Upgrade Ubuntu from 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot to 12.04 LTS Precise Pangolin

Hey folks,

as you might know: Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, codenamed Precise Pangolin, was released today. I just want to show you how to upgrade your Ubuntu installation from version 11.10 to the latest 12.04. I will include screenshots (german) which will guide you through the process.

First, make sure you have all the latest software updates installed on your current 11.10 version of Ubuntu. Just open the Update Manager / Aktualisierungsverwaltung  (first icon), check for updates and install them. Click on the screenshots for bigger images.

NOTE: For those of you, who don’t have a desktop environment installed, the upgrade can be issued from the command line.

1) „sudo apt-get update; sudo apt-get upgrade;

2) Now make sure update manager core is installed or install it with „sudo apt-get install update-manager-core;“

3) Edit „/etc/update-manager/release-upgrades“ and put in „Prompt=normal;“

4) Now issue the following command „sudo do-release-upgrade -d

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As you see on the top, there is notification that a new version of Ubuntu has been released. Klick the button saying Update / Aktualisieren to start the process. You will be shown some information about the software update. Let’s go for it by hitting update system / System aktualisieren.

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After the new package sources have been checked, you are shown a notification with a summary on what exactly Ubuntu will update on your system. Most important here is download size (if you don’t have an unlimited plan) and the estimated time to download all those updated packages. With a 1 megabit connection it would take me 1 hour 48 minutes to download the new packages. Luckily I’m on a fibre channel connection :)

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After the updated packages have been downloaded, the upgrade itself begins. On my Core2Duo Laptop, it will take some time…. This process will be MUCH faster on a SSD drive than on an ordinary hard drive.

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After the upgrade, old packages are being remove from your hard drive to save some space.

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Finally, time to reboot.

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As far as I can tell from testing out the new version of Ubuntu, the Precise Pangolin is running very smooth as you would expect from a long term release. If you got one of those most recent laptops with integrated graphics into the cpu, this version will even give you more battery life due to improved drivers for Intel integrated graphics.

One more thing: After the first reboot, you should check if you can update or install proprietary drivers / Zusätzliche Treiber to get optimal performance from your system. Just open the tool and see if for your ATI or NVIDIA graphics card you have got the most recent drivers installed. My laptop, only needs a proprietary backlight driver that let me use the brightness keys.

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Now, have fun with your freshly upgraded Ubuntu 12.04 installation :) Let me know what you think of my upgrade manual and of course of Ubuntu 12.04 in the comments section.

 

 

12 Gedanken zu „Upgrade Ubuntu from 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot to 12.04 LTS Precise Pangolin“

    1. I continued to use Gno for a while after Unity appeared… But decided to finally give Unity a go. After some days I really liked the interface though it’s lacking some features out of the box. E.g. I always want to see cpu, memory and network usage in the top panel. My solution so far: multiload applet for Unity

  1. You just postet a way to ruin a good working system. You forget to tell how to install a usable Desktop Environment like Gnome 2 oder something else.

    i also miss a WARNING that the user experience could be extremely shocking if the user has not informed himself about unity before.

    i had this shock on the normal version, after an update like described here my useful and good working Gnome 2 Desktop was replaced by odd looking crap called Unity.

    Reasons to hate Unity:

    1. The Taskbar at the bottom of the screen is gone. No way to see what programs are running with one single view anymore.

    2. The nice Menu is no longer used to start programs and you will get no start menu either.

    3. there is an ugly looking thing on the left side of the screen which you cannot remove there. somehow it shal replace all the nice things you liked to use before.

    1. Well, what desktop environment you choose depends or your taste…. I like Gnome and I was keen enough to give Unity a try. After some time, I really like the simplicity :) But the good thing is, as we are Linux users, you can just choose whatever desktop environment you like.

      1. Just look at those little „arrows“ in the Unity launchbar to determine which programs are currently running. Just like in Mac OS X.
      2. I’m not sure what Menu you are speaking of. For me, all programs I frequently use are in the launcher. For all other programs I just hit the windows key and start typing the name, then hit enter, voila :)
      3. You can remove the launcher of course. Then, it will only appear if you move your cursor to the left edge of the screen. You can change this behaviour under „System preferences > Appearance“ if you like.

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