Funny how UI changes in some of the most popular websites on earth can nudge you upgrading stuff. Oh, and how crappy (defective) hardware can finally flip the switch.
I’ve recently heard about the Ubuntu 20.10 release (Groovy Gorilla), which made me remember I’m still on 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver). Since I’m only jumping from LTS to LTS releases as my hardware gets older, I was determined to make the 20.04 (Focal Fossa) jump once I hit 256 days of uptime with my laptop.
I didn’t. Testing some old, almost forgotten, Ultrabay slice battery last week
+++ ThinkPad Battery Status: BAT1 (Ultrabay / Slice / Replaceable) /sys/devices/platform/smapi/BAT1/manufacturer = SONY /sys/devices/platform/smapi/BAT1/model = 41U4890 /sys/devices/platform/smapi/BAT1/manufacture_date = 2007-10-10 /sys/devices/platform/smapi/BAT1/first_use_date = 2012-07-20 /sys/devices/platform/smapi/BAT1/cycle_count = 44
caused an unexpected shutdown. […]