How to Upgrade to Ubuntu 21.04 from 20.10

June 21, 2021


On the 22nd of April, 2021, Canonical released Ubuntu 21.04 with the nickname 'Hirsute Hippo' - which comes with new features dedicated to developers and innovators. It comes with Flutter application development SDK and Microsoft SQL Server for Ubuntu. In addition, this latest Ubuntu release comes with native Active Directory, integrated within it and Wayland graphics. Ubuntu 21.04's  Linux kernel ships Wayland with some suitable shots of appearance tweaks, software updates, and performance enhancements. Currently, if you are running using older versions of Ubuntu like Ubuntu 20.04 (Focal Fossa) or Ubuntu 20.10 (Groovy Gorilla) and wish to upgrade to Ubuntu 21.04 directly, this article is for you.

Note that Ubuntu 20.04 is a stable release with long-term support (LTS). This version of Ubuntu will support your system for five years. On the other hand, Ubuntu's new release (21.04) is non-LTS. It will stay in your system for nine months only. Therefore, if you prefer the stable release over new enhancements, do not upgrade your system.

Do's and Don’ts

Before you start the upgrade process, keep all these critical points in mind. It will help prevent your system from crashing or losing your data.

·         Make sure you back up all the data and personal files in cloud storage or any other USB drive. It will help you revive your data if the upgrade fails or crashes.

·         It is better not to walk away from your system or leave the desk until Ubuntu upgrades itself successfully. Sticking to the PC while the upgrade is in progress will allow you to note if anything goes wrong or any system crash happens.

·         Experts recommend keeping a Live USB drive on standby in case your system crashes while performing the upgrade. The Live USB stick of your old Ubuntu 20.10 or 20.04 would revert to your system if anything went wrong during the transition.

Upgrade to Ubuntu 21.04

Upgrading your PC directly from old Ubuntu versions to Ubuntu 21.04 is no pain now. You don't have to wait or re-install the OS entirely. You can either wait for the 'update available' option to pop up on your system of its own or go through the steps mentioned to prepare the upgrade at any point now.

         i.            Connect your system to the internet. Also, plug the charger in if you are using a laptop.

            ii.            Make sure you have all the necessary updates currently available for your system. If yes, run the Software Updater tool. To check any last-minute updates or packet changes, open your terminal and type the following command:

sudo apt update && sudo apt dist-upgrade

            iii.            It will take care of your updates so that you can upgrade your system.

            iv.            You may again run the Software Updater to check whether your system is up-to-date or not. Otherwise, go to the terminal and type:

update-manager -c

            v.            You will see a dialog box popped up on the screen. There will be three buttons - Settings (on the very left), Upgrade, and OK (on the right). If you wish to comprehend some more details about the new Ubuntu release or upgrade your existing Ubuntu OS to its latest release, click the Upgrade button.

            vi.            You will see another window popped up with a release note on Ubuntu 21.04. You can go through the release note, and if you feel the need to install it, you can commence the upgrade process by clicking the Upgrade button. If you do not feel like upgrading, you can press the cancel button.

            vii.            Things start to change from here. The update manager will automatically disable all the existing list of software sources and include the new ones. Also, it compiles all the necessary packages that need upgrading. Some unnecessary or obsolete packages will get removed automatically during this process.

           viii.           Stick to your system as it will provide you a quick summary of its findings.

            ix.            Finally, click the 'Start Upgrade' button to begin the upgrade process.

            x.            The Ubuntu 21.04 upgrade process will fetch a few hundred MBs of packages. Once the process downloads all of these, it will unpack and install them to finish the upgrade process. If your internet connection has low bandwidth, it might take some time to complete the update process.

            xi.            Once the upgrade process installs all the packages and OS dependencies, it will prompt you to restart your system.

            xii.            Allow the system to restart, and it will start your Ubuntu 21.04.

Conclusion –

You will be pleased to see the new look of Ubuntu 21.04. It has graphical enhancements with fresh features that are worth using. Since it comes with Flutter development SDK and Microsoft SQL Server, developers will find this version of Ubuntu cherishing.

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