Upgrade Ubuntu 20.04 to Ubuntu 20.10 - Step by step guide ?

Ubuntu 20.10 released is codenamed "Groovy Gorilla". This brings yet another version of a remarkable operating system in the Ubuntu ecosystem, with the latest and some of the greatest open source technologies in a high-quality, easy-to-use Linux distribution.

Note that Ubuntu 20.04 is a long-term support (LTS) release, which will be supported for 5 years. Ubuntu 20.10 is a non-LTS release, which means it will be supported for 9 months only, until July 2021. If you prefer stability over bleeding edge, then stick with Ubuntu 20.04.

Here at LinuxAPT, as part of our Server Management Services, we regularly help our Customers to perform related Linux system upgrade related queries.

In this context, we will look into how to upgrade Ubuntu 20.04 to Ubuntu 20.10. 

Also note that you will need to use a user with 'sudo' or root privileges.

Steps to Upgrade from Ubuntu 20.04 to Ubuntu 20.10

1. Perform System Update

First, make sure that all your system packages are up-to-date by running the following apt commands in the terminal:

$ sudo apt update
$ sudo apt dist-upgrade

2. Upgrade to Ubuntu 20.10 (Focal Fossa to Groovy Gorilla)

If you want to upgrade to Ubuntu 20.10 Groovy Gorilla from Ubuntu 20.04, do the following steps one by one:

$ sudo apt install update-manager-core
$ sudo do-release-upgrade -d
$ sudo apt update && apt upgrade

After the installation is successful, remove previously pre-installed software which is no longer included in the latest release using the following command:

$ sudo apt autoremove --purge

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This article covers the process of upgrading Ubuntu from version 20.10 (Focal Fossa to Groovy Gorilla) system. In fact, Being able to upgrade Ubuntu from one version to the next is one of Ubuntu's best features. You benefit from getting the latest software, including new security patches, and all the upgraded technology that comes with a new release without having to resort to reinstalling and reconfiguring your system.

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