Ubuntu 8.04 “Hardy Heron” is released! Definitely cause for celebration with many, many new features and improvements! I figure a hot search item for the next little bit will be regarding how to upgrade. I thought I’d share a collection of links that will hopefully cover enough of the bases to cover everyone. Remember, the interweb tubes are going to be fairly clogged today so don’t be surprised if core Ubuntu sites take forever to load or don’t load at all. I notice the Ubuntu Wiki is already overloaded this morning. I’m hoping I’ve covered enough of the bases with recent posts to get everyone covered.
I’ve also linked posts from previous releases. The steps are generally similar enough to give you a good idea. Feel free to use them as a reference but not pure-gospel.
Upgrade Ubuntu 6.06 or 7.10 to Ubuntu 8.04
Upgrade 7.10 “Gutsy” to Ubuntu 8.04 “Hardy” (ubuntu-tutorials)
Upgrade 6.06 “Dapper” to Ubuntu 8.04 “Hardy” (ubuntu-tutorials)
Upgrade from Ubuntu Release Candidate to Ubuntu 8.04 Final (ubuntu-tutorials)
Upgrade Ubuntu Images to Final with Jigdo (ubuntu-tutorials)
Upgrade Ubuntu 6.06 “Dapper” Server to Ubuntu 8.04 “Hardy” Server (ubuntu-tutorials)
Ubuntu Community Wiki Upgrade Notes (community wiki)
Previous Release Steps
How To Upgrade to Ubuntu 7.10 (ubuntu-tutorials)
Upgrade Ubuntu 7.04 Server to Ubuntu 7.10 (ubuntu-tutorials)
Upgrade Problems? Try A Different Repository Mirror (ubuntu-tutorials)
Caching Upgrade for Multiple Machines with Apt-Cacher
If you plan on upgrading multiple machines on a single network using the above options please, for your sake and for the sake of the interweb tubes, set up something like Apt-Cacher to make your upgrades more bandwidth efficient! Basically, if you’ve got two or three machines you plan on upgrading, Apt-Cacher will pull down all the required packages for the first machine & then cache them for the remaining machines. The second and third (and fourth.. and fifth..) will upgrade tremendously faster and you’ll help unclog the interweb tubes for everyone else