We’re Jaunty!

Ubuntu Jaunty Jackalope is now available for ordering through our eCommerce engine.

UPDATED: Released version now installed.
And it looks great!

Note that as is our usual policy, we had been installing the beta / RC for a couple of weeks prior to the formal launch / release – this is our usual policy.

And remember you can always ask for an earlier beta or alpha to install on request, as well.

Next up for our techs: Rails 2.3!

…We jumped the gun – The prerelease of Ubuntu 9.04 is now available for installation –

We’ll set it up for you with the beta, now, and simply upgrade it when it’s released –


5 Responses to “We’re Jaunty!”

  1. admin Says:

    A couple of quick announcements:

    http://www.desqhost.com is now being upgraded to Ubuntu Jaunty 9.04

    Our vMachine build infrastructure can now create preconfigured Ubuntu 9.04 VM’s with all our various builds preinstalled – that way they start with less diskspace and more for YOU –


  2. admin Says:

    OK, Here goes the upgrade – but, apparently, apt-get dist-upgrade does not do it, anymore –

    root@deskhost:~# apt-get -s dist-upgrade
    Reading package lists… Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information… Done
    Calculating upgrade… Done
    0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.

    So, after a little research, the new & better way to upgrade Ubuntu Server is with do-release-upgrade, which is a commandline version of update-manager, which does a few more things, and more intelligently, than just a simple dist-upgrade used to.


    Here we go:

    root@deskhost:~# do-release-upgrade
    Checking for a new ubuntu release
    Done Upgrade tool signature
    Done Upgrade tool
    Done downloading
    extracting ‘jaunty.tar.gz’
    authenticate ‘jaunty.tar.gz’ against ‘jaunty.tar.gz.gpg’

    Reading cache

    Checking package manager

    Continue running under SSH?

    This session appears to be running under ssh. It is not recommended
    to perform a upgrade over ssh currently because in case of failure it
    is harder to recover.

    If you continue, a additional ssh daemon will be started at port
    Do you want to continue?

    Continue [yN] y

    Nice – it starts an extra ssh server in case something goes wrong.

  3. admin Says:

    So, continuing on…

    Continue [yN] y

    Starting additional sshd

    To make recovery in case of failure easier, an additional sshd will
    be started on port ‘9004’. If anything goes wrong with the running
    ssh you can still connect to the additional one.

    Reading package lists: Done
    Reading state information: Done
    Reading state information: Done
    Reading state information: Done
    Hit http://security.ubuntu.com intrepid-security Release.gpg
    Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid Release.gpg
    Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-updates Release.gpg

    … (lots of downloads skipped…)

  4. admin Says:

    ..And continuing on after the repositories are updated…

    Checking package manager
    Reading package lists: Done
    jaunty-security/multiverse Packages: 98
    Reading state information: Done

    Calculating the changes

    Do you want to start the upgrade?

    1 package is going to be removed. 65 new packages are going to be
    installed. 444 packages are going to be upgraded.

    You have to download a total of 204M. This download will take about 2
    minutes with your connection.

    Fetching and installing the upgrade can take several hours. Once the
    download has finished, the process cannot be cancelled.

    Continue [yN] Details [d]

    So, after a while longer of downloading and unpacking…

  5. admin Says:

    It finishes all the installs, and asks nicely to remove the unused packages:

    Remove obsolete packages?

    18 packages are going to be removed.

    Continue [yN] Details [d]y

    … (lots of removals…)

    Processing triggers for man-db …
    Processing triggers for libc6 …
    ldconfig deferred processing now taking place

    System upgrade is complete.

    Restart required

    To finish the upgrade, a restart is required.
    If you select ‘y’ the system will be restarted.

    Continue [yN] y

    Broadcast message from root@deskhost (/dev/pts/0) at 21:24 …

    The system is going down for reboot NOW!
    root@deskhost:~# Connection to deskhost.net closed by remote host.
    Connection to deskhost.net closed.

    And we’re Done!

    Now the big test – does it reboot cleanly?

    joe@STUDIO:~$ ssh root@deskhost.net
    root@deskhost.net‘s password:
    Linux deskhost 2.6.28-11-server #42-Ubuntu SMP Fri Apr 17 02:45:36 UTC 2009 x86_64

    The programs included with the Ubuntu system are free software;
    the exact distribution terms for each program are described in the
    individual files in /usr/share/doc/*/copyright.

    Ubuntu comes with ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by
    applicable law.

    To access official Ubuntu documentation, please visit:
    Last login: Wed Apr 29 18:14:41 2009 from …

    root@deskhost:~# uname -a
    Linux deskhost 2.6.28-11-server #42-Ubuntu SMP Fri Apr 17 02:45:36 UTC 2009 x86_64 GNU/Linux


    We’re done.


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