How to Upgrade Ubuntu 13.04 (Raring Ringtail) to Ubuntu 13.10 (Saucy Salamander)

Canonical has released the latest version of its Linux-based operating system, Ubuntu 13.10. One of the biggest changes in Ubuntu is the implementation of a new Linux kernel, which right now is actually the latest stable version available. This is great news for the owners of new hardware who will be able to enjoy the new operating system without much fuss. According to the developers, Ubuntu 13.10 includes the 3.11.0-12.19 Ubuntu Linux kernel which was based on the v3.11.3 upstream Linux kernel.

If you have Ubuntu 13,04, 12,10 or 12.04 Precise Pangolin or older version of Ubuntu on your system, and want to upgrade to this new release? I know you wish. Just follow the simple steps below, you can easily upgrade from Ubuntu 13.04 to Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy both Desktop and as well as Server editions.

Important: Before proceeding to upgrade, make a full backup of your data to an external device (USB stick or CD/DVD).


Desktop Upgrade

Step 1. Update the system before to upgrade

Before to upgrade, we need to update the system, press open up Terminal and enter the following commands.

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

Now it is time to upgrade to new available version. Press Alt+F2 key combination on your keyboard.

Ubuntu ALT F2 shortcut


Write this command:

sudo update-manager –d       OR     update-manager-d

Software Updater will open up and will search for the new releases.

Ubuntu Updater


Step 2. Software Updater

After a few seconds you will see screen just like below that saying “However, Ubuntu 13.10 is available now (you have 13.04)”.

Ubuntu Updater Completed


Then click Upgrade to start.


Step 3. Release Notes

The Software Updater will ask you to confirm still you want to upgrade. Click Start Upgrade to begin installing Ubuntu 13.10.

Ubuntu 13.10 Release Notes

Step 4. Do you want to start the upgrade ?

Ubuntu Start Upgrade


Now the Software Updater will fetch and install the files. It will take a while depending upon your Internet connection speed. Sit back and relax.

Ubuntu Download Upgrade


After a while you’ll be asked to remove unnecessary applications.

Ubuntu Remove Obsolete Packages


Step 5. Restart the System

Finally click Restart to complete the upgrade.

Ubuntu Restart System


Now you have latest Ubuntu 13.10 distribution in your system.

Ubuntu 13.10 installed



Server Upgrade

To upgrade from Ubuntu 13.04 server to Ubuntu 13.10 server, do the following steps.


Step 1. Install the update-manager-core package if it is not already installed:

sudo apt-get install update-manager-core

Step 2. Edit the file /etc/update-manager/release-upgrades

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

and set Prompt=normal as shown below.

# Default behavior for the release upgrader.
# Default prompting behavior, valid options:
#  never  - Never check for a new release.
#  normal - Check to see if a new release is available.  If more than one new
#           release is found, the release upgrader will attempt to upgrade to
#           the release that immediately succeeds the currently-running
#           release.
#  lts    - Check to see if a new LTS release is available.  The upgrader
#           will attempt to upgrade to the first LTS release available after
#           the currently-running one.  Note that this option should not be
#           used if the currently-running release is not itself an LTS
#           release, since in that case the upgrader won't be able to
#           determine if a newer release is available.


Step 3.

Now it is time to upgrade your server system to latest version using the following command:

sudo do-release-upgrade -d

Follow the on-screen instructions. You’re done.

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