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How to upgrade to Ubuntu 19.10

Ubuntu 19.10 has recently been released. It’s an amazing release, filled with the latest Gnome Shell, newer drivers, and even some excellent features such as ZFS on root, easy media sharing, screen sharing and more. In this guide, we’ll go over how to upgrade your Ubuntu PC to the new release!

Upgrade from the command-line – 18.04 LTS

If you’re using Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, plan to upgrade to 19.10 and would like to use the command-line to do it, follow these instructions. Please back up any important files (pictures, videos, and other personal data) to an external flash drive, USB stick, or cloud service. A backup will prevent data loss if anything goes wrong.

Once everything is backed up, the upgrading process can begin. To start, open up a terminal window on the desktop. To launch a terminal press Ctrl + Alt + T or Ctrl + Shift + T on the keyboard. Then, follow the step-by-step instructions below to upgrade Ubuntu 18.04 LTS to 19.10.

Step 1: Install any pending upgrades to Ubuntu 18.04 LTS. To install any updates, you must run the update and upgrade commands.

sudo apt update

sudo apt upgrade -y

Let the upgrades download and install it on your Ubuntu PC. Then, move to the next step.

Step 2: Following installing the pending software patches for Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, you must run a distribution upgrade with the dist-upgrade command. This will install more upgrades that have been kept back.

sudo apt dist-upgrade -y

Step 3: With the distribution upgrade taken care of, it is time to change Ubuntu 18.04 LTS’s software sources so that they reflect the new 19.10 release. To do this, use the sed command.

sudo sed -i 's/bionic/eoan/g' /etc/apt/sources.list

Step 4: Following the change of software sources for 18.04, the update command must be re-run. This will complete the software source modification done with sed.

sudo apt update

Step 5: When the update command finishes, your Ubuntu 18.04 LTS PC will be using Ubuntu 19.10 software sources. This also means that new software upgrades will become available. To install them, use the upgrade and dist-upgrade commands.

sudo apt upgrade -y
sudo apt dist-upgrade -y

The upgrading process will take a long time. Sit back, monitor your terminal and allow Ubuntu 18.04 LTS to transition to 19.10.

Step 6: The upgrading process is almost complete. The last step of the process is to reboot. To do this, run the reboot command.

sudo reboot

When you log back in after the reboot, Ubuntu 18.04 LTS will be Ubuntu 19.10!

Upgrade from the command-line – 19.04

Are you using Ubuntu 19.04, and looking to transition to the new 19.10 release of the operating system. Prefer to do it with the command-line? Follow along below to learn how to upgrade!

Before we begin, please back up any personal files (videos, pictures, and other sensitive data) to an external hard drive, USB stick, or cloud service to prevent data loss in case the upgrade breaks.

To start the upgrading process on Ubuntu 19.04, launch a terminal by pressing Ctrl + Alt + T or Ctrl + Shift + T on the keyboard, and follow the step-by-step instructions below.

Step 1: It is imperative to install any pending software patches for Ubuntu 19.04 before transitioning the system to 19.10. To do this, use the update and upgrade commands below.

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade -y

Step 2: Following installing software updates for 19.04, you must run a distribution upgrade. This command will install patches that the upgrade command cannot.

sudo apt dist-upgrade -y

Step 3: With all the 19.10 software patches out of the way, it’s time to change Ubuntu 19.04’s software sources over to 19.10’s. To do this, use the following sed command.

sudo sed -i 's/disco/eoan/g' /etc/apt/sources.list

Step 4: Now that Ubuntu 19.04’s software sources have been switched over to the new Ubuntu 19.10, it’s time to re-run the update command. This will refresh all software sources, and download the latest version of Ubuntu to your PC.

sudo apt update

Step 5: Following the update command, you must re-run the upgrade and dist-upgrade commands to install the latest Ubuntu 19.10 packages onto Ubuntu 19.04. It will take quite a bit of time. Be patient.

Step 6: Once the upgrades are installed to your PC, it is time to reboot the PC. To reboot, use the following reboot command.

sudo reboot

Upon logging back in, you will be using Ubuntu 19.10!

Upgrade with the graphical user interface

It is possible to upgrade to 19.10 from the graphical user interface in Ubuntu. To do it, ensure your important files are backed up to an external hard drive, USB stick, or cloud service. Then, follow the step-by-step instructions below.

Step 1: Open up your app menu, search for “Software & Updates” and launch it to open up Ubuntu’s update settings.

Step 2: Find the “Updates” tab and click on it to access Ubuntu’s upgrade settings.

Step 3: Change “notify me of a new Ubuntu version” to “For any new version” and close “Software & Updates.”

Step 4: Open up your app menu, search for “Software Updater” and open it.

Step 5: Allow the updater app to check for updates. It should then detect a new version of Ubuntu. Click “Upgrade” and follow along with the prompts to upgrade to 19.10!

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