[plug] 64 Bit Upgrade of Ubuntu

Dion Curchin tenzero at iinet.net.au
Sun May 15 10:13:08 WST 2011

On 15/05/11 00:35, Patrick Coleman wrote:
> On Sat, May 14, 2011 at 6:16 PM, Tim<weirdit at gmail.com>  wrote:
>> I don't believe it is possible.
Hi Patrick,
> Well, that's no fun :)
That's the spirit. :)
> http://www.digitalkingdom.org/~rlpowell/hobbies/debian_arch_up/index.html
Thank you for this link. It is an interesting read. The challenges do 
make a bit more sense now. Booting the 64 bit kernel and having 32 bit 
compatibility libs installed makes sense.

The rest however, seems like walking an undiscovered dependency tree. 
Which should from my superficial viewpoint, be something that a special 
case of dist-upgrade or whatever should be able to cope with.

It will be interesting to see what the distro teams do when it is 
decided to abandon the 32 bit support. I wonder if they will force clean 
installs or build special upgrade scripts.

Now that we've had 64 bit x86 mainstream desktop and server hardware for 
about 8 years, surely we would soon benefit from a default install of 
pure 64 bit.
> I recall looking at this to see whether it would be easier to do this
> to move a server from 32- to 64-bit than reinstalling; I chose to
> reinstall. I'd have tried it if I had the time, but then I've been
> known to consider upgrading Debian to Ubuntu to be a fun weekend
> project :)
I like your idea of fun projects. :)


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