How to upgrade from ubuntu 10.10 (Maverick) to ubuntu 11.04 (Natty)

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This tutorial will explain How to upgrade from ubuntu 10.10 (Maverick) to ubuntu 11.04 (Natty)

Procedure to follow

  • Open the Update Manager application from the System ? Administration menu.
  • In Update Manager, click the Settings... button, and enter your password to start the Software Sources application.
  • Select the sub menu Updates from the Software Sources application.
  • Check the "Release upgrade -- Show new distribution releases" drop down to make sure "Normal releases" is selected, and change it if otherwise.Close the Software Sources application and return to Update Manager.

  • In Update Manager, click the Check button to check for new updates.
  • If there are any updates to install, use the Install Updates button to install them, and press Check again after that is complete.A message will appear informing you of the availability of the new release.

  • Click Upgrade and Follow the on-screen instructions.
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8 Responses

  1. AJ says:

    Thanks for this post, I was curious about doing this. I have heard, however, that it’s also a good idea to wait a little while when a new release drops to give them time to work out kinks and patch bugs. Anyone have any issues with things not working as expected after doing this upgrade?

  2. Richard Manns says:

    I try to update, but enough the system appears to download files named “Release”, etc, no invitation to upgrade appears.

    Any ideas?

  3. siva says:

    i am facing problem in upgrading from 11.04 alpha to stable. drive is not mounted. can u suggest me what to do, thanks in advance…

  4. Bob says:

    On an older Dell (~4 yrs. old, no graphics card) I cannot run unity out of the box. Had to install unity 2D. That worked fine, but was really foreign. Switched to classic ubuntu interface and had horrible graphic artifacts. Switched to classic ubuntu interface without effects and had artifacts only on the panels (for the menus). Increased the size of the panels from 24 to 26 and the artifacts went away. Seems okay now, so I am not going to touch it.

  5. Ezion says:

    The word upgrade is a bit misleading.
    Ubuntu 11.4 is a serious downgrade.

    The ergonomics of the new user interface seem aimed at small screen touch devices, and are less suitable for desktop use.

    For example the main menu for launching software is not available. With the new alternative offers giant icons and shows the most frequently used programs. To run programs that do not get listed there you have to type a search query.

    Worse however is the handling of application menus. These get detached from the windows and are displayed on the top of the screen but are only visible if you hover this display area.

    Also the new launcher and dock do not play well with (more advanced) alternatives like CairoDoc.

    Maybe Natty should be renamed Suckbuntu.

  6. peter says:

    I just hope someone can figure out how to help those of us that are stuck with Unity and want to use Gnome type interface.

  7. AJ says:

    @Peter – At login screen, enter password, but before pressing enter, choose ‘Ubuntu Classic’ in the dropdown down below. Do this just once and it’ll remember your preference and won’t bother you with Unity anymore.

  8. chuck says:

    I upgraded to 11.04 and it’s stuck in the in what looks like a DOS screen asking for me to type in a login name of which I don’t ever remember giving on to it in the earlier versions. Any help would be appreciated. Right now I’m dead in the water.

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