How to Upgrade to Ubuntu 20.04 (Focal Fossa) LTS Desktop

This brief tutorial shows students and new users how to upgrade to Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Desktop from 18.04 or 19.10.

For students and new users looking for help upgrading to Ubuntu 20.04 (code-named Focal Fossa), the steps below should be a great place to start.

Focal Fossa will be released on April 23th, (as of this writing, that’s next week) so right now it’s still in beta. However, on release day, this post will give you a leg-up when you want to learn how to upgrade your desktop.

If you’re a student or a new user, you will find out that the easiest place to start learning Linux is on Ubuntu Linux OS.

It’s a great Linux operating system for beginners.

Ubuntu is an open source Linux operating systems that runs on desktops, laptops, server and other device.

While learning Ubuntu, you will find that Linux isn’t so different than Windows and other operating systems in so many ways, especially when it comes to using the system to get work done.

Step 1: Prepare Ubuntu for Upgrade

Before upgrading Ubuntu desktops, make sure to update all currently installed packages to the latest versions. This can easily done via Ubuntu’s Software Updater app.

To update Ubuntu desktop, open Ubuntu’s Activities Overview and search for Software Updater… then select it to open.

When Software Updater opens, you may get a prompt to update all packages that are available to be updated.

Click the Install Now button to install all updates that are available.

When you’re done updating, restart the desktop when prompted to do so.

Next, re-open Software Updater and you should see that the computer is up to date….

Step 2: Upgrade to Ubuntu 20.04

Now that your desktop is updated, continue to upgrading to Ubuntu 20.04. Follow the steps below to get it done..

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

When it opens, select the Updates tab and validate that:

Ubuntu 18.04 Should be set to: Notify me of a new Ubuntu version For long-term support version
Ubuntu 19.10 Should be set to: Notify me of a new Ubuntu version For any new versions

Ubuntu upgrade 20.04

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 -c -d

The -c option with the update-manager command checks for distribution upgrade from the latest supported version.

The -d option allows Ubuntu to upgrade to the development version or beta.

Do not run the -d option if you don’t want to upgrade to beta.

If you can’t open the command window by pressing Alt + F2, open the command terminal console or press Ctrl + Alt + T and run the command above.

upgrade Ubuntu to 20.04

If want to upgrade to the development version prior to the final version being released, you can run the commands below with the -d option..

The -d option with the update-manager command allows you to upgrade to the development release from the latest supported release…

Generally speaking you shouldn’t upgrade to 20.04 pre-release version.. The pre-release version is still in development and may not be suitable for production environment..

After that, it should see a notification that Ubuntu 20.04 is now available…. Click the Upgrade… button to begin the upgrade wizard.

Ubuntu upgrade to 20.04

When everything is ready, click the Start Upgrade button

Ubuntu upgrade to 20.04

After checking for all packages that will be upgraded, a second screen will appear to begin the upgrade.

Click the Start Upgrade button to start upgrading.

Ubuntu upgrade to 20.04

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

After a while, all packages should be upgraded. While packages that are needed will be upgraded, others that are no longer needed will be listed and asked to remove or keep.

If these packages were installed by the systems, then it’s safe to remove them.

After that, restart the system to complete the upgrade.

Login and enjoy!

Ubuntu 20.04 upgrade

You will see a different background image after logging in.

This is how to upgrade Ubuntu.


This post showed you how to upgrade from Ubuntu 18.04 | 19.10 to Ubuntu 20.04. If you find any error above, please use the comment form below to report.


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