I have a machine at home running Linux Mint 16 (Petra) that I decided to do an upgrade to 17 (Qiana), and what is it about Ubuntu and its derivatives that make doing an upgrade so difficult?! I’ve had Ubuntu itself break during upgrades before, and decided to quit using Ubuntu partially as a result. But I’ve had pretty good luck with Mint in the past, and, well, not so much any more. The networking is completely broken now. Not just wireless, but wired as well. ifconfig shows no network adapters other than loopback.
To be fair, I haven’t had much of a chance to investigate to see if it’s something incredibly simple, but if stuff like this keeps happening, I’m going back to a monolithic kernel and building everything from source 😉
I decided, in an attempt to save myself a ton of work, to attempt an over-install of Ubuntu. I figured that worst-case, I’d have some ownership or permissions issues, but all my data would still be there. This is something I’ve done with every version of Windows since 3.1 as well as multiple Linux distros, and had ZERO problems with. The only trick is to make sure you don’t have the installer format the partition first. Apparently, the Ubuntu installer thinks this means your data is not important and to erase it anyway before installing. At least before this attempt, I could mount the partition and copy files by hand. Now, it’s all gone. And with it, so is Ubuntu from my PC. Never again! I’m sticking with Slackware from now on…
When Ubuntu 11.04 came out, I immediately switched back to the “classic” gnome desktop because, well, I hated Unity. When I just upgraded to 11.10, they took that option away from me. The “classic” view that you can install is not nearly the same experience, so I attempted to manually downgrade to gnome2 to get me desktop back. Long story short, I’ve hosed my desktop and just don’t have the energy to fix it. If I did, I’d spend the time setting up my distro of choice, Slackware, on my netbook. Instead, I’m looking for new new plug-n-play distro that’s not going to take my preferences away simply because I want to upgrade the core distro. I’m looking at Debian Mint, but am open to other suggestions that are not Ubuntu-based.