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Upgrading Ubuntu 14.04 LTS to the latest LTS
« on: January 11, 2020, 06:04:19 pm »
My Ubuntu LTS is no longer supported. Is it worth upgrading to the latest LTS and can I just do it by over-writing the current version? I've got a dual boot SSHD with Windows 7 on the other half of the partition which I need to keep.
I've backed up all my documents, but it would be nice to export my settings, if that's possible.
Bear in mind that my Ubuntu-fu is largely non-existent other than as a user.
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Re: Upgrading Ubuntu 14.04 LTS to the latest LTS
« Reply #1 on: January 11, 2020, 06:15:09 pm »
You can officially upgrade 14.04 to 16.04

https://wiki.ubuntu.com/XenialXerus/ReleaseNotes#Upgrading_from_Ubuntu_14.04_LTS_or_15.10

all your data and settings should be preserved.  You can then officially upgrade to 18.04:

https://wiki.ubuntu.com/BionicBeaver/ReleaseNotes#Upgrading_from_Ubuntu_16.04_LTS_or_17.10

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Re: Upgrading Ubuntu 14.04 LTS to the latest LTS
« Reply #2 on: January 12, 2020, 01:21:35 am »
You can officially upgrade 14.04 to 16.04

https://wiki.ubuntu.com/XenialXerus/ReleaseNotes#Upgrading_from_Ubuntu_14.04_LTS_or_15.10

all your data and settings should be preserved.  You can then officially upgrade to 18.04:

https://wiki.ubuntu.com/BionicBeaver/ReleaseNotes#Upgrading_from_Ubuntu_16.04_LTS_or_17.10


I have recently updated 14.04 to 16

Don't remember it being difficult

(But then again I have maintained servers running Unix/Linux for 30 years so YMMV)
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Re: Upgrading Ubuntu 14.04 LTS to the latest LTS
« Reply #3 on: January 12, 2020, 10:18:30 am »
I did this last year and it Just WorkedTM  :o :thumbsup:

Re: Upgrading Ubuntu 14.04 LTS to the latest LTS
« Reply #4 on: January 12, 2020, 01:42:20 pm »
Hmmm, thanks guys. The instructions are easy enough, but it won't allow me to download the updates saying I have a network connection issue, when I plainly don't, AFAIK.
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Re: Upgrading Ubuntu 14.04 LTS to the latest LTS
« Reply #5 on: January 13, 2020, 05:36:11 pm »
Hmmm, thanks guys. The instructions are easy enough, but it won't allow me to download the updates saying I have a network connection issue, when I plainly don't, AFAIK.

Perhaps your list of repositories is out of date ? That would give you a network type error.

Check /etc/apt/sources.list

Also the keys may have changed overtime and might need regenerating.

Try:

sudo apt-get update

and make sure that actually connects to the repositories and gets the latest list of files.
I think you'll find it's a bit more complicated than that.

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Re: Upgrading Ubuntu 14.04 LTS to the latest LTS
« Reply #6 on: January 13, 2020, 05:46:19 pm »
If I recall from previous belated upgrade pain, it's the repository locations that has changed (I think the main Canonical one) and requires some fudging to correct them. Frankly, an error message that said that rather than claiming I don't have a network connection would have a useful starter. And probably an updater that can handle obvious problems, of course.
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