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Upgrading to Breezy and E17

2006-01-27 20:20:00

Spent some time last night upgrading my work laptop from Ubuntu Linux version 5.04 (Hoary Hedgehog) to 5.10 (Breezy Badger). Now I should be able to run Chandler on my work machine instead of having to move over to my little Windows lappy every time I need to look at it.

I just changed my /etc/apt/sources.list to point to the Breezy repositories, and then used apt-get update and apt-get dist-upgrade to do the deed.

I'm continually impressed by Ubuntu in general. Considering the magnitude of the changes, there was surprisingly little headache.

I did have some issues with blocking packages (which might have stemmed from having OpenOffice 1 and 2 both installed). Here's the error message I was getting:

dpkg: error processing
/cdrom//pool/main/o/openoffice.org2-helpcontent
/openoffice.org2-help-en-us_1.9.129-0.1ubuntu5_all.deb
(--unpack):
trying to overwrite
`/usr/lib/openoffice2/help/en/scalc.idx/DOCS.TAB',
which is also in package openoffice.org2-calc

It seems that the Ubuntu base package depended on a language pack that depended on the OpenOffice.org Help content which it couldn't install because it was already there. Typical dependency-chain annoyance. However, as you might expect with open source software, a quick Google search led me to post on the Ubuntu forums which solved the issue for me -- I just had to resort to dpkg -r on each of the individual OpenOffice.org apps (dpkg -r openoffice.org2-calc openffice.org2-draw openoffice.org2-impress openoffice.org2-math openoffice.org2-writer). Other than this minor irritation, the upgrade was smooth as butter.

One thing I do miss from my Gentoo days was the freedom from those kind of dependencies -- although I of course do not miss the endless compiling. And even with having to remove OpenOffice components manually during this upgrade, it's not nearly as annoying as a lot of the RPM-tail-chasing I can remember from using Redhat.

While I was at it, I bit the bullet and set up the newest (development) version of Enlightenment -- version 0.17, referred to as E17.

I've been using Enlightenment for years now, and this is a completely new version -- things look totally different.

It's a development version, so it's a bit incomplete and crashy, but it is serious eye candy, with some gorgeous drop shadows and transition effects. And it's surprisingly efficient as well. Even with all the new chrome, it feels way less ponderous than the default GNOME desktop.

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This is the blog for Matthew Eernisse. I currently work at Yammer as a developer, working mostly with JavaScript. All opinions expressed here are my own, not my employer's.

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