The Ubuntu team has announced the final beta release of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Desktop, Server, Cloud, and Core products. This beta release of Ubuntu comes with many new features, improvements and bug fixes. I have to mention that Mythbuntu will be participating in the final release and all community versions of Ubuntu including all community versions of Ubuntu including Kubuntu, Lubuntu, Xubuntu, UbuntuKylin and Ubuntu GNOME, have been approved for LTS status.
This is a very exiting (long term support) release for Ubuntu’s family of community flavours, as this is the first time that all of Ubuntu flavours have applied and been approved for LTS status according to the official announcement. Unfortunately not all the flavours will be supported for five years,some LTS releases will be supported only for a shorter period of three years.
You should give a try to this beta as it will be very useful and give you an idea about features intended to ship with the final release. You can easily upgrade your ubuntu desktop from ubuntu 13.10 to 14.04 LTS Beta by following the instructions showed below:
- Run the update-manager -d application from the Unity Dash or a command line
- In Update Manager, click the Settings… button, and enter your password to start the Software Sources application.
- Select the sub menu Updates from the Software Sources application.
- Confirm the “Notify me of a new Ubuntu version:” option is set to “For any new version”, and change it if otherwise.
- Close the Software Sources application and return to Update Manager.
- In Update Manager, click the Check button to check for new updates.
- If there are any updates to install, use the Install Updates button to install them, and press Check again after that is complete.
- A message will appear informing you of the availability of the new release.
- Click Upgrade.
- Follow the on-screen instructions.
What about ubuntu servers upgrade? Open a terminal and run the following commands.
Install update-manager-core if it is not already installed.
sudo apt-get install update-manager-core
Then launch the upgrade tool by running the following command.
After the above command is executed follow the on-screen instructions and everything should be OK.
Alternatively, you can download the beta ISO images from the Ubuntu official download page.
Ubuntu 14.04 LTS will be released on April 17th 2014.