Upgrade From Ubuntu Hardy Heron 8.04 To Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid Ibex

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Q. How do I upgrade my desktop computer from Ubuntu hardy heron version 8.04 to Ubuntu Linux 8.10 Intrepid Ibex?

A. You can easily upgrade over the network with the following procedure.

Make sure normal upgrades are available

Visit System > Administration > Software Sources > Select Updates tab and change “Show new distribution release” to “Normal releases” > Save the change by pressing close button.

Fig.01: Ubuntu Linux Setup Release
Fig.01: Ubuntu Linux Setup Release

Upgrading to Ubuntu 8.10 From Ubuntu 8.04

Visit System -> Administration -> Update Manager

If there are any updates to install, use the Install Updates button to install them

Click the Check button to check for new updates.

A message will appear informing you of the availability of the new release.

Fig.01: Network Upgrade for Ubuntu 8.04 Desktops
Fig.02: Network Upgrade for Ubuntu 8.04 Desktops

Now Click Upgrade and follow the on-screen instructions.

Posted by: Vivek Gite

The author is the creator of nixCraft and a seasoned sysadmin, DevOps engineer, and a trainer for the Linux operating system/Unix shell scripting. Get the latest tutorials on SysAdmin, Linux/Unix and open source topics via RSS/XML feed or weekly email newsletter.

4 comment

  1. I’m pretty new to Linux and have been using Hardy Heron for a little while. I believe [perhaps mistakenly – please correct me if I’m wrong!] that one of the advantages of a Linux system is that the operating system is located in a different folder from the applications and so it should be possible to ‘upgrade’ from Hardy Heron to Intrepid Ibex without affecting any of the other applications or data files that have been created. Please can you tell me if this is so?
    I have an AMd64 processor and SATA drives, And my Hardy Heron installation was accomplisghed with WUBI. Would upgrading to Inex affect my Vista installation, in anyway, or compromise te emails I have stored locally in Thunderbird? I know the standard advice given is to back up before altering anything, but I don’t know how to do this. Is there a foolproof method of backing up my Ubuntu system to an external usb hard drive, please?

  2. backup to a cd or a dvd, this will give you a disk to load if all goes woefully wrong. I am running only ubuntu on this computer, I con go where I want on the internet and get my e-mail when I want. Microsoft programs don’t run on this computer, but that is alright.I have another computer with XP on it to handle the Microsoft stuff!!! Hope this helps you. San Juan Sailor

  3. Uhm, when I open my “Software sources” I have three tabs, not five. The Updates tab only mentions the minor updates, and allows you to control how often it does said minor updates.
    Because of this, something has to be wrong.
    I did check, and I have Version 8.04. I run on a Dell computer with Linux and Ubuntu, so I am assuming that has something to do with it.

  4. I have bought a new Sony laptop with i3 processor,500GB harddisk and 4GB RAM and installed Ubuntu-8.10. For internet access, i have bought a Huaewai USB data modem(downloading speed 7mbps) and i want to run it by BSNL sim in India. But the Linux-Ubuntu-8.10-Operating System doesn’t support the driver to install. So kindly provide me the driver softwere to my mail or please guide me to get that.

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