How to Upgrade Ubuntu 8.10 (Intrepid) to Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty)

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This tutorial will explain how to Upgrade Ubuntu 8.10 (Intrepid Ibix) to Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty Jackalope) released on the 23rd April 2009.

Important Notes Before Upgrade

  • Take a complete Back up all your data. There is no guarantee that all will go well.
  • You can only directly upgrade to Ubuntu 9.04 from Ubuntu 8.10
  • Before upgrading it is recommended that you read the release notes for Ubuntu 9.04, which document caveats and workarounds for known issues in this version.
  • Be sure that you have all updates applied to Ubuntu 8.10 before you upgrade

Procedure to follow

To upgrade from Ubuntu 8.10, press Alt+F2 and type in “update-manager ” (without the quotes) into the command box.

Update Manager should open up and tell you: New distribution release ‘9.04' is available. Click Upgrade

This will show you Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty Jackalope Release notes click on upgrade

Downloading Upgrade tool in progress

Prompt for your password

Preparing for upgrade in progress

If you are using any third party sources in your /etc/apt/sources.list file it will be disabled at the time of upgrade process click close

Setting new software channels in progress

Starting the upgrade process window click on Start Upgrade

Downloading the new Packages in Progress

Installing Packages in Progress

Installing Packages Progress in Terminal

Cleaning Up process in Progress

Remove obsolete packages window click on remove

You need to restart the system to complete the Upgrade by clicking “Restart Now”

Testing Your Upgrade

From Command Line

You can check the ubuntu version installed using the following command

sudo lsb_release -a

Output Looks like below

From GUI

Go to System--->About Ubuntu

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You should see similar to the following screen about your ubuntu version

New Splash Screens

New Login Screen

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36 thoughts on “How to Upgrade Ubuntu 8.10 (Intrepid) to Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty)

  1. Can I upgrade from a 9.04 CD instead of download from internet? I don’t have a internet connection at home where my ubuntu runs.

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  2. @Lam

    Yes you can upgrade from CD using the following procedure

    Use this method if the system being upgraded is not connected to the Internet.

    1. Download the alternate installation CD
    2. Burn the ISO to a CD and insert it into the CD-ROM drive of the computer to be upgraded.

    *If the ISO file is on the computer to be upgraded, you could avoid wasting a CD by mounting the ISO as a drive with a command like:

    sudo mount -o loop ~/Desktop/ubuntu-9.04-alternate-i386.iso /media/cdrom0

    3. A dialog will be displayed offering you the opportunity to upgrade using that CD.
    4. Follow the on-screen instructions.

    If the upgrade dialog is not displayed for any reason, you may also run the following command using Alt+F2:

    gksu “sh /cdrom/cdromupgrade”

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  3. Hi. What happens to the list of repositories for 8.10? My guess is the list won’t upgrade to the repos for 9.04… What do people normally do? Thanks.

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  4. Lol dude, everyone has 9.04 now, i really don’t see the need of the big watermark on the images. You can’t even see what’s in the screenshots because of it.

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  5. The one thing that you don’t mention is that, depending on the amount of customization you did to your 8.10 install, you may get one or more popups asking you whether to keep the modified version or use the package maintainer’s version.

    This is a tough call. The safe thing seems to be to use the maintainer’s version, even though this loses customizations. In an 8.04->8.10 upgrade, I rendered the system unbootable because I kept one too many of the modified files.

    The downside, of course, is that you may have to recustomize the system.

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  6. I have downloaded the iso and burn to to CD it works fine in my main machine but in my netbook (acer one) when I try to run the mounted ISO (as described above) I have problems.

    When I open the CD rom folder it says there is an auto run option. When I choose that it says could not find the program

    When I try the command above (gksu “sh /cdrom/cdromupgrade”) nothing happens.

    I have tried booting the burned image in another machine and live cd mode works fine. Any ideas?

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  7. I have downloaded the iso and burn to CD.

    When I open the CD rom folder it says there is an auto run option. When I choose that it says could not find the program

    When I try the command above (gksu “sh /cdrom/cdromupgrade”) nothing happens.

    and i have the iso image in pendrive also.. can anyone help how can i upgrade…

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  8. Olmec,

    running
    sudo /media/cdrom/cdromupgrade
    in the terminal might do the trick? it’s doing something for me anfway

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  9. Thanks for the run through. It made a newbie a lot more comfortable. Got through it with no problems but it does take a while.

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  10. Eventually I got the install going using this technique via USB hard drive:

    sudo apt-get install syslinux mtools
    wget http://download.ubuntu-fr-secours.org/isotostick.sh
    chmod +x isotostick.sh
    sudo ./isotostick.sh ubuntu.iso /dev/sdX1

    Don’t forget to replace /dev/sdX1 with the partition name of your USB drive

    Now you can boot from the USB drive and install Ubuntu like as if you had booted from the Desktop CD.

    Improved speed from ubuntu 9.04! – http://www.olmec.co.nz/abode/getProduct.do/_productId__103831/_siteId__43/method__getProduct

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  11. Thanks for the excellent tutorial. I find it very helpful to see all these screenshots before I actually run the upgrade procedure myself.

    However, I’ve still got a few questions regarding possible changes to the customization of my 8.10 desktop (Gnome) …

    – I have arranged my main menu in a tree structure that is quite different from the default menu. Will the upgrade procedure dump new launchers (like Janitor) the in there or will it even overwrite the menu altogether?

    – How about customized panels? Will they survive the upgrade unchanged.

    – How about colour settings etc. etc. …

    I’d be glad if someone who’s already run the upgrade could drop a few words on this issue.

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  12. Have tried to download the 9.04 dvd 3 times and burned at slow speed all of them show 1 corrupt file.

    Tried installing it anyhow can not get pass the partitioner.Anyone else have this problem. Am trying a clean install.

    Bill

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  13. Hi there.thanks for that howto.while it is beneficial if you can add how to upgrade using command line.like apt-get upgrade..kind.
    Thanks.

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  14. Hi I am using Ubuntu 8.04 and I want upgrade to 9.04…. any ways.. I have downloaded normal Ubuntu 9.04 desktop edition.. Not the alternate cd…. I can even update through net.. can you help me out…

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  15. How do I perform the system backup prior to installing the 9.04? New to linux sorry about the simple question.

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  16. Hi there

    Was wondering, I’ve tried to upgrade and it just refuses to list it on the upgrade manager. I’ve unchecked the updates to only include the intrepid-updates, changed servers to UK from South Africa, it just doesn’t like. I would try apt-get but our proxy servers and the authentication make this very difficult (I have yet to get the settings right on the command line).

    I will try the CD install as you’ve listed here, but am hoping there is a way to get it to do the upgrade normally.

    Thanks

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  17. Would it not make sense to have the main Live CD also contain the “alternate” install contents?

    It’s so obviously a common mistake for first time upgraders of Ubuntu (probably still quite new to it all), who are told that the new release Live CD they’ve downloaded (taking up precious quota) is the wrong one. Way to NOT be user friendly!

    What’s the difference between the Live CD and the ALternate? Is it technically impossible to make one CD that suits both needs?

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  18. great tutorial…
    installed Jaunty successfully on my eeepc 1000h, its quite fast…
    my problem is with my wifi on another laptop, a presario m2000, this is after installing Jaunty coming from an upgrade Ibex…any ideas? tnx

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  19. Todd Lohenry,

    try typing sudo update-manager -d

    It will show u the the distribution available pop up window

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  20. Issues with Intel GMA 900!

    I did an upgrade from 8.04 to 8.10 to 9.04. Everything worked just fine. Even 2D-graphics but i.e. openarena looks like a slideshow now. With 8.04 it was fast enough even with more details.
    The GMA900 lives inside my HP DC7100.

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  21. I tried to upgrade from Intrepid to Jaunty last night & it messed-up my computer to the point that the only graphics on my screen is a bunch of matted colors resembling the picture I had for my desktop background. I cannot even type my admin password into the terminal that is available when I pick the second choice down on the dual-boot menu. I think it says “log on to command line”. When the command line comes up, I am unable to type anything into the screen. I trustingly clicked the upgrade button (after seeing the upgrade button on my syn. packgage manager).
    I foolishly did not back anything up…..DUMB, I know.
    But, this done, how do I get out of this predicament? Is there any way of using a live CD to backup all of the stuff I had in my hard-drive?
    ………..or am I at a complete loss?
    Any help or advice offered will be greatly appreciated. I certainly feel vulnerable using windows XP. Thanks!

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  22. I neglected to mention that I am running an HP with an AMD 64 aboard. I am really hoping to save the files & pictures I treasure. I also tried repair broken files under the restore window.
    Eagerly awaiting some rescue help.
    Again I am a rank newbie.
    Thank You All

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  23. I upgraded May 8 and after a, seemingly successful, 13 hour download, my results, recover attempts and feelings were the same as Mikeydee below.The splash screen graphics is unreadable, therefore unusable (no response attempting old password).
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    Mikeydee says:
    May 7, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    I tried to upgrade from Intrepid to Jaunty last night & it messed-up my computer to the point that the only graphics on my screen is a bunch of matted colors resembling the picture I had for my desktop background. I cannot even type my admin password into the terminal that is available when I pick the second choice down on the dual-boot menu. I think it says “log on to command line”. When the command line comes up, I am unable to type anything into the screen. I trustingly clicked the upgrade button (after seeing the upgrade button on my syn. packgage manager).
    I foolishly did not back anything up…..DUMB, I know.
    But, this done, how do I get out of this predicament? Is there any way of using a live CD to backup all of the stuff I had in my hard-drive?
    ………..or am I at a complete loss?
    Any help or advice offered will be greatly appreciated. I certainly feel vulnerable using windows XP. Thanks!

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  24. I would like to upgrade from 8.10 to 9.04 over the internet but I have a dual boot system (xp and ubuntu) and wonder whether the upgrade procedure works with a dual boot system.

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