Ubuntu 14.10, code named Utopic Unicorn, was released recently on 23rd October, 2014 for download from Canonical. According to the developer’s website, this release provide more security for desktop users and more flexibility and scalability in terms of server and cloud applications. All the applications that came bundled with Ubuntu have been updated to provide more stable and faster access to users. It also supports 3.16 kernel, which offers better support for Power8 and ARM 64 architectures along with graphics support for Nvidia and AMD graphics, along with Intel’s Haswell, Broadwell and other upcoming processors. Some of the newly added features include:
- Ability to watch Netflix with Chrome.
- New IPP Everywhere support.
- Includes Ubuntu Developer Tools Centre.
- Includes Cloud Foundry and other big data solutions.
- More stability and support for 64 bit architecture based processors.
- Contains latest release of Docker and offers user-level container support.
Overall, these features are more focused on developers. However the level of stability has been increased drastically as compared to previous versions.
Now before we begin to upgrade Ubuntu 14.04 to 14.10 Utopic Unicorn, you must realize that you will not be able to downgrade back to 14.04. Thus, you might have to install a fresh copy of Ubuntu 14.04 instead. Also you will be forced to upgrade Ubuntu 15.04. once the versions comes out in the market for download.
Now lets begin with upgrading our Ubuntu 14.04 to Ubuntu 14.10
Step 1 : Search and open software and Updates
Step 2 : Click on the updates tab. Now set the value for the option “Notify me of a new Ubuntu version” to “For any new version”.
Once you set the options, the following screen might appear. Wait for a while till the process completes successfully.
Step 3 : Search and open “Software Updater”
Once it opens, it will check and prompt you for the availability of a newer version. Click on Upgrade and follow the instructions.
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