Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy Salamander is out! If you want to upgrade to the lastest and greatest version of the Ubuntu Linux operation system you might want to follow this guide! I’ve described the process in great detail showing the complete upgrade process with screenshots to just follow along or watch the screencast.
This free guide helps you to get your system upgraded to Ubuntu 13.10 Raring Ringtail with all the latest (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 11.10, Upgrade Ubuntu 11.10 to 12.04, Upgrade Ubuntu 12.04 to 12.10, Upgrade Ubuntu 12.10 to 13.04) 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 13.10 Saucy Salamander :)
I hope this guide will also be very useful to as many people as possible so feel free to tell your friends on facebook and spread the word!
Step 1: Before Upgrading
Important Notice: You should always make a backup of your data before doing mayor upgrades likes this! Keep a copy of your home folder if that is enough or use the Ubuntu built-in backup software.
You have to be using Ubuntu 13.04 to use this guide. Otherwise you might just want to go through the other guides to upgrade to Ubuntu 13.04. If you added software from outside of the repositories (e. g. installed *.deb files from somewhere on the web) this software might not work after the upgrade. To make sure you can uninstall the software before you upgrade and install the latest version of it after the successful upgrade.
Before proceeding to upgrade with the help of this guide, you should first close all open applications…
UPDATE: I’ve now also recorded a screencast of the whole process which you might want to check out. Looking forward to your comments.
If you prefer to follow the guide with the screenshots, carry on:
Start the Software Updater from within Dash
…and apply all software updates which are shown to you. Having the most recent versions of all software installed in Ubuntu 13.04 is crucial for the upgrade process.
Simply click on „Install Now“ and proceed. You may need to reboot your computer if you got a kernel update. If you’re not sure, you might just want to reboot your system play it safe.
Alternatively you can launch the terminal and enter the following command to achieve the same via command line:
sudo apt-get update; sudo apt-get upgrade; sudo apt-get dist-upgrade;
Now we are getting serious: Start the Software Updater and check again for updates on your system. You should see the following screen:
When you are not shown the Ubuntu 13.10 Upgrade, you can force it by launching a terminal and by entering:
sudo update-manager -p
Now, start the Upgrade process by clicking on Upgrade…. You will then see a screen similar to this one.
Note: Since I am doing this upgrade a day before the actual release of Ubuntu 13.10, it says BETA in the screenshot. But you should see the „final“ upgrade screen.
Proceed with clicking on Upgrade.
Some preparations will be done automatically
You’ll then be shown a summary of what the upgrade will actually do to your system and how much data will be downloaded via the internet.
Simply click on Start Upgrade to start the process. There is no going back now….. Sit back and relax. You can watch your computer for a while….
Now the newly loaded packages are being installed…
Afterwards, old and deprecated packages are to be removed….
And finally, we have to restart to finish the update.
Now, when your system has successfully rebooted (I hope it does ;) you are done!
Congratulations! You’ve made it through the upgrade process and can now welcome your new Ubuntu 13.10 system! The time for the upgrade will depend heavily on the speed of your internet connection and your hard disk. 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 whole process. Have fun!
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