Three Days to Launch of Intrepid

The latest edition of Ubuntu, 8.10 Intrepid Ibex, is three days away from its official launch.  If you have not already upgraded to the beta, now is a good time to do so.  All you need to do is type <alt>F2, type in “update-manager -d” without the quotes, make the changes, and click on the upgrade announcement at the top of the window when it appears.

I recommend upgrading now and doing a regular update on October 31.  My experience with trying to do a full upgrade when Hardy Heron first came out was that so many people were upgrading at once that the upgrades took forever and died in the middle.  If I can spare even one person what I went through, I will be happy.

Intrepid Ibex is not an LTS version like Hardy Heron was.  This means that it will only get the regular amount of support – 18 months.  Hardy Heron will be supported on desktops for three years and on servers for five.  (LTS means long-term support.)  Most likely, if you are not in a business which needs the predictability of the long-term versions, you will benefit from the new additions and improvements.

I wish you all the best with Intrepid.  May you enjoy it as much as I do!

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