upon reading that the newest ubuntu release, gutsy gibbon, had support in the installer for encrypted partitions, I decided it was time to do an install from scratch on my workstation, Jupiter.
Jupiter was running fiesty fawn, and the whole disk was encrypted, but I practically had to roll my own initial ramdisk to get it set up, and I doubted that would make it through a dist-upgrade to gutsy without some serious intervention.
so I started the iso download of the “altenate” kubuntu cd, and started a backup going of /root, /etc, and /home. I needed the alternate cd because that was the one with LVM and crypto support.
install was easy of course. the boot splash screen welcomed me with a nice friendly passphrase prompt. all hardware was working upon boot.
started the restore going with the default account I had created, and started installing all the little odds and ends, like dockapps, mercurial, build-essential, etc.
copied my whole itunes library over from my ibook, and fired up amarok. it remembered all my playlists and stuff from before. hit play, and a dialog popped up saying it couldn't play mps. oh ya, damn patents. but there was also a button on that dialog to install mp3 support. so I pressed it, it prompted for my login password, then fired up adept, and about 10 seconds later told me mp3 support was installed, and that I needed to restart amarok. so I did that, and the music worked.
I still have to check in to videos and flash and the nvidia driver. for the nvidia driver, there's a new “restricted drivers” manager which I'm hoping will prove to be pretty easy.
and I have 3 dockapps I've customized that I need to install in /usr/local still. but all in all, this has been a pretty easy install.