I wanted to outline instructions on how to upgrade from Ubuntu 7.04 to Ubuntu 7.10. The upgrade steps try to be very user friendly and can be done without any manual “command line trickery”. Upgrading using these methods are only supported for machines currently running Ubuntu 7.04.
Preparing for the Upgrade – Gnome Desktop
Before you attempt to upgrade from 7.04 to 7.10 you need to make sure that your current installation is completely up to date. This will help avoid conflicts or missed packages during the upgrade process.
Navigate to “System > Admin > Update Manager”. Click the “Check” box. If there are any updates available at this point first install them before attempting the complete upgrade.
Upgrading 7.04 to 7.10 – Gnome Desktop
If no updates are available (or if you’ve finished installing anything remaining) again select the “Check” box. You should now be presented with a message “New distribution release ‘7.10’ in available“. To the right of this box select the “Upgrade” button and follow the few prompts. Your machine will now be updates via the Ubuntu repositories.
Preparing for the Upgrade – KDE Desktop
On the KDE (Kubuntu) Desktop you’ll also need to make sure that your machine is fully up to date pending the complete upgrade. To do this navigate to “KMenu > System > Adept Manager (Manage Packages).” From this application select “Adept > Manage Repositories”, enable “Recommended Updates” and then close and reload the Adept Manager.
When the Adept Manager reloads select “Full Upgrade” and “Apply Changes”. Allow all Recommended Updates to be installed and close the Adept Manager.
Upgrading 7.04 to 7.10 – KDE Desktop
If your system is completely up to date navigate to “KMenu > System > Adept Manager (Manage Packages)” and the upgrade wizard will be presented to you. Simply follow the prompts and your machine will be updates from the Ubuntu repositories.
Upgrading Using The Alternate CD
If you’ve downloaded the Ubuntu Alternate (text based) installer CD you can also upgrade your machine using the CD. As is traditional with Debian / Ubuntu upgrade mechanisms you do not need to reboot your machine to initiate the upgrader. Please make sure your machine is already upgraded using the above steps before attempting this method.
Follow these steps to upgrade via the Alternate CD:
- Download the alternate CD image
- Burn the CD image / re-insert the CD OR mount the CD image (sudo mount -o loop ubuntu-7.10-alternate-i386.iso /mnt/)
- A dialog should appear on your screen offering to upgrade your system using the CD
- If the dialog does not appear (it may not if you use the mount -o loop option), run the following via ALT-F2:
- gksudo “sh /media/cdrom/cdromupgrade” OR gksudo “sh /mnt/cdromupgrade”