First, sorry for the silly question. I did some googling, but still not quite sure the answer.

I dont want to upgrade my ubuntu to 14.10 because its not LTS. However, i want to do some upgrades other than the OS.

Is it safe to use dist-upgrade?

I know dist-upgrade will upgrade the kernel, does it means it will also upgrade the ubuntu version?

  • yes, dist-upgrade does not upgrade your OS to the next version. to do so you run a command sudo do-release-upgrade to upgrade to the next version
    – Zuko
    Nov 6, 2014 at 14:10
  • @OluDoug- That is wrong, see man apt-get. - manpages.ubuntu.com/manpages/utopic/man8/apt-get.8.html "dist-upgrade in addition to performing the function of upgrade, also intelligently handles changing dependencies with new versions of packages; apt-get has a "smart" conflict resolution system, and it will attempt to upgrade the most important packages at the expense of less important ones if necessary. The dist-upgrade command may therefore remove some packages. "
    – Panther
    Nov 6, 2014 at 15:06
  • Please kindly help me : askubuntu.com/questions/546363/…
    – Blaze Tama
    Nov 6, 2014 at 15:16

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dist-upgrade should not upgrade the Ubuntu release, only keep you within the same release and upgrade those components that may require removal of some other packages, as explained in this answer

The command to upgrade the version of Ubuntu is sudo do-release-upgrade

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    He would probably need to invoke do-release-upgrade -d or edit /etc/update-manager/release-upgrades to upgrade from LTS to non-LTS release. Just do-release-upgrade shouldn't do it by default. Nov 6, 2014 at 14:09
  • @DamnTerminal i want to keep my LTS. dist-upgrade is enough, right?
    – Blaze Tama
    Nov 6, 2014 at 14:18
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    @BlazeTama apt-get dist-upgrade is fine. What I wanted to add is that do-release-upgrade shouldn't upgrade your system to 14.10 either, it should only upgrade once the next LTS release is out. Nov 6, 2014 at 14:31
  • @DamnTerminal Thanks a lot. I see your point. Surely i will use do-release-upgrade for the next LTS :)
    – Blaze Tama
    Nov 6, 2014 at 14:34
  • Please kindly help me : askubuntu.com/questions/546363/…
    – Blaze Tama
    Nov 6, 2014 at 15:19

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