A new version of the Pop_OS Linux operating system has been released. This version is known as 19.10 and is heavily based on Ubuntu 19.10. Primarily, Pop_OS is used by System76 customers. However, it can run on any hardware! In this guide, we’ll show you how to upgrade to the newest release of Pop_OS.
Upgrade from the graphical user interface
Pop_OS has a pretty easy to use GUI upgrade system — perhaps even easier than Ubuntu! In this section of the guide, we’ll take you through the GUI upgrade process so you can get your Pop_OS PC running the new 19.10 release!
However, before we begin, please make a system backup of all of your critical files and data. Linux updates can sometimes go wrong, so it’s a good idea to back up stuff to an external hard drive, USB flash drive, or cloud service provider.
Once you’ve made a system backup of your data, the upgrade process can begin. The first step in the process is to open up the “Settings” window by pressing Win and typing “Settings” in the search box.
Inside of the “Settings” window, look for the “Details” section and click on it with the mouse. Selecting “Details” will take you to your Pop_OS system stats.
Inside of the system stats window, look at the bottom for “OS upgrades.” Below “OS upgrades,” you will see a message that states, “Pop_OS 19.10 is available,” followed by a green “Download” button. Select the “Download” button.
Upon selecting the “Download” button, Pop_OS will begin preparing your PC for 19.10. Sit back and be patient. When the download finishes, you will see the “Download” button turn into an “Upgrade” button. Click it to start upgrading.
After clicking on the “Upgrade” button, select “Restart & Install.” By selecting the “Restart & Install” button, your PC will reboot.
Once rebooted, you will see a Pop_OS logo on the screen. Below the logo, it says “Installing Updates.” Sit back, and allow your Pop_OS PC to install the upgrades.
When the upgrading process is complete, Pop_OS will reboot a second time. From there, log in, and you’ll be using the 19.10 release of Pop_OS!
Upgrade from the command-line
Pop_OS’s upgrade system for the command-line is very advanced. Unlike traditional Ubuntu Linux, users do not need to manually change over the repositories to the new release or edit any files. Instead, Pop_OS uses a program called “pop-upgrade,” which handles all of the work. All you have to do is install the app and run it.
Before we go over how to upgrade Pop_OS to version 19.10 through the command-line, we highly recommend making a system backup. Upgrading Linux operating systems can be risky, so your files should be safe and secure on an external hard drive, USB device, or cloud service.
To start the upgrade process through the command-line on Pop_OS, you must launch a terminal window by pressing Ctrl + Alt + T or Ctrl + Shift + T on the keyboard. Then, with the terminal window open, use the apt update command to check for software patches.
sudo apt update
Once the apt update command is done running, Pop_OS will let you know that there are software patches available. These software updates need to be installed before attempting to transition to the new 19.10 release. To install the upgrades, use the apt upgrade command.
sudo apt upgrade -y
Let the software patches download, and install on the current release of your Pop_OS Linux PC. Please keep in mind that the time it takes to download and install upgrades is dependent on your internet speed.
When your Pop_OS Linux PC has all software patches installed, it is time to install the “pop-upgrade” app. This app will guide you through the 19.10 upgrade process. To install “pop-upgrade,” use the apt install command below.
sudo apt install pop-upgrade
After installing the “pop-upgrade” app, you can use it to download and install the latest release of Pop_OS (in this case, 19.10).
pop-upgrade release upgrade systemd
Let the pop-upgrade command check for the latest release of Pop_OS, and download everything it needs to start the upgrade. Please be patient, as this process will take a very long time!
When the pop-upgrade command finishes downloading all of the packages required to upgrade to 19.10, the terminal prompt will say “systems are go for launch: reboot now.” Use the reboot command to restart your Pop_OS PC.
Upon rebooting, you will see a splash screen with the Pop_OS logo on it. Below the logo, a message says, “Installing Updates.” Sit back and allow Pop_OS to upgrade to 19.10! When the process is finished, your system will reboot a second time to the new version.