- booted into Ubuntu 7.10 live (the DVD), mounted root, opened up a shell, and backed up my home directory
- re-installed Ubuntu 7.10
- restored my home directory
- got on with life.
In the process of re-installing I discovered that updating an existing Ubuntu installation may not be such a good idea. For example, the amount of 'material' on the root device after a clean re-install was cut by over 60% when compared to what I had after the update from 7.04 to 7.10. What's more, the performance on rhea is even snappier than it was before. Of course, I learned long ago never to trust SuSE updates, and every time I upgraded it was always as a clean install. And then, of course, there's Windows. No, the reason I felt comfortable upgrading Ubuntu is because it appeared to be the most successful; that is it rebooted and continued to operate but with the newer bits running. Now that I've been provided the opportunity to compare a fresh install vs. an upgrade, looks like I'll be doing fresh installs from now on.
When I compare what I've experienced so far with Ubuntu 8.04 alpha with 7.04 and 7.10 alpha testing, I'm surprised that the earlier runs went as well as they did. And that frankly concerns me a bit. I would have thought that 8.04 testing would have gone a bit better because this release is intended to be Canonical's Long Term Support, or LTS, release. But this testing sequence has been the roughest, with one little niggling issue after another leading up to the update marathon that led, in turn, to the libc6 debacle and complete collapse. But I'm going to wait at least for the betas before I attempt to load it again, and reserve judgement on 8.04 until then.
Remember folks, I'm describing my experiences installing and running the alpha code. What I described above hasn't happened to me with released production code.