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How To Upgrade To Ubuntu 20.04 “Focal Fossa”

Upgrade to Ubuntu . Focal Fossa

The Ubuntu 20.04 Beta version is out for testing with a list of interesting changes and new features. You can read what’s new in Ubuntu 20.04 Beta. If you like to test all the features by yourself, download the ISO and install the OS or you can also upgrade to Ubuntu 20.04 from any previous installation.

Upgrade to Ubuntu 20.04 “Focal Fossa”

Ubuntu 18.04.3
Ubuntu 18.04.3 LTS

Before upgrade to Focal Fossa, your current installation should be fully updated. So log into your Ubuntu and update the system by running the following commands –

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade
Update Ubuntu before upgrade
Update Ubuntu before upgrade

After the update, open up system settings and go to “Software & Updates”. Move to the updates tab. If you are upgrading from an LTS version, select Notify me of new Ubuntu version as “For long-term support version”. In case you’re upgrading from Ubuntu 19.10, select “For any new version”. Once selected, type the password to authenticate and hit close.

Now press ALT + F2 and enter the following command –

update-manager -c -d

Now the software updater will update the system and give the option to upgrade.

Ubuntu software updater
Ubuntu software updater

To start the upgrade process, hit Upgrade.

Ubuntu 20.04 Release notes
Ubuntu . Release notes

The next window shows the release notes informing you about the testing version and how to report bugs. Click the Upgrade button for the next step.

Ubuntu 20.04 upgrade steps
Ubuntu 20.04 upgrade steps

Now the upgrade process will start. This process takes time depending upon the user’s internet connection. So be patient and wait until it finishes the download of new packages.

Confirm Ubuntu upgrade
Confirm Ubuntu upgrade

After the download has completed, it will ask for the last time if you really want to start the upgrade. Click Start Upgrade button.

Ubuntu 20.04 upgrading
Ubuntu 20.04 upgrade starts
Replace files
Replace files

During the upgrade process, it may need some user input for replacing configuration files. You can select to keep the configuration files from the previous version or replace them with newer ones. Just click Replace.

Cleaning up system after upgrade
Cleaning up system after upgrade

While it is installing the new packages, the user will notice some visual changes. It’s applying new system icons, and themes.

Remove obsolete packages
Remove obsolete packages

After the new packages have been downloaded and installed, the user will be prompted to remove all the obsolete packages. Click Remove button to install the removal process.

Restart to upgrade
Restart to upgrade

Finally, you’ll see the option to restart the system. At this point, your system upgrade to Ubuntu 20.04 “Beta” is done. Click the Restart Now button to restart the system into Ubuntu 20.04.

And that’s it.

As your Ubuntu 20.04 boots for the first time, you will notice a new boot screen with the vendor logo along with the Ubuntu logo and then the new login screen.

Ubuntu 20.04 login screen
Ubuntu 20.04 login screen
Ubuntu 20.04
Ubuntu 20.04
Ubuntu 20.04 desktop
Ubuntu 20.04 desktop

There you have it! Your new Ubuntu Focal Fossa is here with the updated Yaru theme and pack of icons.

As you know it is a Beta release, so expect some bugs and glitches. So far I am using it in a virtual machine and I find it pretty stable. Still, I am not going to install it on my main system. The stable version is not too far from the release so you will receive frequent updates after you upgrade to Ubuntu 20.04 “Beta” till the final release.

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