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4 Upgrade ~vs~ update, and the upgrade script

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4 Upgrade ~vs~ update, and the upgrade script

Postby LeadFingers » Thu Apr 03, 2008 7:03 am

We all love our Updates!
Part of this comes from years of updating our Windows just to keep it running properly & secure,
and part is just the fact that we want the best.
Ultimate Edition has taken the update concept to the next level.
What if you could just push a button to download & install an upgrade to a newer OS?
Wouldn't it be even better if we could do that without destroying any of our data, music, movies, and not change any of our setting on the apps we already have installed?

Now you can!
The Creator of Ultimate Edition, TheeMahn, has made that special program just for you,
in the form of a script that can be modified,
and can be used by hitting an Icon on the desktop.
Not only can you upgrade, now you have choices on what kind of an upgrade you want.


1) Ultimate Edition: Upgrades everything in your system to a newer OS.
2) Ultimate Edition Gamers: The Ultimate Edition upgrade plus brings it up to the Gamers OS standard,
by adding extra gaming apps and a ton of games.
3) Ultimate Edition Custom: Gives you the ability to select just the items you want to be upgraded
It is highly suggested you do an Upgrade instead of an update,
as this fixes things that might be an issue.

While this step is to simple for a "How-To",
there are a few things to know before you jump in...

The upgrade process, because of it's size, requires bandwidth.
If you use a dial-up you will be downloading for days, not hours.
Even with bandwidth the entire process takes between 2 to 4 hours.
During the process windows will pop up that require a response from you.
Some of these windows like to hide behind other windows,
so from time to time you need to move the windows around to see if the upgrade is waiting on you.
Be patient, this takes time.
If it seems to be stopped, move the windows around & wait some more.
You will know when it's done.


Due to the nature of the upgrade,
any drivers you installed will be wiped out and you will have to reinstall them.
Because of this it is HIGHLY recommended you do your install in this order...

1) Put in the Ultimate Edition Live DVD and let it load completely.
2) DO NOT install drivers, Flash, or Adobe
(since it's a live session they will be wiped out in the install process)
3) Hit the install button answer the questions and let it reboot.
4) 1st thing, make sure you're hooked up to the Internet,
then check the boxes to download and install Flash & Adobe.
DO NOT install video drivers at this point, since they will be wiped out by the Upgrade.
5) After Flash & Adobe are installed, hit the upgrade Icon on your desktop.
(and babysit the process)
6) After the upgrade process is complete, reboot & install your video drivers with "Envy".
(while Envy is installed by default,
it's best to download the latest version directly from his site.
Less than 1Mb, download to desktop & double click to install)


Since the update process pulls newer versions off the repositories (repos are banks of software)
lets first make sure we have all the repos enabled & working.

We will do this in Synaptic (System/Administration/Synaptic Package Manager).
since synaptic can change things in your system core, it requires your password.
Type it in & hit OK.
once it's ready, go to Settings/Repositories

on the first page
make sure everything under "Internet" is checked
Leave the "Download from" set to Custom servers.
(this setting should only be changed if you have problems accessing the repos)
Make sure the "CDRom/DVD is unchecked

On the "Internet Updates" page
Make sure everything under "Ubuntu Updates" is checked
Automatic Updates is up to you how you have them checked

On the "Third Party" page
make sure every thing is checked

close the window & hit the Reload button.
When everything is done, close synaptic.


More than likely there will be an error about accessing a repo,
not to worry this is normal
If there were any other errors read the synaptic post ****************************************

Updating "Linux headers" or anything kernel related will bork your video drivers,
so approach these carefully or be prepared to reinstall your drivers


Now you are ready for updates...
At the top of the screen on the right,there is a orange Icon
this is your Update manager.
every time you log-on it will notify you of your update status.
If this bugs you... Right click on the icon & uncheck "Show Notifications"

To update click on the Icon

On startup it opens a reminder window "You must check for updates manually"
Unless you never forget a step in a process,
it's best to let this window load every time you start update Mgr.
hit the check button
it will ask for your password
let it download the package information & complete the checking process

Now you're at the main update window
If you want to do all the updates,
just hit the "Install Updates" button (and go get a cup of coffee)

If you only want to update certain items
Right click any title
select "uncheck All"
Select only the items you want updated
hit the "Install Updates" button (and go get a cup of coffee)

_______________________Upgrade Script section_______________________________

The Upgrade script is the heart of the Upgrade process,
and TheeMahn rewrites (or upgrades) it often.

At present you can only upgrade from one version of Feisty to another version of Feisty
or from one version of Gutsy to another version of Gutsy.
You Can't Upgrade from Feisty to a Gutsy version,
And you Can't upgrade from Gutsy to Hardy with the present Upgrade script.

If somehow you lost your Upgrade Icon, it's easy to make a new one...
you can replace it by making another launcher on the desktop, right click on desktop>>create launcher, and then directing the launcher to use the upgrade script located in the /usr/share/ultimate/
The command is gksudo sh /usr/share/ultimate/

Ultimate Edition 1.8 does not currently have a newer Upgrade script than the default, For 1.8 users DO NOT use either of the scripts below. You have been warned

For Gutsy
the latest upgrade script should place a new Icon on your desktop.
I know it says feisty, but this is for Gutsy.
Simply copy & paste the following in a terminal (yes copy & paste the whole thing at once)
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# Feisty to Ultimate Script
# Ubuntusoftware Team <>
# This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or
# modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License
# as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 2
# of the License, or (at your option) any later version.
# This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
# but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
# GNU General Public License for more details.
# You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License
# along with this program; if not, write to the Free Software
# Foundation, Inc., 51 Franklin Street, Fifth Floor, Boston, MA  02110-1301, USA.
sudo mkdir /usr/share/ultimate
cd /usr/share/ultimate/
sudo rm -R *
sudo wget
sudo wget
sudo wget
sudo wget
sudo wget
sudo wget
sudo chmod +x
cd ~/Desktop/
sudo apt-get install -y --allow-unauthenticated envy
#create Shortcut
sudo echo "Creating Upgrade shortcut..."
# create desktop shortcut for Upgrade
echo "[Desktop Entry]
Exec=gksudo sh /usr/share/ultimate/
Categories=GNOME;GTK;Application;System;" > ~/Desktop/Upgrade.desktop

# chmod shortcut
sudo chmod a+x ~/Desktop/Upgrade.desktop

If you get the error Could not create the directory /usr/share/ultimate
Eliminate this line from the code
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sudo mkdir /usr/share/ultimate

and run it again

For Feisty
To make sure you have the latest script
open a terminal and type or paste one line at a time
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cd /usr/share/ultimate/

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sudo rm

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sudo wget

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sudo chmod 777
1st Box: Ultimate Edition 2.0 x64/ 1.8 x64
2nd Box: XP (dusty)
3rd Box: Stable Media box Ultimate Edition 1.8 x64 with XBMC

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