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Step-By-Step Guide To Upgrade Ubuntu 9.04 to 9.10 With Screenshots – Jaunty Jackalope To Karmic Koala

This guide will help you to upgrade from Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty Jackalope to 9.10 Karmic Koala. This tutorial has total of 13 steps with appropriate screen shots.

Step 1. Check the Ubuntu Version before Upgrade

How to check the current version of Ubuntu? You have the following three options:

Option 1: Check the /etc/issue file for Ubuntu version.

$ cat /etc/issue
Ubuntu 9.04.1 \n \l

Option 2: Execute the lsb_release -a command to identify Ubuntu version.

$ lsb_release -a
No LSB modules are available.
Distributor ID:    Ubuntu
Description:    Ubuntu 9.04
Release:    9.04
Codename:    jaunty

Option 3: View the /etc/lsb-release file directly to identify the Ubuntu version.

$ cat /etc/lsb-release

Step 2: Set the “Show new distribution releases” to “Normal releases” in Software Sources

Click on System Menu -> Administrator -> Software Source -> Click on Updates TAB ->, which will display the Software Source dialogue box.

Set the value in the “Show new distribution releases” drop-down list to “Normal releases” as shown below.

Ubuntu 9.10 Upgrade - Software Manager

Fig: Ubuntu Software Sources

Step 3: Launch “Update Manager” To Upgrade from Ubuntu 9.04 to Ubuntu 9.10 Upgrade Jaunty Jackalope to Karmic Koala

Click on System Menu -> Administrator -> Update Manager, which will now display “New distribution release 9.10 is available” message along with a ‘Upgrade’ button as shown below.

Ubuntu Karmic Koala - Upgrade Manager

Fig: Ubuntu Update Manager

Step 4: Start the Upgrade Process and Read the Release Notes

Click on the ‘Upgrade’ button from the “Update Manager”, which will display the release notes dialogue. Click on Upgrade in the release notes dialogue.

Ubuntu 9.10 Upgrade Release Notes

Fig: Ubuntu Upgrade Release Notes Screen

Step 5: Downloading the Upgrade Tool

Upgrade tool download notification will be displayed.

Upgrade Ubuntu 9.10 Downloading Files

Fig: Ubuntu Upgrade – Downloading the Upgrade Tool Screen

Step 6: Preparing to Upgrade

Distribution Upgrade message window with the heading “Upgrading Ubuntu to version 9.10″ will be displayed, indicating exactly what step is currently executed by the upgrade process.

Upgrade to Ubuntu Karmic Koala - Preparing Upgrading Ubuntu to Version 9.10

Fig: Ubuntu – “Preparing to Upgrade” Message

Step 7: Setting New Software Channels

The following screen will indicate that currently it is setting new software channels.

Ubuntu Upgrade to 9.10 - Setting new Software Channels

Fig: Ubuntu – “Setting new Software Channels” Message

Step 8: Do you want to start the Upgrade

This window will give a summary on how many package will be removed, installed and upgraded. This also will indicate how long will it take for the system to download all the packages for upgrade based on your connection speed.

Click on the ‘Start Upgrade’ button to start the upgrade process.

Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala Upgrade Confirmation

Fig: Ubuntu Upgrade Confirmation Message

Step 9: Getting new packages

This window will provide the following information:

  • Total number of packages downloaded.
  • Total number of packages that needs to be downloaded.
  • Approximate remaining time to download all the packages.
  • Current download speed.
Ubuntu Upgrade Getting new packages

Fig: Ubuntu – “Getting new packages” Message

Step 10: Installing the Upgrades

At this stage, system will start installing all the packages that was downloaded from the previous steps.

Installing the Updates for Upgrading Ubuntu 9.10

Fig: Ubuntu – “Installing the upgrades” Message

Step 11: Cleaning Up.

As part of the Cleaning up step, it will display the option to delete obsolete packages? Click on “Remove” for the “Remove obsolute packages” question.

File Cleanup after Ubuntu Upgrade 9.10

Fig: Ubuntu Upgrade – “Cleaning Up” Message

Ubuntu Karmic Koala Remove obsolete packages after upgrade

Fig: Ubuntu Upgrade – Remove obsolte packages?

Step 12: Restart the System to complete the Ubuntu Upgrade

Click on Restart Now.

Reboot Server after Ubuntu Upgrade to 9.10

Fig: Restart System after Ubuntu Upgrade

Step 13. Check the Ubuntu Version after Upgrade

After the upgrade, use one of the Options mentioned below to make sure it shows Ubuntu 9.10.

How to check the current version of Ubuntu? You have the following three options:

Option 1: Check the /etc/issue file for Ubuntu version.

$ cat /etc/issue
Ubuntu 9.10 \n \l

Option 2: Execute the lsb_release -a command to identify Ubuntu version.

$ lsb_release -a
No LSB modules are available.
Distributor ID:    Ubuntu
Description:    Ubuntu 9.10
Release:    9.10
Codename:    karmic

Option 3: View the /etc/lsb-release file directly to identify the Ubuntu version.

$ cat /etc/lsb-release
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  • cra November 1, 2009, 2:59 am

    Step 13 name is incorrect (should be “Check version after upgrade”)

  • john November 1, 2009, 7:00 am

    step 13 should read “Check the Ubuntu Version after Upgrade”.

  • Ramesh Natarajan November 1, 2009, 10:12 am

    @cra, @john,

    Thanks for pointing out the issue. I’ve corrected it.

  • Ravi J November 1, 2009, 11:00 am

    ‘Getting the packages’, by far, is the slowest and time consuming process (download is no more than 25kbps). So I canceled it and instead downloaded the iso. But I am not able to figure out how to upgrade from CD (or image).
    Any ideas?

  • Xiao Shi Zi November 1, 2009, 11:38 am

    Hello SathiyaMoorthy,

    Step 3: Update first before upgrade?

    What about the ext4 instead of ext3? Ubuntu 9.10 should run faster on an ext4.
    back up first your old system then format some new partition in ext4 and install ubuntu9.10 to take advantage of the ext4… beware of the big file issue!

    Xiao Shi Zi.

  • ChineseGeek November 1, 2009, 1:05 pm

    If I follow this 13 steps, im gonna lose all my configurations, applications and programs i’ve installed???

  • HarryX November 1, 2009, 3:21 pm

    Doing this upgrade does it change the settings and splash screens that I have now…



  • JJ November 2, 2009, 5:55 am

    Thanks for the tips but one part that is missing which I would love to know how to do is upgrading to ext4 (if u do this then u need to upgrade to grub 2). Any chance of adding those instructions?

  • John Kolak November 4, 2009, 10:59 am

    Oh dear! This upgrade broke my system!

    It’s probably my fault because I haven’t used it for a while, and so I was still on 8.10.

    When I went to the update manager, it said there were many system updates to install, but I decided to skip them and go directly to the offered upgrade, which was 9.04, not 9.10. I suppose this was a required intermediate step before getting 9.10.

    This upgrade process froze my computer at the message that it was updating Open Office.

    After a few reboots and using the automated recovery option on GRUB, the 9.04 installation finally informed me that it had repaired itself.

    So then the offer to upgrade to 9.10 appeared in the update manager, and I clicked on that. After it finished, it would no longer boot to a desktop. After running the automated recovery option on the GRUB loader several times, it will now load to a command prompt, and I can log in to the terminal, but startx reports error messages

    EE – No devices detected
    Fatal error – no screens found

    xinit: No such file or directory. Unable to connect to X Server. No such process. Server Error

    It was suggested that I reinstall ubuntu-desktop, but after running that successfully the error messages remain the same.

    This is rather new to me. If Windows messes up, you can reinstall without losing data or programs, but when I run Install from my Ubuntu live CD it starts by asking me to set up my partitions.

    Is it possible to reinstall over my previous installation without losing data?


  • Ravi J November 7, 2009, 12:36 am

    @John Kolak: First and foremost thing to do is to back up your data. It’s in your home directory (typically) which is /home/john (assuming your username is john). To back up your data, start computer in live cd mode (without instlling). Mount your partitions and copy your home directory to a different partition (or burn a CD). Do googling for each step.
    Once you’re certain youve back your stuff up, re-install OS including formatting the old installation.

  • John Kolak November 12, 2009, 9:51 am

    Thank Ravi. Running great now.

  • Scott H November 16, 2009, 7:33 am

    When I tried to update my Ubuntu from 9.04 to 9.10, as soon as I click “upgrade” button, the application seem to be frozen.

  • neo November 25, 2009, 2:38 am

    In my case I don’t get “upgrade” button in upgrade-manager. I tried with -c and -d options also, but no success. In this case can anyone tell be how to upgrade from ubuntu 8.10(interpid) to 9.10(karmic).

  • Xiao Shi Zi November 25, 2009, 9:11 am

    first upgrade from 8.10 to 9.04 and after to 9.10

  • Alok February 7, 2010, 12:02 am

    In step 9, current download speed is not showing since last 3 hours and fetching file is also stable. what to do?

  • Tariq April 18, 2010, 11:38 pm


    I have tried to upgrade from the CD and by mounting the .ISO. However, all have been unsuccessfull.

    I have downloaded the 32 bit version of 9.10.

    I have tried to follow the instructions from this website http://www.ubuntu.com/getubuntu/upgrading

    First I tried to mount the ubuntu-9.10-desktop-i386.iso using the following:

    sudo mount -o loop ~/Desktop/ubuntu-9.10-desktop-i386.iso /media/cdrom0

    Which mounted it. But I never got the dialog box that says ‘run upgrade’

    I then did ‘Alt F2’ and typed the following:

    gksu “sh /cdrom/cdromupgrade”

    Still nothing happened.

    I can browse the files from the mounted *.iso and on the burnt CD. However, the dialog doesn’t appear.

    I can boot from the CD if I restart my computer. However, I just want to do a upgrade and not clean install.

    I can’t do an upgrade from the update-manager as my Internet is too slow and unreliable.

    Many thanks for any advice

  • alok April 20, 2010, 8:50 am

    thanx Tariq, but I solved this problem in feb only…. by the way thanx again.