Upgrading from Ubuntu 8.04 to Ubuntu 8.10 desktop can be very simple, and can be managed by the integrated update-manager tool. Here I’ll outline a method for upgrading in just a few easy steps. Before you dive into the upgrade there are a few things to verify:
- Be sure that you’ve applied all available updates to your current system.
- You should also read the Ubuntu 8.10 “Intrepid” release notes, to be aware of any known issues and workarounds.
After you’ve completed the two preparation steps you’re ready to move on to the upgrade. One thing to keep in mind at this point is that this will use the network to complete the upgrade. If you’re doing this on release day it may be slow due to the heavy load on the servers. You may try alternate mirror locations for improved speeds.
To begin the upgrade use the key combination “ALT-F2” within your Gnome Desktop to launch the run-dialog. Within that entry dialog enter:
Click the “Check” button. If there are any remaining updates to Ubuntu 8.04 you’ll be prompted to install those. Once all updates are applied you will see a new dialog notifying you that a new release is available. Click “Upgrade” to begin the upgrade process.
Simply follow the prompts and you’re done. This process will download the updates needed, notify you of what will be installed, upgraded or removed and allow you to cancel or continue when you’re ready. Enjoy!