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Monday, 2 May 2016

Upgrading Linux.. the slow and painful way

It may not look any different, but I'm now hosting my blog on a different server than the one I was using before. Why? Because my current (virtual) Linux server is running on a version of VMware that doesn't work properly in Windows 10 (long story short, I can't reach it from the internet!) so I've built a new one, running a newer version of Ubuntu, and installed it on VirtualBox (I was using VMware Player before), so I can take advantage of the free upgrade while it still exists.!

The next step, then, is to replicate on the new server everything I have running on the old one. Unfortunately, it's not been simple, because since December 2010, when I installed my previous server, newer versions of Apache (my web server of course), MovableType (this blogging platform - which isn't even free any more, so I had to search for the last free version) and all kinds of under-the-bonnet software have been made available, which are causing compatibility issues with what I used to have.

Add to that the additional tweaks and library installations I had to do to make some of my scripts work (what do you mean "I should have documented them"?!) and it's been quite a longwinded process. 

But this blog entry is - hopefully - going to confirm that at least my blog is still working... fingers crossed! If all is well, I might write another post to list the Completely Unnecessary Things I run on my Linux box... but not today - I have a migration to finish!

Posted by james at 1:37 PM

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