How To Upgrade Your Desktop From Ubuntu 7.04 (Feisty Fawn) To 7.10 (Gutsy Gibbon)

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Author: Falko Timme

This guide shows how you can upgrade your desktop from Ubuntu 7.04 (Feisty Fawn) to Ubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy Gibbon).

I do not issue any guarantee that this will work for you!


1 Install The Latest Updates

Before we can upgrade to Ubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy Gibbon), we must make sure that all available updates for 7.04 (Feisty Fawn) are installed. To do this, we open the Update Manager (System > Administration > Update Manager):

If your system is not up-to-date, the Update Manager will show you a list of available updates for Feisty Fawn. Accept them all and click on the Install Updates button:

Type in your password:

The updates are now being downloaded...

... and installed:

Click on Close afterwards:

After the update there are two possibilities: a restart is required, or no restart is necessary.


1.1 A Restart Is Required

If a new kernel was amongst the updates, a system restart is required to make the changes effective. If this is necessary, you will see a blue reboot icon in the upper right panel...

... as shown in this screenshot:

If you see this icon on your desktop, close the Update Manager and click on the blue reboot icon to restart the system. Confirm by clicking on Restart Now:

After the system has rebooted, open the Update Manager again (System > Administration > Update Manager):


1.2 No Restart Necessary

If no restart is necessary, you don't have to close the Update Manager. Click on the Check button in the Update Manager instead.


2 Perform The Distribution Upgrade

After you've opened the Update Manager again (after a reboot) or clicked on the Check button, the Update Manager should show you that a new distribution release (7.10) is available. Click on the Upgrade button to start the distribution upgrade:

A window with the release notes for Ubuntu 7.10 opens. Click on Upgrade again:

Type in your password:

The upgrade is now being prepared:

It's possible that some of your currently installed packages are obsolete or will be replaced by something else during the upgrade. You should see a list of the affected packages. Click on Close to continue with the upgrade:

To start the upgrade from Ubuntu 7.04 to 7.10, click on the Start Upgrade button:

The upgrade package are now being downloaded...

... and installed:

After the upgrade packages have been installed, you will be asked if you'd like to remove the obsolete packages (these are the ones from the list you saw before you clicked on the Start Upgrade button). Unless you have reasons to keep these old packages, it's a good idea to click on Remove:

The obsolete packages are now being removed, and the system is being cleaned up:

The upgrade is now finished, but for the changes to take effect the system must be rebooted, therefore click on the Restart Now button:

After the system has rebooted, you should find yourself on your new, shiny Ubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy Gibbon) desktop:

Have fun!


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I won't suggest upgrade Ubuntu using this kind of method. If you have a good internet connection then 'Yes' else this is killing and painful


This is a clean system upgrade that goes ok.

I had major problems with my installed apache2.

So, I still recommends to backup your /etc and /home prior to upgrading.




For what it is worth I did the kubuntu upgrade to 7.10 using adept (you have to enable testing repositories if I remember correctly). It downloaded all files fine but hung up in the configuration. After numerous issues getting Adept to close down I just rebooted then did ctrl+alt+f1 and logged in. Here I did a dpkg auto configure recommended by apt-get dist-upgrade and followed through all the prompts to get a fully working upgrade.

Also remember that if you use nvidia/ati proprietary drivers that you need to get the most recent version of envy which supports 7.10 before hand and then run the envy -t at the command line to get your graphics back.  

By: Anonymous

You can no longer do a network upgrade of feisty: