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I upgraded from 16.04 to 17.04 with a slight problem. I was not able to do anything when I got to the login screen. All I saw was the login-screen, no cursor, and the text cursor blinked a few times and stopped. I read on a forum about someone who had a similar problem, and followed their advice to upgrade right away to 17.10 from 17.04 without trying to fix the login problem.
So I entered recovery mode and started upgrading to 17.10. This was not completely pain free either. I had to set up an ethernet interface, run dhcp and even change the dns-server manually. But after this it started downloading.
Halfway through it gets to around "setting up base files" and just sits there for an hour. I figured it froze and restarted.
Now when I enter recovery mode and run dpkg I get the message
An upgrade from 'artful' to 'zesty' is no not supported with this tool
but that's not what I'm trying to do.
apt-get update only wants to remove some files and
dpkg --configure -a and
apt-get install -f both get stuck on
setting up base files (9.6ubuntu102).
I don't remember exactly what I did but I was also able to see what files where not installed, and there were a lot of files from the unity package. Doesn't 17.10 use GNOME instead?