Ubuntu 20.04 LTS was released on April 23 and ships with tons of improved features and software enhancements. If you are currently running Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, this guide will show you how to upgrade from Ubuntu 18.04 LTS to 20.04 LTS.
Back up and Test First
Before you do anything, make sure you back up your important data first. Luckily, Ubuntu comes with a backup utility built in so you can make use of that.
Alternatively, you can just choose to back up the individual files that you know you want to keep. Backup tools like Timeshift are also useful. You even have the choice of creating an image of your installation with Gnome Disk Utility or with software like Clonezilla.
If you want to be super cautious, you can also create an Ubuntu 20.04 live disk and use this to test out the OS on your machine. This will let you catch any quirks before you actually carry out the installation.
Before getting started, you should also make sure that you install all of the available updates for your current version of Ubuntu. You can do so with the command:
sudo apt update && sudo apt -y upgrade
Different Methods of Upgrading From Ubuntu 18.04 to 20.04
Ubuntu Update Manager
Now that Ubuntu 20.04.1 has been released, you should be able to carry out the update from within the Ubuntu update manager. You can launch the update manager by typing
update-manager in the terminal and run your update from there. With this method, you will be able to carry out your update using only a GUI. Simply select “Upgrade,” and let the process run until completion.
Upgrading to 20.04 via a Wizard
To upgrade, you will need to run the following command:
sudo do-release-upgrade -d -f DistUpgradeViewGtk3
This starts the upgrade process with a Gtk3-based GUI.
Hit “Upgrade” and the process will begin to run on your machine.
Before the upgrade actually starts, you will be asked to confirm that you want to carry out the upgrade.
Your lock screen will be disabled until your system reboots after the update is completed.
You will be notified of the progress through the GUI.
It will take several minutes for this process to complete, so please be patient. Reboot your machine after the upgrade has been completed. You may have to respond to some prompts here and there.
Upgrading the GUI
If you don’t care for the GUI, you can simply run the command below:
sudo do-release-upgrade -d
This will run the upgrade process in the terminal. Any user interaction will take place via the command line with this method.
Other things to consider
If you have third-party software installed, you may need to add the
-allow-third-party flag to the upgrade command above. Some software such as VirtualBox, Skype, and Google Chrome is updated through software channels outside of the standard Ubuntu archives.
If you are still wondering if Ubuntu 20.04 is worth the upgrade, check out our review on Ubuntu 20.04. If you have decided to upgrade from Ubuntu 18.04 to 20.04, please peruse this information carefully so that you can safely upgrade without any issues.
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