Upgrading from Ubuntu 17.04 to 17.10 (Artful Aardvark)

Ubuntu 17.10 (Artful Aardvark) will be released on October 19, 2017. This version will be supported for 9 months until July 2018. For those looking for long term support versions of Ubuntu, they may want to install Ubuntu 16.04 (LTS) or wait for then upcoming 18.04 (LTS). The LTS versions are usually supported for 5 years.

This brief tutorial shows students and new users how to upgrade from Ubuntu 17.04 to 17.10 when it is released in October. I’m writing this tutorial so that when 17.10 is released you can come back and use this guide to upgrade your system.

If you don’t want to do an in-place upgrade, you can download the ISOs image from its download page and upgrade from the CD/DVD or do a clean install.

To upgrade Ubuntu, please follow the steps below

Step 1: Update Ubuntu 17.04 Desktop / Server

Before upgrading to Ubuntu 17.10, you must first update the current 17.04. It’s recommended to update/upgrade all installed packages before upgrading. To update Ubuntu, press Ctrl — Alt — T on your keyboard to open the commands terminal. When it opens run the commands below to update

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

After updating, you may want to reboot the machine.

Step 2: Upgrading Ubuntu Desktop

When you log back on, click System Settings then open Software & Updates

ubuntu 17.04 upgrade to `7.10

Next, select the Updates tab

On that panel, set the “Notify me of a new Ubuntu version” drop-down menu to “For any new version

ubuntu software upgrade

After that, press Alt+F2 on your keyboard to open the command box. They type the commands below and press Enter.

update-manager -cd

upgrade ubuntu to 17.10

The Update Manager should open up and tell you: New distribution release ‘17.10′ is available.

Click the Upgrade button and follow the on-screen instructions to upgrade your system. After updating restart your machine and you’re all set.

upgrade ubuntu to 17.10

Step 3: Upgrading Ubuntu Servers

To upgrade Ubuntu server, open the command prompt terminal and run the commands below to install update-manager-core if it is not already installed.

sudo apt install update-manager-core

Then open the update-manager configuration file and make sure the Prompt line is set to Normal

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

# 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.

Save the file…Then run the commands below to upgrade the server.

sudo do-release-upgrade -d

Follow the on-screen instructions until you’ve successfully upgraded.. when you’re done, restart and enjoy!


This post shows students and new users how to do an in-place upgrade from Ubuntu 17.04 to Ubuntu 17.10. This will require a reliable high speed Internet. If you don’t have a reliable Internet connection, then you may want to upgrade from a CD.

That’s it!

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5 Replies to “Upgrading from Ubuntu 17.04 to 17.10 (Artful Aardvark)”

  1. Horrible advice: Ubuntu 16.10 is already at End of life status (July 20, 2017) it isn’t an LTS release, 16.04 is the LTS release.
    Also DO NOT upgrade your server to 17.10, first of all its still in Beta and secondly many applications are not supported IE Nginx web server for one.


    Author needs to do research before posting such inaccurate and unreliable advice.

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