Updating Ubuntu to the Newest Version (Early Release) -14.04

Ubuntu is the most popular distribution of Linux and receives regular updates every 6 months.

Currently Ubuntu is in version 13.10 and 14.04 just became available for early download. This article will walk you through the process of updating Ubuntu to the most recent version.

Why Update?

Support Life

Each release of Ubuntu has a support life of 9 months. LTS releases have a support life of 5 years. While a release is supported, bugs and errors can be reported and fixed.

Ubuntu updates every 6 months.

Ubuntu 14-04 release

New Features

Each update of Ubuntu brings an abundance of new features and system improvements. You can watch a video on the features of 13.10 Ubuntu from the new LinOxide video channel. We have added 14.0.4 feature video at bottom of the article.

Which Version Do You Have?

You might wish to figure out which version of Ubuntu you are currently running. You can do this by either

1) Clicking the gear in the top right corner, and selecting 'About This Computer'


2) Open the terminal (keyboard shortcut: Ctrl+Alt+T) and enter the command

lsb_release -a

Time to update

Not all versions of Ubuntu can jump to the latest version. In order to update to the newest version you will first have to update to a previous major update. Thankfully Ubuntu will do this for you.

To update you need to run the Software Updater. You can do this by either

1) Searching Updater in the dash

Searching Update in the dash will bring up the option to select Software Updater


2) Use the terminal (keyboard shortcut: Ctrl+Alt+T) and entering the following commands.

update-manager -d

Now that you have the software updater open you may see an option to upgrade Ubuntu to the next version.

The Software Updater may give you the option to update to the next version

If you do not see that option, click settings, and go to the Updates tab.
For the option "Notify me of a new Ubuntu version:" select 'For any new version'. Now close the Software updater and reopen it.

Other Options

If the above techniques do not work, you may attempt to update by entering

sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

into the terminal.

Last Resort

As a last resort you can backup your current files, and download the newest version of Ubuntu unto a disk or flash drive. Then remove the current version of Ubuntu and re-install the newest version from the disk. This technique is not recommended, but may be necessary to update from very early versions of Ubuntu the current.

Enjoy the new and improved Ubuntu and watch out the below Ubuntu 14.04 feature video. Another good news we have is Mate 1.6, fork of Gnome 2 will be included in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS.

William Schaller 11:43 pm

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William Schaller is a Computer Science Major at California Polytechnic University and an experienced Linux user/programmer.

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