Upgrade to Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx from Karmic Koala

Upgrading to Ubuntu Lucid Lynx is quick and  easy. There are two methods available for the upgrade. You can either do it online or, you can use the Alternate Install CD from Ubuntu.

If you prefer to do it online, follow this step by step guide here. Though, if you do not have a reliable internet connection, a better option is to do it offline. To start with, get hold of the Alternate Install CD.

First  download the ISO from this location.  Now you have three options. Burn the Alternate CD ISO to a disk, transfer it to a thumb drive or mount the ISO locally.

If you choose the last option, mount the ISO with this command:

sudo mount -o loop /dir/ubuntu-10.04-alternate-i386.iso /media/cdrom0

Here “dir” is the path to which you have copied your Alternate Install CD ISO.

As soon as the mount is complete, a dialog will pop up asking you to upgrade. Complete the steps and let it install. This will upgrade your system to Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx LTS. Enjoy.

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Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Installation Guide

Ubuntu 10.04 is out and it is here to stay for another five years. If you have not downloaded Ubuntu already, you can see this post to choose the best edition suited to your needs and get your hands on a copy.

Although, if you have downloaded your copy of the ISO, it is time to install Ubuntu. This step by step guide will take you through the installation procedure. To start with, get hold of a 4 GB thumb drive and create a boot-able image with Unetbootin. Now, plug the thumb-drive into your USB port and restart the computer.

Set boot device to the USB drive from BIOS options and you are good to go.

Let the live system fire up. Now, click on the install icon on desktop and proceed as shown below.


Select a desired language to install Ubuntu.


Select your region and and time zone.


Select your keyboard layout. You can alternately, detect your keyboard layout if you do not know it already.


Select a partitioning option. Unless you want to format all the hard drive and install Ubuntu afresh, select the last option and proceed.


Select the partition to install Ubuntu into and click on the change button.


Set the formatting options.


Provide account information and sit back and watch.




Ubuntu Claims 12 Million Users Even Before Lucid Lynx, But on What Basis?

Canonical is gearing up for the release of its latest OS, the Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx. This release of Ubuntu will mark a major overhaul in design, features and boot time.

At a strategic time just before the release of its Lucid Lynx, Canonical has released data relating to the number of Ubuntu users worldwide. This report estimates Ubuntu users at 12 million. That is a major 50% increase over the last 18 months.

Chris Kenyon, vice president for OEM at Canonical said,

We have no phone home or registration process, so it’s always a guesstimate. But based on the same methodology that we came up with for the 2008 number, our present belief is that it’s somewhere north of 12 million users at the moment.

This is not even close to Fedora’s claims of its desktop installation user base of 24 million. The new Ubuntu marks a milestone with its LTS release. This release will be supported for the next three years.

Though, there are two worries here.

Firstly, how exactly are those estimates made? How does Canonical calculate its Ubuntu user? Which specific service in Ubuntu is used to do this? This will help us estimate the error margin in the calculation.

Secondly,  isn’t Ubuntu the most popular Linux distro? How comes Fedora has not even a close number, but exactly double of Ubuntu Linux users?

You must see an interesting discussion topic at Slashdot and a post at Linuxplanet giving more info on this.