How to upgrade from Ubuntu 20.10 to Ubuntu 21.04 “Hirsute Hippo” RIGHT NOW!

Ubuntu 21.04 “Hirsute Hippo” hit beta a couple of weeks ago and reached Kernel Freeze 2 days ago. Final release will happen on April 22, 2021. If you are on Ubuntu 20.10, I would say it is now perfectly okay to make the jump. I did, and so far it is looks pretty neat and stable.

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Upgrade to Ubuntu 21.04 “Hirsute Hippo” from Ubuntu 20.10

It is a little tricky to upgrade from an LTS (long-term support) release to a non-LTS release as we’ve learned before, but since both Ubuntu 20.10 and Ubuntu 21.04 are non-LTS releases, things are a lot more straight-forward.

Chances are that you will prompted with an option for upgrading your OS within a week of Ubuntu Hippo’s release. But if you don’t want to wait until then, or if the prompt hasn’t popped up after Ubuntu 21.04’s release, follow the steps.

First, make sure your system is up to date. For that, simply run the update manager OR run the following commands in Terminal.

sudo apt update && sudo apt dist-upgrade

NOW, make sure your critical data is backed up. This is especially important if you a have lot of data in your Ubuntu partition. Remember, this is a full OS upgrade, so tread lightly.

sudo do-release-upgrade -d

Follow instructions (there will be a number of yes or no prompts going ahead, read and proceed).

We hope the upgrade was smooth and uneventful, as it has always been for me at least. Let us know anyway. We will be following up with a lot of Ubuntu 21.04 content, so stay tuned \m/

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  1. April 17, 2021

    […] Ubuntu 21.04 ‘Hirsuite Hippo’ can be considered a minor upgrade to Ubuntu 20.04 LTS and Ubuntu 20.10 “Groovy Gorilla”. But for people who prefer to have the latest OS instead of the more reliable, long-term support releases like 20.04, follow these instructions to upgrade from Ubuntu 20.04 LTS to 20.10 ‘Groovy Gorilla’. And to those who are already on Ubuntu 20.10, here’s how you upgrade to Ubuntu 21.04 “Hirsute Hippo”. […]

  2. April 22, 2021

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