Note: This guide is meant for the impatient...
- Get the alternate cd iso bittorent file. Get it. (Note: this ONLY works with the alternate cd, and NOT with the Live CD.)
- Use a bittorent client such as transmission to download it.
(Tip: sudo apt-get transmission if you dont have transmission.)
This will take anywhere from 30 minutes to 1.5 hours. Depends on your luck.
- Verify the iso file you downloaded using a MD5 check. (Get the MD5 file from the same place where you got your bittorent file.) (This step is optional but recommended.)
- Mount the iso file. E.g.: (note: /cdrom is similar to /media/cdrom) [Time saver: no need to burn CD!]
sudo mount -t iso9660 ubuntu-8.04-alternate-i386.iso /cdrom -o loop
- Hit Alt-F2, type in and run the following:
gksu "sh /cdrom/cdromupgrade"
- Sit back and relax. Go and grab a cup of coffee. Restart your computer at the end of the upgrade. The upgrade takes about 30 mins on a Intel C2D 2.0GHz.Enjoy a game of classic minesweeper while the installer runs in the background.
Don't panic if your system does not function "normally" during the upgrade.Note: if you encounter the "exclusive lock" error associated with aptitude, hit ctrl-alt-backspace and re-login.
- Say "hello" to Ubuntu 8.04 LTS! Congrats for making it through!
Note: some programs may appear to "crash" when you first login. Don't panic. Simply click away the error messages, logout and re-login and most of your problems will be solved. (For me, I had to coax my wireless to work.)
- You may now remove the CD entry to the image found in the file: /etc/apt/sources.list
Tip: Hit Alt-F2 and run gksu "gedit /etc/apt/sources.lst" and comment the following line:
deb cdrom:[Ubuntu 8.04 _Hardy Heron_ - Release i386 (20080422.2)]/ hardy main restricted (or something similiar, with the "8.04")
- Total time I took ~ around 2.5 hours.