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Saucy Salamander Reached End of Life on July 17, 2014

Ubuntu 13.10 (Saucy Salamander) reached end of life on July 17.  This means that it is no longer supported.  There will be no more package updates to Saucy.

Ubuntu announced its release of Saucy about 9 months ago, on October 17, 2013.  This was the second release with the new 9 month support period. 

It is now recommended to upgrade to Ubuntu 14.04 (Trusty Tahr).  For a desktop computer, you can directly upgrade by typing Alt + F2 and typing update-manager, then running it and following the on-screen instructions.

If you prefer to do a fresh install, Trusty is now available for download at

How to Upgrade to Ubuntu 13.10

I am at the point where I am considering upgrading to Saucy (Ubuntu 13.10) on one of my two dual-boots.  I am debating how much breakage I can stand this early in the cycle.  😉  Anyway, here are the instructions for the courageous:

To upgrade from Ubuntu 13.04 to 13.10 on a desktop system:

The instructions say to first open up Software Sources.

Then, you need to press Alt + F2 and type in “update-manager -d” (without the quotes).

Update Manager should open up and tell you: New distribution release ‘13.10’ is available.

Then, just click on “Upgrade” and follow the on-screen instructions.

Users of other Ubuntu releases need to upgrade first to 12.04, and then to 13.10.


Ubuntu 13.10 isos can be downloaded from: (Ubuntu Desktop and Server) (Ubuntu Cloud Server) (Ubuntu Netboot) (Ubuntu Core) (Edubuntu DVD) (Kubuntu) (Lubuntu) (Ubuntu Studio) (Ubuntu-GNOME) (UbuntuKylin) (Xubuntu)

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Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty) Is Reaching End of Life

With all Ubuntu versions, support will eventually end.  For Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty Narwhal), the end date will be October 28 , 2012.  This will be eighteen months after it was launched.

You cannot upgrade directly from 11.04 to 12.04, but you can do an incremental upgrade – first to 11.10, then to 12.04. Canonical has a list of instructions to help make this easier.

The end of life for Natty comes at the same time as the final release of Ubuntu 12.10, Quantal Quetzal.

Ubuntu 12.10 Alpha 1 Has Been Released

Quantal Quetzal, Ubuntu 12.10, was released on June 7. It is a developer snapshot, meant to give a very early glimpse at the next version of Ubuntu.

To upgrade from Ubuntu 12.04 on a desktop system, press Alt + F2 and type in “update-manager -d” (without the quotes) into the command box.  Update Manager will then open up and tell you:  New distribution release ‘12.10’ is available.  Then, you just need to click Upgrade and follow the on-screen instructions.

Some new things with Quetzal desktop:

The CD and DVD versions are being consolidated into a single 800 mb image that can be used on a DVD or a USB stick.

The remainder of GNOME 3.4 is now in the Ubuntu archives including Disks, Evolution, Seahorse/GNOME Keyring, and Totem. Some parts of GNOME 3.5.1/3.5.2 have already arrived with more to follow as the developers target GNOME 3.6 for Ubuntu 12.10.

udisks2 was uploaded to quantal and is used as the default backend for Unity and GNOME.

Firefox and Thunderbird have been updated to the new 13 version.

Update Manager got a slightly new look, with more to come in the future.

Download the Alpha 1

This release is for developers only. The Ubuntu Desktop images are now bigger than a standard CD, and you should use a USB stick for installation.

You can download Alpha 1 ISOs from: (Ubuntu Desktop and Server) (Ubuntu Cloud Server) (Kubuntu) (Lubuntu) (Edubuntu DVD)

I will not be upgrading to Quantal at this time, because I am still working on bugs in Precise. One of these bugs made some of my Steam games fail. Once I get them working again, I plan to report on at least some of them .

Ubuntu 12.04 (Precise Pangolin) Has Been Released

Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise) is now available for download.  Because this is release day, Ubuntu’s servers are being pounded, so you may want to try one of the alternative download options, such as BitTorrent.  If you are upgrading an existing Ubuntu installation, you may wish to wait a few days because the upgrade servers are also being pounded,

If you are upgrading from Ubuntu 11.10 (Natty) or Ubuntu 10.04 (Lucid) rather than re-installing, you will need to type Alt + F2 and type in “update-manager” (without the quotes).  Update Manager will come up with a message telling you that the new version 12.04 is available.  Click on Upgrade, then follow the instructions.  

Since Precise is the new LTS (Long Term Support) version of Ubuntu, it will be maintained and supported for 5 years on both desktop and server.

Ubuntu 10.10 (Maverick Meerkat) Reached End of Life on April 10, 2012

The support period for Ubuntu 10.10 (Maverick Meerkat) ended on April 10, 2012.  Ubuntu Security Notices no longer include information or updated packages for Ubuntu 10.10.

The supported upgrade path from Ubuntu 10.10 is via Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty Narwhal).  Instructions and caveats for the upgrade can be found at  Before you upgrade, make sure you have all updates applied to your current version.

Note that upgrades to version 11.04 and beyond are only supported in multiple steps, via an upgrade first to 11.04, then to 11.10. Both Ubuntu 11.04 and Ubuntu 11.10 continue to be actively supported with security updates and select high-impact bug fixes.

Ubuntu 12.04 Beta 2 Has Been Released

Precise Pangolin, Ubuntu 12.04 Beta 2 has just been released.  The beta is a preview of the upcoming LTS.

Upgrading from Ubuntu 11.10 (Oneiric) or Ubuntu 10.04 LTS (Lucid):

 To upgrade from Ubuntu 11.10 or Ubuntu 10.04 LTS on a desktop system, press Alt+F2 and type in “update-manager -d” (without the quotes) into the command box. Update Manager should open up and tell you: New distribution release ’12.04′ is available. Click Upgrade and follow the on-screen instructions.

 To upgrade from Ubuntu 11.10 or Ubuntu 10.04 LTS on a server system: install the update-manager-core package if it is not already installed; launch the upgrade tool with the command sudo do-release-upgrade -d; and follow the on-screen instructions. Note that the server upgrade is now more robust and will utilize GNU screen and automatically re-attach in case of e.g. dropped connection problems.

Download the Beta 2

Beta 2 images can be downloaded from a location near you:

In addition they can be found at the following links:





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