How to Upgrade Ubuntu 9.04 to 9.10


I downloaded the ISO image of Ubuntu 9.10 last week. Before I created a new virtual machine in VirtualBox, I realized that I have never upgraded Ubuntu before. So I decided to try upgrading my old installation of 9.04 to 9.10.

The upgrading process is very simple if you have 9.04. There is an official page on about how to do it. Here are the steps:

  1. Click on System -> Administration -> Update Manager.
  2. Click on Check to get all updates for your system.
  3. Click on Install Updates if there are updates available. Reboot the machine if necessary.
  4. Once you have all the updates installed. Run the Update Manager again.
  5. You can see that the new release 9.10 is available. Click on Upgrade and follow the onscreen instructions to start upgrading.

Overall, I am very impressed with the upgrading process. It’s very intuitive even for new Linux users. If you are installing Ubuntu on VirtualBox, remember to install the Guest Additions after upgrading. Please refer to step 30 of this post if you do not know to install the Guest Additions.

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