How to install Ubuntu 14.04 from 14.10

Posted December 15, 2015 3.1k views
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I have a droplet running Ubuntu 14.10, which is currently EOL.

Seeing as 14.04 is the current LTS release, I want to “rollback” or install 14.04 over 14.10, but not finding any information on how to do this.

Is this possible? If so, what is the right way?

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There is no officially supported method to downgrade an Ubuntu installation in this way. That would leave you with two options.

1.) Upgrade to a newer non LTS release (15.10 recommended) and in April when 16.04 LTS is released you can upgrade to an LTS version. I would recommend this as it is the least work, 15.10 is stable and you’ll be able to get to LTS in a couple months without much hassle.

2.) Create a new 14.04 droplet and copy over your files and configuration, then repoint any domains and delete the old droplet.

  • That’s kind of what I was afraid of. I can’t just upgrade to 15.10 though, I would need to upgrade to 15.04 first, then 15.10, and only then to 16.04 LTS.

    The second option sounds like it might be easier.

    Thanks for the response!

    • This is true. I have done a couple of 14.04 -> 15.10 upgrades recently and can report that at least for my own purposes a couple of apt-get dist-upgrades went perfectly smoothly. If you are concerned about possible issues you could also take a snapshot of your droplet before beginning.