Length of time to upgrade to 12.10

Asked by Julian Gammon III on 2013-01-21

I am upgrading from Ubuntu 10 to 12.10. It has been running for 3 hours from a disc upgrade. the funny face is whirling so it seems active. How long should this take? I can't seem to track its progress.

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N1ck 7h0m4d4k15 (nicktux) said : #1

The upgrade procedure lasts longer than a new installation. So I prefer the new installation when I want to upgrade. About 20-30 minutes max. (latest updates included),

My last upgrade procedure (from 12.04 to 12.10 , just to test some things) .. took over 2:30 hours.

Julian Gammon III (bumper-b) said : #2

Thanks everyone. I killed it at 5 hours and restarted and let it run overnight. After 10 hours still the same screen so I hit the cancel button, it said do you really want to cancel? I said YES and it all of a sudden my 12.10 was there!!

Ken Baker (kenbaker-roegate) said : #3

I tried upgrading from 12:04 to 13:04 according to a website I found, after 8 hours I went to bed and when I woke it was almost loaded except it needed a few more files loading . after recovery mode it seemed to be fully loaded although the pretty desk top orange that appeared had reverted back to purple and it refused my password.
I also had problems with a previous 12:10, it would not get beyond a Low Level graphics notice so I could not fix it. I had to delete the whole thing. There seems to be many problems with Ubuntu these days. I think I'll stick to Windows XP. At least you can fix it without needing a pHd in Computer Science.

Ken Baker.

N1ck 7h0m4d4k15 (nicktux) said : #4

This depends on your Internet connection (how fast and reliable is) , but 8 hours to upgrade is TOO Long.

Probably something went wrong during the upgrade procedure. Also have in mind that 13.04 is not yet released , so it is not recommended to upgrade to an Unstable version (yet).

As for Windows XP , this is an ancient Operating System and the support will end in 2014 once and for all. It was about time.

If you PC is little bit old , you can use an Ubuntu Official Derivative , such as Lubuntu - Xubuntu .. etc , with a lightweight desktop environment .

Check out , Xubuntu 12.04 LTS (support until 2015)

You cannot compare an Operating System 10 (and more) years old , with an Operating System that is not have been yet released ..(so new) .
Of course Ubuntu's 13.04 requirements are more , than Windows XP. But as I told , there are lot of other Desktop Environments you can use .. (more lightweight = need less resources)
Last ,Ubuntu Operating System is not difficult as you mentioned. It is considered as the most User Friendly Linux distribution.
I suggest you to try again .. we are here for any help you might need.