How to upgrade Ubuntu Server 10.04 LTS to version 14.04 LTS

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A detailed tutorial on how to upgrade Ubuntu Server 10.04 LTS to version 14.04 LTS, a step by step guide demonstrating the process involved in upgrading your Ubuntu server to the very latest version.

Sadly, Ubuntu doesn’t support a direct upgrade from 10.04.4 LTS (Lucid Lynx) to 14.04.4 LTS (Trusty Tahr) which is explained in the video. Using ‘sudo do-release-upgrade’ to install version 12.04.4 LTS (Precise Pangolin) and then updating from 12.04 to version 14.04 by doing ‘sudo…


  1. Wow… that's a lot of messing around in my opinion. I know this is an old video but personally myself if I was to upgrade from 10.04 (which I wouldn't because I'm happy with it as long as it continues to work) I would create a separate partition and do a dual boot until I got everything working the way I wanted. Then get rid of the old OS if I choose. It's 10 times safer. From pass experiences I keep all my personal data on a separate partition anyways so backing up files isn't an issue. Doing upgrades are always risky but doing 2 back to back… does not sound like fun. 😉

  2. If you're running Ubuntu 10.04 server, you first need to install "update-manager-core" before the instructions in this video will work.

    Otherwise, you won't have the command "do-release-upgrade" available to you.

  3. Great video! Thanks for being so clear and concise. Public speaking tip: when you need to stop and think about what you're going to say next, it is much more effective to observe a short silence than to say "Ahhhh". If you practice this for a little while and listen back to your recordings, you'll find that, as an audience member, hearing "Ahhhh" over and over again is very distracting, but hearing short silences throughout a talk is completely unnoticeable. 🙂

  4. Hi,

    the reasion why do-release-upgrade didn't find Trusty as a LTS release is, that there is no Point-release avilable. LTS productiv users should wait with the update til the first Point-release is there, for instance Trusty 14.04.1. The reasion is simple: more bugfixes, more stability 😉

    Rewards 🙂

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