How To Upgrade to Ubuntu 16.04 LTS from Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

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Aaron Kili

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15 Responses

  1. Sylvester Rac says:

    A very helpful article. I’d had enough of GUI frontend wrappers failing and never knowing what the error was so I used the CLI method you described to upgrade my Mythbuntu installation. It worked flawlessly, thanks to you!

    • Aaron Kili K says:

      @Sylvester Rac

      You are welcome and thanks so much for the feedback, always remember to stay connected to Tecmint and access more of similar content in other areas of Linux.

  2. Nick Els says:

    A bit of scare after the whole upgrade finished the installation, prompts and messages I did not understand, left it alone without answering anything and waited for it complete. Restarted my server and working like a charm without any problems. Big relief.

    • Aaron Kili K says:

      @Nick Els

      Could you please share the prompts and messages that you did not understand, they could prove useful to another user who may get similar output in the future.

      • N J Els says:

        Unfortunately, not being terribly IT savvy, it did not occur to me to make a note of the prompts. My server is still working without any problems. Next time, I promise.

        • Aaron Kili K says:

          @N JEls

          Okay, no problem, next time you can take note of the prompts because another user some where might encounter similar prompts and you would be the one to help, by explaining to them that output.

  3. Imani Mwalumbwe says:

    Thank you, the post was very useful. I managed to upgrade server from 14.04 to 16.04 without any problem using this guide.

    • Ravi Saive says:


      Thanks for finding this post useful and we’re glad that you upgraded your Ubuntu 14.04 to 16.04 without any trouble…

  4. Michael Dutcher says:

    I tried updating my FOG server today, and lost the fog db. I ended up rolling back to a previous checkpoint.

  5. Steven Chow says:

    Which ever route you go for you should backup first. So you could backup, upgrade and if it works great. If it doesn’t do a fresh install and restore your data from backup.

  6. Dennis Gutowski says:

    From what I have read this is a bad bad idea. There are so many differences that upgrading from 1404 to 1604 is bound to be “very buggy” at best. The best option is a clean install, I am afraid.

    • Vitor Correia says:

      “…many differences…”

      Such as, LAMP-wise?

    • Aaron Kili K says:

      You can always choose what you think is best for you, direct upgrade is not always 100% good, sometimes when their is poor Internet connectivity, it may go wrong. I once broke my system when an upgrade failed due to poor Internet connectivity, so you have to decide what you think is safe for you.

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