Upgrade Ubuntu 8.10 (Intrepid Ibex) to Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty Jackalope) Beta

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Ubuntu 9.0 is the upcoming version of the Ubuntu operating system. The common name given to this release from the time of its early development was “Jaunty Jackalope”.

Note: This is still a beta release. Do not install it on production machines. The final stable version will be released in 23rd April 2009.

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 8.10 before you upgrade

Procedure to follow

To upgrade from Ubuntu 8.10, press Alt+F2 and type in “update-manager -d” (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

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

Automatic crash reports configuration file replacement option click on Replace

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

You can check the ubuntu version installed using the following command

sudo lsb_release -a

Output Looks like below

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46 Responses

  1. Neil Wardle says:

    ok sorted problem with mouse , seems to be something todo with fglrx driver on kde interface. removed this driver and all works.
    had a problem with my user account and could not log in so I restarted and when to safe mode and accessed the bash command with root and made another user account.

  2. SisterNotes says:

    having the same login problem. The upgrade looked like it went fine, but my user name and/or password isn’t accepted. I’ve no idea how to get past this screen. Please, please help – I’m a newbie.

  3. Jerad Jacob says:

    @ SisterNotes

    Reboot the computer, and select the second option in grub (recovery mode). Drop to a root command prompt, and type in “passwd username” (where username is your username)

    Then just re-enter the password you would like to use, and type “shutdown -r now”. This will restart the machine, and login as usual.

    The above steps allow you to reset your password if you ever forget it.

  4. sisternotes says:

    Jared, thank you. I tried your suggestion, but when I’m prompted for the password, i can only type a single character before I’m prompted to retype my password. When I retype the same character I get “authentication token manipulation error” and password unchanged.

  5. Jerad Jerad says:

    Take a look here:


    Not sure if you’ve already taken a look at the permissions. I think if I were you I’d boot a livecd, copy my entire /home directory somewhere else, reinstall Ubuntu, and then copy the /home back.

    Something you can do in the future (or next time you reformat) is to make partition your computer as follows:

    10-15gb for /
    512mb-1gb for swap
    Rest for /home

    This basically mounts the home partition to the /home directory, which allows you to have the same settings for multiple linux OS’s, or to reinstall ubuntu without losing any settings or documents.

    This way, if anything ever gets messed up, simply reinstall ubuntu and tell it to format /, but not to format /home. Use the same username as before, and all of your settings will still be there. I.E. once you re-install any software you previously used, it should keep all of your settings and options.

    I used this a number of times when I was new at linux and would crash the OS about two to three times a month.

  6. SisterNotes says:

    Hurray! I’m up and running again. I created a new live CD and started the install.
    I have 40 GB with windows XP already loaded. Since I hadn’t had ubuntu running for more than a day or two before the powercord incident, I didn’t bother saving the home directory.

    I used the following configuration…
    10 gb dedicated to existing windows
    15 gb for ext3 mounted on “/”
    1 gb for swap (maybe I’ll upgrade the ram to 512 later)
    12 gb for ext3 mounted on “/home”
    2 gb for Fat32 mounted as “/windows” (for if I need to trade files back to windows)

    The only hiccup was an error during install, “panel encountered a problem while loading “OAFIID: GNOME_FastUserSwitch Applet” and two more applets. I installed anyway and everything seems to be working.

    I ordered a new battery for the laptop to prevent further mishaps…thanks for your advice!

  7. Victor says:

    After upgrading my distribution I runned “sudo lsb_release -a” and It says this:

    LSB Version: core-2.0-ia32:core-2.0-noarch:core-3.0-ia32:core-3.0-noarch:core-3.1-ia32:core-3.1-noarch:core-3.2-ia32:core-3.2-noarch
    Distributor ID: Ubuntu
    Description: Ubuntu 8.10
    Release: 8.10
    Codename: intrepid

    How do I fix this?

  8. Divya kumar says:

    i was doing the same thing but unfortunately due to power cut , my laptop got shut down half way only and now it although gives the login screen but after i enter password , nothing comes up.

    I am helpless and clueless on what to do now.

    please help me with this.

  9. SisterNotes says:

    I was not able to get around the password issue once I lost power. You might want to read Jerad Jerad’s post from May 8th above. I didn’t have anything of worth in my home directory so I just re-installed Ubuntu without trying to save my home directory. Good luck!

  10. Jithran says:

    I’ve got the same problem as Ivan has.

    It says:
    Authentication failed

    Authenticating the upgrade failed. There may be a problem with the network or with the server.

    Rebooting or getting all the updates didn’t do anything to solve it.

    Does anyone have a solution?

  11. admin says:

    Solution 1

    Press Ctrl-Alt-F1

    sudo gedit /etc/pam.d/gdm

    remove or comment the line

    @include common-pamkeyring

    Save and exit the file

    Solution 2

    Press Ctrl-Alt-F1

    Run the following command from terminal

    sudo apt-get install gdm --reinstall --purge

  12. igor1102828 says:

    I have similar problem, but not exactly this, please, have a look the description here:

    if there are any suggestions?

    Just in case I’ve done

    sudo apt-get install gdm –reinstall –purge
    but nothing has changed. The command
    $ sudo lsb_release -a
    $ sudo lsb_release -a

    [sudo] password for its:
    LSB Version: core-2.0-ia32:core-2.0-noarch:core-3.0-ia32:core-3.0-noarch:core-3.1-ia32:core-3.1-noarch:core-3.2-ia32:core-3.2-noarch:core-4.0-ia32:core-4.0-noarch:cxx-3.0-ia32:cxx-3.0-noarch:cxx-3.1-ia32:cxx-3.1-noarch:cxx-3.2-ia32:cxx-3.2-noarch:cxx-4.0-ia32:cxx-4.0-noarch:desktop-3.1-ia32:desktop-3.1-noarch:desktop-3.2-ia32:desktop-3.2-noarch:desktop-4.0-ia32:desktop-4.0-noarch:graphics-2.0-ia32:graphics-2.0-noarch:graphics-3.0-ia32:graphics-3.0-noarch:graphics-3.1-ia32:graphics-3.1-noarch:graphics-3.2-ia32:graphics-3.2-noarch:graphics-4.0-ia32:graphics-4.0-noarch:languages-3.2-ia32:languages-3.2-noarch:languages-4.0-ia32:languages-4.0-noarch:multimedia-3.2-ia32:multimedia-3.2-noarch:multimedia-4.0-ia32:multimedia-4.0-noarch:printing-3.2-ia32:printing-3.2-noarch:printing-4.0-ia32:printing-4.0-noarch:qt4-3.1-ia32:qt4-3.1-noarch
    Distributor ID: Ubuntu
    Description: Ubuntu 9.04
    Release: 9.04
    Codename: jaunty


    $ uname -a
    Linux its-desktop 2.6.27-14-generic #1 SMP Mon Aug 31 13:01:41 UTC 2009 i686 GNU/Linux

    since I can start only via Linux its-desktop 2.6.27-14-generic

    Any ideas why this “5” is generated, what and how should be corrected? Thanks!

  13. Michael says:

    I tried upgrading my ubuntu 8.10 to 9.04 but it never completed and also i tried installing some new stuff for my video players and then restarted my system. Now i cant get it to start since it loads to the the login screen but the login screen never shows up and the mouse cursor just rotates. I have been trying the recovery but i can’t seem to get my way out. Can anyone help me.

  14. sn says:

    Everything went well during the upgrade and I can login after the machine is rebooted. But after the login nothing appears and a blank screen is shown with the mouse curser. Any ideas how to fix this?

  15. Pieter says:

    I try to upgrade my netbook from 8.10 to 9.04 to get to 9.10.
    What ever I do, I never get the “New distribution release 9.04 is available” in the update manager.
    I even tried a sudo update-manager -d from the terminal. This resulted in a:

    Traceback (most recent call last):
    File “/usr/bin/update-manager”, line 92, in
    File “/usr/lib/python2.5/site-packages/UpdateManager/UpdateManager.py”, line 1085, in main

    after a keyboard interrupt.

    I made the file /var/lib/update-manager/meta-release (which I copied from this site, because it was not in the dir.) , but the result is still the same.

    Should I install python 2.5?

  16. THEgusta says:

    Fiz a atualização do Ubuntu 8.10 para o 9.04, e ao reiniciar o sistema me pede um usuário e senha que eu não faço a mínima idéia de quais sejam. Não tinha senha instalada antes, e já tentei escrever “root” e “toor”, como li em outro fórum, mas não teve jeito. Sou usuário leigo em se tratando de Linux, portanto peço a ajuda dos amigos para resolver esse problema. Valeu.

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