Command Line Upgrade to 8.04 Hardy Heron

Ubuntu 8.04 is the second LTS release of the incredibly popular Linux distro. Inspired, I did a fresh install of my desktop at work and found the process smooth and about as simple as an XP install1, and am quite happy with the results.

Then, I thought it might be fun to see if my svn box in the basement would survive a command-line upgrade again (it worked for 7.04 to 7.10), so why not? The process is fairly straightforward. As root (or via sudo):

  1. sed -e 's/gutsy/hardy/g' -i /etc/apt/sources.list
  2. apt-get update
  3. apt-get dist-upgrade
  4. ... wait ...
  5. shutdown -r now

During my install this morning, and the corresponding install of several packages not included by default, I found that the default repository [us.archive.ubuntu.com] is really slow right now. Synaptic Package Manager has this nifty "find the best mirror" tool, and lo and behold, the best option for me is in Switzerland [mirror.switch.ch], so rather than just replace 'gutsy' with 'hardy', I updated my sources.list to match the fresh one at work.

Then I saw this:

947 upgraded, 194 newly installed, 67 to remove and 0 not upgraded. Need to get 763MB of archives. After unpacking 473MB of additional disk space will be used. Do you want to continue [Y/n]?

Well, yeah, of course... but wow, that's some update! Undaunted, I pressed on. Sure enough, it really was that simple. The upgrade on my Dual-PIII 667 (yeah, that's right, PIII baby!) workstation took just over 4 hours to complete, according to my history, so not too shabby.

Grab ubuntu 8.04 directly from the ubuntu.com web site, or from one of many mirrors.


  1. Admittedly about 10 minutes faster!

Apr 26th, 2008

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