Upgrade Ubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy Gibbon) to Ubuntu 8.04 LTS (Hardy Heron) Beta

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Ubuntu 8.04 LTS is the upcoming version of the Ubuntu operating system. The common name given to this release from the time of its early development was "Hardy Heron".

Note: This is still a beta release. Do not install it on production machines. The final stable version will be released in April 2008.

If you want to know what are new features in this release check here

Upgrade from 7.10 to 8.04 LTS Beta follow this procedure

Before you start Upgrading you need to know the following points

  • This is still a beta release. Do not install it on production machines.
  • You need to make sure you have complete backup of your machine
  • Be sure that you have all updates applied to your current version of Ubuntu before you upgrade.

Now you need to Press Alt-F2 and type update-manager --devel-release Click on Run.If you want to install Ubuntu 8.04 stable version you need to type update-manage click on Run.

Starting Update Manager in Progress

Now you can see New Distribution release 8.04 is available for upgrade click on upgrade

This will show you Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy Heron Release notes click on upgrade

Now it will prompt for root password enter your root password click ok

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

If you have any unsupported libs installed in your machine you can see similar to the following screen click close

Starting the upgrade process window click on Start Upgrade

Downloading the new Packages in Progress

After downloading this will start the installation of packages if you have more than one display managers installed this will prompt you to choose your default display manager and click Forward

Installing Packages in Progress

Installing Packages in Progress in Terminal

If you have installed any applications this will prompt for you to restart the services with new libs click forward

Cleaning Up process in Progress

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

Testing Your Upgrade

You can check the ubuntu version installed using the following command

sudo lsb_release -a

Output Looks like below

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19 Responses

  1. Thomas B. says:

    It might be a good idea to grab a copy of the install CD before you begin. My system refused to login after upgrade, being able to reinstall without internet was handy.

    It also might be good to keep in mind that the Beta is not bug free, like the “production machine” warning says. As someone pointed out, since the Ubuntu releases are on a fixed cycle, they can be a bit of a rough ride.

    I think the beta is definitely worth seeing though. Every release I am amazed by the number of things that improve from the last, both in style and in function. (In Gutsy I really fought to get wireless working, in Hardy it’s been up out of the box, sorta – nm-applet breaks from time to time, but there was no hunting down windows drivers and replacing the default linux drivers to connect to security enabled networks.)

    Thanks for the site, good stuff.

  2. David says:

    Very nice step-by-step minitutorial about the upgrade.
    Thanks a lot.

  3. pussfeller says:

    It will break ndiswrapper too.. unless they have fixed it ve3ry recently, so be aware of that if you have need to use wifi that isnt supported in the kernel

  4. error0327 says:

    i just upgrade to ubuntu 8.04 but the upgrade end withe error , it is stop at the end of the step” installing the upgrades” and don’t do the” cleaning ” and the” restart” so i restart it manuale and i have the upgrades !! i get it work but i know that there is some files some were that must deleted i tray to re install the upgrade withe the order “update-manager –devel-release” but it is not work now it say the the system is already update soo what to do ?? i want the upgrade to be really perfect

  5. Marc says:

    If you upgrade to a –dev-release, will you have to upgrade again (to a distribution release using -c) when Hardy is officially released?

  6. Philippe says:

    on this day it does not seem to give me the option to upgrade… is it frozen?? i guess i can wait 10 days for the official release, but right now i kinda have nothing to do and wanted to try the upgrade…

  7. trainspotter says:

    Does upgrading from 7.10 wipe the hard drive?

  8. admin says:


    No it doesn’t

  9. trainspotter says:

    So I won’t lose any files.

  10. admin says:

    no but take a complete backup of your system is recommended

  11. xochipilli says:

    Such a slow download…
    Should have got it somewhere else.
    Please comment on the installation if you have completed it.

  12. John McEnroe says:

    May 09, 2008

    After installing 8.04 I was able to log in, but…

    When the initialization window opened up, Ubuntu 8.04 was not on the list of operating systems, and not selecting one of the choices allowed a default startup. That let me to log in, but I got a blank desktop and a moveable cursor.

    I found one key PrtSC Sys Req to open up an image capture window, but I was unable to do anything, other than see that my now inaccessible files and folders still appeared to be listed.

    I had to open a backup Ubuntu 7.10 2.6.22-14 which actually opened up an old version of Kubuntio I had on my hard drive.

  13. John McEnroe says:

    May 12, 2008

    I decided to try to install the new Ubuntu 8.04 rather than trying to update version 7.10.

    I once again could not see where the new version was installed, and the only system I could access was an earlier version of Kubuntu.

  14. Victor Toggart says:

    I upgraded and now the synaptic package manager is inoperative. I can no longer retrieve updates or add any missing files. I need csh to configure my printer.

  15. Vaibhav Billore says:

    When I tried to upgrade from 7.10 to 8.04 , the update manager gives an error:

    “Could not download the release notes
    Please check your internet connection.”

    I am able to brows internet. Can anyone help me solve this problem?

    Thanks n Regards
    Vaibhav Billore

  16. Eduardo M says:

    Im getting exactly the same problem as Vaibhav Billore.

    Anyone ?

    Eduardo M.

  17. Laurent says:

    I’ve upgraded from Gutsy to Hardy on a Lenovo X61s.

    After reboot, the visual interface won’t work and I have this message “no suitable module for running kernel” found.

    If I start in recovery mode, I am proposed to fix the xserver, but if I do it does not help.


  18. g lang says:

    My advice ….don’t do it .
    I did …it took hours …lost the internet connection…and the start up is way slower …takes 5 minutes to load the Desktop.
    I’m no expert , but I’ve used Linux for years …so if you got Fiesty working , don’t bother with the upgrade !

  19. Johny says:

    Hello having the same problem as

    Vaibhav Billore

    What should I do to upgrade from 7.10 – 8.04 LTS

    Thanks for any help


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