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    Ubuntu 13.04 upgrade

    Okay, I'm running Ubuntu 13.04 on a dual-boot system with Win7. (Yes, I know it's a little out of date. I was sans-Internet for over a year.) I keep running into issues with my browser (Firefox) that it's out of date and I need a new version (as well as my Java won't update either to the newest version), but when I try to run the system updates, I get a message that everything is on the up-and-up. Now I see that Ubuntu is up to version 14.02. Is there a way I can upgrade my OS kernel through the existing GUI without having to reinstall a new OS kernel version from a DVD or USB? At this point, it's kind of unstable, so I need to be able to get the new patches and whatnot.

    Thank you. (I attempted to search for 13.04 in the search bar, but I couldn't find any results in the hundreds of threads that exist. Dunno why.)

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    Re: Ubuntu 13.04 upgrade

    Hi Matt_Reed,

    You really need to update to 14.04LTS, 13.04 is not supported any more and depending on your ppa's and soure.list, you maybe better off to backup all your data and do a fresh install of a LTS ( Long Term Version ).
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    Re: Ubuntu 13.04 upgrade

    I'd love to update to 14.04 and that's the gist of my question. I don't have an external drive to which I can back up. Can I update from 13.04 to 14.04 and not completely wipe all my data? Will using my Win7 partition be an acceptable method of backing up my data?

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    Re: Ubuntu 13.04 upgrade

    If you have a cloud account like Drop-Box, Google Drive or numerous others you can move data there temporarily during the installation depending on the amount of space you can get for no cost . I use Drop-Box with my win 7 dual boots, by compressing the folders and uploading them. This works best for me since I install the latest release every six months. Creating a separate home partition is another option and community documentation is available.
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    Re: Ubuntu 13.04 upgrade

    Quote Originally Posted by Matt_Reed View Post
    Can I update from 13.04 to 14.04 and not completely wipe all my data?
    Generally, yes. The Ubuntu installer will detect an existing filesystem, and won't overwrite the /home directory.
    Simply don't repartition, and read the installer questions carefully.

    The installer developers worked quite hard to develop that feature. That doesn't mean it works 100% of the time...though it has worked perfectly for me many times. Nevertheless, my data is backed up before I run the installer. Installs and upgrades always entail some risk.

    You can certainly preserve data in your Windows partition, though file permissions and similar metadata may be lost.
    Frogs Hair's idea to use Dropbox/GDrive is better - a backup on the same drive is not preferred. Drives die.
    Last edited by ian-weisser; 1 Week Ago at 07:26 PM.

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