Upgrading Ubuntu 12.10 to 13.04

Ubuntu 13.04 "Raring Ringtail" has been released today as part of the usual six month ubuntu release schedule.

New users can download the latest version directly from the Ubuntu website where the desktop version can be downloaded as a 32-bit or 64-bit release.


Packages that were updated in the new release, including the Linux Kernel, Unity, Upstart, Libre Office or Python.

The focus of the release was to introduce performance and memory improvements to Ubuntu.

The desktop version is not the only one that benefits from those improvements though, as Ubuntu Touch, the version of the distribution for mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets, will benefit from it even more than the desktop version.

Upgrading from Ubuntu 12.10

To upgrade from Ubuntu 12.10 on a desktop system:

  • Open Software Sources.
  • Press Alt+F2 and type in "update-manager" (without the quotes) into the command box.
  • Update Manager should open up and tell you: New distribution release '13.04' is available.
  • Click Upgrade and follow the on-screen instructions.

Note: Ubuntu users who are not running 12.10 need to upgrade to version 12.10 first before they can upgrade to 13.04.

Upgrading from earlier ubuntu release to 12.10

To upgrade from an earlier release to Ubuntu 12.10 do the following.

  • Run the command update-manager -d from the Unity Dash or the command line
  • Click the check button to perform a check for a new update.
  • If updates are found select install updates and follow the instructions on screen to upgrade.
  • If no updates are found, open Settings and then Updates in the Software Sources application.
  • Make sure Notify me of a new Ubuntu version is set to "for any new version".

Ubuntu 13.04 Lifespan reduced

Ubuntu 13.04 will only be supported for 9 months. Previous non-LTS releases were supported for 18 months.


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