Thursday, May 9, 2013

[HOW TO] Upgrade Xubuntu 12.10 to 13.04

In this article we'll see how to upgrade Xubuntu 12.10 to Xubuntu 13.04, using both a graphical method and a command line method.

But first there's a few thing to bear in mind:

  • Backup your files.
  • The upgrade might take some time, so be patient.
  • If you added PPAs manually they'll be disabled. If they support 13.04 you can enable them again later.

Upgrade from Software Updater

Open "Update Manager" (Applications Menu > Settings Manager > Software Updater). On the dialog presented to you (similar to the image above) click the "Upgrade" button next to the message that is saying that a new Xubuntu version is available. Then follow the instructions presented to you.

Note: If during the installation you are given a list of services that should be stopped/restarted, for each service run this command (replace SERVICE_NAME with the service name from the list):

sudo service SERVICE_NAME restart

Upgrade from terminal

Open a terminal window and run the command below. Then follow the instructions presented by the command.

sudo do-release-upgrade


Ubuntu Manpage: do-release-upgrade


  1. Also, in some cases, if "new release" is not detected, in the update manager, run this in terminal : update-manager -d :)

    1. LTS releases only notify if there's a new LTS release. It'll ignore normal releases.

  2. lol im still so scare to update, how its working so far?

    1. Seamless. Everything just working.

    2. I went from 12.04 lts to 13.04 because of some problems, and the only problem I am now having is random restarts of xfce4-session for some reason. Also, still cannot seem to install amdcccle. See here:

    3. @Bjørn Madsen
      Have you tried Ricardo F. Teixeira's PPA?

    4. Hey wilson, i love your blog, its been so useful for me,since i just switch from windows to xubuntu for thee first time.
      I wish you could write more, specially about networking, i been having a hard time joining my homes workgroup network. sharing folders, etc, i notice xubuntu rightclick option of share this folder is missing.
      Thanks for your hard work

    5. @Starkiller888

      Thank you very much for the kind words. I'll try to write something about sharing files on network.

  3. I fired up my laptop and discovered to my surprise that it is still on Xubuntu 12.04, so I did "sudo do-release-upgrade" and it tells me "No new version found". I then do "sudo update-manager -d" and it tells me 14.04 is available. Therefore I can only conclude that there is a fatal flaw in "do-release-upgrade".

  4. I'm trying to upgrade for 13.10 to 14.04 (as pointed out in the software updater) but the release notes indicate 14.04 is a development release. I thought this was released for production or is something wrong with my settings?

  5. Says otherwise in the release notes when I click upgrade.