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Pro tip: How to easily upgrade Ubuntu 14.04 to 14.10

Jack Wallen walks you through the process of upgrading your Ubuntu 14.04 release to 14.10.

Ubuntu upgrade

Let's say that you've been using Ubuntu 14.04 Long Term Support (LTS) and you want to upgrade to the latest iteration of the platform. Although there aren't an overwhelming amount of compelling reasons, you'll wind up with an even snappier Unity, support for Dell's free-fall, new Synaptic drivers (which fix a lot of trackpad issues), and a few more items — none of which will "wow" you.

But for users who like to have the latest versions of the Ubuntu platform, the upgrade isn't even remotely challenging. I'll show you just how to do it.

However, before you embark up the upgrade, make sure you backup your data. Even though I've never had a problem with a single Ubuntu upgrade, things do happen. So, make sure to get your data backed up immediately.

Note: Before you run the distribution upgrade, make sure to upgrade your current release.

The process for running the upgrade goes like this:

  1. Open the Dash
  2. Type Software in the search field
  3. Click Software & Updates
  4. Select the 3rd Tab called Updates
  5. Select For any new version from the Notify me of a new Ubuntu version drop-down (Figure A)
  6. Close the Software & Updates tool
  7. Open the Dash
  8. Type update-manager
  9. When the Update Manager opens, it should inform you that a new release is available
  10. Click Upgrade
  11. Follow the on-screen instructions

Figure A

Figure A

Preparing Ubuntu 14.04 for upgrade to 14.10.

Once the upgrade finishes, reboot the machine, and you're ready to enjoy the minor difference that is 14.10.

Upgrade via command line

If you'd prefer to work through the command line, you're in luck. You can upgrade with the following command (all run in a terminal window):

do-release-upgrade

When prompted, hit the y to continue with the upgrade.

The upgrade from 14.04 to 14.10 can take some time (depending on the speed of the machine and internet connection). Step away and allow the process to complete. When it finishes, reboot the machine, and you should be good to go.

Are you planning to upgrade to 14.10 — or will you wait around for the next LTS release from Ubuntu? Let us know in the discussion thread below.

About Jack Wallen

Jack Wallen is an award-winning writer for TechRepublic and Linux.com. He’s an avid promoter of open source and the voice of The Android Expert. For more news about Jack Wallen, visit his website jackwallen.com.

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