May Means Migration: Ubuntu 10.04 LTS and Plone 4 by David Whelan I run a number of Web sites off some servers in my house, including one for an event that happened last weekend. So this was the first weekend in which I could migrate from Ubuntu 8 (Jaunty Jackalope) to Ubuntu 10 (Lucid Lynx) . These are both LTS: long term support releases. I migrated my netbook earlier, to see what it was like and was amazed at how easily the process went. It went just the same for the server and it makes me wonder if I will ever see anything but a decrease in my Windows usage as Ubuntu improves and makes itself easier to use.
That is pretty much all there is to say about the process. My server is more complex an environment than my netbook; that probably goes without saying. But it handled a content management system, MySQL database installation, and Apache Web server. When the system rebooted, it restarted all servers without any hiccups. To be honest, I cannot think of any Windows upgrade that went so smoothly, where I was as confident that old and outdated software had been removed and I was left with just the latest operating system files. From pressing the Upgrade button to seeing the new desktop appear, it was about 3.5 hours and about 10 screens that I had to confirm that I wanted to keep my current configuration files. Outstanding.
I am looking forward to the next iteration of Plone, now, version 4. It should be coming out any time and will fix some of the bugs that I am living with in version 3.31. But the more I use Plone, the more I see the same flexibility available to WordPress bloggers but a more powerful overall feel. I am looking forward to future developments in tree-based taxonomies (categories) and hopefully some improved tools for theming sites.
Then I will be finished with my migrations and upgrades and can get back to playing with the tools themselves!
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