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How to upgrade from Ubuntu 20.04 to Ubuntu 20.10?

Hello, friends. Happy holidays to you all. In this post, we will show you how to upgrade from Ubuntu 20.04 to Ubuntu 20.10 quickly and without complicating your lives.

Ubuntu 20.10 is the latest stable version of Ubuntu that although it introduced some important new features is not an LTS. This does that the attention and adoption of the same one do not have the same fury that when it is a question of an LTS.

However, many users are quite curious and like to always be up to date. Either because they are studying and want to learn more about Ubuntu and Linux or because they simply can and want to.

The best way to try out Ubuntu 20.10 is to do a clean install, but sometimes it’s indeed a bit lazy. So it is possible to upgrade from a previous version as in this case is Ubuntu 20.04

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So, the process is quite simple but it depends on your internet connection and your processor capacity. So keep this in mind.

Some previous considerations

Unless you know and are aware of what you want, I do not recommend that you update. Ubuntu 20.04 is a stable system that has support until 2025 and Ubuntu 20.10 until June 2021.

On the other hand, it is possible that during the process something could happen that could interfere and you could lose your data. To avoid this, I recommend you run a backup of your data.

Finally, the process is quite simple but it could take some time depending on your internet connection and the capacity of your computer. Keep this in mind.

How to upgrade from Ubuntu 20.04 to Ubuntu 20.10

First, open a terminal and update Ubuntu 20.04

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade

But it also removes all unnecessary packages from the system.

sudo apt autoremove

Now make sure that the livery updater is configured to look for new versions and not just the LTS.

To do this open your configuration file

sudo nano /etc/update-manager/release-upgrades

And in the Prompt field that has the value “normal“.

1.- Preparing the system for the upgrade
1.- Preparing the system for the upgrade

Save the changes and close the editor.

Now run the command:

sudo do-release-upgrade

And the whole process will begin.

2.- Start the process
2.- Start the process

During the process, you will be informed that there are services that need to be restarted frequently. You can choose if you want this to be done automatically.

3.- Upgrading your Ubuntu 20.04 to Ubuntu 20.10
3.- Upgrading your Ubuntu 20.04 to Ubuntu 20.10

You will also have to configure the keyboard layout again.

4.- Keyboard layout
4.- Keyboard layout

Once the whole process has been completed successfully, you will see the following message.

5.- Upgrade completed!
5.- Upgrade completed!

Reboot your computer and when it is available again, check the new version.

lsb_release -a
6.- Show the results
6.- Show the results

And you will see the following output on the screen.

So, enjoy it. You have your new Ubuntu 20.10

Conclusion

The process of upgrading from Ubuntu 20.04 to Ubuntu 20.10 is easier than it seems. This is a process that is not free from error. But it’s usually very safe. Now you know how to do it.

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