How to Upgrade to Ubuntu 23.04 From 22.10 (Kinetic to Lunar)

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Here are the steps on how to upgrade your current Ubuntu 22.10 Kinetic Kudu to Ubuntu 23.04 Lunar Lobster.

Ubuntu 23.04 was released on April 20, 2023, with the latest and greatest GNOME 44 desktop, Linux Kernel 6.2 and a good amount of new features – which you can check out at my dedicated feature highlights page.

However, if you want to make the jump and want to upgrade to Ubuntu 23.04, here are the steps.

Upgrade Ubuntu 22.10 (Kinetic Kudu) to Ubuntu 23.04 (Lunar Lobster)

Note: If you are running Ubuntu 22.04 LTS, it is not recommended to upgrade to this version. Because LTS releases have a completely different package base and objective.

Before you upgrade

Before you upgrade, do a little housekeeping. This is super important.

  • Take backups of your /home, /downloads and other files to USB or any separate partition in case the upgrade fails.
  • If you have added additional PPA over time, make sure you note them down. However, the upgrade process would disable the PPA before it starts. However, after the upgrade is complete, make sure to enable them manually.
  • Note down and disable all the GNOME Extensions. Extensions tend to break after the upgrade if it’s not updated by the developer aligned with the GNOME version.
  • Keep a LIVE USB stick handy.

Upgrade steps

  • Open Software & Update.
  • Go to the Updates tab.
  • Select ‘Notify me of a new Ubuntu version' and change it to 'For any new version'.
  • This will tell the package manager to look for the Ubuntu 23.04 release details.
Make sure to change the option to get Ubuntu 23.04 release updates
Make sure to change the option to get Ubuntu 23.04 release updates
  • Open a terminal and run below.
sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade

Alternatively, you can open the Software Updater as well. Install all the pending packages.

  • Once both the commands are complete, open the ‘Software Updates’. And you will see a prompt to Upgrade to Ubuntu 23.04 (as shown in the below image).
  • Now click on the Upgrade button and follow the on-screen instructions. The upgrade process takes time, so be patient and wait until it finishes. Make sure you have stable internet connectivity for the entire upgrade process.
  • If you do not see the above prompt, do a manual reboot of your system. Add try again. If you still don’t get the update, wait a day or two and try.

Via terminal

  • Open the following file via the nano file editor in the terminal.
nano /etc/update-manager/release-upgrades
  • Make sure the Prompt=normal is present at the end of the above file.
  • Note: If you have changed the updates tab to “For any new version” as mentioned above, then this file should be updated already. But verify once.
Change the release upgrade file
Change the release upgrade file
  • Press CTRL+O and CTRL+X to save and exit.
  • Finally, you can also run the below command to force the upgrade process from the terminal.
sudo do-release-upgrade -c
sudo do-release-upgrade
Ubuntu 23.04 update is available
Ubuntu 23.04 update is available

The upgrade process will take some time (minimum half-hour or more) based on your internet connection and hardware. Wait until it is complete. Once done, restart and enjoy the Ubuntu 23.04 Lunar Lobster.

While the upgrade process is in progress, take a look at all the coverages for this release here: Ubuntu 23.04.


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