Ubuntu 16.04 LTS has hit the market..

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Joshua Bell
published April 21, 2016, 5:03 p.m.

ubuntu So Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Long Term Support) has hit the market today, so I thought this would be a time to remind everyone their upgrade options.

LTS is the version you should be on if you are running a production machine (ie: work device) and you count on it for day to day use and depend on reliability and don't need the bleeding edge features or options, so if you this is you, or you just want to be on the latest version of Ubuntu this guide is for you.

Most of you can upgrade through the standard upgrade interface (ie: click the button that offers to upgrade to the latest release of Ubuntu) but I prefer the manual method via the command line.


If you are rocking an older version of Ubuntu you will put in the following command and follow the prompts:

sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

Edit: the proper command for upgrading an older version is sudo do-release-upgrade Not sudo apt-get dist-upgrade as previosly stated.

If you are already rocking 16.04 all you need to do is make sure your system is up to date:

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade

Of course if you are new to Linux or just want to start from scratch you can always download the fresh ISO from here. Burn to a DVD or make a bootable flash drive and install it like you would normally install Ubuntu. (which I am not going to go into great detail as there are many places you can get this imformation).

  • New stuff:
    • You can no move the launcher in an officially sanctioned sort of way
    • Snap application package makes its debut.
    • New software store
    • Performance enchacments and bug fixes
    • and much more

As with any new release there may be bugs so if you need any help askubuntu.com is a great place to look for help (and many of us hang out there anyways) so feel free to join the community.