With my first completely free weekend in a month or so, I decided to take a bit of time and see if I couldn’t get Bishop (my laptop) upgraded to the beta of Ubuntu’s latest release, Edgy Eft. The instructions were straightforward, the only really tedious bit was backing up my data (used local rsync) and determining how to create a list of installed applications that could be restored later (did that here – I miss Gentoo’s simple ‘world’ file).
I ran into a bit of an issue with the installer, as it initially failed leading me to file a bug here. A couple of hours later, however, I was able to determine that the cause was the unofficial Compiz packages I’d installed a while back; the fix mentioned by Michael in this bug ended up turning the trick for me. The lengthy download and upgrade process was subsequently kicked off, and I headed off to bed.
After checking up on the machine this morning, I was pleased to see that the upgrade had completed successfully. I was even more pleased to discover that against my expectations, nearly everything works just as it did before – even the complex things like suspend  and wireless . So all of that is good news indeed. Considering some of the dire warnings to those considering an early upgrade to Edgy, I’m pretty happy.
There are certainly workaround for this, such as installing an alternate browser for Zimbra, but frankly I’d prefer that it just work in Firefox. I’ll play with a couple of things and see if I can’t get it going.
On a different note, for those of you wondering whether I’ve experimented with some of the eye candy elements from Edgy’s 7.1 xorg package, the answer is not yet.
Kudos to the Ubuntu team. In the couple of hours I’ve been using it, Edgy seems remarkably polished. More detail as I get it, but that won’t be for a little while at least. It’s a gorgeous day here in Denver, and I’ve got a need for some fishing.
Update: Here’s the error console for Bon Echo.
 Flawless so far, and I did not attempt to preserve my ACPI configuration changes during the upgrade, nor did I configure GRUB to pass in the ACPI parameters to the kernel on boot. Seems to handle it by default – cool.
 Network Manager is in by default, and the madwifi bits appear to have made the Ubuntu packaging because I did not have to reinstall the new drivers into the kernel.