Upgrade Ubuntu desktop 8.10 to 9.04 guide for beginner

Ubuntu team with the support of community and Canonical Ltd. has released the new version, Ubuntu Desktop and Ubuntu server 9.04, the Jaunty Jackalope a few weeks ago. Although, the Ubuntu 8.10 still has supports until 2010, Ubuntu recommends users to upgrade their operating system to the latest version available. Here is a step by step guide on how to upgrade Ubuntu Desktop 8.10 to the latest version 9.04 with screenshots.

If you are using Ubuntu version older than Ubuntu 8.10, please update to the next version first. Do not skip upgrade to the latest version to avoid system damage. If you aren't sure what version your Ubuntu is, you can use lsb_release -a command to check your current Ubuntu version. For example:

[email protected]:~$ lsb_release -a
No LSB modules are available.
Distributor ID: Ubuntu
Description: Ubuntu 8.10
Release: 8.10
Codename: intrepid
[email protected]:~$

If you are using Ubuntu Desktop 8.10, you can continue steps in this tutorial to upgrade to the latest version, Ubuntu 9.04. One more thing, this tutorial is a guide on how to update via network, so user must have Internet connection.

Open Update manager by clicking System --> Administration --> Update Manager

Ubuntu update manager screenshot image

Check --> Update all available softwares

Ubuntu update all available software screenshot image

Upgrade to Ubuntu 9.04 screenshots:

Ubuntu 9.04 notes screenshot image

Downloading the upgrade tool:

Ubuntu 9.04 downloading the upgrade tool screenshot image

Preparing to upgrade:

Ubuntu 9.04 Distribution upgrade screenshot image

Setting new software channel. Ubuntu will print a brief information about packages that is going to be removed and new software that will be installed if you are upgrading Ubuntu 8.10 to Ubuntu 9.04, Jaunty Jackalope. The example screenshot is included below:

Ubuntu 9.04 Distribution upgrade information screenshot image

Getting new packages. Ubuntu will get all packages needed when you choose to upgrade.

Installing the upgrades:

Ubuntu 9.04 installing the upgrade packages screenshot image

Cleaning up. Click Remove button to confirm:

Remove obsolete packages screenshot image

Restart the system to complete the installation.

After reboot, key in username and password from your previous Ubuntu account to login into the new Ubuntu 9.04, Jaunty Jackalope.

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