My upgrade from Ubuntu 6.06 LTS = FAIL.
I’m using Slicehost because I don’t want both of my domain DNS servers on the same provider. They offer Ubuntu 8.04 LTS, runs on top of Xen, and provide console access via an Ajax web front end. You need to pay extra for a backup option. Aside from that one little point, using Slicehost is ridiculously easy and very manageable. They eat their own dog food and it shows.
On my Tektonic VPS it’s running on top of Virtuozzo. No console just ssh but I do get to make a backup of my VPS and re-installing is a breeze. My only complaint is that it’s running Ubuntu 6.06 LTS which is a little dated. For example the subversion client is 1.3.2 and I’d like to see more current versions such as 1.5.x. On Ubuntu 8.04 LTS I just added the backports repository and I get current versions of packages.
Switching to Ubuntu 8.04 LTS should be simple. As root I ran these commands:
apt-get update apt-get upgrade apt-get install update-manager-core do-release-upgrade
This is a seamless process and aside from asking me some questions, I had no issues. The only issue I had is when I rebooted my VPS, it left the VPS un-bootable. The support tech that I chatted with had not seen that before. My VPS would not even start and I had to re-install it.
I’m now restoring the VPS to the backup I made yesterday, so it’s not all a total wash. Most likely I’ll work with Tektonic to get 8.04 LTS on that slice provided they offer it. Ubuntu 6.06 LTS is still supported so aside from consistency across servers, this is not a big deal for me.