October 10, 2010 · General · Email This Post

This tutorial will exoplain how to upgrade from ubuntu 10.04 (Lucid) to Ubuntu 10.10 (Maverick) desktop and server editions
Before you start

* You can directly upgrade to Ubuntu 10.10 from Ubuntu 10.04 LTS .
* Be sure that you apply all updates to your current version of Ubuntu before you upgrade.
* Before upgrading, it is recommended that you read the release notes for Ubuntu 10.10, which document caveats and workarounds for known issues in this version.
* Take a complete backup of your system

Network upgrade for Ubuntu desktops

You can easily upgrade over the network with the following procedure.

1. Start System/Administration/Update Manager.

2. Click the Check button to check for new updates.

3. If there are any updates to install, use the Install Updates button to install them, and press Check again after that is complete.

4. A message will appear informing you of the availability of the new release.

5. Click Upgrade.

6. Follow the on-screen instructions.

Network upgrade for Ubuntu servers

1.Install update-manager-core if it is not already installed:

sudo apt-get install update-manager-core

2.edit /etc/update-manager/release-upgrades and set Prompt=normal

3.Launch the upgrade tool:

sudo do-release-upgrade

4. Follow the on-screen instructions.

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16 Comments to “How to upgrade from ubuntu 10.04 (Lucid) to Ubuntu 10.10 (Maverick) [Desktop and Server]”

  1. rob says:

    not working for me. keeps showing the beta even after i i try to update the stuff and it still shows it was updated 2days ago even after i refresh the lists

  2. wrigs says:

    I don’t get the prompt that a new release is available after multiple clicking of ‘check’. Is there a manual way to override and install please?

  3. Jeff says:


    if you open the update manager and go to settings you will notice it’s probably set to only look for new LTS releases. Change it to normal releases and you should see the new version available.


  4. Bill Eastman says:

    It was not working for me so I looked at configure. It was set to show only long term support versions. I changed it to show all versions and then the 10.10 upgrade shows.

  5. behzad says:

    It worked by changing the settings.

  6. wrigs says:

    Nice one Jeff — worked like a charm! Cheers.

  7. Jay Sierputowski says:

    The other day my laptop shutdown after about 2 hours. I was in the middle of updating to ubuntu meerkat beta alpha 11. the power cord came out and the battery died. I have been using Puppy Linux but i cannot fix my system. Does anyone know how to fix it without losing my files and things from ubuntu 10.04 without having to perform a full install from scratch? Please help.

  8. Atil Parikh says:

    Just follow this, It will works fine, actually 10/04 is checking for LTS release only, so we have to change it to normal releases also.

  9. Atil Parikh says:

    Just follow this, It will works fine, actually 10/04 is checking for LTS release only, so we have to change it to normal releases also.


  10. rob says:

    it was a little too late. i already downloaded and installed n my netbook yesterday. i love it but i dont love the default email client they use it never sends mail. over all though i love it

  11. Anguis says:

    Is it safe to do this upgrade over wifi?

  12. linut says:

    While this info is appreciated, I’d also like info about how to install 10.10 from scratch on a system that contains 10.04.
    This info is nowhere on the net yetthis situation exists for many people who have saved their home partition and want an entirely new build

  13. Hopscotch says:

    I have three partitions for the ubuntu install, /home, /root, /swap. when ever i would install a new version or if i was skipping versions, i would boot into the desktop disc, and use partition editor to format the /root , and set the /home partition the same as it was before and use the same username and passwords and i never had a problem with my settings or files.

  14. Mukul says:


    I am Using Ubuntu which is installed as Application in Windows 7.

    Just need to know that can this upgrade affect my grub , as before in updation process my grub had prob and i need to format my pc that time.

    I know there are methods available to fix that error but not worth for me as Ubuntu is in Folder not on dedicated Drive.

    So can i upgrade or this prob prevails?

  15. Atma says:

    Thanks Jeff, I can find the upgrade now.

  16. j. read says:

    update keeps falling over at
    ‘Setting new software channels’

    W:Failed to fetch http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/dists/maverick/Release.gpg Something wicked happened resolving ‘gb.archive.ubuntu.com:http’ (-5 – No address associated with hostname)
    , W:Failed to fetch http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/dists/maverick-security/Release.gpg Something wicked happened resolving ‘security.ubuntu.com:http’ (-5 – No address associated with hostname)

    all updated too.

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