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Old 2012-03-05, 02:20   #3
KingKurly
 
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I believe that in Ubuntu, you can only upgrade between adjacent releases, with the exception of LTS to LTS. The nearest LTS to you is 10.04. You could upgrade from 9.04 to 9.10, then 9.10 to 10.04.

As Dubslow mentions, there is a major UI change in going to the most recent releases. You may or may not like it.

Anyway, once you have reached 10.04, you can elect to stay there, continue single stepping up to latest, or you can wait until the release of 12.04. The LTS releases (every two years), you can go directly from one to the next.

For better information, I recommend you see https://help.ubuntu.com/community/UpgradeNotes ... it should lead you to https://help.ubuntu.com/community/EOLUpgrades/Jaunty which will explain how to accomplish what I recommended above.

The good news is that you should not need to reformat to do this upgrade! Hurray!

Good luck, please let us know how it works for you and what you wind up deciding on.
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