How To Upgrade Ubuntu 10.10 (Maverick Meerkat) To 11.04 (Natty Narwhal) (Desktop & Server)

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Author: Falko Timme
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The new Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty Narwhal) has just been released. This guide shows how you can upgrade your Ubuntu 10.10 desktop and server installations to Ubuntu 11.04.

This document comes without warranty of any kind! I do not issue any guarantee that this will work for you!


1 Desktop

Start the Update Manager (System > Administration > Update Manager):

The Update Manager should show that a new distribution release (11.04) is available. Click on the Upgrade button to start the distribution upgrade:

A window with the release notes for 11.04 comes up. Click on Upgrade again:

The upgrade tool is now being downloaded. Afterwards, type in your password:

The upgrade is being prepared:

Click on Start Upgrade to finally begin with the upgrade process:

The upgrade packages are now being downloaded...

... and installed. This can take some time, so please be patient.

At the end of the upgrade process, you should remove obsolete packages:

The system needs to be rebooted to complete the upgrade, therefore click on Restart Now:

When you log in, Ubuntu 11.04 will by default start the new Unity desktop which requires that your hardware supports 3D acceleration. If it doesn't, you can choose the Ubuntu Classic desktop at the login screen instead:

After the reboot, you can use your new Ubuntu 11.04 desktop (because I used a virtual machine for this tutorial, the system has no 3D support, that's why you see the Ubuntu Classic desktop in the screenshot below):

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