Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Upgrade from Ubuntu 10.04 to 10.10

Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat is finally out (that too on 10.10.10). It's certainly getting some positive reviews out there. Especially for the netbook version, which has been reacted to as a revolutionary interface. But really, it isn't that easy to upgrade to it from version 10.04. That seems stupid, but it has a reason.

How-To Geek explained it all:
"However, if you’re currently running Ubuntu 10.04, you won’t see an option to automatically download Ubuntu 10.10. This is because Ubuntu 10.04 was the most recent Long Term Support (LTS) edition of Ubuntu. This means it will receive security updates for 3 years, unlike standard releases which receive updates for just 18 months. However, if you want to always be using the latest version with the newest look and feel, you’ll likely be ok switching to standard releases and upgrading to the latest versions."
Here's how to upgrade to the latest and greatest version...

  • Go to System -> Administration -> Update Manager.
  • Here, click the 'Settings' button at the bottom of the window.
  • Type in your password when you're prompted.
  • In the new window that appears, change the following option.
Switch from long term support to normal releases
  • Close the settings window.
Now, when you check for updates, you'll see the new version of Ubuntu that is available. In some cases, you may need to install the updates that are available before you get the upgrade. But in most cases, the updates are installed automatically as you upgrade.

Good luck using the new version of the free, open-source OS!

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