Ubuntu 10.04 Upgrade: Best Practices Checklist

Have you been thinking about upgrading your computer to Ubuntu 10.04? I recently made the leap, at the prompting of my Update Manager. The process went fairly smoothly, but I did have to deal with a couple of minor annoyances. Since you never know exactly what may happen when you decide to upgrade, here are a few tips to get you started.

1. Always back up your important data in advance: Depending on your needs, you might use an external USB hard drive or you might burn your data to DVDs. I prefer to use a continuous, online backup service such as CrashPlan, Jungle Disk, or ZumoDrive. CrashPlan is nice because you can use it to back up your data to your own (or to a friend’s) computer for free.

2. Keep a Linux live CD on hand: In case anything goes wrong with your upgrade, a Linux live CD will give you an easy way to boot up, get online, and find a solution to your problem.

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