Friday, October 19, 2012

Ubuntu 12.10 (Quantal Quetzal) Upgrade

Morning tasks after booting the coffee maker.

  1. Find in RSS feeds that my Ubuntu 12.04 LTS install has a 12.10 upgrade available.
    ●  Ubuntu 12.10 “Quantal Quetzal” takes flight with a bag full of Juju - Ars Technica
    ●  Ubuntu 12.10 (Quantal Quetzal) released! - Ubuntu
    ●  Ubuntu 12.10 (Quantal Quetzal) review - ZDNet
  2. Find in RSS feeds that my Oracle VirtualBox software has upgrade available.
    ●  Stormy October patch day for Oracle - The H Security: News and Features
    ●  What's New in Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.2? - Oracle (The Fat Bloke Sings) blog
    ●  Oracle Announces Latest Release of Oracle VM VirtualBox - Oracle
  3. Download and update VirtualBox and matching VM Extension Pack appliance.
    ●  Downloads – Oracle VM VirtualBox
  4. Launch and run Ubuntu 12.04 LTS and use Update Manager to bring this version as current as possible, pre-12.10 upgrade.
  5. Reboot and re-run updater…check version, still 12.04 and additional update checks show no 12.10 version offered.
  6. Hit the Googles and find trick to run from sudo “update-manager -d”. That does the trick and upgrade option to 12.10 now available to grab.
    ●  Howto: Upgrade to Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal from 12.04, 11.04, 11.10 | Desktop & Server - Unixmen
  7. Apparently I’m jumping the gun a bit on the new bits as dialog box says it is a “development version”, but apply Ubuntu update anyway…
  8. Get warning message that video hardware may not be sufficiently supported. Do I want to abort upgrade for now? Nope. Note complaints of 3D acceleration. Check VirtualBox settings and find I have that option disabled for this system. Note to self to enable after reboot.
  9. Reboot.
  10. Log in and kick the tires a bit.
  11. Disable the “expanded search” feature. System Settings --> Personal --> Privacy --> Search Results “Off”.
    Canonical adds a 'kill switch' for Ubuntu's Amazon search - PCWorld
    Online Dash Search Update - jonobacon@home

  12. Yep.  OS window performance and transition fade effects now slow-as-molasses.
  13. Remembered to upgrade/install VirtualBox 4.2.2 Guest Additions for Linux into system. Done.
  14. Reboot.
  15. Video performance a bit better but not a lot. Reboot.
  16. Disabled 3D acceleration setting in VirtualBox.
  17. Video performance only a hair-width better. Hopefully better VirtualBox video driver support for Ubuntu 12.10 will be released soon…
  18. Searched and found more posts on the issue.
    Ubuntu 12.10 – VirtualBox Guest Additions not Working -Complete, Concrete, Concise
    #10901 (vboxvideo fails to auto-load on Ubuntu 12.10 Guest) – Oracle VM VirtualBox • View topic - Ubuntu 12.10 "virtually" unusable
  19. Edited “/etc/modules” file to include “vboxvideo” line as suggested above. Shut down.
    [ubuntu] newbie question on editing as root - Ubuntu Forums
  20. Re-enabled 3D acceleration setting in VirtualBox machine settings. Powered VM back up.
  21. Ubuntu 12.10 video performance in VirtualBox 4.2.2 now back to normal (pretty darn fast) speed again. Yay!
  22. Check “Upgrade to Quantal Quetzal” off my to-do list.


--Claus V.


Unknown said...

Very good guide and really easy to follow. Thanks! Also, through terminal one can upgrade as well using the command: sudo do-release-upgrade -d.

Claus said...

@ DBS - Thanks for the kind feedback as well as the terminal tip.

These little gems from pro users are greatly appreciated. I'm still wet behind the ears with Ubuntu!


--Claus V.