I just got a netbook (Dell Vostro A90N) with Hardy Heron on it and I'd like to upgrade it to the latest version of Ubuntu. Whats the quickest way to do that?


The quickest way to upgrade is to update /etc/apt/sources.list as others have suggested. However, the approved way is to upgrade to Intrepid first, then to Jaunty, following the instructions provided.

Users of Ubuntu 8.10 can upgrade to Ubuntu 9.04 by a convenient automated process. Users of older Ubuntu releases need to upgrade to Ubuntu 8.10 first, and then to 9.04. Complete instructions may be found at http://www.ubuntu.com/getubuntu/upgrading.

This should reduce the likelihood of having to troubleshoot issues arising from the upgrade.

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Edit /etc/apt/sources.list to point to Jaunty Jackalope rather than Hardy Heron and then run:

apt-get update ; apt-get dist-upgrade

There are GUI ways of doing that too, but I've been using command line tools for years and have never seen any reason to change.

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  • What parts of the sources.list file need to be changed? It looks to have Dell-specific URLs right now. – John Sheehan Aug 23 '09 at 4:56
  • Sorry for the dumb question, Im a total linux n00b – John Sheehan Aug 23 '09 at 5:06
  • nagul's answer has a good link describing the upgrade process. – cas Aug 23 '09 at 21:57

Just replace "hardy" with "jaunty" and do:

apt-get update ; apt-get dist-upgrade -u
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