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. kyio says:

    isn’t the “update-manager -d” command bring the machine to the latest developer version?

  2. Montblanc says:

    @ kyio: Yeah… Jaunty is beta right now…

  3. kyio says:

    ahh, forget my comment. latest developer version = latest beta.
    maybe i should drink my coffee before myfirst posting 😉

  4. Ratattck says:

    Nice easy update, BUT

    Ubuntu people: PLEEEEEZ

    ** Banish the command line
    ** for the 100 most used programs
    ** for the most popular hardware

    (I mean why the freak must you put in any effort as a user to get SKYPE to work on the Dell mini-9????

    You will always be a million years behind windows/mac if you don’t. Every one wants free, and this is a brilliant start, but this is just too much schlep for now!!!!

  5. Mitchell says:

    The command line is a way to better control things that programs do, programs as aptitude has a lot of options, and in fact you also have graphical frontends for them, if you prefer them (like synaptic). Ubuntu has graphical frontends for the vast majority of programs that are most used and believe me they are more than just 100, we are talking about thousands of options!, thats why ubuntu is by now the most popular linux distribution. On the other hand, if you want to be an administrator you have to use console tools (in windows or in linux) but in linux the tools are by far superior to those available in windows, because in windows there are things that you just can’t do, while in linux you can do almost everything.
    Talking about your Skype problem you should just ask for help, maybe you are not doing the right thing. I use skype without any problem with a modern toshiba laptop (you know that Toshiba is one of the marks that less support gives to the linux community?), as an advice, just use pulseaudio, add the repositories from medibuntu, and install skype from them, it should just work out-of-the-box, all those things can be done without writing a single line in a console.
    If you don’t like linux or ubuntu… just don’t use it, finally you are who loses the opportunity of using a high quality S.O. and saving money at doing it!!!, by the way… do you pay for all the software you have installed in your windows machine? haha, just a question… but if you prefer windows… go on and keep fighting with your continuous performance loses, with your virusses you don’t know where you got them, with your S.O. crashes, and of course go on cracking serials and the proprietary programs you install in your computer! (your antivirus between them). haha… just a joke!

  6. AndrewG says:


    For the ordinary user, the command line is not needed. I prefer using GUI all of the time.

    The beauty of linux is the ability (for those who want to) of a user to have a choice about he/she controls their system.

    This article has been written for those who want to try the beta version of the next Ubuntu.

    Ordinarily, upgrades are done via a GUI without the command line being used.

    Loby SKYPE to create a linux package that runs with Ubuntu.

  7. Jerad says:

    this is a beta release. As such, it is not intended for end-user release but instead for developers to test features and verify it is working correctly with their Software and Hardware.

    When 9.04 is released, you will not need the command line to upgrade.

    As for the Skype issue, that is a Skype development issue, nothing to do with Ubuntu. There is a .deb file on their website that does not require any command line stuff, have you tried that?

  8. XCALIBR8 says:

    I’m new to Ubuntu this year and it’s still my favorite distro. I like 9.04 so far and haven’t had any issues thus far. seems to handle multi-tasking just fine.
    It took a little work to get Ubuntu working to my liking but I think that’s what makes it so great. Overall I’ve gone above and beyond what I thought I’d be able to do with a Linux OS.
    Ubuntu has taught me to have fun with computers again. Have fun and don’t be afraid to learn something new if you’re just starting with ubuntu.

  9. PlumasE says:

    Thanks for the info.

    I have upgraded my desktop computer updated to Ubuntu 9.04 beta.

    I will check it hardly to test it and improve the final version, scheduled to April 23rd of 2009.

    It was really easy to upgrade the distro, Ubuntu is allways improving its usability to non-geek users (since their original release 4.10, the first I tryed it).

    Best wishes,

    Plumas Envenenadas
    Linux user since 1996

  10. Martin B says:

    To upgrade from Ubuntu 8.10 on a server system: install the update-manager-core package if it is not already installed; edit /etc/update-manager/release-upgrades and set Prompt=normal; launch the upgrade tool with the command sudo do-release-upgrade; and follow the on-screen instructions.

  11. Daya says:

    I have upgraded to Jaunty using the instructions provided. The upgrade’s been a fairly smooth ride 🙂
    I am sad that Skype still doesnt work with my Creative Live Notebook webcam 🙁

  12. Stekman says:

    This is a lot easier than upgrading from Vista to Windows 7.

  13. Mitchell says:

    After some “googling” (in fact only a few seconds) I’ve found this post:
    maybe it can help you configure you webcam!
    maybe there are any other way outthere,
    good luck!

  14. GENEius says:

    Can’t seem to get this one, not sure why the upgrade doesn’t show after the first step…

  15. karlzt says:

    why put sudo to see the release?

  16. Jerad says:

    @ karlezt,

    If you don’t type in “sudo”, it will still work, but instead of typing in the password in the terminal you’ll be required to do it later when you click the upgrade button.

  17. daniel says:

    I have a problem, I was following these instructions and leave the manager downloading the files in another deskopt, then I turned off my computer but i forgot that i was in the middle of the installation(in step 3 i think) so i turned it on again and then after de “Ubuntu Studio” blue text and load it stays waiting… but doesnt start.
    Btw… i have Ubuntu 8.10 and installed the ubuntu studio packages.
    Please help… im now stucked using windows XP x_x
    (please excuse my grammar and spelling mistakes… im not a native english speaker)

  18. Sharninder says:

    The post only talks about using the command line once for confirming if the upgrade went through fine. That can also be checked using the GUI. system->about ubuntu.

  19. Pere says:

    Ratattck, I use Ubuntu and I don’t like command line.

    The thing is that I don’t see the need to use it…

    You can install skype without command line, just find the .deb on internet and double click on it.

    It will download any dependency from the internet (despite Windows) and install without a need for 4 o 5 “next” “next” clicks.

    With Linux sometimes you may find hard explanations for really easy things, but for most of the times you just have to go to the next search result and find the easy way (this excludes command line).

  20. sohdi says:

    Hi all,

    I have ubuntuME 8.10 installed on my PC.
    I want upgrade to Ubuntu 9.04 by tomorrow as it release date.
    am I should do this same thing above, if I want my current application will available after upgrade?
    and could you please tell me how to easy backup data?


  21. Ivan says:

    Hi to all.

    I have been trying to upgrade my machine but I always get same problem.
    “Authentication failed

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

    Can somebody help me and tell me what is this about and what should I do?!

  22. Lou says:

    Same issue as you Ivan.

    Any input would be nice.

  23. Lou says:

    Ivan, try a simple reboot. That fixed the issue for me.

    Also installed some other updates that were waiting before I rebooted. (could have something to do with it??)

  24. Neil Wardle says:

    Just upgraded from 8.10 to 9.04 and have had problems with kde interface on kubuntu. first I could not click on the K menu and then it turned out I could not click on the close icon in the top right corners of any menu that I opened, also found that when I opened kate to see a file I could not click or direct to any menus on the screen such as save or close.

  25. Neil Wardle says:

    Also lost my wireless and worked out that it is something to do with mouse interface or driver not working properly!

  26. Ivan says:

    HI Lou.
    It does not help.
    I dont know what kind authorization should i have to be able to upgrade.I installed 8.10 from live CD and I really dont understand why every time it give me
    “Authentication failed

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

    It is something aoubt public key I think?!But I dont know solution.


  27. roffe says:

    I installed the new ubuntu 9.04. I did the upgrade from inside my 8.10.

    Everything went fine but now it ask´s for a username/password to go any further.

    I don’t know what username it wants….how do i get this username?

  28. roffe says:

    …adding some more info.

    The new ubuntu works but when i get to the desktop it ask´s for a username to log in to ubuntu.
    I just thought that it would automatic want my old password from the 8.10 version. but that doesn’t work.

  29. Paul R says:

    Having the same problem as roffe and tried to boot from revised boot command line. Didn’t work. Any suggestions

  30. quato says:

    8.10 upto 9.04 Failed

    The first time when i try to upgrade with adept on X, but it is halted at 99% – and stop responding.

    Then i try it again, seems to be everything is fine, but after the reboot i have no inputs on X (VT7) ? ( i think it caused by a conf file, maybe if i would try to reconfigure xserver … )

    Then i used a terminal, apt-get upgrade – the system is did the upgrade third time, it download the packages again, and setup it again …

    Then it lost the root filesystem, it is a problem with udev and its conf file.

    This is my experience, but in the future i love linux, and thx to everybody to work and believe the world to be a better place :)))

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