Why You should stick with Natty Narwhal:
Step 1- 2:50 P.M. Thursday: Find a popup that says “Your Ubuntu is out of date! Update to Oneric Ocelot 11.10!”
Step 2- 3:00 P.M: Switch to your admin account and begin the upgrade.
Step 3- 3:40 P.M.: Wait for an hour as Ubuntu prepares to upgrade.
Step 4- 3:55 P.M.: Suffer from bad memories of over-prepared Windows.
Step 5- 4:00P.M.: Finally start downloading the required packages…at about 40kbps. And I have a fast internet connection.
Step 6- 4:15 P.M.: Wait for 1,117 files to be downloaded at agonizingly slow rates.
Step 7- 4:15 P.M.: After a few minutes, pop open Mozilla and start browsing, though you never use your Admin account, and don’t have your bookmarks.
Step 8- 5:00 P.M.: Check on your download. 2%. Hmmm.
Step 9- 5:00 P.M.: Go to vimeo and watch some videos.
Step 10- 5:40 P.M: Check. 5%. At least you’re making some progress.
Step 11- 6:00 P.M.: Leave the update running, and have some dinner. Watch a little TV, and almost forget about your download.
Step 12- 10:20 P.M.: Check on your upgrade. 68%.
Step 13- 10:25 P.M.: Fiddle around with Mozilla’s icons. Create an awesome Limited-Aero theme for Ubuntu while you are waiting.
Step 14- 10:50 P.M.: Remember that you have go to bed.
Step 15- 11:00 P.M.: Fight a war against your Eco-principles, and leave the upgrade running overnight.
Step 16- 11:05 P.M.: Get ready to go to bed.
Step 17- 11:10 P.M.: One last check- 82%.
Step 18- 11:15 P.M.: Go to sleep. Have punctuated dreams about being chased by flying Ubuntu logos and glossy aero buttons while carrying your pet firefox.
Step 19- 7:20 A.M. Friday: Wake up. Check your upgrade. Staring at you is a “…Do you want to Continue” dialog? At least the actual installation is at 42%.
Step 20- 8:00 A.M.: Finally finish the upgrade. However, your computer is frozen, and you don’t have time to reboot.
Step 21- 8:10 A.M.: Go to school. Try and forget about Ubuntu.
Step 22- 2:30 P.M.: Get home. Yay! Ubuntu boots and starts! But bleuch! Look at those icons!
Step 23- 2:40 P.M.: Scratch your head trying to figure out why “Appearance” has been given the “Windows 7 Dumb-down” treatment, and how to use the oxygen icon theme.
Step 24- 3:00 P.M.: Find a nice tutorial through Google. Use D-conf to change the icon theme to oxygen. Yay?
Step 25- 3:05 P.M.: Open up your file browser. Bleuch! What have they done to the oxygen icon theme???
Step 26- 3:20 P.M.: Download a legacy oxygen icon pack, and try to replace the one in you usr>share>icons directory.
Step 27- 3:50 P.M.: Learn the concept of root users. Replace the icons.
Step 28- 3:55 P.M.: Realize that half the icons are missing! Where do I get the new icons back?
Step 29- 4:00 P.M.: Try and ignore that, and turn your attention to buttons. For some reason your aero button theme you made the day before isn’t working.
Step 30- 4:20 P.M.: The small annoyances keep adding up. For some reason the sidebar isn’t working.
Step 31- 4:30 P.M.: Blame Gnome. Troubleshoot solutions on Google.
Step 32- 4:40 P.M.: Revert to Gnome 2.0, thinking that that will solve all your problems.
Step 33- 4:50 P.M.: Reboot.
Step 34- 4:50 P.M.: See a black command line window that’s stuck at “Checking Battery”, and refuses to boot or respond.
Step 35- 4:55 P.M.: Continue rebooting over and over.
Step 36- 5:05 P.M.: Scour Google for solutions to no avail with your Windows laptop.
Step 37- 5:20 P.M.: Post a question on Ubuntuforums.org.
Step 38- 5:35 P.M.: Recieve the dreaded “Reinstall Ubuntu” response.
Step 39- 5:35 P.M.: Go to ubuntu.com, and accidentally download 10.04 instead of 11.04.
Step 40- 6:00 P.M.: Finish downloading the correct version, and hope that you will be able to recover your lost files.
Step 41- 6:30 P.M.: Make a bootable USB drive to do a fresh install of 11.04. Back up your home folder.
Step 42- 6:45 P.M.: Start the install, and leave it for a while.
Step 43- 6:55 P.M.: Return, and see this message: “We are sorry, but the installer has crashed. Please file a report at ubiquity…”
Step 44- 7:00 P.M.: Try again. “[line 10 code error] You you want to continue? Doing so may result in a broken or damaged installation.”
Step 45- 7:10 P.M.: Try again, with a complete reinstall, replacing the old OS instead of upgrading.
Step 46- 7:30 P.M.: Home folder overwritten. Good thing you backed it up.
Step 47- 9:00 A.M. Saturday: Spend the entire day reinstalling software, themes, and build packages for Blender.
Needless to say, I had a very unpleasant upgrade experience.