How to Upgrade to Ubuntu 18.10 Desktop Today

For students and new users looking for help upgrading to Ubuntu 18.10 (Cosmic Cuttlefish) [BETA] today, the steps below should be a great place to start…. Cosmic Cuttlefish will be released on Octerber 18th, 2018… so if you’re upgrading today, you’ll be upgrading to the [BETA] version…. as the final version isn’t yet available…

The steps below show you how to upgrade from previous versions, Ubuntu 16.04 | 18.04 LTS… this may be an easy way to test the upcoming version against your environment and other application settings…

Remember that 18.10 is still in beta and not ready to be used in production… however you can upgrade to begin testing new features that are coming soon… In most cases, installing a new desktop on your machine might be the best way to go… but some users aren’t that technical.. so they may choose to upgrade instead…

If you’re in the mood to upgrade your Ubuntu desktop today, follow the steps below to get it done… new users and students should find the steps below useful when deciding to upgrade Ubuntu 16.04 | 18.04 LTS…

Step 1: Setup Ubuntu Desktop for Upgrade

Before upgrading Ubuntu desktop, make sure to update your current installed packages…. This can easily done via Ubuntu’s Software Updater app… To update Ubuntu desktop, open Ubuntu Dash or Activities Overview and search for Software Updater… then select it to open.

Ubuntu upgrade desktop

When Software Updater opens, install all packages that are available to be updated… When you’re done, re-open Software Updater and you should see that the computer is up to date….

ubuntu upgrade 18.10

Step 2: Upgrade to Ubuntu 18.10 from 16.04 | 18.04 LTS

Now that your current desktop is updated, you can now continue to upgrading to Ubuntu 18.10…. Follow the steps below to get it done..

First, open Ubuntu Dash or Activities Overview again, this time you’ll want to search for Software & Updates… select to open

Ubuntu 18.10 upgrade

When it opens, select the Updates tab and validate that Notify me of a new Ubuntu version is set for any new version… If not, select it and save your changes and close out..

Since both Ubuntu 16.04 and 18.04 are LTS (Long term support) version, you must change the update notifications for any new release version

ubuntu upgrade 18.10

After changing Ubuntu upgrade notification settings, press Alt + F2 on your keyboard to open the run command box… this box allows you to run Ubuntu commands… when it opens, type the commands below to press Enter.

update-manager -d

ubuntu upgrade

After that, it should see a notification that Ubuntu 18.10 is now available…. Click the Upgrade… button to begin the upgrade wizard….

Ubuntu upgrade

Welcome to the Ubuntu ‘Cosmic Cuttlefish‘ development release

This release is still in development. Do not install it on production machines.

Thanks for your interest in this development release of Ubuntu. The Ubuntu developers are moving very quickly to bring you the absolute latest and greatest software the Open Source Community has to offer.

This development release brings you a taste of the newest features for the next version of Ubuntu.

ubuntu upgrade 18.10

When everything is ready, click the Start Upgrade button

Depending on the speed of your Internet, this process may take few minutes to a couple of hours….. after Ubuntu desktop is upgraded, you should be able to restart and start using the new Ubuntu!

Ubuntu upgrade 18.10


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