel upgrade I am forced to rewrite and re-initiate the drive, which is really bad. When Ubuntu have this sorted I will put Ubuntu back into action, but in the mean time I will be sticking with Vista on my ONE. Shame really, because my old Acer Extensa 5620 ran 8.04 flawlessly for months! I even have a ‘powered by Ubuntu’ sticker that I sent off for on my ONE! Ah well.


@diesel: I’m sorry to hear that. 🙁 Many of Atheros owners had to depends on MadWifi to get their card working in Ubuntu. But I’ve read recently here on how they got their Atheros working in Ubuntu 8.10 final.


MadWifi works, just about as good as writing your own driver, however just like writing your own the MadWiFi solution requires intitiation after every kernal update, which there are many of with Ubuntu.
I may give it another try, after reading that post you provided in your reply I feel enthused again.
However,I seem quite happy with Vista for now, so I won’t hurry.


Dear All,
How to configure the desktop look like the picture above?
I tried to find all places at the setting but cant be done!
Once open Ubuntu big screen with Menus and all over the places
I need a clean look exactly like windows whereby you can select your icons ONLY!!
another thing!…once minimising a windows example Firefox I could not find where it goes after that?….help me I am totally frustrated

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