Upgrading Ubuntu Version 10.04 to 14.04

  • Posted on February 16, 2015
  • gcortesAsked by Curt Rowe

I rebuilt my droplet and mistakenly chose Ubuntu 10.04 x64 vmlinuz-2.6.32-41-server. It works fine, but obviously is a very old image. I’ve found a good article on changing the kernel. It says the version I install on the command line must match the one I choose on the Control Panel. When I enter the console command apt-cache search linux-image, the newest version I see is:

linux-image-3.0.0-32-server - Linux kernel image for version 3.0.0 on x86_64

That image doesn’t appear in the control panel. Is it possible to get from 10.04 to 14.04? I’m running an Ruby on Rails low usage personal website. Is it important to upgrade?

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This question was answered by @ryanpq:

Your apt-cache search will display the kernels available for 10.04. By doing a dist-upgrade your apt database will be updated form the 14.04 repositories and this is not the kernel version would would end up with. As this is a fairly big upgrade I would recommend ensuring you back up anything important before proceeding and then use the following method:

apt-get update;
apt-get dist-upgrade;

then review what kernels you have modules available for:

ls /lib/modules

and select a matching kernel from the control panel. Once the new kernel has been selected, reboot and you should be all set.

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