Upgrading the System and Software

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Once you have repositories set up and your system updated to reflect what upgrades, patches, packages, software, libraries and so on are available, it's time to safe-upgrade.

Safe-upgrade? Didn't it used to be called upgrade?

Yes, but with the Karmic advent they've deprecated that command in favor of safe-upgrade. Dunno why. Sounds, er, safer, I suppose. Bloomin' marketing for you. Wearing out my keyboard too, all these extra keystrokes 😛

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Upgrading Ubuntu is a bit like running Windows Update (except you're not unwittingly downloading a bunch of spyware, bloatware, control_freakware, or just_generally_we_don't_care_about_buggering_up_your_PC_ware.)

.. Er, and it's quicker, to the point that you no longer take an enforced vacation while a service pack installs. Type:-

.. or if you followed Part 7 – Terminal Alias Shortcuts with bashrc, just type:-

(See, I told you to follow that bit.)

If a new kernel is amongst the new files, you'll be prompted to restart your PC.

How to (Full) Upgrade an Old Ubuntu Edition

It won't be possible to upgrade our Ubuntu version yet because, for the next 6 months, Karmic Koala is the latest-greatest but, when Lairy Limpet, Livid Larry, Ludicrous Loot or whatever comes out next April, you can upgrade to that with the taxing command:-

.. betcha can't wait.

At this point, if you're new to Linux, you may be forgiven for allowing just a little bit of resentment to pass through you, for all those hours you've spent at Windows Update, not to mention their damn reboot demands.

Peace, love and penguins.

(One other thing, Ubuntans, if you do call 10.04 Lairy Limpet, just cut me a credit somewhere.)


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  1. the_guv  November 18, 2009

    @Kurian .. that’s standard procedure, don’t be concerned in this instance. then again, it’s sensible to know as much about this process and any other system upgrades or package installations as possible, of course. Any doubt, Google about ..

  2. Kurian Mathew  November 16, 2009

    Dear Sir,

    I did exactly as you have advised. Everything went very well till I tried to ‘Safe upgrade’. Then I got some scary warnings from the system about the dangers of what I am attempting. Something about a malicious person who wants to gain control of my system and stuff like that. Can you please advise how to do a safe transition?

    Would really appreciate a quick response.

    Kurian Mathew
    Kochi, Kerala

  3. the_guv  November 13, 2009

    @Martin .. you know, the devil wears prada! thank you. currently doing a redesign – the ninth in a year. not changing the look, just adding some features like intl languages.

  4. Martin  November 13, 2009

    Wow, I was just thinking another Ubuntu blog, but yours stylish, I like it. Very much…

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