One of the great things from using Ubuntu LTS versions is the extended support, but sometimes we want to switch to the latest and greatest and for that we need to do a few actions that may not be th most intuitive.
The first one is telling the OS that we are ok with updating from a non LTS (Long Term Support) to a regular version.
Updating from LTS to 19.04 via GUI
- Find Software & Updates
- Tap the “Updates” tab
- Find in Updates the dropdown Notify me of a new Ubuntu version
- Change it from For long-term support versions to For any new version
Updating via command line
This is another method and it doesn’t require you to wait for Ubuntu to check if there’s an update available. In this case you will need to update the releases configuration file to allow for regular updates.
sudo nano /etc/update-manager/release-upgrades
Inside the file, ensure Prompt is configured as normal.
Save the file, exit nano and then you can simply run:
While the upgrade is taking place you can continue using your computer, but keep in mind that it may take a long time to complete.
What’s new in Ubuntu 19.04
While this is not a full walkthrough of the changes in 19.04 we will still list some of the most important changes in the latest version.
- Gnome 3.32
- New Nautilus with favourites support.
- Support for desktop icons.
- New and improved icons.
- Linux 5.0 kernel
So, if any of these improvements are tempting enough for you to make the jump, feel free to follow our guide to switch out of the LTS and into regular releases.