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I am using Ubuntu 12.04 LTS and want to upgrade it to 12.10. Please send me step by step info for this process. Will my personal data be lost? If yes, then how to protect it?

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This is a duplicate of askubuntu.com/questions/203301/… –  Gerhard Burger Dec 10 '12 at 11:23
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http://www.ubuntu.com/download/desktop/upgrade

This has the step by step instruction for using the graphical Software Update. Very easy to use.

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If you don't see the upgrade listed there, go into Settings at the bottom left. –  Debbie Poole Dec 10 '12 at 12:07
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use this command:

sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

your home directory will remain the same with current (before update), also your program/software installed. So, you do not worry about loss your data.

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This will only do an update, read the manpage: "dist-upgrade in addition to performing the function of upgrade, also intelligently handles changing dependencies with new versions of packages[...]" –  Gerhard Burger Dec 10 '12 at 11:17
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