How to Upgrade to Ubuntu 20.04 to Ubuntu 20.10

Upgrade to Ubuntu 20.04 to Ubuntu 20.10

In this article, we will have explained the necessary steps to upgrade Ubuntu 20.04 to Ubuntu 20.10. Before continuing with this tutorial, make sure you are logged in as a user with sudo privileges. All the commands in this tutorial should be run as a non-root user.

The new Ubuntu 20.10 was officially released in October of 2020. It is a short-term release version and supported only for 9 months until July 2021.

Ubuntu 20.10 New Features

  • Linux kernel 5.8
  • Active Directory support in the installer
  • LibreOffice 7.0.2 with new icon set
  • Battery percentage indicator
  • High precision scrolling in Firefox
  • Calendar events in the message tray
  • Rearrangeable app grid
  • Paginated app folders
  • Restart option in Power Off menu
  • Share Wi-Fi by QR code
  • Improved fingerprint login support
  • Raspberry Pi 4 support

Before you upgrade your system, make sure to check out the bugs that are introduced right after release and current bugs. And take a careful upgrade decision of your system. With that said, if you still want to experience the latest Ubuntu flavor and technology, go ahead and upgrade. The steps are very simple to Upgrade to o Ubuntu 21.04 from Ubuntu 20.10.

Upgrade to Ubuntu 20.04 to Ubuntu 20.10

Step 1. First, before you start installing any package on your Ubuntu server, we always recommend making sure that all system packages are updated.

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade
sudo apt dist-upgrade

Next, remove all no longer required packages:

sudo apt autoremove

Step 2. Upgrade to Ubuntu 20.04 (Focal Fossa) to Ubuntu 20.10 (Groovy Gorilla).

Upgrading to the latest Ubuntu version is a pretty straightforward process. You can upgrade either from the command line with do-release-upgrade or using the GUI update tool. Now run the following command:

sudo do-release-upgrade -d

When the Ubuntu upgrade does finish, reboot the system:


Now check your Ubuntu version with the following command:

lsb_release -a


No LSB modules are available.
Distributor ID:	Ubuntu
Description:	Ubuntu 20.10
Release:	20.10
Codename:	groovy

That’s all you need to do to upgrade Ubuntu from 20.04 to 20.10 (Groovy Gorilla). I hope you find this quick tip helpful. For further reading on the Ubuntu upgrade, please refer to their official knowledge base. If you have questions or suggestions, feel free to leave a comment below.