Upgrading From Beta To RC And Beyond…

By | 2008/04/21

I keep seeing this question pop up in IRC so I thought I’d post something about it…

“How do I upgrade from Ubuntu Beta to Ubuntu RC (and eventually to Final)?”

If you’ve installed Beta and want to upgrade to RC (and eventually Final) simply continue to update your machine.  There isn’t anything special that needs to be done, just run Update Manager and apply any available updates.  Updating your machine in this way will take you from Beta to RC to Final.

I hope that helps for anyone still wondering.  Also, for those of you that are still on Ubuntu 7.10 “Gutsy” that are going to be updating I’ll have instructions on that over the next two days.

4 thoughts on “Upgrading From Beta To RC And Beyond…

  1. Anonymous

    I beg to differ.

    Not that things dont work, however, the RC CD installation is much cleaner than the keeping updating the system.

    the update-manager there needs a review for sure…

  2. Timothy Bennett

    As a beta user, my GRUB menu has become littered with various kernel boot options during the Hardy beta period. What’s the best to clean up the older beta version in the boot menu, or will the final version install clean this up automatically?

  3. Christer Edwards Post author

    @Timothy – There is not a auto-clean method that I know of, but I generally clean mine out manually using:

    sudo aptitude remove linux-image-2.6.XXX

    match XXX to the previous versions you have lying around (and TAB-completion is your friend!). Make sure to keep a at least two around though.

  4. richiepoo

    Can you just use synaptic and uninstall *everything* and then install Ubuntu Desktop package? (I mean in one fell swoop, so that it uninstalls all of your packages with dependencies based on a non-pure strain of Ubuntu.)

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