Ubuntu 16.10 Released, What’s new & How to Upgrade to Ubuntu 16.10 from Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

Ubuntu 16.10 Yakkety Yak Released early today and there is no major change/update over Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, released back in April but still have few minor improvements. Ubuntu 16.10 will be supported for 9 months until July 2017.

If you preferring Long Term Support, i would advise you to stay back in current LTS version of Ubuntu 16.04 LTS.

What’s new in Ubuntu 16.10

  • Unity 8 desktop developer preview available
  • Wide range of snap packages published (More than 500 snaps)
  • Shipped with Linux kernel 4.8
  • Lot’s of improvement done on Unity 7.5 with low graphics mode which helps to run desktop more faster in virtual machine as well as low graphics hardware
  • Many visual changes improvement on Nautilus with 3.20
  • All the packages & core packages updated to latest release/version
  • Ubuntu 16.10 Release notes
  • Ubuntu 16.10 Flavors Release notes

Download Ubuntu 16.10 ISO image

Download Ubuntu 16.10 Flavors ISO image

  • Don’t forget to take backup of your important/valuable data. If something goes wrong we will install freshly and restore the data.
  • Upgrade will take time based on your Internet connection and application which you have installed.

Check your current desktop

Run the below command to check your current desktop version.

$ lsb_release -a

Upgrade to Ubuntu 16.10 from Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

Upgrading to latest/next version Ubuntu not a big deal that we all knows but make sure you have working internet connection & have power backup to avoid unnecessary damage. If everything is ok, its time to upgrade your Operating system to Ubuntu 16.10 (Yakkety Yak) from 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus).

[Update your system index & packages to latest version]
$ sudo apt-get update && apt-get upgrade

[Perform Ubuntu OS version upgrade]
$ sudo do-release-upgrade
Checking for a new Ubuntu release
No new release found

We are in LTS version because of that, we didn’t get Ubuntu normal release. So, edit the file /etc/update-manager/release-upgrades and Change Prompt=lts to Prompt=normal shown below.

$ sudo nano /etc/update-manager/release-upgrades

Now, try again.

$ sudo apt-get update

$ sudo do-release-upgrade

Upgrade initiated Details.

Checking for a new Ubuntu release
Get:1 Upgrade tool signature [198 B
Get:2 Upgrade tool [1,264 KB]
Fetched 1,264 KB in 0s (0 B/s)
authenticate 'Yakkety.tar.gz' against 'Yakkety.tar.gz.gpg'
extracting 'Yakkety.targ.gz'

Reading cache

Checking package manager
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree

We need to disable Third Party repository by hitting the Enter button to move forward the upgrade.

Updating Repository information

Third party sources disabled

Some third party entries in your sources. list were disabled. You can 
re-enable them after the upgrade with the 'software-properties' tool 
or your package manager.

To continue please press [ENTER]

Hit http://dl.google.com/linux/chrome/deb/ stable main

Start Downloading the Ubuntu 16.10 packages, It will take a while based on your Internet connection. Its time to have a cup of coffee.

Do you want to start the upgrade?

66 installed packages are no longer supported by Canonical. You can
still get support from the community.

20 packages are going to be removed. 158 new packages are going to be
installed. 1350 packages are going to be upgraded.

You have to download a total of 850 M. This download will take about
12 minutes with your connection.

Installing the upgrade can take several hours. Once the download has
finished, the process cannot be canceled.

Continue [yN] Details [d]y
Get:591 http://in.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ Yakkety/main libnm-glib-vpn1 amd64 1.1.93-0ubuntu4 [14.2 kB]
Get:592 http://in.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ Yakkety/main libpcap0.8 amd64 1.7.4-2 [117 kB]
Get:593 http://in.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ Yakkety/main libbluetooth3 amd64 5.37-0ubuntu5 [61.3 kB]
Get:594 http://in.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ Yakkety/main libnewt0.52 amd64 0.52.18-1ubuntu2 [40.8 kB]
Get:595 http://in.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ Yakkety/main libisc-export160 amd64 1:9.10.3.dfsg.P4-8 [152 kB]
Get:596 http://in.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ Yakkety/main libdns-export162 amd64 1:9.10.3.dfsg.P4-8 [664 kB]
Get:597 http://in.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ Yakkety/main isc-dhcp-client amd64 4.3.3-5ubuntu12 [222 kB]

Few services need to be restart, While installing new packages. Hit Yes button, it will automatically restart the required services.

It’s time to remove obsolete (Which is anymore needed for system) packages. Hit y to remove it.

Searching for obsolete software
Reading package lists... Done    
Building dependency tree          
Reading state information... Done
Reading state information... Done

Remove obsolete packages? 

68 packages are going to be removed. 

 Continue [yN]  Details [d]y

Upgrade is successfully completed and need to restart the system. Hit Y to restart the system.

System upgrade is complete.

Restart required 

To finish the upgrade, a restart is required. 
If you select 'y' the system will be restarted. 

Continue [yN]y

Note : Few times, it will ask you to confirm the configuration file replacement to move forward the installation.

Check upgraded desktop

Run the below command to check your upgraded desktop version.

$ lsb_release -a
No LSB modules are available.
Distributor ID: Ubuntu
Description: Ubuntu Yakkety Yak
Release: 16.10
Codename: yakkety

Ubuntu 16.10 Fresh Installation

Visit Ubuntu download page then download the ISO and follow the below procedure to install Ubuntu 16.10 Freshly.

How to Install Ubuntu 16.10

Go-ahead and play with UBUNTU 16.10 Yakkety Yak and update your feedback.

Magesh Maruthamuthu

Love to play with all Linux distribution

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