Do you want to upgrade to the lastest and greatest version of the Ubuntu Linux operation system? You want to do the upgrade fast and avoid any hassles? Then, this guide is for you!

This free guide helps you t to get your system upgraded to Ubuntu 13.04 Raring Ringtail with all the lastest (kernel) drivers and software packages installed. The Ubuntu release notes can be found here.

Many people have used my previous guides (Upgrade Ubuntu 11.04 to 11.10Upgrade Ubuntu 11.10 to 12.04Upgrade Ubuntu 12.04 to 12.10) and have sent me good feedback as you can see in the polls and comments of those guides. So, I promise you will have a nice and easy time upgrading to Ubuntu 13.04 Raring Ringtail.

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Changes in Ubuntu 13.04

The changes from Ubuntu 12.10 to 13.04 in a nutshell:

Ubuntu 13.04 is the newest release of Ubuntu, released on April 25, 2014. In the desktop, performance on lightweight systems was a core focus for this cycle, as a result 13.04 delivers significantly faster response times in casual use, and a reduced memory footprint. Key desktop updates are; Unity 7, Upstart 1.8, LibreOffice 4.0, CUPS 1.6.2 and cups-filters 1.0.34 and Python 3.3. On the server, there are many new features including OpenStack Grizzly, updates to Juju, VMWare integration, Ceph 0.56.4, MongoDB 2.2.4. All versions use Linux kernel 3.8.8.


Step 1: Before Upgrading

Befort proceeding you might want to close all running applications to avoid any kind of problems.

Start Update Manager and apply all updates to make sure your system is up to date. If you got some kernel updates, you will have to reboot your system (Ubuntu will tell you if this is necessary). If not, you can proceed without a reboot.

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Step 2: Upgrading

Now we are getting serious: Start the Update Manager and check again for updates on your system. You should see the following screen.

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However, if you don’t, you can force the update by entering the following command into the terminal:

sudo update-manager -p

Click on Upgrade… You need to enter your password in order to proceed. You’ll be shown a welcome note from Raring Ringtail. Just click on Upgrade again and wait a few moments…

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You are ready to start the main upgrade process. You will be shown how much data will have be downloaded (in my case: 751MB). The amount of time this will take depends heavily on your internet connection speed. It took around three minutes on my connection (200 Mbit) to download all new packages. Click on Start Upgrade to proceed:

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If you encounter a dialogue windows like this, just click on Forward.

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After downloading the Ubuntu 13.04 packages to your machine, the installation of the new packages begins. My machine uses an SSD (solid state disk) instead of an ordinary hard disk so the installation only took a couple of minutes.

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You might have conflicting configuration files (for the database MongoDB in my case) if you adjusted some configuration files deep under the hood. You will have to choose if you want to replace the custom configuration files (edited by you) with the new default config file from the package, or keep the old one… I tend to click Replace and care about the configuration files after the upgrade.

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During the upgrade, compiz crashed so all windows lost their „decoration“ border. Nothing to worry about… 😀

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When all packages have been upgraded, you will be asked to remove the unnecessary ones. You should remove obsolete packages to save disk space. So click on Remove.

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Then you will be prompted to restart your system. Click on Restart Now to reboot and finish the installation.

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After your system comes back to the desktop you can verify your successful upgrade by clicking on „System Preferences“ > „Details“ and you should see the new version of Ubuntu.

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Congratulations and welcome to your new Ubuntu 13.04 system! If you have a fast internet connection and your machine has an SSD you should not have spent more than 20 minutes to get through the update process. Enjoy!

Let me know what you think of my upgrade guide and of course of Ubuntu 13.04 in the comments section.

If you want to join a discussion which platform (Windows, Linux, Mac) is YOUR platform of choice and why, you might want to check out the article Your choice: Windows, Linux or Mac OS X – YOU decide!

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