Upgrade Ubuntu 8.04 (Hardy Heron) to Ubuntu 8.10 (Intrepid Ibex) Beta

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Ubuntu 8.10 is the upcoming version of the Ubuntu operating system. The common name given to this release from the time of its early development was "Intrepid Ibex".

Note: This is still a beta release. Do not install it on production machines. The final stable version will be released in 30th October 2008.

Important Notes Before Upgrade

  • Take a complete Back up all your data. There is no guarantee that all will go well.
  • Remember that this software is still beta at this time. It is not for production machines.
  • Be sure that you have all updates applied to Ubuntu 8.04 LTS before you upgrade

Procedure to follow

To upgrade from Ubuntu 8.04, press Alt+F2 and type in "update-manager -d" (without the quotes) into the command box.

Starting Update Manager in Progress

Update Manager should open up and tell you: New distribution release ‘8.10' is available. Click Upgrade

This will show you Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid Ibex Release notes click on upgrade

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 in Progress in Terminal

Remove obsolete packages window click on remove

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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21 Responses

  1. Hey,

    Thanks for the guide 🙂
    Just a heads up for people with ATI: there aren’t any fglrx drivers yet for 8.10, so you will
    have to switch to the 2d driver, or wait until it is supported.

  2. Louis Larouche says:

    This release rocks! My aging compaq Presario X1000 laptop wasn’t doing well with Hardy 8.04…
    My ATI mobility 9200 with 32 MB or ram wasn’t supported well, I had to fiddle around to get 3d back, couldn’t really get compiz-fusion to work either. Same thing for the wireless card management with WPA password protected routers in one location and switching to something else at work…. often requiring retyping everything in the network setup boxes…..
    It made me regret upgrading from Gutsy…..
    Now with Intrepid, those problems are gone….. I have full video card support back. 2d-3d accelaration on my system. Even VGA out to a external monitor/projector works well. Compiz is humming along with all effects working. Wireless management works. My intel pentium M 1.6 Ghz with 512 MB of ram is actually feeling faster on Ibex than on Hardy!!!!!
    Great work by all the dev. team members out there…
    Thank you very much all….

  3. Alex says:

    You say that you should back up your data, and of course it’s a good idea, but my system is running Ubuntu’s software RAID that I set up during the install of Hardy. Do you happen to know how this upgrade will treat those drives/that data?

    Thanks! – Alex

  4. KenBW2 says:

    I thought Intrepid was getting a new theme?

  5. ThaBiGGDoGG says:

    It did get a new theme. It’s that ugly bird background now.

  6. Peter Watts says:

    Will this work for xubuntu as well.

  7. admin says:


    The same procedure will work for xubuntu

  8. KenBW2 says:


    Bird? Wasn’t that hardy? And that’s a wallpaper, not a theme

  9. Peter Watts says:

    It only upgraded 4 packages then didn’t install correctly. Is there anything I need to do differently for xubuntu.

  10. Richard says:

    Yep, a new theme was promised. Actually already the Hardy release was going to get a new theme, but it was postponed to Intrepid. Is it still not finished?

    Anyway, I’m one of those people who happen to like the old theme very much too (except for the default wallpapers that tend to look a bit too brown and dull). Orange and beige look warmer and friendlier to me than gray and blue, the latter combination makes me only depressed.

  11. Reliq says:


    The new theme is in there, its called Ubuntu-New, its all dark like. Rather nice I think.

  12. C.P.vasudevan says:

    I upgraded to the beta version as per the instructions. It seemed to be working fine a couple of days. But when I turned on the ubuntu this morning it took my name,password after which it is blank screen. What should I do?

  13. Dave Tap says:

    C.P. try ctl-alt-f2 and see if it gives you a command prompt… if so try startx and see what the response is… with luck your desktop will appear… if not it may show errors to correct

  14. Gerar says:

    ctrl-alt-f2 brings you to a shell. The correct keypress is alt-f2.
    If you accidentally press ctrl-alt-f2 you need to press ctrl-alt-f7 to get back to your xwindows desktop

  15. Tim says:

    ctrl-alt-f2 brings you to a shell. The correct keypress is alt-f2. No Dave Tap was right for that user’s problem, for the record, but either way, you are right about getting back if you use that command.

  16. Linuxflame says:

    I would like to up-grade my ubuntu 804 to 810, approximately how long could the whole process take? Not as long as downloading the 810 iso?

  17. Louis Larouche says:

    How long?
    It would depend on your system speed, (how old/new it is) and you internet speed……..
    Because when I upgraded mine from 8.04 to 8.10 it downloaded more than 400 MB of packages….. if I recall properly….. My download top out around 700 kb/s…..
    It’s almost the same thing…..

  18. vb ekka says:

    Server Authorization directory (daemon/ServAuthDir) is set to /var/lib/gdm but is not owned by user 105 and group 113. Please correct the ownership or GDM configuration and restart GDM.

    found out the solution by following the link post – http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=368168, by removing the splash thingy wherever it occurred, now my splash screen is stripped – curtain is removed – otherwise i get login screen ok – but i’m dead scared to do change of ownership commandlines as i dread blue screen of halt. but i’ll try that and enable splash but before that any expert ideas?

  19. SteveH says:

    I just finished typing a note saying how much I appreciate a good post like this one, with good explanations and clear context for the commands to be typed, BUT the website replied with “required information not provided” and wiped out my positive comment. Thanks for a great post. No thanks for wiping it out before I could post it.

  20. thornton says:

    trying to upgrade 8.04 to 8.10. In update manager I do not have the ‘new distribution 8.10 available. ‘upgrade” I opened software sources and changed to normal releases. but still i do not have the 8.10 upgrade option in update manager.

    Can anyone help out?

  21. Thiago says:

    Hi thornton!
    Im having the same trouble!
    Let me know if you find out something!

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