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 Responses

  1. Tim Dowell says:

    I’m running 8.x on a vista dual boot pc. I tried to upgrade by pressing the “Upgrade” button on the Update Manager, but after it gets the new package it says I don’t have enough space on /. I ran sudo apt-get clean and I’m still 300+m short on space. Not sure what to do or how to do it. Can someone offer advice?

  2. David jr. says:

    I installed my old ubuntu 8 disk and upgraded and it seemed that it worked, there were no errors. But, it still says its v. 8 and hasn’t made that many changes. Now on the update manager it doesn’t give me the option to upgrade. HELP

  3. Help Mister Wizard! says:

    Hi all,
    I have installed ubuntu Jaunty with the image from a CD. I then used the new distro for about 2 weeks. I was then doing some software updates with Syn. PKG Mngr, and saw an installed “item”, (I cannot remember its name) in my installed packages list. The description of this item said that it was a tracking package for users.
    Being a newbie, I checked the box to remove this package as it sounded like something invasive. I was looking at the uninstall process in the black window & I saw it uninstalling programs that I did not want to uninstall. I quickly turned-off my power strip. I tried to reboot & it gave me the username window & then the password window.

    After entering the information for these two windows, it seems to try to boot up, but then gave me a black window. I toiled for a few days on the ubuntu forums site & found no info that could help me get my successful install working again.

    I then re-partitioned the remaining free-space & did another install. I am using a “dual boot” sytsem with winXP (Ubuntu is the default).

    I have gotten that install running well, but some of my most valuable personal files are not accessible.

    I can see the old install of 9.04 when the boot selection window comes up during boot-up. My newest install is on hda9 and the swap is on hda10.

    Both installs of jaunty are sda3. I am needing a way to boot to the install of 9.04 that is on hda7 (the swap is on hda8).

    It seems that the partition has been preserved, but I do not know how to get access to it to retrieve the lost personal files.

    Can someone please shed some light on this matter.

    Truck-loads of Thanks!

  4. shivraj says:

    I am not getting option upgrade, on second step. In this case what can one do for up-gradation…

  5. Leandro says:

    I think is update-manager -d if you want to upgrade to a newest version.

  6. Jeff says:

    update-manager -d is correct. There is a space there. Now distribution 10.04 is available.

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