How to Upgrade Ubuntu 19.04 to Ubuntu 19.10

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How to Upgrade Ubuntu 19.04 to Ubuntu 19.10. With the release of Ubuntu 19.10 (Eoan Ermine) knocking at the door, it’s time to upgrade your existing Ubuntu 19.04 (Disco Dingo) installations.

Ubuntu 19.10 (Eoan Ermine) is the latest version of the Ubuntu Linux operating system, featuring the newest Linux 5.3 kernel series and the GNOME 3.33 desktop environment, as well as up-to-date core components and apps, including LibreOffice 6.3, Mozilla Firefox 69, Mozilla Thunderbird 68, PulseAudio 13, GCC 9.2.1, and more.

How to Upgrade Ubuntu 19.04 to Ubuntu 19.10

Ubuntu 19.04 (Disco Dingo) was released earlier this year on April 18th, and it will only be supported for nine months, until January 2020. Therefore, if you’re using it on your personal computer, we think it will be a good idea to upgrade to Ubuntu 19.10 (Eoan Ermine) right now by following the next instructions.

Ubuntu 19.10 New Features

  • The proprietary Nvidia driver is included in the ISO image.
  • The OS installer now supports ZFS file system.
  • Faster boot speed thanks to the LZ4 compression.
  • Linux Kernel 5.3
  • GNOME 3.34

Upgrade Ubuntu 19.04 to Ubuntu 19.10 Guide

First of all, open software updater (aka update manager) from your application menu. It will update software package information. If there are updates available, click the Install Now button and enter your password to install updates.

Upgrade Ubuntu 19.04 to Ubuntu 19.10 Guide
Upgrade Ubuntu 19.04 to Ubuntu 19.10 Guide

If a new version of Linux kernel is installed, then the update manager will tell you to restart your computer. Click Restart Now.

Then open Software & Updates from your application menu.

Select the Updates tab. At the bottom of the window, change notification settings from For long-term support version to For any new version. You will be asked to enter your password for the change to take effect.

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Close the Software & Updates window. Then open up a terminal window and issue the following command.

update-manager

If you are using Ubuntu 19.04, you will be notified that software is up-to-date and Ubuntu 19.10 is now available. Click the Upgrade button.

If you are using Ubuntu 18.04, you will be notified that software is up-to-date and Ubuntu 19.04 is now available. Click the Upgrade button. (You need to upgrade to Ubuntu 19.04 first, then upgrade to Ubuntu 19.10).

After new versions of packages are installed, the update manager may ask you if you want to remove obsolete packages. I always select Remove.

Obsolete packages are software packages whose name can’t be found in the software repository of the new Ubuntu release. The cause of obsolete packages are the following:

  • The upstream developer stop maintaining this package and there are no other people willing to take over. So the Ubuntu package maintainer decides to drop this package from the Ubuntu repository.
  • The package becomes an orphan package, which means there’s no other package that depends on it and there are very few users of this package. So the Ubuntu package maintainer decides to drop this package from the Ubuntu repository.
  • The package has a new name in the software repository of the new Ubuntu release.

After obsolete packages are removed from your system. Restart your computer and check your Ubuntu version with the following command.

lsb_release -a
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