The much-anticipated Ubuntu 22.10 release is just around the corner, and with it comes significant improvements and the highly anticipated GNOME 43 and Linux Kernel 5.19. For users that would like to get a head jump now, you can begin to upgrade your Ubuntu system now as the full release is not far away.
Do note with any pre-release, even the final version before release, bugs can occur for users with data or documents that they cannot afford to lose. Remember to back your important files up as you should be doing already.
Some of the new features include Kinetic Kudu:
- GNOME 43 Desktop
- Linux Kernel 5.19
- System-Wide WebP support.
- Pipewire is now the default audio system.
- New Ubuntu desktop settings and wallpaper.
- More GTK4 ported apps.
- Other system-wide improvements.
This is a small list of what’s to come above.
The tutorial below will teach you how to successfully upgrade to Ubuntu 22.10 Kinetic Kudu with GNOME 43 and Linux Kernel 5.19 using a combination of terminal and GUI steps for desktop users. The same command terminal commands can be used for the server; you will have the same questions presented in CLI.
Table of Contents
The first step is to open your Ubuntu terminal (CTRL+ALT+T). Before any significant distribution upgrade, you must update your existing system and ensure all packages are up-to-date to avoid conflicts.
sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade
Optionally, run the following dist-upgrade command as well.
sudo apt dist-upgrade
Upgrade to Ubuntu 22.10
Run the Upgrade Manager
The first step is to open your Ubuntu terminal (CTRL+ALT+T) if you have not got it already opened and run the following command.
sudo update-manager -c
If no upgrade is available, use the following command instead.
sudo update-manager -d
The command opens the update manager, but the with -d option.
The -d option tells those who did not know it to look for development or beta releases.
Lastly, if the above does not work, use the following command to replace the LTS release version with the latest short-term release using the following terminal command.
sudo sed -i 's/lts/normal/g' /etc/update-manager/release-upgrades
Now, run an update.
sudo apt update
Then re-run the install commands mentioned above to begin the update.
If the update manager fails to open, check if the update-manager-core is installed. By default, this should be present.
sudo apt install update-manager-core
Once you have initiated the process and all works correctly, depending on your Internet connection and other factors, it can take a few moments; however, most users should see the following window appear within a minute.
Once the window appears, hit the Upgrade… button.
Upgrade to Ubuntu 22.10 Kinetic Kudu
The actual upgrade is straightforward. However, depending on your computer or server hardware and your Internet connection, it can take 15 to 30 minutes to several hours. The tutorial will run down the screens you will see during the upgrade.
Step 1. You will first see the release notes. Remember, this is a development branch release which is clearly stated. Do not use this release if you run anything that works in production environments or your primary operating system that cannot afford issues.
Click the Upgrade button to proceed with the upgrade.
Step 2. Once you have proceeded from the release notes, you will come to a screen showing Do you want to start the upgrade? This screen shows what will be installed, no longer needed, and what packages will be upgraded.
Click Start the Upgrade to begin the process.
Note you will see the following pop-up informing you if you used the command to change the LTS, such as Ubuntu 22.04 release, to Normal such as Ubuntu 22.10. I suggest you select Keep if this option, but you can also review the changes.
Step 3. Once the upgrade installation has been completed, you will be prompted to remove old packages no longer required. Most users should click Remove unless they have a reason to keep the packages.
Click Remove(Recommended) or Keep.
Step 4. After choosing to remove or keep the obsolete packages, the default method would be to keep the packages if you would like to roll back, but in most cases, they are removed at this part, but this is a decision for you to choose.
Once the installation is complete, you will need to restart your Ubuntu system to finalize the upgrade.
Click Restart Now:
Step 5. Once you have rebooted your operating system, the 22.10 Kinetic Kudu development release should be successfully installed. To confirm this, re-open your Ubuntu terminal (CTRL+ALT+T) and use the following command:
Congratulations, you have successfully installed and upgraded to Ubuntu 22.10 Kinetic Kudu.
Optional – Remove Old Obsolete Packages
After the upgrade, If everything has worked out correctly and no errors have occurred, and you did not remove the old obsolete packages when prompted during the initial upgrade, you can clean your system up using the following command to remove and clean the operating system.
sudo apt autoremove --purge
Change Ubuntu Hostname
For those users that named their system name to a previous Ubuntu version, you can rename your system using the following terminal command.
sudo hostnamectl set-hostname --static ubuntu-22-10
Replace the “Ubuntu-22-10” with the system name you desire; it can be practically anything.
Restart your machine to make the hostname change come into effect.
Comments and Conclusion
The tutorial taught you how to upgrade to the latest version of Ubuntu 22.10 with the new look GNOME 43. Note Ubuntu 22.10 Kinetic Kudu is still in pre-release mode. It is advised to take data backups before upgrading and have a rollback option just in case.